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Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Hanson
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Book Description

When her best friend is murdered, Julie O'Hara, a body language expert, packs up her suspicion and flies to Boston for his funeral. Who could have killed rising artist Marc Solomon, and what does Castle Cay, the Solomon's mysterious Caribbean island, have to do with it? Before long, Julie's sixth-sense pulls a hidden string that unravels a deadly conspiracy...and her own troubled past.

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About the Author

Lee Hanson, originally from the Boston area, currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband. Castle Cay is her first novel in the Julie O'Hara mystery series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Rook Books (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZP1WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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190 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly-plotted murder mystery May 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In Castle Cay, Lee Hanson has meticulously crafted a fascinating murder mystery that will delight fans of the genre. The book has a very strong opening - the premise of the story is immediately revealed as the protagonist Julie O'Hara and the reader set about uncovering the truth behind her best friend Marc Solomon's death.

Julie O'Hara is a complex, vibrant protagonist whose particular skill (she is a body language expert) is invaluable in helping her `read' her suspects. But it is when the reader learns about her tragic past that Julie really starts to jump off the page.

One of the book's main strengths is that even the supplementary characters feel fully fleshed out - they are dynamic and interesting - which makes it more than just a murder mystery as you are deeply involved with the various family members and friends (from the deceased's relatives to Mafia members).

The author's greatest success is in putting together such a complex plot while retaining the page-turning narrative that keeps the reader hooked. Sometimes when an author adds extra elements to a plot it can detract from the storytelling, but when Castle Cay sees the introduction of the upper echelons of law enforcement, this only serves to deepen the reader's interest in this addictive novel.

This book is well worth reading - I will certainly be looking out for all future Julie O'Hara stories.
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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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Lee Hanson is a awesome indie writer who was born with a wonderful gift of being a great mystery/suspense/crime author.

This is my 2nd 5 star review for Lee Hanson's Castle Cay and Swan Song. Lee Hanson ranks right up there with the best female mystery writers of our time.

I love Lee Hanson's choice of having a unique main character, Julie O'Hara who is a body language expert and is also a down-to-earth person you'd want for a friend. Julie never gives up on finding who is telling the truth or not by watching for clues that she gets from their body language. She is so casually cool, calm and very relaxed when she asks people simple questions and watch's their movements for clues.

Lee's stories grab me from the beginning and keeps my full attention through out her stories and does not add any gory scenes or bloody scenes or over the top sexual scenes or violence. My type of mystery for sure.

A great read with believable characters and believable stories.

I can hardly wait to see what Lee Hanson plans to do with her fascinating characters in her next book.

I highly recommend Swan Song and Castle Cay
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning suspense novel June 24, 2011
NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book from the author.

This novel centers around Julie O'Hara, a woman in her late 30s who learns that her best friend, Marc Solomon, has suddenly passed away. Although Marc had AIDS, Julie refuses to believe that he committed suicide, and she soon begins to suspect foul play. Traveling from her home in Florida back to Boston, where she and Marc met many years before, stirs up some of the dark memories that she and Marc both shared of Castle Cay, a private island owned by the Solomon family. Did Castle Cay play a role in Marc's murder?

Author Lee Hanson does an excellent job of building suspense in this murder mystery. She writes likeable characters who are well-developed, adding interest to the plot. Although the one "bad guy" in this story was fairly obvious, I personally had no idea how exactly Marc's death occurred until it was revealed in the book. The author description describes this as the "first novel in the Julie O'Hara mystery series," and I see that there is already a second available, Swan Song. I would definitely be interested in reading further books in this series, especially to see whether Hanson uses Julie's occupation as a "body language expert" to greater advantage. But as a start, I would definitely recommend this engaging first book.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a fairly good read July 19, 2012
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I got the free kindle edition of this book. it took me a few days to read it and i liked it, not loved though
Especially at the beginning, i couldn't keep track of all the different characters but it was well-written, which counts for alot in my book :)

Except for a few missing words here and there, the book was descriptive and intelligently worded
I would try another read from this author in the future.
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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Quick, Okay Read September 25, 2012
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I liked the idea of the main character's job ..... body language specialist .... and thought that part of the character could have been better developed.

The beginning of the book flips back and forth from present to past. I dislike books that do that, but at least this didn't continue throughout the book. I felt like the author tried to put a lot of 'must have themes' into the book without really developing any of them (a gay couple, a crime mob family, a dysfunctional family, drug trafficking, sexual deviance, infidelity).

As I said this was a quick read so maybe if you're looking for a light diversion, this book would be okay to read. I honestly don't know if I'd read another book from this author or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
I enjoyed this book and it's characters. I love stories that take place on or near the water and if it's a mystery that's even better. Read more
Published 45 minutes ago by Ricochet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice read
Published 6 hours ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read and characters
Great read and characters. Keeps you going and not wanting to put it down. This jumps around a lot where you are trying to figure it out 'who done it' but toward the end it's... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Loved this book! Great writing, and happy to read an author from the city I live in. Orlando should be proud of Lee Hanson. Add in Key West, and I'm hooked. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kary Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars great book well worthreading
Very interesting
Published 2 days ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read the next one in the series
Published 3 days ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story but ended too abruptly.
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Ayers
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
I really enjoyed reading this one. It was easy to follow nut it kept my interest. I had to find out the killer and for once I didn't get it right.
Published 5 days ago by Judy Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This book has your attention in the first chapter! Once you start reading you can not stop. Your curiosity won't let you stop reading because you have to know what happens next.
Published 6 days ago by Patti welshans
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good mystery
This is a quick read with down-to-earth characters and a sensible storyline. Liked reading about the Island honeymoon, but the short-lived marriage was sad, even though not dwelt... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Benjamin A. Peckham, Sr.
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More About the Author

LEE HANSON, a Boston native and Florida transplant, is the author of The Julie O'Hara Mystery Series, including Castle Cay, Swan Song, and Mystral Murder. Her novels, featuring body language expert Julie O'Hara, have been called "the answer to a mystery addict's prayer", a line that makes the author smile...and keeps her writing.

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