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A Book to Die For (Books to Die For 2) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Houston
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For fans of David Rosenfelt, Dean Koontz, Agatha Christie and Lawrence Block’s Burglar Books.

A Number One Cozy Mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Jake Martin is not your ordinary sleuth. He’s an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. This time the story takes place in the foothills of Denver. Jake is accused of manslaughter and he has to prove the accident was really murder. Along the way he encounters a poaching ring and falls in love with a beautiful game warden. The characters are memorable and the plot is multi-layered. It keeps the reader guessing who dun-it until the very end.

“Richard Houston is an author who understands the keys to unlocking a reader's interest from page one… Now, retired, he lives in Missouri where he has built a home by the water and writes books - his first outing being the Jacob Martin mystery series, of which this is the second installment (of what one hopes will be a continuing saga!)… This book, A BOOK TO DIE FOR takes up where A VIEW TO DIE FOR left off - the characters of Jake and his loyal dog Fred are on a new mission…” By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER

“I reviewed the author’s first mystery and found it a fresh take on the genre with much wry humor. The current one is a welcome follow up. It has one of those incredibly complex plots that had me scratching my head, and a large cast of supporting characters that I had to make notes to keep track of. The main character is Jake Martin, a divorced, unemployed software engineer and writer who is down on his luck, chronically short of money, drives an old car, and lives in a cabin in Colorado with a dog named Fred. Fred is amazing, but more about him later…” By Henry Simpson, Author of the Joe Costa Mysteries.

“Richard Houston has woven a fantastic tale full of mystery, love, deception, and of course- suspense. His style reminds me of the old detective novels I was addicted to as a youngster, the only difference being that in Houston's book, I didn't solve the mystery; I had to wait for the big reveal…” —By Heather S

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About the Author

Richard is working on his third career. His first was as a carpenter and roofer for twenty years while working his way through college. With a BS in Math he spent the next twenty-five years as a successful software engineer by working on the Space Shuttle at both Vandenberg AFB, and Johnson Space Center. He then went on to start Master Mind SofTools where he developed software for fortune 500 companies. After taking early retirement in 2007, he moved to Warsaw, Missouri and built a home on the water with a view to die for. Richard now devotes his time to raising his great-granddaughter and writing. He is currently working on the third novel in his "To Die For" series

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JLW1E1W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Storyteller! April 14, 2014
A Book to Die For, written by Richard Houston was an easy read. It was very well thought out. I found Richard to be a great storyteller that kept me captivated. His dialogue was fantastic. I found the book to be suspenseful and well written. You could easily visualize as you read the story, a perfect example would be this excerpt from the novel. “The deputy’s reaction was instant. He had his gun leveled at my head, holding it with both hands just like in the movies. “On the ground, Mister. Now!” At times I chuckled reading the story, “popping a hemorrhoid” (like having a cow) I had never heard that term before and it made me chuckle. I also cried when Fred knew whose ashes were being released. The story was very well done! I recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick, Captivating Mystery Of A Man and His Dog May 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not one for mysteries usually but this book was well written and kept my interest. The book is the second in the series written by Richard Houston, sometimes it is hard to pick up where the last finished but this continues with Fred the adorable Golden Retriever and his owner Jake.

The story isn't just a mystery but has elements of a love story, friendships and humour. The cleverly written twists and turns made solving the puzzle throughly enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery May 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A Book To Die For by Richard Houston was a great read. There is a mystery, action and humor. The characters were well developed and realistic, having both positive and negative traits. And Fred steals the show, he is an awesome dog. The mystery continues throughout the entire book and is not easily solved. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing. The writing style flows easily and the book is an easy read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well- crafted mystery with rea,is tic characters. This is the first book I've read by Richard Houston but it won't be the last.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant read. April 20, 2014
By Sammie
Format:Kindle Edition
The books I read are generally supernatural in nature and when i started reading this I didn't think it would be for me. However, Richard has the ability to draw you in with the easy flow of his first person narrative. As a reader, you immediately fall in love with Fred, the Golden Retriever and Jake, the main character but it's the clues and questions surrounding Jake's quest that keeps you reading until the very end.

My only small criticism, would be the sub-plots. Sometimes it made it hard to keep up with what was going on but ultimately, I liked it. Much more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend it to all the people out there that are fans of unraveling secrets and lies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out and holds your attention. May 24, 2014
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Hard not to like a detective who really isn't a detective with a partner who's a dog. Can't decide who is smarter but in any case, the story is easy and fun to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Die For June 2, 2014
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I have always loved books with great characters and animals in them so this one really made me happy. I look forward to many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review May 31, 2014
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Another awesome book. Can't wait for 3rd book. Wonder how I will know when it is released. An excellent job on mystery writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Fred! September 11, 2014
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I finished reading the book, “A View to Die For” last week. I wanted to read the next book in this series, “A Book to Die For”. I love how the dog, Fred, is a major character in this book as he was in the last book. This book is a mystery, love story, and comical all in the same book. It keeps you guessing until the end with lots of twists and turns. I look forward reading more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for mystery lovers of all ages
The characters are wonderful, I am looking forward to getting to know them better in the next book. Mr. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mary Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the dog
It's an ok book. I'm from Missouri and we vacationed in the Ozarks when I was growing up, so I could picture the area he was writing about. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lari L Solomon
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. I made the mistake of purchasing two of ...
Terrible. I made the mistake of purchasing two of his books at the same time. They both read like a highschool freshman with a drinking problem wrote them.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Excellent story, humor, friendship, lots of mysteries. If you like surprises in your stories, you will like this book. great read.
Published 23 days ago by Jean
1.0 out of 5 stars love rhe dog, but---
I didn't finish it. The xharacters just weren't likabke., except for the dog!
Published 29 days ago by Charlotte Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good main characters
I am giving four stars because I think there is potential here in this story series. Good main characters, not overdone, but the books (read 1 & 2) need editing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catspec
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story
Published 1 month ago by Debra Whitson
4.0 out of 5 stars A dog-lover's must-read.
Interesting story. I enjoyed the relationship between Fred and Jake.. Jake does have a strange talent for making friends and enemies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nina C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, loved the characters and of course the dog. Was not prepared for sad ending, hope the next book is a happy one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rescueAdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the book very much and going to get some of his other books
Published 1 month ago by Dona Crist
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More About the Author

Richard Houston was as a carpenter for 20 years while working his way through college. After earning a bachelor's degree in math he spent the next 25 years as a successful software engineer. Although he found success in those professions, he always dreamed of someday writing a novel. He honed that craft by taking every creative writing class he could. Somehow his poems and short stories usually had a dog as a major character. One in particular, Begging Not for Love, was published by the Mendocino Review.

Richard now lives and writes at his lake home in Missouri where he and his wife are raising their granddaughter and two dachshunds.

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