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A Hint of Murder [Kindle Edition]

Lia Fairchild
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Detective John Lewis encounters a unique cast of characters throughout each A Hint of Murder story. One reader said, “I couldn’t stop reading once I started.” Another said, -"The clues are all there, and there's an AHA! moment...Even I couldn't figure out who the killer was.."

The Writer
Bestselling author Alicia Fairfield has captured the attention of a killer who is recreating the murders from her books. Pinning down a suspect could prove difficult. Is one of her millions of fans the culprit? Or is the person much closer; her schizophrenic son, a disgruntled associate, or possibly even her loyal literary agent? The guilt over the loss of these innocent lives drives Alicia to the brink of despair. How close to the edge will she go before she can stop the menacing evil?
Story length 9,000 words

The Doctor
Russell Morgan had it all; good looks, the perfect woman, and a rewarding career as a respected physician. But when his patients start turning up dead, his world begins to crumble. If this murderer isn't stopped, everything the good doctor has worked so hard to build will be destroyed. Detective John Lewis returns to track down the killer.
Story length: 12,000 words

The Bouncer
Disillusioned nightclub bouncer Bobby Crane feels like nothing more than a glorified errand boy. He longs to be a professional singer, but just when he's offered a big break, a man is found dead and a witness claims to have spotted Bobby's car at the victim's house. Can Detective John Lewis and his new partner clear Bobby’s name and solve the murder? Or will all his singing be done behind bars?
Story length: 10,400 words

★★BONUS MYSTERY★★ “Homeless” will leave you with a smile, and a twist so surprising you never saw it coming.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00698G7U4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
In Lia Fairchild's "A Hint of Murder" anthology, the whodunit mystery is taken to a new level. Fairchild manages suspense like a pro, revealing everything in a way that still left me guessing what exactly the outcome would be. The stories are short but well-written and intriguing enough that I read all three in one sitting. The clues are all there, and there's an AHA! moment when the outcome is revealed. Even I couldn't figure out who the killer was in two of the stories until the ending. This, in my humble opinion, is the sign of a great mystery writer: someone who can lay all the cards on the table yet keep the reader guessing and - most importantly - reading.

The anthology consists of three short stories plus a bonus story. The first is about an author who descends into madness. The second details killings at a hospital, where nearly everyone has a potential motivation to kill. The third combines the seedy underworld with one of mankind's oldest motivations to commit murder. All three stories have red herrings among the suspects, people I really wanted to be the killers but who weren't.

All three stories also share a common detective team that's working the cases. I thought this was a great idea, because there were characters I could take with me from story-to-story and learn more about while I met the flawed people and glimpsed the broken worlds of those involved in the murders. The detectives, Frank and Lewis, were colorful and unique, and they didn't fall prey to the stereotypical detectives I've read in other books. I loved their exchanges and how Fairchild portrayed the connection they had from years of working together while maintaining each man's unique perspectives. I found myself grinning every time Frank came along in the story.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a hint of awesome January 27, 2012
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Lia Fairchild has a gift for being able to convey fully developed and realistic characters in very little time. These three short stories sucked me in and held me start to finish. I also love that the detectives carry over for each story, without dominating the tale. It adds a comfortable familiarity to the series.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ January 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I become aware of this author on Facebook and I am very glad that I did.

Lia Fairchild's A Hint Of Murder Series comprising THE WRITER , THE DOCTOR and THE BOUNCER are the perfect size to have for desert after lunch with no pesky calories. The characters are well drawn and the pages just fly by.......If you're looking for the perfect reading snack..this series is for you


Brooklyn New York
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Short Stories in a Bundle February 22, 2012
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Lia Fairchild bundled three fine short storis, The Series, The Doctor, and The Bouncer into a fun evening's read.
The Series introduces the investigators and my only complaint that for a short story there were too many murders.
The Doctor has a young physican in a contrepts as too many of his patients are ending up death.
The Bouncer is my favorite. Aspiring singer, Bobby Crane is waiting in the wings for his chance on stage when the police pull him in for questioning about the death of a man he visit earlier in the day.
Good police procedurals that will keep you guessing.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TREASURED SPOT BOOK REVIEWS February 22, 2012
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A HINT OF MURDER has three stories in one.The series reads like a who done it type of a read.The drama in the book raises your senses as to know which person in the stories could actually commit such a heinous crime.Also the author throws in a host of characters to peek your interest,and also to throw you off a bit.All three stories had me reading from page to page to find out who actually done the crime.Over all it was a great read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bite-sized mysteries. January 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved these three mysteries. They keep you guessing and involved as a reader right up till the end.

