“This book is a thrilling page turner that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat.” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.


Haylee James

Amazing

This book is a thrilling page turner that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s very smooth and easy to read, amazingly detailed, and unpredictable which I love because I hate figuring out a book before anything really happens. I highly recommend this book.

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“This is a great series I hope more people find their way to experiencing.” – the Illegals (Carson Reno Mystery Series – Book 8) by Gerald W. Darnell

All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.
Crime DOES pay – especially crime that has the support of our legal system.
Carson’s investigative work for Attorney Jack Logan runs smack into the path of the largest law firm in West Tennessee. Trying to stay out of their path only succeeds in putting Carson in the crosshairs of lawyers who want him out of the way.
Power struggles, infidelity, organized crime, and eventually murder all appear to be somehow linked to this powerful law firm – McCabe, McCabe, Clark, and Lewis.
This is a story of the small versus the large in a little West Tennessee community that has no idea of the crime and corruption that lay underneath their quiet daily lives.
Join Carson as he takes on the fight of his career when he challenges ‘the Illegals.’

B.McGrath

Intriguing and entertaining

Great twist at the end to wrap it all up. I’m in shock and awe of Carson again. I enjoyed following the twists and cover-ups, and the mafia touch in this does not disappoint. I’m hopeful Carson gets his money’s worth for the mink!!!! This is a great series I hope more people find their way to experiencing. I was very fortunate to stumble upon this author and I’m grateful. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job bringing it to life.

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“Carson Reno seems to get pulled into investigations he’s not originally privy to. ” – SUnset 4 (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 6) – by Gerald W. Darnell

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In 1962 the quiet, and seemingly innocent, activities at the Humboldt Motel in this small West Tennessee town went unnoticed and unchallenged. Besides, a little booze, a little gambling, and maybe an occasional ‘lady of the evening’ never hurt anyone, right?
Then one fall night after a football game, things began to come apart. It seemed that everything was not how it should be, or at least, how it appeared.
Unfaithful housewives, a football coach fixing game scores, a crooked private detective, and eventually a murder would bring exposure to ‘SUnset 4’. And that was something its operators didn’t want.
Carson isn’t involved in the investigation, but it seems everyone thinks he is. Protecting a friend, he tries hard to ignore things that are simply not right. Finally, he follows instinct and tackles the innocent and the guilty in ‘SUnset 4’.

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What a fantastic book!

Viv Drewa

Carson Reno seems to get pulled into investigations he’s not originally privy to. In SUnset 4 he uncovers some shady goings-on and you’re on the edge of your seat when he goes after the bad guys.
I highly recommend this book!

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“I’m sold on this author’s books.” – the Crossing (Carson Reno Mystery, book 5) by Gerald W. Darnell

All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.
The racial problems of 1962 have found their way to the small West Tennessee town of Humboldt. A white woman has been brutally murdered, and one of Carson’s childhood friends has been accused of the crime. Carson’s friend is a colored man who once worked for his grandfather, but the accusations and problems extend beyond the crime and to the heart of this small community.
Carson finds a divided town; a town divided along the lines of race and the interference of outside groups, which makes this division even wider.
Challenged with defending his friend, Carson must find a solution before the two sides collide, which would definitely have devastating results.
Join Carson, as he faces one of his toughest challenges in ‘the Crossing.’

Cathy Mankin

I’m sold on this author’s books

This book has got my interest; well written, so keep writing and I’ll keep reading about them. I highly recommend this book and the author. I am a fan now. Definitely a good read. 🙂

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“It’s a fun, easy mystery with a lovable character, Carson Reno,” – Horse Tales (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 4) by Gerald W. Darnell

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It was a disaster beyond most people’s comprehension.
There was nothing left standing of the barn, it had burned completely to the ground. Among the rubble and smoking wood, you could see the smoking corpses – which had once been some of the finest thoroughbred stallions in the Tennessee and Kentucky area.
Unnoticed, among these ruins, were the burned remains of Aaron Nunamaker, owner of ‘Nunamaker Stables’, and one of the best-known horse breeders and stud farm owners in West Tennessee.
Killing a human being brings the wrath of the law and the accompanying sorrow and grief from loved ones. Killing a helpless animal brings wrath that is unequaled to that associated with killing a person. This sorrow and grief continue long after the grief over human loss has left. Mankind will forget their own losses, but they never forget similar betrayals to animals. Odd isn’t it?
The fire had, obviously, been set and was a deliberate murder of innocent animals – horses. Horses, that could not free themselves from their comfortable stable, horses that trusted their caregiver and felt safe in their home. Horses that died a terrible death, and horses that would never know how they became involved in such a terrible scheme and plan.
Tracks revealed that many of the doomed horses had been led from another barn to the one that was burned. This made it more than an act of revenge or rage, but one intended to destroy the animals, all at once, and all at one time.
Other than car and horse tracks, the clues were minimal or non-existent. Police roped off the area and considered it an accident or a rival/revenge act until they found the body. Then things changed.
He had been shot once at close range with a high powered rifle. The bullet entered his center chest and exited to some unknown parts of the barn or maybe the surrounding ground. His body was burned beyond normal recognition, like the horses, but his engraved Horseshoe ring, which he always wore proudly on his right-hand ring finger, made preliminary identification possible.

