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Clever is as Clever Does: Story 2 (A Fairy Tale Romance) (The Clever Detective) [Kindle Edition]

Linsey Lanier
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Story #2 in "The Clever Detective" series by Linsey Lanier.

Private investigator Stacey Alexander is wondering whether eye-poppingly handsome Prince Chad will ever say "I love you," when she learns a princess has been murdered in the kingdom and she's the only one who can figure out who did it.

This short story is about 6700 words.

Story #1: The Clever Detective (Short Story)
Story #2: Clever Is As Clever Does (Short Story)
Story #3: Cleverest of Them All (Novella)
Story #4: Clever and Courageous (Novella)
Story #5: A Clever Season (Short Story) Coming later in 2012!

Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series

  • Product Details

    • File Size: 258 KB
    • Print Length: 34 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004ZM8QNM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Clever......very clever...... June 11, 2011
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    This is the second short story featuring the clever detective Stacey and her storybook prince Chad. I really enjoyed the author's take on solving these fairytale "mysteries", as well as the fact that the heroine is strong, witty, and smart enough to figure out who dunnit without having to be rescued. This is a refreshing take on Snow White and the poisoned apple, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a clever satire of traditional fairy tales October 14, 2011
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    This is a humorous tale that mocks the fairy tale genre. It is not a book for children who will not understand the satire, but adults and older children will find it funny and enjoy it. References are made to many fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Three Little Pigs, and there are birds that sing Disney tones. The primary focus is on Snow White. The story's detective finds out that Snow White has been murdered with a poisoned apple, and she suspects Snow's stepmother. The detective is in love with the prince and is jealous of his attentions to Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, and she doesn't want the prince to kiss Snow to resurrect her.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars He loves me... He loves me not... August 9, 2011
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    Detective Stacey Alexander continues her adventure in the Thrugood kingdom in Clever is as Clever Does. After dating for a few months, Stacey is ready to hear those three little words from the sexy Prince. But the Prince has yet to say them.

    Along comes Wenceslas, a Saint Bernard sized rabbit dressed in a plaid coat and tie and speaking with a Brooklyn accent. He enlists Stacey's help in solving a murder at the home of the Seven Dwarfs. She jumps at the chance to distract herself from her dilemma. But this open and shut case turns complicated when a gang of biker pigs turn up as the lead suspects.

    After a girl fight with a wicked Queen in Jane Fonda workout clothes and a run in with a magic mirror, Stacey solves the case. Now the only thing left to do is revive Snow White with a kiss from a Prince and life will go on. But that means letting go of the one thing she wants most.

    Linsey Lanier's snarky voice shines through in her latest Detective short story. The author kept this grown-up fairy tale light and humorous all the way to the end, leaving the reader with a sense that all is right with the world. I can't wait to read the next phase in Prince Chad and Detective Stacey's romance.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Tired and not funny at all May 20, 2014
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    The "fractured fairy tale" is pretty well-established subgenre at this point and Lanier doesn't bring anything new to it. Her heroine's bravado comes off as totally fake and the main theme of the book is how hot the prince is. The constant reminders of how attractive he is are so blandly expressive and repetitive, especially since there doesn't seem to be anything else to their relationship.

    Too many jokes in the series depend on the heroine's knowledge of fairy tale characters and situations and this fatally compromises the mystery (and makes me question her intelligence since she spends most of the story chasing down false leads).
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Weird November 17, 2011
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    This book is a modern take on age old fairy tales. It has several different fairy tales combined into one book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved. It. August 9, 2011
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    I happened across this book whilst purusing Amazon, and I hadn't read the first book in the series. When the book first started, I was like, WTH is going on? I was confused, but laughing at the same time. It really kept me turning the pages.

    Then when I finally figured out what was going on, I read it without stopping (it's short, so it didn't take too long). Either way, the author has a wonderful way with words and had me rolling on the floor with some of the dialogue and descriptions.

    LOVED. IT.
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    3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Another Fractured Fairytale June 23, 2011
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    Awe, shucks Lanier was doing so well with her fractured fairy tales and this one spoils her record.

    "I wanted to give his butt a pinch with my gloved hand." XXX

    Chad and I were plodding down a winding road on the far side of the farm belonging to the kingdom's Farmer-Treasurer, the goose-with-the-golden-eggs dude and I was feeling relieved I didn't have to deal with his anal butt today. XXX

    "Who the hell are you?" XXX 'Even an evil step-mother shouldn't say this!'

    Blond hair and sweat and boobs flew everywhere. XXX Not necessary to describe Dolly Parton like step-mother.

    Clean it up, then I would read it to my grandkids.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars eh... Just a quick read.. ...
    eh...Just a quick read..not much of a story.
    Published 6 months ago by Angora
    5.0 out of 5 stars How i liked clever detective
    I love this book becausse i love how she sees the princes portrit and she sees lady killer eyes i mean that part made me laugh. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Serina Price
    5.0 out of 5 stars i love you
    love it so much!! amazing book. so much romance and myrsry. poor snow white. my favorite part is i wanted to give his butt a pinch with my gloved hand
    Published on April 15, 2013 by Connie Rhae
    1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time.
    "Story 1" was dumb too. Downloaded both at same time. Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word. Word Word Word. Read more
    Published on April 8, 2013 by pff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clever is as clever does
    I rated this a five because it was a funny book and it is also a fantasy book and I like fantasy. I knew most of the characters in the book too. Read more
    Published on March 12, 2013 by Courtlin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Clever
    Pretty good and quick read. Well written and exciting. The story line is unique and worth reading. Perfect for a short afternoon book.
    Published on March 10, 2012 by Dani
    4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 in Lanier's 'Clever' series
    Great addition to Ms. Lanier's 'clever' series of fantasy detective stories, which incorporate elements of old-time fairy stories in a down-the-rabbit-hole world with a modern... Read more
    Published on July 9, 2011 by Carol Burnside
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    More About the Author

    Writing fiction for more than fifteen years, Linsey Lanier authored over a dozen novels and short stories, including the popular Miranda's Rights Mystery series. She writes romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers with a dash of sass.

    She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death chapter, Private Eye Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Her books have been nominated in several RWA-sponsored contests.

    In her spare time, Linsey enjoys watching crime shows with her husband of over two decades and trying to figure out "who-dun-it." But her favorite activity is writing and creating entertaining new stories for her readers.

    She's always working on a new book, currently books in the new Miranda and Parker Mystery series (a continuation of the Miranda's Rights Mystery series). For alerts on her latest releases join Linsey's mailing list at


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