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A Brush with Death [Kindle Edition]

Vicki Briner
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fledgling reporter Abby Reed’s world is turned upside down when friend and mentor Patrick McDonnell is found murdered. Wanting to bring closure to their relationship as well as his life and career, Abby decides to finish his last story, and that means she’s going to have to start asking a lot of questions.

Marcus Anderson, an amateur art historian and employee of the District Attorney’s office, keeps popping into Abby’s life and getting under her skin. He proves himself knowledgeable and becomes an important source of information. But as she's beginning to realize, first impressions can be deceiving. And besides, how could someone so attractive be so annoying?

Tracking down Patrick’s story leads Abby into the South Florida art scene where she finds out it’s not just the brushes that are dirty. She uncovers long-hidden secrets, drawing the attention of powerful men who will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing a decades-long scam with world-wide ramifications.

Someone thinks Abby knows too much. Will she get to tell her story or will she be silenced forever?

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  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brush with Mystery and Intrigue January 5, 2013
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The characters were interesting,familiar and likeable. If you want a good mystery novel that unfolds in front of your eyes this is the book for you. The twist of the plot was really well written and left me wanting to hear more stories about Abby. For her first book Vicki Briner kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. I started reading and did not want to put the book down.
Can't wait to read more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story of Courage and Friendship May 4, 2013
By Dorothy
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This story is a great first novel by the author. The story is well written, flows smoothly, easy to read, it grabs you right away and keeps your attention to the end. The characters are believable and well defined.

Abby Reed is a new reporter whose world is turned upside down when her mentor and friend Patrick McDonnell is murdered. She feels she must do something to honor him, so she decides, with permission from her boss, to finish his last story. This decision, she will soon learn, will get her into situation after painful situation.

Marcus Anderson is an amateur art historian and is also a paralegal to the DA. Marcus and Abby have a rocky start at first with misunderstandings and more. Finally, they get it together and start being friends. Will this friendship turn into love? Only the author knows this. What it does turn into though is a sincere caring for Abby and he turns out to be her knight in shining armor for sure.

As she works on Patrick's story she gets deep into art theft and tries to find out what is going on. With everything she learns, the people behind the scheme break into her home, her office, and bomb her car. All the while, Marcus is there to rescue her and support her.

This is a mystery you can't miss. I recommend it highly.

For those who hate sex scenes, there are none,
For those who hate bloody gore, there is none.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brush with Death May 5, 2013
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I have no idea why this book got five star reviews. I have the Kindle version and am having a tough time staying interested. The dialogue is too amateurish and stilted for me. I'm not sure if it gets better as it moves forward but if it doesn't I probably won't finish it and I hate starting a book and not reading it. Good thing it was a free download.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brush with Death March 20, 2013
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This book is a very good first effort. I hope she will continue to follow with the same character(s), especially how the love relationship develops. The writing is clear and the plot well scripted and the surprise ending was refreshing. I look forward to her next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! May 12, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed A Brush With Death. I found the author's attention to detail informative and especially liked her knowledge on art forgery. The story flowed nicely and being familiar with South Florida, at times felt as if I was right there with the characters. I think she did an excellent job of capturing the readers attention and maintaining it. I am looking forward to reading her second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brush With Death. byVicky Brinar December 10, 2014
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First of all I enjoyed this mystery because of the Art conection!!It was interesting and exciting!
The chacters were believeable! I learned about News Papers, and the Art world as well as the State of Florida!
Thank you for being a writer!
Ruth A Dryfoos 82 and still read everyday
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brush with Death October 29, 2013
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A fun read. I enjoy and appreciate good writing and art. Lots of action and sub plots present in this book. Murder, intrigue, forgery, romance....this book had it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was my first book by Author, Vickie Briner October 4, 2013
By MizD
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When news reporters get a line on a juicy story, they just work it like a hawk, this reporter not only had a great story lead to follow, but a good start in finding out who killed her friend , Patrick. Love interest, Matcus, was a nice surprise in the equation. Couldn't get enough of this story. I will definitely pick up more of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job of keeping the reader's interest and the mystery going through the entire book.
Published 5 months ago by Shirley R. Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Line
I enjoyed reading the book. Interesting story line. Good selection of characters. It kept my interest and made me want to find out the ending.
Published 23 months ago by Jansen/Leslie Stamps
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This book had an interesting premise, well developed characters, and a story line that unfolded nicely. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant
This is a nice light read that provides a great escape from life's harsh realities.
I really like the characters and the fact that both language and romance are G rated. Read more
Published on May 12, 2013 by Mariann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Gave the rating because it is a real page turner. The characters were very real for such a fast read. Loved the twists which kept me guessing. Needs a better proof reader.
Published on May 11, 2013 by Aswaski
5.0 out of 5 stars It kept me interested and on my toes!
For a first book I think the author did an amazing job. The suspense kept me interested throughout the book. I loved the unusual ending. Read more
Published on May 11, 2013 by Flarbird
3.0 out of 5 stars Young adult more than adult...
The heroin, Abby, is written as a bit immature considering her chosen professional career. She's very Polianna in her approach to being an investigative reporter after her best... Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Charlotte H.
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