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Calculated Loss (Madeline Carter Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Linda L. Richards
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Book Description

High finance and haute cuisine . . . a recipe for murder

It's been years since former stockbroker Madeline Carter bothered thinking about her gastronomically gifted ex-husband, Chef Braydon Gauthier. Between quitting her soul-sucking career and discovering what life is like during daylight hours she's been kind of busy. But when Madeline learns Braydon took his own life, she drops everything and hightails it to the funeral.

It doesn't take long to realize Braydon's death is more murder than suicide. Madeline knows her ex would never have prepared himself a poison-laced dinner of duck a l'orange -- let alone pair it with a big, beefy Shiraz! The culinary star would have eaten fast food first.

So who's responsible? Madeline definitely has her suspicions, but one thing's clear: in the pressure-cooker world of high cuisine and higher stakes, a reputation is worth killing for.

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". . . a bracingly intelligent whodunit." -- Laura Lippman on The Next Ex

". . . verve and scalpel-like precision . . ." -- Gayle Lynds on The Next Ex

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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DTZ6DI
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Whodunit September 30, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
CALCULATED LOSS is just okay. This is an intelligently written book, but I found it a rather slow-paced experience with little suspense.

Madeline Carter is a former stockbroker who currently makes her living in Los Angeles as a day trader. At the beginning of this novel, she learns that her ex-husband, Chef Braydon Gauthier, has committed suicide.

Madeline further learns that her ex's family wants her to attend the funeral in Vancouver. This is despite the fact that she hasn't seen Braydon in nearly ten years. When Madeline attends the funeral, she quickly learns that the circumstances surrounding her ex-husband's suicide are quite suspicious.

This novel is readable, but takes a long time to get started. Much of the novel is devoted to the thoughts, opinions, memories, and ruminations of the main character. I ultimately found Madeline to be a rather bland and passive heroine. Instead of taking action, she spends most of her time in this book thinking about and reacting to the behavior of others.

This is also one of those novels where the heroine often learns things by pure luck. There are multiple scenes in this novel where Madeline just magically happens to be at the right place at the right time to learn a key new piece of information. After a while, this unbelievable string of coincidences strained credibility for me.

This isn't a badly written novel by any means, but I would avoid this mystery if you're looking for a fast-paced suspense novel with a believable plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, tasty and intriguing November 1, 2012
By Jacquie
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What a great read! It had all the elements of mystery, drama, great food, humor and fun as well. The author does a good job of expressing the thoughts of the "heroine"? and keeping one in suspense. Super descriptions of beautiful Vancouver, B.C.
Just one tiny irksome problem: way too much overuse of the colon when a semicolon would have been appropriate. This is problem a formatting issue and not the author's selection, I'd bet.
All in all, a super book!!!! Can't wait to buy and read the author's other books next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting and Fun Thriller July 20, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've long enjoyed the Madeline Carter series by Linda L. Richards, as she manages to do what I thought was impossible. Namely, make the intricacies of finance and day trading not only understandable, but incredibly fascinating. With CALCULATED LOSS, Richards shares with the reader not only the details and stresses of day trading but also the incredibly entertaining world of professional cooking and celebrity chefs.

When Madeline hears that her ex-husband has committed suicide, she's plunged back into her bittersweet memories of a marriage she left when her professional ambitions combated with Braydon Gauthier's more lackadaisical approach to life. Since the end of their marriage Bray's life completely changed though, as he eventually became a celebrity chef with his own television cooking shows, bestselling cookbooks, frozen food line, and numerous restaurants. But the loss of a star of his flagship restaurant apparently caused him to poison himself, leaving his mother and sister shattered and requesting Madeline's help in figuring out the family's complex corporation.

The family also awakens doubts about whether Bray really did kill himself, a suspicion Madeline excuses as grief until she hears the method of Bray's poisoning. Believing that he would never had consumed a last meal of duck with orange sauce (how cliché!), Madeline begins to explore the murky practices of Gauthier Fine Foods and the new life Bray created without her.

This is a wonderfully engaging novel that entertains the reader with food and finance information while never giving short thrift to the plot or characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Amerson September 6, 2012
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Started reading this book and got hook real fast. It was hard to put down through the whole story but really hard toward the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tasty delight! August 11, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Calculated Loss, Madeline Carter, an intelligent and somewhat humorous former stockbroker, investigates the suspicious suicide of her ex-husband Braydon Gauthier, a man who had seemingly become someone completely different from the man she had married.

Remarried and far more successulf than Madeline had ever known, Braydon apparently committed suicide because of a lost star in the restautrant rating business. But his note and last meal are definitely suspect, especially since Madeline knew Braydon well enough to know he'd never eat duck a l'orange.

She is hired by her ex-mother-in-law to look into Braydon's business, but Madeline finds more than some cooked books. And as the suspects line up in a long row, she finds herself in a precarious position.

Filled with interesting characters and witty humor, Calculated Loss is a crash course in stocks and pinks, day trading and the world of haute cuisine. Linda L. Richards has penned another sensational, tasty mystery that will take you through the city of Vancouver in such rich detail you'd swear you were standing there. From one Canadian author to another, kudos, Linda!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Aprilodum
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is the second book by this author that I have read. Both were well written and plotted, keeping my interest through to the end and hoping for more Madeline Carter books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars love amazon
This book started off slowly, but once it took off I couldn't stop reading it. I think I finished it in 3 days.
Published 13 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read, if you like suspense
This book was a welcome surprise for me. I liked the suspense and pace that Linda Richards has put into this work. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lware52
5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
The usual excellent story about Madeline. I just wish that the author would complete Madeline's story and write more - instead of stuff like the truly horrible "Indigo Factor"
Published 24 months ago by Mara
5.0 out of 5 stars Calculated Loss
Madeline Carter a former stock broker hasn't thought about her ex-husband Chef Breydon Gouthier in years. Read more
Published on May 20, 2013 by lady g
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
This is the first novel from this writer that I have read. I don't really care to read the rest of the book. I got bored just reading about stock trading and the main character.
Published on February 19, 2013 by andimaxx
3.0 out of 5 stars Calculated Loss
The book moves slowly and is very detailed told in narration form. There is not much edge of your seat action for the first half. Read more
Published on February 15, 2013 by Diana
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into this book
I've started this book three times but find it hard to get interested in. Will give it one more time and then if can't seem to buy into the plot will send it off to cyber space.
Published on February 4, 2013 by rfaris
5.0 out of 5 stars calculated loss
was a good read , found it hard to put down, i did not pick the bad guy, I will read other books by this author
Published on January 19, 2013 by lizzy
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I am the editor and co-founder of, one of the Web's leading magazines about books and authors. As a journalist, I've written extensively about books, authors, high tech and business for a number of publications. I am the author of seven novels, the most recent of which is DEATH WAS IN THE BLOOD (June 2013). I was raised in Los Angeles and Munich, but currently live near Vancouver, Canada, the city of my birth.

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