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Black Diamond Death (Sloane Monroe Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Bradshaw

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From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author...enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death...

"IN A PANIC I GASPED FOR AIR, BUT THERE WASN'T ANY. I TRIED TO CRY OUT, BUT I WAS ALONE, AND IN MY HYSTERIA IT HIT ME. I HAD FELT A SIMILAR FEELING BEFORE--LIKE MY BODY WAS GIVING OUT ON ME, AND I KNEW WHAT IT MEANT. I WAS DYING."

Enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death...

A SKIER CRASHES

On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if wasn't? What if she was murdered?

A SECOND BODY IS FOUND

Just as Private Investigator Sloane Monroe feels she's close to solving the case, a second dead body is found. With the killer aware that Sloane will stop at nothing to find him, her life is in danger, her every move being tracked. Will Sloane uncover the truth before he strikes again?

About the Author

Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Cheryl wrote her first novel, Black Diamond Death (Sloane Monroe Series, Book 1). Within six weeks of its release it was in the top #100 in two different mystery categories on the Kindle, where it remained for over a year. There are three novels in the best-selling Sloane Monroe mystery/thriller series, and Cheryl is hard at work on the fourth. In August 2012, Bradshaw was named one of Twitter's seven best authors to follow. For information and updates about Cheryl Bradshaw, visit her at cherylbradshawbooks.blogspot.com, cherylbradshaw.com, find her on Facebook on her Cheryl Bradshaw Author Page and follow her on Twitter @cherylbradshaw.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pixie Publishing (Dec 16 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCNW2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing mystery amidst the snow Oct. 12 2011
By S. Warfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For an author's first book, Black Diamond Death (A Sloane Monroe Novel), is one that drew me in with the prologue. The murder victim, a real estate agent in Park City, Utah, is skiing and as she slowly dies by some unknown method, she describes how she feels before she goes down before a tree, dying an unpleasant death. Investigators and the police wrap it up and declare it an accidental death. There is one problem, though. Charlotte Halliwell was an expert skier with medals to prove it.

Charlotte's sister, Audrey, comes to Sloane Monroe, who is a private investigator, to ask her to look into her sister's death, because she thinks it was no accident that took her sister away from her. She thinks it's murder. Sloane takes on the case, and thinks about her own sister who was murdered not that long ago, and the killer is still free.

I like Sloane. She's independent and not afraid to take on a dangerous situation by herself if she thinks it will help someone else. The other characters in the book are interesting and original, and sometimes bring a break of humor to the search for a murderer. Sloane's friend, Maddie, is a great character, always giving advice to Sloane. The other character who adds a nice little sidekick for Sloane is Lord Berkeley, better known as Boo, her dog.

The theme of this novel surrounds the real estate business in Park City, and most of the characters who pop in and out of scenes in the story are involved in real estate or else they're the police. I had no idea who the perpetrator was until the end of the book when it was revealed.

Black Diamond Death moves at a steady pace, but not a frantic one. It's a comfortable pace and there are a lot of tense situations in the book. I've downloaded the next one in the Sloane Monroe series, Sinnerman, because I enjoyed the first book and I have the feeling I'm going to find an even better novel with the second one. Four stars for Black Diamond Death! Recommended for mystery fans.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE Jan. 18 2012
By D. C. James - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the main characters.....although flip flops in the snow are too contrived for my taste, especially when she has things to say about other characters' affectations? I liked the interactions and the story was pretty good, definitely worth the time and purchase. I just downloaded the next book in the series. Bottom-line is, a very good first book with great promise for the future.....I think the author will tighten up her writing, get over her tendency to try to be a bit cute; she has some great characters she'll feel more and more at home with and won't have to force on us because we already like them ......also, maybe she needs to pay a little more attention to the flow of the plot - she left some things hanging a bit long for my thinking...like wondering about the guy leaving the note in the door, who the brother was, and she should have known about Cooper's daughter for Pete's sake. Anyway, it was an enjoyable read and I'm look forward to more from this author.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read Sept. 2 2011
By Eric J. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. The storyline moved along at the perfect pace and the characters were interesting and sympathetic. Cheryl Bradshaw is a gifted, witty writer and she interjects humor throughout. I can really imagine this being turned into a TV series - Hollywood, watch out! Looking forward to the next installment!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just finished reading the book from front to back in one sitting, and OH MY !!! July 13 2011
By Sheralee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the book from front to back in one
sitting...and OH MY !!! what darn good read that was.

I felt like I was running along beside our heroine Sloane, trying to
keep up with her. Mostly due to Cheryl's use of descriptive
adjectives. Allowing the reader to mentally visualize the smells,
look and ambiance of the scene. After a few chapters, you soon find
yourself right beside our heroine, eagerly flicking to the next page.

Chapter 50/51 for me was the turning point, when the story line took
a whole new twist. Great stuff Cheryl !!! had me going there.

I also chuckled when interviewing "W" she goes, "I'll take business
for $1000" I laughed out loud.

NOW all I want to know is ????? what happened to Nick ???? Will
he be back in Sinnerman ? or has he been "offed" by Sloane ?

Please keep Maddie around and of course the adorable Berkley

Can not wait for the next book in the series...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me Oct. 25 2011
By Mark Herbertt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry but this was a little to cliched and predictable for me. I almost didn't bother to finish it. I really didn't care who did it by the end and the ending felt contrived and like it was an afterthought. Nice scenery descriptions but I lost track of all of the characters who came and went.

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