All Carson Reno, Mystery Series Books, are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. 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.
04-14-21 Too close to home
Another thriller with a too close for comfort situation . I enjoyed getting the back story on Carson’s sidekick Joe and how it all started with them. Once again domimatrix Liz had her lapdog Csrson under her boot. Yoiy!!! This one had me really worried for Carson in the 11th hour. I was sweating bullets for him. 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.
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.
An Avid Reader
Laughng and Dying Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2013 Verified Purchase
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.
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’!
Dave Norem author of RECURRENCE and PAPERTOWN
Great read. Good mystery Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2020 Verified Purchase
What a Rocking and Rolling ride this was. Well descripted, interesting characters and awesome scenes made this a good, fun read. Did I mention what a great mystery the basis for the story is? The author hit a home run on the mystery. I also enjoyed the photos of the old cars, ones I am quite familiar with.
All Carson Reno, Mystery Series Books, are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. 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.
A Fresh YA Mystery!
Carson is in the middle of all kinds of trouble as he grapples with a senseless murder. This is the first Gerald Darnell book I have ever read. With the kiddies out of school for the summer, I have been looking for creative YA books and this definitely made the list. Reelfoot would appeal to mystery fans and probably any young adult who burns through Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys!
Laura and Gerry head to Jamaica for a celebratory trip. Once again Laura, despite her best efforts, gets in the middle of a murder investigation when a fellow tourist is killed. Drug smugglers, a voodoo priestess, and ugly dudes oh my!!!! The dead guy was a jerk but did he really deserve Eshu?
By P.S. Winn
Even paradise has a lot of problems, but the author makes it intriguing.
If you haven’t read a book by this author, grab this, and if you have, you will already know you have to have another mystery, suspense from this author. Laura and Gerry are back and headed to Jamaica. Of course, with Laura, you have to have murder, mystery, and a bit of fun. Donavon and Becky Mitchell are also headed to the same resort and although not Laura and Gerry’s first choice for friends they do get to know each other and then Donavon ends up dead, and readers are in for a great ride involving voodoo, murder, drugs, and a well-told tale.
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.
Right from the start you know you are hooked!
Right from the start you know you are hooked! I mean how many people wake up to find a body had been delivered to their sitting room while they slept?
This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Karen Vaughan has created a great character in Laura Hamilton. She is funny, smart with a wacky sense of humour – you just have to love her! Will she be able to find out who put the body in her apartment? Who actually was the killer? There isn’t a dull moment in this book, more like a roller coaster of ‘events’ to keep you guessing what comes next!
There are lots of surprises throughout and it certainly makes you keep turning the pages. Altogether a great book, a definite to be recommended.
Nigel Holmes’s cousin Denise has been abducted back in Manchester, UK. Nigel Rushes to the rescue with the help of Kristen Holmes and her partner Craig Eversley. Will Nigel’s quick thinking save the day? More comedic adventures abound in this second Sherlock / Holmes offering.
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
A FUN-FILLED MURDER MYSTERY WITH THE GREAT CHARACTER NIGEL HOLMES – LOVED THIS STORY
I love the Nigel Holmes character, with his sidekicks of Kristen Sherlock and her boyfriend Craig Eversley. In book 2 of the Sherlock/Holmes mystery series, we find Nigel Holmes back in the UK with his friends.
As you follow Nigel try to save his kidnapped cousin in Manchester you will find yourself turning the pages faster and faster. Will Nigel’s wits help him or will they all fail?
It is a laugh a minute with enough whodunit to keep you on your toes. Kudo Ms. Vaughan for your newest offering in this series.
Those who are convinced that laughter makes one live longer might think again after reading this delightful murder mystery. When comedians begin to turn up dead, everyone scratches their heads and wonders who will be next, as laughter and tragedy continue to meet in the shadows. Karen Vaughan did a fantastic job intertwining detailed police procedural with entertaining comedy routines, and she delivered an extremely unique plot in a voice that’s as alluring as the silk of a spider web. A great read that will make you laugh and shiver.
All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. It’s a New Year, and it has gotten off to a very bad start for Carson. Several prominent citizens and business leaders from Humboldt are dying in some strange and bizarre accidents. Carson becomes involved when an insurance company hires him to investigate. What happens next is even more strange and bizarre for this little town in West Tennessee. The clues are everywhere, but none of them make any sense. It may be that the ‘last man standing’ is responsible for these accidents – but why? Follow Carson as he works on one of his wildest adventures ever in ‘Dead Men Don’t Remember.’
Another Carson Reno investigation that you will love!
Carson Reno starts the New Year with a case in Humboldt where prominent businessmen are being murdered or commit suicide. You will be taken on a remarkable journey as Reno investigates these cases until he finally gets the bad guy! Darnell’s characters are amazing! They are believable to the point that, along with the storyline, pull you into the investigation. I highly recommend “Dead Men Don’t Remember” to everyone!
Laura and Gerry head to Jamaica for a celebratory trip. Once again Laura, despite her best efforts, gets in the middle of a murder investigation when a fellow tourist is killed. Drug smugglers, a voodoo priestess and ugly dudes oh my!!!! The dead guy was a jerk but did he really deserve Eshu?
By P.S. Winn
Even paradise has a lot of problems, but the author makes it intriguing.
If you haven’t read a book by this author, grab this, and if you have, you will already know you have to have another mystery, suspense from this author. Laura and Gerry are back and headed to Jamaica. Of course, with Laura, you have to have murder, mystery and a bot of fun. Donavon and Becky Mitchell are also headed to the same resort and although not Laura and Gerry’s first choice for friends they do get to know each other and then Donavon ends up dead, and readers are in for a great ride involving voodoo, murder, drugs and a well-told tale.