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Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Book 1) by [Charles, Ann]
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"This gem has a bit of everything ... mystery, romance, comedy, suspense, and even a bit of the paranormal." ***** FIVE STARS! Huntress Reviews "It's no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous." ***** FIVE STARS! ParaYourNormal Book Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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, the Top-Rated #1 Kindle Bestseller in BOTH Women Sleuth and Ghost genres!

WINNER of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
WINNER of the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

"Full of thrills and chills, a fun rollercoaster ride of a book!" ~Susan Andersen, New York Times Bestselling author of Burning Up

"Ann Charles has written an intriguing mystery laced with a wicked sense of humor. Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming your way." ~Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author of Beneath a Silver Moon

Other 5 out of 5 star reviews...
"Nearly Departed In Deadwood was a contemporary mystery romance with a touch of paranormal that kept me enthralled with goosebump-creepiness and belly aching laughter." ***** FIVE STARS! ~Escape Between the Pages Book Reviews

"It's no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous." ***** FIVE STARS! ~ParaYourNormal Book Reviews

"If you like romantic mysteries with a tinge of paranormal creepiness, this one is well worth your time." ~To Publish or Not to Publish Book Reviews
"The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass."--Violet Parker

Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet Parker's daughter could be next. She's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But if she's not careful, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

If you laughed and cringed your way through Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you are going to love NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD!
Other Books in the Deadwood Mystery Series
**Don't forget to pick up the second book in the Deadwood Mystery series, Optical Delusions in Deadwood: "Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful!" --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity winning author

**Also available: Dead Case in Deadwood(Book 3)..."Masterful storytelling. Masterful suspense. Masterful humor. You name it, Ms. Charles has mastered it." --Carolyn McCray, author of 30 Pieces of Silver, #1 Kindle Bestseller in Men's Adventure/War genres

**As of February 14, 2013, Better Off Dead in Deadwood(Book 4) is available: "Flirty, Frisky, Frantic and Frightening ... Better Off Dead is just plain Fun!!!!" --Terri Reid, Bestselling Author of the Mary O'Reilly Mystery Series

**For some Deadwood Mystery Series short story fun, check out Deadwood Shorts: Seeing Trouble.

Other Works
**If you were looking for Ann's Bestselling Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series full of more laughs, suspense, and romance, search for Dance of the Winnebagos...where digging up secrets from the past becomes deadly. Also, check out Jackrabbit Junction Jitters (Book 2).

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  • Publisher: Ann Charles; 1 edition (Jan. 15 2011)
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  • Language: English
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159 of 168 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00092e8) out of 5 stars Loved it! Feb. 22 2011
By J. Larson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this on a whim for my kindle, and was so glad I did! It was an easy breezy read, the writing was good and clever and not at all lame as some of the kindle books by unknowns can be. I thought the characters were well-drawn, and the kids were too funny, kept me laughing the whole way. The main character Violet was likable and someone you wanted to root for. I am certainly going to read this author again,trust me when I say this one is a thumb's up!
84 of 92 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04d4558) out of 5 stars Nearly Departed in Deadwood Feb. 21 2011
By Kimberly Rupp - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fast read, even with my busy schedule I finished it within a week. Even though I am not into mysteries, I started reading it as I live near Deadwood in the Black Hills. You do not need to be from the Black Hills to love this book. Great story line, made it easy to visualize Violet Parker in her adventures. Loved the mixture of mystery, love, and paranormal. Ann Charles had me sitting on the edge of my seat and I want to read more, can't wait until the next one is out. How long do I have to wait Ann Charles?
65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
By Kara C. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An un-put-downable book! (I kept reading when I should have been doing other things.) I loved the fun, colorful characters and snappy dialogue and I'm looking forward to many sequels.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06e3e40) out of 5 stars Tremendous story-telling May 8 2012
By ParaYourNormal - Published on
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Originally reviewed April 22, 2011
Kelli McCracken, PYN Reviewer

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles follows the adventures of Violet Parker, a single mom turned real-estate agent in Deadwood, South Dakota. Life should be great working as Realtor, but it's not. In fact, if Violet doesn't sell a house in three weeks, she will lose her job to the nephew of chauvinistic coworker, Ray.

Mr. Fake Tan is dead set on making Vi's life a living hell, constantly trading barbs with her about how much she sucks at being a real estate agent.

Just as things begin looking grim for Vi, enter Wolfgang Hessler, heir of the local Hessler Jewelry store. He requires her services in helping him sell his dearly departed mother's large Victorian house.

The news is just what Vi has been hoping for, until she shows up and finds the house needs more than a little cleaning. Desperate to make a sell and keep her job, she takes on the challenge of selling this dilapidating house. If only she knew the eerie little secrets contained within the walls of this once grand home, would she have been so willing to take it on? They say every person has skeletons hiding in their closet. Does the same go for houses?

As if this isn't enough of a challenge, she meets Dane 'Doc' Nyce, the handsome neighbor to the realator office she works in. On their first encounter, Doc sends Vi falling to his feet...literally. Doc hires Violet to find him a house, the second best news of the week.

It seems like life is finally through knocking Violet down. Not only does she have a house to sell, she has a potential buyer. Of course, nothing in life is ever that simple.

Among her troubles at work, there is a serial kidnapper going around snatching little girls that fit her daughter's description to a tee. Now she not only has to worry about keeping her job, she has to worry about protecting her children.

Overall, I found Nearly Departed in Deadwood a pleasure to read. Ann's characters have vivid personalities that are well drawn and at times, quite humorous. I found myself laughing loudly at Violet's thoughts. Her sarcastic sense of humor is refreshing and unlike any of the books I've read within the last year. It's no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous.
85 of 106 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0575264) out of 5 stars At least it wasn't expensive July 25 2011
By Sunny Leap - Published on
Format: Paperback
Obviously, I am in the minority here but I found Violet to be extremely silly, sex-crazed, and a scarily inept mother. Her daughter matches the profile of three girls who have been kidnapped over the past year. Violet claims she is worried but instead of immediately sitting down for a talk, she tiptoes around her kids, who are a handful getting out of control. She waffles because she doesn't want to restrict them but a nine-year-old girl who steals chickens and ignores warning signs to chase after a chicken and thus falls down a mine shaft needs a little restriction for her safety IMO. I'd be a little upset if my kids advertised for dates for me, used my toothbrush on their pets, ignored my requests and were generally thoughtless, whiny or sullen. Not that I expect perfect behavior from anyone but her kids were annoying, not amusing.

Violet knows there's a serial kidnapper around and she's even suspicious about some of the men but does that mean her libido will let her reject dates with suspects? Of course not. So it was a matter of time before the kidnapper caught up with her. I barely made it to the end of the book, skimming over the last part just to see who the kidnapper was. Recommended if you like ditzy blondes blinded by lust and men who are shallow caricatures: the mysterious maverick, the chauvinist pig, the sexy villain...