“I think fans and newcomers alike will get hooked and will want to read the entire series.” – “Dead End” (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13) by Gerald W. Darnell

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All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road – his ‘Dead End’? Is this Carson’s last adventure?While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud – a deadly feud with skeletons AND bodies hidden in all the family closets.Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search of a client that doesn’t want to be found. In fact, finding the client could turn out to be the worst solution for Carson Reno and his friends.Join Carson as he follows clues and stumbles down a road of mystery. A road with a bad ending – a ‘Dead Ending’!  A Page-Turning Crime MysteryBy Amazon CustomerA great crime mystery that kept me turning page after page. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Carson Reno is a captivating lead character fit to be a private detective in such a gripping mystery. Gerald Darnell’s writing brings all the characters to life, including Reno, and creates a riveting picture of murder, organized crime, and suspense in the small Tennessee town.
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Frank Scozzari

a smart and competent character

Author Gerald Darnell writes a potent crime story in DEAD END, a spellbinding mystery that is fast-paced and exciting.

Carson Reno, a smart and competent character, has his heart is in the right place. He’s not going to quit, no matter what happens, no matter what it takes. If you’re in trouble, he’s going to come save your bacon. In this novel, he is set on a mission to find and protect his friend Jack Logan’s client. Where it takes him is into the dark side of small-town Tennessee; where murder, blackmail and organized crime reigns.

Though this is the thirteenth book in the Carson Reno Mystery Series Once, it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Once more, you can count on Gerald Darnell for action both physical and cerebral, a bit of humor and romance, and a mighty good dose of adventure and mystery. I think fans and newcomers alike will get hooked and will want to read the entire series.

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“I just can’t get enough of Carson Reno!” – “Reelfoot” (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 11) by Gerald W. Darnell

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An ex-Memphis cop and a friend of Carson is in trouble – but what kind of trouble?
While trying to answer that question, Carson finds more questions – and all with no answers.
What Carson also finds is trouble coming from all directions. The Mafia, the Teamsters Union, an unhappy sheriff and some very rough characters are all looking for his friend, and Carson is in the middle of this mess.
An apparently senseless murder only complicates Carson’s problems, which makes getting to the truth more difficult.
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Viv Drewa

I just can’t get enough of Carson Reno!

So far I’ve read all of the Carson Reno books and have enjoyed each one!
I love the way Darnell tells us about the history of Humboldt that is woven into each story.
If you love a good, old-fashioned mystery Darnell’s books are for you!
I highly recommend all of Darnell’s books!

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“Another book by Darnell that I couldn’t put down!” – The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 2) by Gerald W. Darnell

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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.
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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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“I highly recommend this book and the author.” – the Crossing (Carson Reno Mystery, book 5) by Gerald W. Darnell

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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.’
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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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“Love this writer.” – the Everglades (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 3) by Gerald W. Darnell

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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
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Thomas E. Buzard
Wonderful book. Love this writer. Well written mystery…..I only read GP rated books, and this one fits that rating…Thanks, Gerald…Please keep up the great work…
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“…the author magically transports the reader back in time – a time that should be simpler, but isn’t” – the Illegals (Carson Reno Mystery Series – Book 8) by Gerald W. Darnell

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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.’
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A small town in the 1960’s 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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“Another in a great series”  – Killer Among Us (Carson Reno Book 3) by Gerald W. Darnell

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The witness protection program had simply not worked as promised. He and his wife had been relocated to a one-horse hick town in West Tennessee, with a promise to start life over – on the right side of the law, this time.
His factory job lasted less than a year. A strike and major labor dispute had cost him his job – and his running around with other women had cost him his wife. He never intended for any of this to happen, but it seemed he was meeting failure at every turn. He had made that difficult move from the underworld to the real world with all good intentions of making it stick – it wasn’t working. Things were dragging him back, and he was finding it too easy to drift into the dark side of life once again.
He knew that if he crossed back over, all chances and opportunities for a life in the real world were over – his one chance gone forever. While he resisted, it just didn’t seem to matter – circumstances were taking him back – he couldn’t stop himself.
He started by renewing some old contacts, asking the right questions and finally by offering his services for hire. It didn’t take long for things to happen, and contract offers coming his way.
They started with a call from Anthony ‘Tony’ Scarsetti. He had worked for Tony in the past, and he believed they held a mutual respect for each other – him for his skills and Tony for his leadership. Tony was a rival of Steve Carrollton, and their competition for the vices in Memphis and on Beale Street was well known. Evidently, Carrollton had been temporarily sidelined – but his operations continued. Tony was looking for some professional help to make his temporary situation a permanent one.
Once again in his life, things were looking up, and he was feeling good about himself – being useful. His skills were needed, and he would again be a contributor. His little house on Mullins Avenue, in this hick town of Humboldt, would also be useful. Quiet, out of the main activity in Memphis, and allowing him to operate under the radar. Besides, the government had bought it, why not put it to good use?
He would start by sharpening the skills that had once made him successful. After all, failure was not an option in this business – only death. Hours in the local forests and woods would give him the privacy required – he had the perfect set-up and the perfect location. Nobody local to challenge him, and besides, if someone did – he was still the best at what he did. Everybody knew that.
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Another in a great series