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maggie

Carson Reno Rocks

This is the first I’ve read of the Carson Reno series. It’s a fun, easy mystery with a lovable character, Carson Reno, who carries you through the story like he’s your best friend. You will come away feeling like you sat at Chief’s with him and had a hamburger while he told his tale. Enjoyed this book!

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“If you like a little humor and a dash of romance with your mystery, this book’s for you!” – Holmes In America: A Sherlock/Holmes mystery #1 (Sherlock/Holmes Mysteries) by Karen Vaughan

Nigel Holmes is a British Police Officer sent to Toronto after a witness was brutally murdered on his watch. Kristen Sherlock is a Detective who was framed for drug possession, and is being harassed by a dirty cop bent on ruining her. Nigel is politically incorrect and swears like a trucker. Kristen is a by-the-book Police Officer. Can they work together without driving each other nuts before her stalker hurts Kristen? Nigel, Kristen, and her former partner, Craig, work to bring the stalker down.

Lindlae Parish

great book!

Absolutely loved this book. A fun play on the names and a great mystery. If you like a little humor and a dash of romance with your mystery, the book’s for you!

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“A small town in the 1960s must deal with some big-time crime.” – “the Everglades” (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 3) by Gerald W. Darnell

It’s 1962, and the Mafia has discovered some new tricks in getting their drugs from Colombia to the streets of America. Their plans are working perfectly until an unfortunate boating accident puts the FBI back on their trail.
Carson’s friend, Elizabeth Teague, has a large amount of cash hidden in her luggage and this cash belongs to the Mafia. They want it back.
Protecting his friend and sorting through the details, Carson finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that has roots in Humboldt. He also finds a murder with too many suspects.
From the Everglades to Puerto Rico, to Memphis, to Humboldt, to Key West – join Carson as he tries to separate the good guys from the bad guys in
‘the Everglades.’

By Larry Alexander

A small town in the 1960s must deal with some big-time crime.

Written and delivered in the fashion of Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, the author magically transports the reader back in time – a time that should be simpler, but isn’t. A tough Private Detective uses his muscle and humor to sort through clues and resolve a complicated murder. This is a Classic Carson Reno Mystery with all the usual characters and compelling conversations for the reader. Light illustrations help tell the story and complete the reader’s transition back in time.

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“I truly enjoyed the killer’s motive for doing what he did; it was unusual and humorous in an absurdist way.” – Dead Comic Standing by Karen Vaughan

Stand-up comic Dave Feener has a great rapport with his audience, so when his body is found maliciously stabbed a short distance away from The Laff Attak where he’s just performed, there seems to be no real motive for the brutal murder. A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage.
Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim. Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters. Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene. The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses, and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun. Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.

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Laughing and Dying

After having read Daytona Dead by Karen Vaughan, I knew she had a sense of humor. But this was decidedly different from that novel. Dead Comic Standing was a delightful, five-star read. It was easy to slip into this novel about someone prowling the comedy clubs of Edmonton, killing comedians after they’ve performed their stand-up routines. Part of the enjoyment for me was reading the comedy elements. I also felt I got an inside view of the way comedy clubs are run. Part police procedural, part whodunit, and part thriller, I breezed through this enjoyable novel. It was great fun. I truly enjoyed the killer’s motive for doing what he did; it was unusual and humorous in an absurdist way. A wonderful way to spend some time.

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“It is a book I had trouble putting down because I had to know what was going to happen next.” – The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 2) by Gerald W. Darnell

All Carson Reno, and Mystery Series Books, are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.
The year is 1962 and Carson Reno, once again, gets himself into situations that would be better left alone. A Memphis client hires Carson to prove infidelity, but instead, he finds corruption and murder going all the way to the top of Memphis politics. A Jack Logan client investigation takes him back to Humboldt looking into automobile fraud, which lands him smack in the middle of a murder. Not just any murder, but the murder of a local beauty queen – one who seemed to have too many enemies for a girl her age.

Viv Drewa

Another book by Darnell that I couldn’t put down!

I became a fan of Gerald W. Darnell’s Carson Reno Mysteries after I read the first book!
His characters are believable and interesting to follow in his books.
“The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land” has twists and turns that keep you wanting more. It is a book I had trouble putting down because I had to know what was going to happen next.
I encourage everyone to read this, and the other books, by Gerald W. Darnell.

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“Ms. Vaughan, must be a real hoot to be around, as her books are so full of twists, turns, and characters you both love and love to hate.” – “Dead Men Don’t Swing” (Laura & Gerry Mystery #4) by Karen Vaughan

Laura and Gerry have moved from Scarborough to North York. Death has followed them to the high rise they manage and Laura has to deal with a tenant with attitude as well as a dead one in the dumpster. Cookie the corpse magnet strikes again in this hilarious yet slightly bawdy mystery.

M. M. Bishop author of Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal & The Divide Series

A HOOT A MINUTE IN THIS MURDER MYSTERY

Ms. Vaughan, must be a real hoot to be around, as her books are so full of twists, turns, and characters you both love and love to hate.

I adored this little bit bawdy, romantic, murder mystery. But then again, there hasn’t been one of the Laura & Gerry Mysteries that I didn’t like. I’d read anything by Ms. Vaughan, I love her writing that much.

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