“Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing.” – Dead Men Don’t Swing (Laura & Gerry Mystery #4) by Karen Vaughan

Laura and Gerry are at it again. Death finds them close to home when a tenant is found in the dumpster behind their apartment building. Laura is thrust into the “who killed Denny?” mystery while she does battle with a tenant and dodges a school janitor. The life of a college student is never boring, but she wishes it would be!
Dead Men Don’t Swing is a biting, funny, deliciously bawdy, and fast-paced murder mystery in which “death by sexual misadventure and a wayward poisonous snake” (among other things) make for pure entertainment gold.”

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The “corpse magnet” is back!

Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing. It’s book four in her Laura & Gerry Mystery series. Lots of detective lingo is delivered with wit and sarcasm by the protagonist, Laura. That’s not surprising if you’ve read Vaughan’s previous books in the series, and given the fact that the author has done a bit of stand-up comedy. In this book, Laura and her husband Gerry are back dealing with another murder investigation since, as Laura explains, she’s a ‘corpse magnet.’ This time a dead body turns up in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Laura and Gerry are managers, having fallen to his death from the balcony above. Not likely an accident—the guy is wearing boxer shorts and sporting a tricked-out stiletto in his forehead. Oh yeah, he’s missing some sensitive body parts—yikes! Things are not as they seem in this suburban Canadian apartment complex. It turns out there’s a whole lot of hanky-panky going on in this mid-rise Peyton Place, some of it pretty kinky stuff, too. There’s no shortage of pervs and perps on any floor, in addition to the ever-annoying, tenant-from-hell, Stella. As I type the name, I hear Marlon Brando screaming it at the top of his lungs in A Streetcar Named Desire. And, speaking of movies, the photographer played by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, would have been hard-pressed to know where to shoot first with all the action going on in this complex!

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“Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much” – 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.

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Meet Laura in this fun first book in the series

Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She’s a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that’s for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I’m not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself

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“What a Rocking and Rolling ride this was. Well-described, interesting characters and awesome scenes made this a good, fun read.” – Dead End (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13) by Gerald W. Darnell

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 Killing, a Real-Bad Business

Great read. Good mystery

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.

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“Mystery and suspense told with a touch of humor” – Holmes In America: A Sherlock/Holmes Mystery (Sherlock/Holmes Mysteries Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

Nigel Holmes’ 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 Nigels’ quick thinking save the day? More comedic adventures abound in this second Sherlock/Holmes offering.

P.S. Winn

Mystery and suspense told with a touch of humor

Nigel Holmes was a British police officer who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. He’s sent to Toronto to straighten out his life and join forces with Kristen Sherlock, who is a detective in that city. The two go on an adventure as Kristen is threatened by Paul Langley, a man who readers are going to love to hate. The story is told with the author’s unique and intriguing sense of humor that always makes her books fun as well as suspenseful. If you grab a Karen Vaughan book, you will find yourself going back to this author every time you want a great read written with humor but also telling a suspense-filled mysterious tale.

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“I enjoyed watching Carson connect the dots to make a picture and reveal the suspects.” – Dead Men Don’t Remember (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 9) by Gerald W. Darnell

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.’

B.McGrath

Never trust a crook

I enjoyed watching Carson connect the dots to make a picture and reveal the suspects. I applaud Reno for all his good suppositions, but when he makes an error it costs a life. I can’t believe he was so remiss with a good friend”s life- comes from being too sure of himself!!! Carson failed me there! I did enjoy the drama of the final shoot-out scene.

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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 it. 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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“This played out like a Sherlock Holmes story, and I enjoyed that.” – 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’.

B.McGrath

Sherlock like

This played out like a Sherlock Holmes story, and I enjoyed that. He gets his clues then rounds up the possible suspects and proceeds with questioning each and deducting who had motive and opportunity. I enjoy the rationale and deductions.

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“Darnell never disappoints!”– “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.’

Darnell never disappoints!

This is another fantastic book by Darnell!
I love Carson Reno and the characters who are regulars and the ones which are added to each book. They are believable, and you find yourself so engrossed in the book you cannot put it down.
The story is about an African-American man wrongly accused of murder; but Carson Reno, knowing the man, can’t believe he did.
“the Crossing” is an amazing read, and I highly recommend it!

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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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“It’s a fun, easy mystery with a lovable character, Carson Reno, who carries you through the story like he’s your best friend.” – 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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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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