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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
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Readers' Favorite Finalist in Mystery

A top-seller on Amazon's Private Investigator list!


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.

Great for fans who love a fast-paced, humorous read, without a lot of swearing or sex.

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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
• Book 9: The Third Fan
• Book 10: Back Story
• Book 11: Night of the Hunted
• Book 12: 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:

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #588 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This Doesn't Happen in the Movies ' Renee Pawlish
Since reading Ms. Pawlish's book 'Out of the past' which I rated 3 stars, her story-telling has become more amateurish in style and presentation. This book read more like a high school literary assignment than it did a mystery novel. Again, the author uses quotes from the 1940s and 50s era 'film noir' to buoy her story because in itself, it has very little substance. I will be very reluctant to read any further work by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read mystery story. July 13 2015
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It's a quick read mystery novel. I enjoyed the film references, for example to Maltese Falcon and Bogart. A good summer book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like the character of Reed Ferguson June 2 2015
By Nikki
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I like the character of Reed Ferguson. I like the old movies and this reminded me of that. Great read.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 4 2015
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Sorry I don`t really remember it. Not sur prising with the number of books I have been reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 20 2015
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Great read I have given a previous review on this book and all hers, ALWAYS GREAT READS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 31 2015
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A very good read could not put it down ,finished it in a couple of days.
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