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This Doesn't Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1)
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This Doesn't Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Renee Pawlish
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A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

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Kirkus Reviews:
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

5 star review:
Oh how I’ve missed the Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe characters that saw me with a flashlight in the dead of night flipping pages to see what happened next. Thank you Ms. Pawlish for bringing back to life this long-lost art of the detective battling against all odds and getting to the bottom of things.
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The Reed Ferguson mystery series:

• Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies (Free eBook)
• Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off
• Book 3: The Maltese Felon
• Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce
• Book 5: Out Of The Past
• Book 6: Torch Scene
• Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High
• Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets (coming soon)
• short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat

Private Investigator Mystery Series Categories:

- Mystery Series
- Private Investigator Series
- Crime Thrillers
- Crime Series
- Private Detective Novels
- pulp
- humor
- comedy

About the Author

Renée Pawlish was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries and thrillers. Renée loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil. To learn more you can follow her on Twitter: on Facebook: on her blog: or Goodreads:

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  • Print Length: 227 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Quite A Hilarious Satire Oct. 29 2014
By ppsphil
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This is much more than a very good book and a very enjoyable read. I have no idea if the author intentionally intended this book to be a satirical put up of PI detective fiction but in my opinion that's exactly what it is and an extremely good one too! I think that every cliche found in any PI story turns up somewhere in this book and even when the book tries to be serious some little quirk will sneak in and produce another laugh! The humour is continuous from the very first sentence to the very sore (literally!) end. Sure, as some reviewers have noted, there are inconsistencies and some not too realistic dialogue but those minor flaws only interfere with the story if you are still treating this as a serious mystery but when you realize it's a satire those flaws actually enhance the humour. I think Reed Ferguson has Spenser and Archer and Sam Spade and Marlowe and Mike Hammer nailed right down to a T and all the movie references are really quite fabulous. I just hope the rest of this series continues in the same vein because, if so, I've found another source of light relief after reading some serious and violent suspense or thriller novel. BTW I did have the perp figured out somewhere before the end but the mystery is not really the whole point of this book! While this is definitely not a 5 star book it sure is worth the 4 I've awarded and I have the next waiting for when I need relief after reading a heavy one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By skye
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I enjoyed this book a lot and look forward to reading more by this author. Will most likely purchase more of the Ferguson mystery series. The story is well written and the prime subject is interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bogie lends a hand Oct. 23 2014
By A. Rees
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If you like old movies, you'll love this book. The premise is a little thin, Reed trying to solve a mystery for an alcoholic client who is incapable of honesty, but the various characters, dimwits Ace and Deuce, will engage you, and I always enjoy a great tecchie, in this case, Cal. It's fun read with a few twists and turns, and I think Renee Pawlish is definitely worth following.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Oct. 7 2014
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Well done - great characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Guy Noir Would Love. Nov. 16 2011
By Kimberly Gers - Published on
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True to its description, this book delivers a wannabe detective, a femme fatale and an non-stop adventure. Guy Noir, my favorite detective, would be proud to work a case with the fledgling Reed Ferguson. Both of them are in love with all things film noir and model their style after that genre.

At first, I didn't really like the character of Reed Ferguson. A rich boy trying to be a detective and then I thought about it, if I won the lottery tomorrow, what would I be doing? Traveling and writing every summer; plus I would have the coolest classroom ever . (Yes, I am a masochist and would continue teaching.) He is doing what many of us would be doing if the lack of money wasn't standing in the way. Reed is also smart enough to know when he is being played and doesn't fall for the book's femme fatale, no matter how hard or drunkenly the women tries.

Despite, my initial reaction to Reed, the book sucked me into its world and didn't let go until the case was resolved. The last couple of pages were nice, but tied up loose ends that weren't really loose to begin with. Reed's world is tidy, but not without problems. That is to be expected in a shiny new world. Reed's neighbors, Ace and Deuce, are good guys, but how they pay their rent being idiots and working at a video store is beyond me.Yes, it is a small thing, but small things can throw a reader off. Maybe there is some secret the brothers have that Pawlish is saving for the future.

There are intricate twists and turns, but in the end both Ferguson and the bad guys get it. Ferguson receives his dose of reality and all is set right in the universe until of course his next case. And I do hope there will be a next one.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a great Matinee movie June 3 2012
By laurathomas61 - Published on
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This story starts off with a bang!
"I want you to find my dead husband."
"Excuse me?" That was my first reaction.
"I want you to find my husband. He's dead and I need to know where he is." She spoke in a voice one sexy note below middle C.
"Uh-huh." That was my second reaction. Real slick.
Renee's writing style reads like a noir film. Like a great Bogie movie. It is no surprise that Reed Ferguson, main character and P.I. in the story, is a fan of Bogie. He prefers old movies, especially detective film noir, and dark women.
When Amanda, the client, walks into his office, the first thing he thinks is "Trouble". She is a major flirt. It's never a good idea to mix business with pleasure.
Honorable mentions to brothers Ace and Deuce, the comic relief team. Kept me laughing and lightened the atmosphere. Cal. Get a picture of Sherlock Holmes in your head. Got it? That's Cal, Reed's friend. He helps dig for the dirty little secrets in the investigation. I had many a grin with their back and forth banter.
Despite all of the warnings to drop the investigation, Reed persists and ends up in a world of hurt. He does not get through this without being battered and bloodied.

My body was screaming at me, sore in too many places to count. "I feel light-headed." I blinked hard at Forbes.
"Hey, buddy, you're bleeding."
I began examining myself, but didn't see anything.
"No, back there."
I craned my neck around, exploring my backside with my hands. "Oh, man! She shot me in the ass?" I couldn't believe it, but it was true. My rear end suddenly hurt like nobody's business.
Agent Forbes tried to hide a smile. And then I fainted.

Witty sarcasm and tension oozes from the pages. This book looks and smeels like an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I ate this up and immediately moved on to the second book, Real Estate Rip-Off. I have also posted a review for it here on Amazon.
Don't miss out on this well written mystery novel, packed with action and thrills.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reed rocks. Nov. 14 2011
By Darlene Jones - Published on
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Reed Ferguson, a "wanna be" Bogie, emulates his heroes of old films and sets himself up as a PI. His first job is to find a missing husband. Simple, right. Not for Reed. Soon the bad guys (in this case women) are after him intent on his demise, then the Feds want him out of the way as he's interfering in their investigation. Reed is a likable young man and you soon come to care for his welfare.

I'm not a huge fan of detective books, but I enjoyed this one very much, likely because Renee has a deft touch with the genre. Her style is not to hammer the reader over the head, but rather to use subtly and light touches of humor appropriate to her story and wonderful references to old movies. But underneath all that there is a serious story with surprising plot twists. Her subtle touch and sound mechanics make for a nice flow and a smooth pleasurable read.
Darlene Jones, Author
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun July 23 2013
By BJ - Published on
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This is an enjoyable, different mystery story with unusual characters and storyline. There was some tongue in cheek dialog with strange twists and turns. A fun read.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters and Good Story Jan. 2 2012
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Pawlish spins a good story with believable characters. Much to his mother's chagrin, Reed Ferguson wants to be a hard-boiled detective. He finally lands his first gig, a beautiful woman in distress, but all is not as it seems. Reed slams face first into some desperate characters, but with a little help from his friends, everything works out. Renee Pawlish creates a great protagonist and supporting staff. They are likable, and you want to see them succeed. More importantly, you'll want to read the next book in the series.
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