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Kelly Reviews: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

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Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery #1) by Ann Charles
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
In Six Words: Fun with a side of danger!

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Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom, Violet Parker, is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her Realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old, Victorian masterpiece, until she sees the dilapidated dwelling. Now, if she could just convince her only buyer to stop rejecting vintage homes as if they’re haunted. Short on time and long on worry, she refuses to give up her dream of a fresh start in Deadwood. But with a malicious coworker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending her creepy messages, and a sexy stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, will Violet end up as one of Deadwood’s dearly departed?

My Thoughts

I’m kind of kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book because it had me giggling within the first few pages. I mean, really giggling. Out loud. With people around. The situations Violet found herself in, coupled with the absolutely hysterical secondary characters and Violet’s inner dialogue just made my day. Harvey — the gun-toting, neighbor-chasing, innuendo-talking protector — ended up being a particular favorite. The guy was fun. Talking about his prostate out of the blue and how he was helping the neighbor lady with her “plumbing” — Hee! The guy’s a hoot!

Now, Violet was no… oh, man. I can already feel the “shrinking violet” word play trying to worm its way out of me… *tries my hardest not to say it* … slouch in the hilarity department. Half the time she says the exact opposite of what she’s thinking and the other half the time she’s sticking her foot in her mouth when she’s talking to Doc. The way those two danced around one another was fantastic. Between the steamy looks, the flirting, the way Doc was determined to look out for Violet when she was doing something that required backup and was possibly bordering on reckless… well, I liked it. They put the “wood” back in Deadw… oh, wait. That’s way too dirty, isn’t it?

Now, while I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, I did sort of figure out the mystery. I didn’t figure it all out but I got the bulk of it from the clues dropped. Did I enjoy the reveal? Heck, yeah! Violet had her eye on a whole slew of people and it was fun watching her sort through the clues. There was plenty of setup for later books (I have them all and I’m EXCITED!) and Doc’s issues should be interesting down the road. *thumbs up*

OH! I almost forgot to mention the CLOWNS! CLOWNS, PEOPLE! THERE WERE CLOWNS IN THIS BOOK! Decorative clowns. Lots and lots of decorative clowns. Horrifying, decorative clowns. They were everywhere. *whimpers and crawls away to hide*

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  • Felicia February 11, 2013, 8:29 am

    I have slowly gotten most of this series through kindle freebies. It is on my list to get to this year. It just sounds like my kind of demented fun :)

  • Tara SG February 11, 2013, 3:11 pm

    ‘I mean, really giggling. Out loud. With people around.” <— SOLD!

    I'm nervous about the creepy clowns…

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal February 11, 2013, 4:04 pm

      They’re not bad. More a side issue than anything else. I just, you know, have to mention clowns whenever possible because they scare the crap out of me. o.O

  • Mary @ BookSwarm February 11, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Oh, hey! The Kindle edition is only $2.99 — I’m in! Nothing wrong with adding a little extra wood to the pile. And more wood is never dirty.

  • Jenny February 11, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I love a book that makes me look like a complete idiot because I’m laughing out loud as I go. Complete win. Except for the clowns. The clowns are not a win and are terrifying. I would be crawling away to hide along with you Kelly!

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal February 11, 2013, 9:12 pm

      Clowns are shudder-inducing. The house was decorated IN CLOWNS. WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THIS, JENNY??? WHHHHHYYYYYY?

  • Cayce February 11, 2013, 7:12 pm

    This is one kick-ass cover. I want her boots!!!
    The town is called Deadwood? Really!?
    “Talking about his prostate out of the blue ” – and it keeps getting more and more hilarious.
    oh, you’re talking about that “wood” XD
    I LOVE clowns!

    I have to get this book!!!
    Thanks for the super lol review, Kelly!

  • Caitlin / The Siren's Tale March 11, 2013, 8:21 am

    I started out reading the most recent review of this series, then ended up peeling through all the other reviews for this series! I am so excited to read these books… they sound fun, dangerous, and exciting. Thanks for the great share!

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