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The Beholder (A Maddie Richards Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Bishop
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Book Description


Maddie Richards is an efficient and resourceful detective with a secret wish that she could handle her messy personal life as well as she handles her work life. As a homicide sergeant for the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department, she has one of the highest solve rates in America. Her success leads her chief of police to assign her a serial killer case. Some sicko the press calls the Beholder is killing beautiful women. Her chief describes the case as “a career maker or breaker, get me?”
She has an ex-husband she still cares for, but who was bad for her and her ten-year-old son. Her widowed mother who lives with her is both a blessing and a trial. And, oh yes, her ex-husband has married an extremely wealthy and politically connected woman who cannot give birth. So, Maddie’s ex is filing a motion to obtain permanent custody of their son, citing the risks attendant to Maddie’s police work endanger the boy.
If that were not enough, the brother-in-law of the chief of police is using his position as an administrative assistant to sexually harass Maddie. She could file a formal complaint, but the good-old-boys network in the department is watching how she handles the situation.
Further complicating Maddie’s life is two love interests: Gary Packard, a hunk who recently moved in across the street, and Lincoln Rogers, a confirmed bachelor, who lives thousands of miles away and works for the FBI.
As the case develops Maddie learns that the victims all wore the same bra size. She must decide if this is merely a coincidence or a criterion the killer uses when selecting his victims. She also finds that each of the victims is somehow connected to the Phoenix police department. This realization isolates her further as she must pursue the killer without disclosing this theory to her department because, if her suspicion is correct, the Beholder would learn she is closing in.
As the story races toward its climax, Maddie is betrayed by those closest to her, and she begins to believe her own name may be on the killer’s list.

Product Details

  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VIEFD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment July 23, 2012
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I dont know what has compelled so many people to rate this book so highly, but I was far from satisfied. The writer spent more time talking about the main character's thong underwear than giving any substance to the characters. for some odd reason, this "hard nosed" cop seems to think everyone is checking out her rear, the lackluster attempt at weaving a custody battle into the plot was left unfinished and seemed awkwardly smooshed into the rest of the novel, the main character had little to no basis for selecting her suspects, and the most obvious candidate for a suspect wasnt even considered. i knew who the killer was as soon as he/she was introduced into the first murder scene. The author gave no explanation as to why this very obvious candidate was totally overlooked throughout the entire novel, despite the fact that every person and their brother was a suspect even when they didnt even remotely fit the profile. Furthermore, the mother of the main character has been described (outside the text of the book) in a negative way, and she was the best character of all of them. I could go on...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time October 18, 2012
I am a big mystery/crime fiction fan and particularly enjoy those with female protagonists. "The Beholder" has to be one of the worst mysteries I've ever read. The dialogue was stilted and full of cliches, the changes in narrative were abrupt and jarring, and the characters, for the most part, were not very well-developed. When the killer is finally revealed, it's not a big surprise because of course, it's the person you least suspect. But why he's such a sadistic killer is never explained. Don't waste your time or money on this one--if you want to read a good mystery with a female lead try Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski series or Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles, just to name two much, much better choices.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for sissies! November 12, 2011
Actually, I am a sissy when it comes to suspense and graphically written scary books, movies etc. However, Maddie Richards, David Bishop's courageous lady detective, inspired me with courage and undeniable curiosity to join her in the search for the fiendish killer. Along the way the "salted clues", kept me guessing and wondering if I could outsmart Maddie.
I loved the detailed writing of this female character, not something most male writers can accomplish. She is smart but vulnerable and has plenty of personal problems of her own besides the demands of being a detective in the "old boys' police department. Bishop kept the pressure on till the end, but Maddie never caved.
Pick up this book for an exciting read--Maddie will see you through.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Beauty March 13, 2012
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I hate to spoil the 5 star streak, but Eye of the Beholder is just average. The plot revolves around Maddie Richards, a police detective investigating a serial killer who "signs" each kill with "I'll get you my pretty". Somehow, the killer is given the moniker "The Beholder".

Unfortunately, the author spends more time describing Maddie's physical assets than on the plot. We're never told what made the killer all of a sudden start killing, why these particular victims were chosen, and the meaning behind the "I'll get you my pretty". Or, perhaps we were and I just skipped past it trying to avoid the miles of meaningless description. The ending is abrupt, as if the author hit a magic word limit and needed to wrap it up quickly.