Loved the characterisation throughout from the author Alicia Fairchild who is in emotional turmoil. Through to the bouncer, Bobby Crane who is about to achieve his lifetime's ambition to be a singer, when the police arrive to question him about a murder.

Entertaining reads that will keep you on the edge of your seat between longer novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to Kill December 7, 2011
By Ey Wade
Format:Kindle Edition
A Hint of Murder is a collection of three mysteries written by Lia Fairchild. I enjoyed pitting my wits to the author in trying to figure out the murderers. Ahh, but she is sneakie. I have read other books by the Ms. Fairchild and I like her style of writing.Being an author myself I was tickled with the the plot of 'The Writer'. I like murder mysteries and wasn't disappointed with either of the stories in the anthology. They were well paced, not too gory, and very entertaining. Especially the strange the reasons people choose to kill someone. Loved them all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Mystery and Suspense December 21, 2011
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This collection of engaging short stories involving mystery and murder is fast paced and filled with unexpected outcomes. Each story is descriptive, well written and will keep you guessing until the end. The characters in each of the stories are very well defined and portrayed in a way that enables you to form an image of them in your mind as you feel their emotional conflicts.


Alicia Fairfield is a bestselling murder/mystery author. Regrettably for her, there is a bizarre turn of events when she discovers someone is actually committing the murders she writes about in her books. She is devastated and tries to cope with a situation that endlessly haunts her. The direction this story takes will keep you speculating until the very end.


Dr. Russell Morgan is a well-respected yet narcissistic Doctor who has the misfortune of finding his patient dead in his hospital bed under suspicious circumstances. Because the patient was terminally ill this was thought to be some type of mercy killing. When another patient turns up dead and his only ailment is a broken leg, the enormity of the situation is realized and the hunt for a killer begins.


Bobby Crane is finally getting the big break he has been waiting for. In minutes he will be taking the stage to sing in public for the first time thus making his dreams a reality. As he is being introduced he is tapped on the shoulder by police detective John Lewis who wants to discuss a murder. Allen Schaffer was brutally murdered and Bobby is abruptly thrust into the investigation because his car was seen at the scene earlier that day. The investigation will take them to a conclusion that is totally unexpected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars These were great short stories!
I was delighted to find I had another Lia Fairchild work to devour! It was filled with different short stories - all with different characters and settings which kept me anxiously... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marcy Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read!
Such a great story. And so well composed and written.
Lia Fairchild has become one of my favorite writers within the last few months. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CWhedon
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
If you like short stories, this book is for you. Several stories in one book for times when you don't have a lot of time to read.
Published 14 months ago by kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice language
There is something in the way this author writes. I guess reminds me of Great Agatha. Stories were really short but really nicely rendered. And bonus story - brilliant ;)
Published 15 months ago by Yezory
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written short stories.
Three short stories, well written and full of suspense ! Although I normally do not read short stories, I did enjoy these simply because they were loosely woven together through... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Babs Z.
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories are not what I typically read
The stories were okay however I like more in depth reading. They all began to run together for me. Each had a surprise ending, but we're more like something I would read from... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love murder mysteries
I don't read nearly as much as I'd like, so when I saw Lia Fairchild, whose book Vigil Annie was so good, had a short story book, I figured it was the perfect read for me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mystery writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Great Mysteries!!
"A Hint of Murder" by talented Author Lia Fairchild is sure to delight readers who enjoy "whodunit" type mysteries. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by Dolores Ayotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read
I love mystery & suspense and A Hint of Murder provided both. Three short stories that keep you wanting more and surprised by who done it.
Published on January 12, 2013 by wmbarbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories
A good book over all only if it went into more detail after each case to show what happened next. A greater rising action would help lead up to the climax/solving of cases.
Published on January 7, 2013 by Rachel
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More About the Author

Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild, is both a traditionally published and independent author who writes women's fiction, romance, and chick lit. Fans of her books praise her endearing, real characters who come to life in stories that will touch your heart.

Fairchild is addicted to the warmth of Southern California and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Look for updates on her and her books at or follow her on Twitter at!/liafairchild or Facebook at

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