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Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series Book 1) by [Thomas, Lisa B.]
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Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down.
The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers.
Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth.
If you like a clean, cozy mystery, buy Sharpe Shooter today!

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  • Language: English
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This is a very enjoyable and rather original cozy mystery.

Deena is a like-able and believable main character. All the characters in this story are well developed. The plot moves along at a fast pace, with plenty of twists and turns, but not TOO many. Just the right balance.

I have also read the second book in this series: Sharpe Edge and enjoyed it even more. I'm looking forward to downloading and reading book 3, later today!

If you like a cozy mystery with some substance, originality and an older, wiser but still "with it" main character, check out this series. You won't be sorry. :-)

Geraldine Helen Hartman, author of the midlife romance: Third Chapter, Second Chance and the Groovy Green Kitchen series
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Realistic characters and a lovely ending. Author writes well. Worth a Sunday read. Hope to read more by her soon.
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Well written mystery with unexpected conclusion.
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HASH(0xa0eb4ba0) out of 5 stars Easy relaxing read June 29 2015
By Julie Lommen - Published on
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Easy relaxing read. Funny in just the right places. One of those books you read when you just want to lose yourself for a while with out sex and violence. The limited violence in this book was even kind of funny
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa085e498) out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up. March 31 2015
By Rita Coyne - Published on
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I LOVED this book. The protagonist is a woman of a certain age (close to mine) who is at a crossroads in her life. She's funny and smart and deeply in love with her husband. She sets out to help her aged aunt and goes on a most unexpected adventure. The characters are fully developed and multi-layered. The writing is witty and smart and the story is expertly crafted. It's an all around great read. . I can't wait to find out what our heroine gets into next.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07fc198) out of 5 stars Sharpe Shooter May 12 2015
By ShyReader - Published on
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This story was incredibly interesting and had many fascinating turns and twists. Without giving away any spoilers, the story is based upon an historic event (one that brings out conspiracy theorists on a regular basis) and the author meshes the known reality of the events with her fictional story quite well. Although I've never been to the area where the real even occurred, the author really sucks you in and makes you feel like you were there. Really enjoyed the characters Deena and her husband Gary and the strong supportive marriage they had.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0942858) out of 5 stars Very Nice First Book April 1 2015
By Doc - Published on
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This one is a little different. Not your normal cozy fare. The mystery is well thought out and for the most part the characters are well drawn and the setting is interesting. This one takes place outside Dallas and the sleuth is a retired High School Journalism teacher. Plot is quite plausible and though there are few very minor typos that got through the book is pretty well edited. I like to keep my reviews spoiler free so that is much as I will reveal.
If you are a hard core cozy fan this one is lacking the cute factor. It is a well written mystery and one that is just a bit different as the case being solved is quite old. Travel with the main character as she figures it out and I assure you will be glad you did.

There is no indication that this is intended to be the start of a series but it would probably make a good one.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa060fe28) out of 5 stars "Sharpe Shooter" hits the bullseye: Highly recommended July 16 2015
By Mike Billington - Published on
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I bought "Sharpe Shooter" thinking I was going to read a fluffy, sometimes silly mystery with a naive heroine and a wandering plot.
I was disappointed.
In a good way.
Author Lisa B. Thomas has crafted an excellent mystery novel with a heroine "of a certain age" who is wondering just what to do with her life now that she has retired - not entirely voluntarily - from her job as a journalism teacher. She gets pulled into a web of intrigue when asked to help solve a long-standing family mystery; one involving an uncle who disappeared without a trace a half century earlier. What she learns along the way is sometimes shocking but she perseveres even though there are times when she feels unequal to the task and other times when she isn't sure that she really wants to know the truth.
In Deena Sharpe, Thomas has created a very intriguing heroine. Deena is not a brash youngster out to save the world but a Fifty-something woman who keeps pushing forward even when she'd rather not because her desire to do the right thing outweighs her private insecurities. She is happily married and devoted to both her husband and her brother, a veteran who never fully adjusted to life as a civilian. She can be funny and she can be fearless but she can also be frightened and stubborn. She is, in other words, a fully fledged character and not a one-dimensional one.
Thomas has surrounded Deena with some equally interesting characters: Her husband Gary, brother Russell, two aunts who want to know what happened to their missing kin before they pass on, and an author who specializes in conspiracy books all help to keep the narrative flowing smoothly.
That narrative is enlivened by the author's descriptions of social life in the Dallas suburbs: The gossip sessions at the beauty parlor, the courtesy-laden push-and-pull of conversations over afternoon tea, and church socials at which information can be gently pried out of people all read with a degree of authenticity that anyone who has ever lived south of the Mason-Dixon Line will recognize.
The plot revolves around two conspiracies - one local and one with national implications. I won't say more about that because doing so would be unfair to readers and to Thomas but I will say there are some very interesting twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages of this excellent story.
"Sharpe Shooter" lacks the cuteness of what we generally expect when we read a cozy mystery, but it is not lacking in humor. (I especially like the scenes in which Deena meets former students whose names she can't quite remember.)
In short, this is a warm, well-written book with wonderful characters and an interesting plot authored by a writer who has a fine eye for detail and atmosphere. I have no qualms about recommending it highly.