If you're looking for a good mystery with competent and well-thought-out female main characters in law enforcement, there are much better options that this.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty light fare April 16, 2012
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i would not call it a bad effot. but in my assessment it ceertainly does not desrve the level of praise it has received from the other reviewers. it is not highly suspenseful. the story has a fabricated sense to it. it was readable but not something i would recommend. another reader called it average. this would be my rating at best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow March 5, 2013
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Very slow and very boring book. The story dragged on for what seemed like forever and then it was like the author got bored and sick of writing and abruptly ended the entire thing in less than 10 pages. I will definitely not be wasting any more time on this author or his books.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn! February 9, 2013
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So full of cheesy old fashioned hard boiled detective genre similes I couldn't get beyond the first few pages. Stupid stupid stupid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Read June 2, 2013
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This is one of the best suspense books I've read (and I read a LOT of suspense). I was immediately drawn in by the story of Maddie Richards on the trail of an unimaginably twisted serial killer. The author has an amazing voice and the story is quite well done. The plot is twisting and keeps you guessing. The characters are believable and the kind you care about. I love it when I discover a new author who has the ability to captivate me and keep me reading late into the night. I absolutely will read more books by this author. I did have one picky comment for Mr. Bishop, and it certainly doesn't take away from the story, but geez, most women friends do not occasionally wear each other's bras. Okay, had to get that little thing out of my system. Fantastic book. If you're looking for a thriller you can't put down, this one's for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good reading
I recommend this book It was hard to put down. Very fast reading.
I would read other books by this author.
Published 15 days ago by Shelly Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK
This was a super book.

It is fast paced and keeps you guessing until the end. This book has a wonderful sense of humanity and how it can effect our lives. Read more
Published 18 days ago by jeanne zabst
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
The similes drove me nuts during the first quarter of the book. Then Bishop his readers fill in some of the details and wrote an interesting story. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Cynthia J. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by mary rice
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beholder
David Bishop is s GREAT writer..Love his suspense and trying to figure out who done it and why. Always looking forward to his next book
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Jo Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars can't put it down book!
Great mystery, humor and suspense book. I really enjoyed this, now going on to the 2nd part! Can't wait to read it!
Published 3 months ago by Mollie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beholder
I read this because I enjoy the mystery/suspense genre. This book was entertaining in my opinion. I felt that the story was easy to follow and the author did a great job of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Excellent book. Whenever I had to stop reading, I was anxious to get back to it and although very enjoyable I was sorry it ended as I could have continued reading for a long time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gail Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great STORY
LOVED this book, "The Beholder" AND I intend to read MORE mystery stories written by him. Great characters and a story that keeps you turning pages -- even when you should be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Memere3010
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More About the Author

David Bishop stuck his author nose under the edge of the mystery tent with his first novel in October 2011. Since then his mysteries have maintained a constant presence on Amazon Best Selling Lists in multiple categories of mystery novels. He has also been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries, including appearances among the top 10.

He writes several series characters:

MATT KILE MYSTERIES (in the order of release): Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, The Original Alibi, Money & Murder, and his newest release (Feb 1, 2014) Find My Little Sister.
MADDIE RICHARDS MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster.
JACK McCALL MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club.
The stories within these series are independent, not continuing. They can be read in any order.

Some personal comments from David:

I was born in Washington, D.C. From there my life likely mirrored that of a lot of my readers. We moved around. I got some education. Played some sports, and got some more education. Prior to becoming a novelist, I worked as a financial analyst determining the value of companies. But let's talk about my current and final career, writing mystery novels.

As a writer, I conjure up occurrences designed to quickly bring the story to a roiling boil. Along the way, I invent people. Victims and villains and heroes are needed, as well as a supporting cast. I make these people fun and interesting so you will welcome them and introduce them to your friends. Primary characters need habits and tics and talents, the qualities that bring them to life and make you love them or hate them. You'll want to see them humiliated or hunted down, be sucessful or seduced.

My mysteries offer you the opportunity to be challenged to find the villain from among the suspects. Clues as large as a log or as tiny as a bump thereon are salted throughout the stories. There are distractions in the form of false clues, called red herrings, which point to someone other than the real villain.

Take a journey with me. Laugh. Hold your breath. Cheer. Boo. The characters are rich and the plots are grabbers. I promise that you'll be glad you came along. Some people don't like golf or chocolate or even a hearty laugh. But I'll bet you like some of those things and I'll bet you'll like my mysteries. Yours very truly, David Bishop

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