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A Shot in the Dark [Kindle Edition]

Mackenzie Morgan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The only thing on Dr. Tracy Forrester’s mind when she wakes up Saturday morning is finishing out the semester and getting some well deserved rest. With that thought in mind, she settles down to grade the papers that have come in over the past week, but before she can get the first paper graded, the phone rings.

Late Friday night, the sheriff’s niece, a woman of seemingly impeccable character, was found murdered outside her place of employment, the apparent victim of a bungled robbery. Within the hour, the police arrested and charged a local college student. Unfortunately, the student was one of Tracy’s.

Before the weekend is out, Tracy is drafted to help investigate the crime for the defense. As the defense team takes a closer look at the victim, they uncover a number of motives and multiple suspects. As the investigation deepens, the town closes ranks, and soon Tracy’s on the verge of losing everything she’s worked for.

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  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDA4K
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  • Lending: Enabled
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery With Lots of Suspects January 10, 2011
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This mystery has most all of the things I like in a good read. The plot moves along at a quick pace. There are numerous characters (suspects). The clues are plentiful and intriguing. It also avoids most of the things I dislike in mysteries. There is no overt violence or foul language. The main character does not find herself in mortal jeopardy on every other page (in fact, she never really is in jeopardy at all--remarkable!). The whole story treats the reader as a participant in the crime-solving--a wonderful way to feel when reading a mystery.

The tale starts out quickly with the murder of a local woman who works at a convenience store. The police soon arrest a young man seen exiting the store with her on the surveillance tape. The young man, it turns out, is a college student and volunteer at a campus rape crisis center which is run by Tracy, also a college professor--and the book's protagonist. Tracy cannot believe that the young man (Eric) could commit such a horrendous crime and she quickly enlists the aid of her friends and a local lawyer to assist in his defense. The lawyer agrees to take the case only if Tracy and company will assist with the investigation, believing that the only way to exonnerate Eric is to prove who really killed the woman. The rest of the book details their efforts in tracking down the killer and the reader gets to follow their efforts.

I was completely engaged in the investigation conducted by Tracy and her friends. The clues are judiciously placed and clever. The suspects are plentiful and all have realistic motives (the victim was not a nice person). Probably the only critique I have is that Tracy's role as a college professor is presented in a rather unbelievable fashion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read June 22, 2010
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I came across this book by chance and was glad that I did.
A splendid read from start to finish.
Who did it?
You will be kept in suspense till the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Author's Best April 15, 2012
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I loved this author's "Terah" books and gave them 5 stars. For that reason, I expected to like "A Shot In The Dark", but didn't. The writing mechanics were excellent and the plot was interesting and had a lot of possibilities. Nevertheless, the book did not live up to its potential.

There was too much boring repetition in the book. As another reviewer noted, there were a lot of repetitive actions, like making coffee, that did nothing to further character development or plot. The characters seemed dull, flat and lifeless. There was no real sense of of passion, suspense or tension that pulled one in and kept one reading. I finished the book, but I could as easily have walked away from it. In the "Terah" series, character development was excellent, and the action, tension and suspense drew the reader in. Those books were page turners, impossible to put down. With the "Terah" books, Mackenzie Morgan proved that she is first rate author.

I don't know if "A Shot In The Dark" is the author's first book, but it doesn't stand up well in comparison to the "Terah" books. Had I read "A Shot In The Dark" first, I would not have put Ms. Morgan on my 'must read' list, which would have been my loss.

This was not a bad book, but it just did not capture my imagination or appeal to me. For anyone wanting a light, clean mystery, this might be a good choice. I would give it two and a half stars, but since I can't, I'm giving it 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and accurate July 9, 2010
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Very, Very methodical. Not that much intrigue or suspense, but very methodical.
Good reading without loss of accuracy in processes. Everything tied together
with precision - but almost predictable. Enjoyable & interesting, just not exciting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a fun mystery to read March 29, 2012
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There are a few details in the book that bugged me a little bit. For example people are ALWAYS making and drinking coffee. At all hours of the day. Maybe some people do that in real life, but not necessary to read it over and over again. Another example is that the author seems to think that text messages and e-mails are one and the same. Then there's an instance where one of the characters needs driving directions so she looks it up on Rand McNally's website. Who does that? Doesn't everyone use google maps or yahoo maps or mapquest? Maybe that's just me. Also, everyone refers to a purse as a pocketbook. I don't know if this is a southern thing or a generational thing. It just seemed odd to me.

But that's just nitpicking on my part. The truth is that it was a really fun read. The characters were interesting. The plot moved along easily. The mystery gets solved in a satisfying way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book. May 12, 2013
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It seems that a lot of the reviewers felt this book was too predictable and that there was not enough action. If you are into fast paced thrillers, then I suppose that could be true. On the other hand - the realistic presentation makes one wonder and realize that this could easily happen in real life.
The author did a good job of connecting the thoughts and emotions of the characters to the reader. I felt this was very well done and made me feel like I was actually there with the group. I enjoyed the book a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
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Mackenzie grew up in a small town in the piedmont of North Carolina during the 60's, and after graduating from college, she returned to her hometown to teach high school. Thirty years later, after retiring from the classroom, she decided to pursue something she'd always wanted to do. She began to write.

Books have always played a large role in Mackenzie's life. She's been an avid reader since elementary school, and has always considered reading her favorite form of entertainment. Her goal in writing is to write books that she'd enjoy reading.

When she isn't working on one of her books, she likes to wander through the woods with her dogs. According to her, that's where some of her best ideas are born and begin to spin a life of their own.


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