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Summer People (Ray Elkins Thriller Series) by [Aaron Stander]
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"With a protagonist as deep and textured as Ray Elkins and a backdrop as varied as this resort community, Stander has created a high-quality mystery series.... Stander has written a solid, entertaining tale." -Foreword Magazine -Lansing State Journal "Stander's Cedar County with its haunting sand dunes, woodlands and Lake Michigan-alternately raging and serene-shape and shade every character on the canvas." -Northern Express "A thriller of the first order. Stander evokes these north woods and Lake Michigan with a poet's eye and the drama of the human heart with a detective's wry, unflinching touch." -New York Times BESTSELLER Doug Stanton

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READ THE NEWEST IN THE RAY ELKINS SERIES: DEATH IN A SUMMER COLONY. AVAILABLE AT KINDLE, AMAZON, AND AT INDIE BOOK STORES.

It is late June in Michigan's gold coast resort area. The summer residents are settling in for the season and the tourists are beginning to flood the highways and beaches. But the idyllic vision of a summer at the shore is suddenly shattered by a gangland-style shooting. This murder is quickly followed by the deaths of three more summer residents, each taking place under suspicious circumstances. At times hindered by local politics and the proverbial tension between the summer people and the natives, Sheriff Ray Elkins searches for the possible links between the four victims. As he probes into their tangled lives and dark histories, he finds both the motive and the possible murderer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Writers & Editors, LLC; Second Edition edition (July 1 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XKNWHM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great potential. Story moved along nicely, lots of clues for motive and opportunity and that's all he wrote. No resolution, no trial, no arrest even. Just *poof* it's over. I liked the characters and setting. Good crafting of the murders...but I needed a finale. Not sure this would keep me from reading another in the series but the author will get a scathing email or comment if he leaves me hanging again.

This was a Kindle freebie when I got it. Worth the time spent reading, but the ending was unfair. Give me my pound of flesh!
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Aaron Stander does an admirable job developing a sympathetic protagonist and supportive characters. All the elements for a good murder mystery are present including an appealing story line. For those looking to find a book that reminds them of the relationships within and among the peoples that are vacationers or "townies" of Summer resorts, this book examines the tensions from a unique perspective.
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A great setting, some suspense and very well-fleshed out characters make for a great summer read. The Sheriff is a very compelling and engaging character, and anyone who's ever spent any time "up north" will enjoy the wonderful descriptions of that area.
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Great summer read, especially if you are familiar with the northern Michigan area. Good characters and an ending you don't expect. Enjoy!
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e58d44) out of 5 stars Got what I paid for: $0 Nov. 25 2012
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book as a free Kindle edition and I got my money's worth. The book showed promise at times, but didn't live up to the potential. Numerous typographical errors in the book. At one point, Ray (I think the main character) seems to tell the other two main characters the exact same thing he told them in the previous scene and they acted as if they had never heard it. And then the ending...or wait...what ending? It was like the author just got tired and stopped writing. Wouldn't recommend this book if you have to pay for it.
61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e58f90) out of 5 stars A first book? Oct. 27 2011
By Ernie Wild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If not it reads like one. The writer has constant problems weaving a plot line and a story line together in a coherent fashion. Being a former writing teacher he should be able to do this better than he does! Plot lines are easy. I can come up with a couple a day but working them into a story line is something else again. It is what separates the men from the boys (or women from the girls to be politically correct). The problem with not being able to do this well is that any weakness in the plot line sticks out like a sore thumb as the story line isn't strong enough to help conceal it. The fellow with the truck and plow blade is a good example. The device was okay but it wasn't worked into the story well at all so it just kind of sticks out there as if the writer thought it up on the spur of the moment. There are too many examples of this sort of thing going on in the book. It gives it a real herky-jerky feel. Also as pointed out by another reviewer the ending just kind of peters out. It's very weak.
This book is typical of a lot of regional mystery writers. Fun if you live in the area but thin. So three stars for "OK" is about it.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e661ec) out of 5 stars Am I part of an experiment or something? Dec 24 2012
By Ionia Froment - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel like I am being recorded on a camera while reading this book perhaps by a scientific study group of some kind looking for a reaction when I reach the lack of end. There really is no end. I often find that other reviewers can be highly over dramatic in their reviews. So, naturally I thought the people who said this book did not have an ending were just being snarky. Turns out they were right. This book shows potential in the beginning and has some interesting parts in the middle, but then it just dies. There is not even any prelude to the death. It is there and then it is gone. I am lost and for once can't figure out what else there could possibly be to say about this title.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e66390) out of 5 stars Where's the end of the story? March 14 2012
By Suzie k - Published on Amazon.com
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I never found this book very interesting and apparently the author didn't either because it simply stopped after awhile, with no real ending. The only saving grace was the occasional slice of life descriptions of life in northwest lower Michigan.
60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e66264) out of 5 stars An enjoyable murder-mystery Jan. 13 2001
By Eric Howe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Aaron Stander does an admirable job developing a sympathetic protagonist and supportive characters. All the elements for a good murder mystery are present including an appealing story line. For those looking to find a book that reminds them of the relationships within and among the peoples that are vacationers or "townies" of Summer resorts, this book examines the tensions from a unique perspective.