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Past Pretense: The Second Patricia Delaney Mystery Paperback – Mar 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd (March 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704344645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704344648
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Short sets a new standard for the mystery genre! Aug. 24 2014
By Charles A. Ray - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Private investigator Patricia Delaney is hired by Gigi Lafferty to take on an unusual case – Lafferty, after having called Delaney and asking her to investigate her husband to see if he’s cheating, arrives late for their appointment and announces that she actually wants herself investigated. An expert in using the computer to ferret out information, Delaney reluctantly takes the case. She finds nothing unusual, but when she finds Lafferty murdered at her house, she learns that her client is actually an acquaintance from her past – Loretta King, a former exotic dancer at a club where Delaney had worked as a dancer. Unfortunately, the police suspect her as the killer, and she now has to prove her own innocence.
Past Pretense by Sharon Short is a spellbinding tale of murder, intrigue, and secrets that I received a free copy of in exchange for an unbiased review. I found myself totally captivated from page one, and couldn’t put it down until the end. Short is a master at weaving a tale of suspense, with rich description of people and places that draws the reader into the world she’s created. Her use of the third person enables us to see everything that’s going on, but she skillfully plants clues that force the reader to pay careful attention. I found myself rooting for Delaney from the outset, captivated by her merging of computer skills with good, old-fashioned gumshoe work, as she sets about not only solving Lafferty’s murder, but as she delves into her own past to solve an old crime that she’d long since forgotten.
Past Pretense sets a new standard for the genre, and I look forward to Short’s next offering
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Story Carries Plot of this Excellent Detective Novel Aug. 27 2014
By DJ Weaver - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this mystery. The plot and character development were excellent. The protagonist, Patricia Delaney, is someone I would enjoy having as a friend. She's intelligent, tenacious and "scrappy." While the book is part of a series, Short has done an excellent job of ensuring the book stands on its own. No prior knowledge is required to follow the plot, the plot is tied up neatly at the end, leaving me with a sense of closure. At the same time, I know I would like to follow the protagonist into the next phase of her life.

The plot turns on the protagonist's technology skills which were cutting edge at the time the story was written. The author's forward acknowledges that the technology is now dated. I want to assure prospective readers that the book is strong enough and timeless enough to overcome this small issue.

Note: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars past pretense Sept. 5 2014
By Tony R. Parsons - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1993, Cincinnati, OH; Gigi Lafferty (wife, former exotic dancer, aka Loretta King, Regina Marie Neumann) made an appointment to see Patricia Delaney (investigative consultant, PI, former bouncer, eGumshoe).

She was late for the appointment. It was not your usual request for a private investigator. Gigi wanted Patricia to investigate her past.

Gigi & husband Neil Lafferty who owns Lafferty Products (organic household, personal roducts) lived in the Maplewood Estates (8563 Montgomery Crossings Boulevard). They of course belonged to the Maplewood Country Club.

Neil had an ex-wife Belinda Sue Jamison Lafferty. They had 1 son Allen Lafferty (IT) who worked for dad, & lives with them on occasion.

So far Gigi’s background was squeaky clean. Case closed. Or was it?

Gigi & Patricia met at Gigi’s house to come to terms of the original contract (information/fee).

Patricia arrived to find a dog running loose, the front door open & Loretta King lying on the floor. Jessica Taylor (Lafferty Products, IT) had drowned in the pool.

Detective Nancy Grey (Montgomery PD) & Detective Jack Rubrick (Montgomery PD) interrogated Patricia.

Jay Bell (band, Queen of the River) is Patricia attorney.

The 2 Detectives came to visit with Neil. Gigi past was spelled out for him. Patricia goes to see Joey Poppy Jones all the girls’ former employee Poppy’s Parrot (strip club). He now runs Sacred Light Sanctuary of Hope (homeless shelter/worship hall).

Previously; low/behold out of nowhere Patricia gets a call from a female. They are to meet Thursday night at 10P.M. at Yeatman’s Cove Park near Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds).

Why was Jessica Taylor really killed?

Patricia Delaney continues her investigation. What will she uncover?

CD player (stereo), computer diskette CD-ROM disk, answering machine & .50 cents for a cup of coffee wow how quickly times/technology change.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written murder mystery crime-filled book. It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great crime movie, or mini TV series. 1 you must read to the very end. For the doggie & kitty lover. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free book (Smashwords)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
4.0 out of 5 stars Past Pretense by Sharon Short Sept. 23 2014
By Ski-Wee's Book Corner - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Past Pretense is a novel set in the 1990’s and begins with a nightmare that awakens Gigi Lafferty in the early hour morning remembering an appointment with PI Patricia Delaney who is someone from her past days as an exotic dancer. Gigi is being threatened with exposure of working at Poppy’s Parrot under the assumed name of Loretta King and needs Delaney’s help to find information another person might get hold of regarding her past life without alerting her husband Neil . Gigi goes to Delaney’s office expecting to be recognized but is relieved that the PI has no idea as to her real identity and contracts her services.

Patricia is an ex-bouncer from Poppy’s Restaurant turned private investigator and wonders about Gigi’s unusual request and feels there is something familiar with Gigi’s personality and characteristics.

Jessica is Gigi’s friend from Poppy’s Parrot who lands employment with Neil Lafferty’s company only to discover embezzlement and fraud deciding to blackmail the responsible parties causing danger to Gigi, Patricia, and herself.

Past Pretense has a good story line and plot with a few surprise twists and turns that usually does not happen in crime dramas, which created suspense and mystery. The only drawback was the superfluous descriptive thoughts and narrative without dialogue causing a break in anticipation of the novel’s next actions. I recommend to amateur book sleuths in the genres of mystery, suspense, and crime drama seeking a good read for an easy afternoon on a lazy weekend.

I received this book free from the Story Cartel reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, if somewhat dated Aug. 27 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A great story, even if somewhat dated - although it's humorous today to read about modem speeds and what an emoticon is. But the book is good enough that its age doesn't detract from the tale itself.

Ms. Stone's writing is a little flat at times, but her characters are interesting people and the plot believable. As in real life emotions and gut-level decisions get in the way of logic and intellect, resulting in both good and bad choices made by almost all of the characters. This installment in the Patricia Delaney 'egumshoe' series focused more on the search for a murderer and less on her personal life, except where it became a major part of the plot - no spoilers, but Patricia's past is an important part of this story. It was a very nice way to keep the reader involved with the character without detracting from the flow of the investigation.

I was not terribly surprised to find out who the murderer was; I had read between the lines when the foreshadowing took place. As it was subtle I think most readers will not pick up on the clues right away and may have a harder time figuring out the mystery.

Recommended as a quick, easy read when you want to be entertained and just a little bit challenged.

I received a free copy of this book from "Story Cartel" in exchange for this review.

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