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 “I had a hard time putting this book down; it was a real page-turner!” – Dead End (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13) by Gerald W. Darnell

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Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road – his ‘Dead End’? Is this Carson’s last adventure?
While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud – a deadly feud with skeletons AND bodies hidden in all the family closets.
Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search of a client that doesn’t want to be found. In fact, finding the client could turn out to be the worst solution for Carson Reno and his friends.
Join Carson as he follows clues and stumbles down a road of mystery. A road with a bad ending – a ‘Dead Ending’!
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Viv Drewa

I didn’t want it to end!

I had a hard time putting this book down; it was a real page-turner! I love when I find a book like that!

I loved the characters, especially Carson Reno, because they brought to life in this wonderful book.

There was suspense and enough comedy to make the story believable! I can’t wait to read more from Gerald Darnell!

I highly recommend Dead End to anyone who loves mysteries!

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“Here’s a cozy mystery with a new twist–the amateur sleuth is a real estate agent.” – The Death Contingency (Regan Mchenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 1) by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

 

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What happens when Realtor Regan McHenry thinks it’s murder but no one else does?

The Death Contingency introduces Regan McHenry, a Santa Cruz Realtor, whose work puts her in the midst of mystery, mayhem and even murder. The amateur crime solver uses tools and techniques she’s learned during her career and skills she’s honed as a keen observer of human nature to solve mysteries ─ just not always soon enough to stay out of trouble.
She’s aided in her sleuthing by her husband, Tom Kiley, a computer programmer turned real estate broker, and by her friend Dave Everett, a cop reassigned as a police public relations ombudsman after losing an eye in the line of duty.
In The Death Contingency, a seller disappears before signing a grant deed. He turns up dead, and his nephew, a realtor Regan has known for years, becomes a person of interest in his death. She’s convinced the authorities’ focus is all wrong and sets out to prove it.
Then there’s a second death in the neighborhood. When it’s ruled accidental, Regan again finds herself at odds with the police. She thinks its murder and even thinks she knows who the murderer is ─ but she has to unravel past secrets before anyone will take her seriously. And, the problem is, she doesn’t want to be right.

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Amateur Sleuth Is a Real Estate Agent

Here’s a cozy mystery with a new twist–the amateur sleuth is a real estate agent. So is the author. It seems like a great occupation for a detective as real estate agents certainly run into a wide variety of interesting clients, interact with people in tense situations (buying a house), and are privy to all sorts of private (particularly financial) information about said, clients. In this case, agent Regan McHenry is confronted with a seller who is late for the closing. The seller is an elderly gentleman and Regan is concerned as to his whereabouts. Is he just on a brief vacation? Or could there be something more sinister afoot? She begins to investigate. Along the way, we the reader discover much about the world of houses–and I’m sure author Jarvis has included many real estate anecdotes that are at least based on fact if not totally true. The characters are imminently likable and strongly drawn. I was particularly taken with Mrs. Rosemont. The writing is clean and easy to follow. The plot unfolds in a nice puzzle-solving fashion and the reader sees all of Regan’s thought processes–which I like. I definitely intend to read more Regan McHenry/real estate agent mysteries.

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“Also, I like learning when I read and Darnell mixes local history into the story” – Reelfoot (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 11) by Gerald W. Darnell

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An ex-Memphis cop and a friend of Carson is in trouble – but what kind of trouble?

While trying to answer that question, Carson finds more questions – and all with no answers.

What Carson also finds is trouble coming from all directions. The Mafia, the Teamsters Union, an unhappy sheriff, and some very rough characters are all looking for his friend, and Carson is in the middle of this mess.

An apparently senseless murder only complicates Carson’s problems, which makes getting to the truth more difficult.

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1941 Plymouth Pick-up!

Reelfoot by Gerald Darnell is my first Carson Reno mystery. I loved it! I found the style of writing mixed in with the little black and white pictures captivating, like the 1941 Plymouth Pick-up truck. I have been to Memphis and other areas in the south and found the descriptions so real. Also, I like learning when I read and Darnell mixes local history into the story. I definitely will be reading more Carson Reno mysteries.