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The Opposite of Dark (Casey Holland Mysteries Book 1) by [Purdy Kong, Debra]
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The modest but resourceful Casey is a perfect heroine for our times, a combination of thought and action. —Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada

(2011-04-15)

This is truly a fast-moving action-packed thriller . . . I would have read this book at one sitting were I able to, I was so involved in the story. I am happy to learn that we will be seeing more of Casey in future books and can hardly wait! Great story with strong plot! —Nightreader's Read and Blog

(2011-10-26)

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When the police tell transit security cop Casey Holland that her father was murdered the previous night, Casey doesn’t believe them. Why would she, given that she buried her dad three years earlier? Desperate to understand what’s going on and if the man she buried really was Marcus Holland, Casey attempts to unravel the truth about her past.

Filled with twists and turns and the unwelcome help of a persistent stranger, Casey’s quest takes her to Europe where startling revelations place her in danger. An associate of her father believes that Marcus stole three million dollars from him and he wants it back. Convinced that Casey can find the money, the man won’t stop until he either has the cash or she and those she loves die.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 249 pages
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  • Publisher: Gypsy Moon Press; 2 edition (Sept. 9 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWD4UB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"The Opposite of Dark" is the first in Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series published by Touchwood Editions. And I am SO glad because I'm going to have more in the series to look forward to on winter evenings.

This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, believable characters and sets the majority of the book in metro Vancouver, with some scenes in European capitals. Her pacing is thrilling and the story complex enough to satisfy but not defeat you. She holds you in suspense till the end. The slim clues Purdy Kong dropped in the meat of the book only became apparent to me as the story unfolded at the end. I was never quite sure "who dun it." Just what I love in a good mystery novel.

Purdy Kong's writing is compelling, realistic, and tight. Can't wait for number two!

Highly recommended if you love contemporary mysteries.
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Debra Purdy Kong's new series starts off with a bang. Trying to recover from her broken marriage by applying herself to her career, transit security cop Casey Holland thinks nothing of chasing down a groper or purse snatcher while dressed as a decoy in stilettos and mini-skirt. But as she files her report at HQ, the cops come knocking at the door. She thought she had buried her globe-trotting architect father Marcus three years ago when he died of botulism in Europe. The casket had been open at the funeral back in Canada, so how could there have been a mistake? Imagine her surprise when police tell her that his body has been found bludgeoned in a house which he designed in pricey West Vancouver. Not only does the victim have a tell-tale facial scar, but an identical appendix-removal mark.
Who's the imposter, body one or two? Why would her beloved father have been living near her all this time, pretending he was dead? Or why would someone go to so much trouble to assume his identity?
Casey's mother Lillian bailed on the family seventeen years ago, leaving Casey with her attentive and caring father. Now Casey lives with Rhonda, her father's former fiancée, and Rhonda's daughter. The three females are close and supportive. Casey's "friend" Lou is on hand. Could their platonic relationship be blossoming into something serious?
To Casey, it makes no sense that her father faked his own death, abandoning those who loved him. She starts investigating close to home, visiting his eccentric former partner, who claims that he is mystified as anyone. But he hints of a secret life in Europe. What about that mysterious export business?
With her father's expertise at design, could something be hidden in that showcase home?
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Who would think that a transit security officer could get into so much trouble? If you haven't read Debra Purdy Kong this is a great place to start. Get a feel for life in western Canada and see the transit system like you've never seen it before!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept picking it up May 20 2012
By A.E. Bruce, Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Even better than "can't put down" book, The Opposite of Dark is a book I kept picking up despite being too busy to read novels at the moment.

The protagonist, Casey Holland would sympathize with my plight. She has a full plate investigating her father's deaths (yes, there were two of them) while finding a purse snatcher on the buses and looking out for her almost stepmother and stepsister.

Casey's day job with transit security is one of many perks of the read. Bounty hunters, private investigators and police detectives abound, but how many books have transit cops? Only one that I know of, and I'll be picking up the next book in the series to read more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story! March 1 2012
By Lila L. Pinord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved this authors first two books, so naturally I wanted to read this one! And glad I did.
It is a complex mystery, especially when she finds that her father has died - twice! Now that's a mystery if there ever was one! All through the book, after meeting all the characters, it is hard to decide who is the bad guy, who is the good guy/ or gal. But that's what a mystery is, right? I like that it takes place near Washington state where I live because I am familiar with the places mentioned in the book. You even begin to suspect the main character's best friend! That's what I like about it - so many suspects- that you can hardly wait for the end to see how it all turns out! Good job, Debra Purdy Kong!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew bus security could be so dangerous... Feb. 26 2014
By Biker Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Opposite of Dark is the first book in Debra Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series. I really enjoyed getting to know Casey, learning about her dysfunctional family and her job as a security officer with the city bus company. She was tough enough to chase down purse snatchers but still caring and warm hearted with the people in her life.
This is a mystery with a lot of crazy characters and a fast moving plot to keep you on your toes. I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the end, especially since so many of them seemed to be guilty of something. Most of the loose ends were tied up, but Casey still has a few unanswered questions and a romance to pursue, so I'm looking forward to the next mystery in book two. I've already put it on my TBR list.
If you're looking for a fun mystery filled with quirky characters and plenty of action, look no further.
5.0 out of 5 stars Will you ever take the bus again? April 17 2015
By MysteryReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Who would think that a transit security officer could get into so much trouble? If you haven't read Debra Purdy Kong this is a great place to start. Get a feel for life in western Canada and see the transit system like you've never seen it before!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning mystery March 6 2011
By Julie H. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Opposite of Dark" is the first in Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series published by Touchwood Editions. And I am SO glad because I'm going to have more excellent reads to look forward to on winter evenings.

This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, believable characters and sets the majority of the book in metro Vancouver, with some scenes in European capitals. Her pacing is thrilling and the story complex enough to satisfy but not defeat you. She holds you in suspense till the end. The slim clues Purdy Kong dropped in the meat of the book only became apparent to me as the story unfolded at the end. I was never quite sure "who dun it." Just what I love in a good mystery novel.

Purdy Kong's writing is compelling, realistic, and tight. Can't wait for number two!

Highly recommended if you love contemporary mysteries.