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Mad Money [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda L Richards


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Dec 1 2004 Madeline Carter Novels
A new life, a fresh start.

That's what Madeline Carter is looking for when she quits her high-pressure job in New York and moves to Los Angeles. But Madeline is one of those people who can't help but attract trouble ...

Beautiful, calm, quiet. It's everything Madeline imagined California would be ... everything her life as a stockbroker in New York wasn't. Still, when Madeline runs into ex-boyfriend Ernest Carmichael Billings, who gives her a hot tip about a company where he is about to be named CEO, she wonders, as a day trader, what would be the harm in acting on the tip. Innocent enough, right?

Wrong. Because when Ernest goes missing and the stock starts to plummet, Madeline decides to do something. She sets out to uncover just what's going on ... and lands right in the middle of kidnapping, corporate fraud and murder. This is definitely more than she bargained for ...


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (Dec 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321033
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,036,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

White-collar crime turns nasty when stockbroker Madeline Carter's best friend, Jack, is shot to death right at the New York Stock Exchange. Unnerved by his murder, Madeline quits her job and moves to Los Angeles, where she rents an apartment on the Malibu property of a famous movie director. An insider's tip from Ernie, her former lover, causes Madeline to lose her money, something that shouldn't have happened. Unfortunately, she had passed the tip on to her mother, who also passed the tip on. Feeling responsible for several people's investments, Madeline goes to Langton Regional Group, the company in question, to find out for herself what's happening. She discovers that Ernie, their CEO, has been kidnapped, and the more Madeline investigates, the deeper into the whole mess she gets. On the upside, she finds unexpected love with Steve, a young Langton salesman. On the downside, someone uses her for target practice. Murder, mayhem, humor, romance, and great characters make this first book in the Madeline Carter series hard to put down. Shelley Mosley
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Review

"Mad Money is a breezy debut..." -- Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

... does what many have tried and few have managed -- to turn stock swindles and corporate crime into a fun, roller-coaster read. -- Alafair Burke author of Missing Justice

Linda Richards' Mad Money doesn't disappoint. Fast paced, nuanced and enormously witty, this is a writer to watch and a book to read. -- M.J. Rose author of The Halo Effect

Murder, mayhem, humor, romance, and great characters make this first book in the Madeline Carter series hard to put down. -- Shelley Mosley, Booklist

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  35 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful surprise Jan. 4 2005
By Sandra Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recieved Mad Money as a gift and found it to be an utter surprise. I don't know what I expected, but what I found was a tightly rendered and well executed mystery story with lots of dark elements and a solid core of humor. I was especially delighted with Madeline Carter as an amateur detective. There are many fictional non-professional detectives these days and Madeline is more believable than most. As a professional woman in my mid 30s, I found I could relate to Madeline completely. Though I wouldn't have thought the stock market would interest me in the least, the author handles this aspect in a way that interested and intrigued me.

Mad Money is the first in a series. Like other reviewers of this book, the second Madeline Carter book can't come quickly enough!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Financial Intrigue and Murder Nov. 29 2004
By Cynthia Chow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When taking advice, always consider the source. This is an adage New York broker Madeline Carter should have followed before investing her money in stock based on a tip from her ex-boyfriend Ernest Carmichael Billings. The lure of an inside tip lured Madeline into overlooking ethics, and when the stock starts to nosedive as a result of Ernest's disappearance Madeline has no choice but to investigate in order to save her, and her family's, investment.

When a crazed shooter murders Madeline's friend Jackson in the middle of their office Madeline abandons New York for Los Angeles, where she ends up renting a room from the famous director Tyler Beckett. While Tyler hopes that Madeline will mentor his daughter Jennifer and keep her out of the Hollywood life, Madeline finds that she enjoys accompanying the young woman on visits to clubs. It's at one of these that she meets her old ex, and her involvement results in her becoming a suspect in his disappearance as she infiltrates the Langton Regional Group offices building and their parties. Along the way she meets an attractive but young LRG employee, gets tailed by a private eye, and discovers yet another kidnapping. And the move to California seemed to be so relaxing.

Richards excels at making the financial complexities of the stock market both understandable and exciting, with a plot that speeds right along to a very realistic and satisfying ending. The writing is sharp with a strong element of humor, making this a very enjoyable and fast read. The descriptions of California, from the wealthy mansions to the clubs and the cars are detailed and dead-on. Richards has created one of the most likeable, fully developed, and original characters this year, and we can hope that Madeline Carter will be making more appearances.
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mad Money Dec 31 2004
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Taking on a too great load of guilt over the shooting of her friend and co worker, stock trader Madeline Carter pulls up stakes and moves from New York to LA, seeking peace and new start. What she finds is anything but that. Her new home is lovely, and she makes friends quickly with a young woman and her family. However, when she acts on a stock tip from an old flame, it turns out to be a bad move; the stock plummets when the flame disappears and Madeline is a suspect in his disappearance. Solving the case to clear her name brings her the chance for romance and the threat of danger, made more complex by a her new friend running away- or is it an abduction?

*** Multi layered and complex, this novel offers comedy, drama, and a rather unusual setting for a romance novel. If you are tired of the same old thing, then this will be what you are looking for. ***
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite a Good Investment Jan. 22 2013
By T Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Madeline Carter quits her stockbroker job and moves to Los Angeles after witnessing a gunman kill her friend. Madeline becomes a day trader, and invests her savings in a small company where her ex-lover Ernie is the new CEO. Madeline proceeds to lose her money as the stock tanks upon news that Ernie has been kidnapped.

The story line sounds really exciting. The author certainly knows her way around the financial world. What bogs the book down is the unnecessary details and the over-reliance on coincidence to cover some plot holes.

It takes a loooong time to get to the main plot. The book would have been much stronger if the author started with Madeline's move to LA and skipped all the pre-LA details. Later on, there are multiple, overly detailed conversations about psychopaths between Madeline and a psychiatrist she meets socially that add nothing, and the whole story line surrounding the psychiatrist could have been left out without impacting the plot.

Madeline feels compelled to investigate Ernie's disappearance, the reason being that she is a shareholder who's been wronged. I don't understand why she would even bother to invest in a small company run by her ex-lover, especially when we later find out she loathes the guy, and why she would care enough to investigate. This is where I felt the plot really falls apart.

While the pieces of this book were really interesting, they didn't always fit together well, making this just an ok read, when it could have been better.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the right notes March 5 2005
By Monica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are few wrong notes in MAD MONEY, Linda L. Richards' debut novel featuring ex-stockbroker Madeline Carter. The story is smart and funny, the characters real and the mystery pleasantly mysterious. I'm looking forward to future books by this author.
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