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The Coldest Summer (The Mick Downey Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Rice
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood is known for its mansions and sweeping ocean views. But when a young woman dies after attending a raucous party at one of the most prestigious properties on the block, cracks appear in the moneyed facade.

Senior Detective Mick Downey is a newcomer to San Francisco, struggling to find his way in the city of love. He's not sure what to make of the constant fog and the New Age poppycock spouting from his partner, but he does know that something terrible happened the night of the party. Soon it is up to Mick to find the truth that everyone else wants to ignore, even if it exposes some uncomfortable truths that the killer would prefer to keep hidden.

Product Details

  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985017511
  • Publisher: Ocean Beach Publishing; 1 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070NBU1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable whodunit. January 29, 2012
By Thomas
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The Coldest Summer is a thoroughly enjoyable whodunit.

Set in San Francisco, a laconic Australian detective, Mick Downey, attempts to solve the case of a murdered hispanic woman with mysterious ties to one of San Francisco's richest families. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book is the compelling description of San Francisco/Bay area and its inhabitants, as seen from the vantage point of the newly arrived Detective. The author delivers a fast-paced murder mystery leavened with humour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Debut January 29, 2012
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I don't usually read a lot of crime and mystery so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this whodunit set in san fran and surrounds. It is one of my favourite cities, so i lapped up the descriptions of the weather and familiar locales. The plot, which features two out-of-towners who get caught up in a murder case that is linked to a rich family from the big end of town, reminded me a lot of the something the late great Dominick Dunne would have come up with, but transplanted to the west coast (and without the creepy catholic stuff). It moves along at a fairly cracking pace and i was genuinely surprised by the ending. A great read for your next long plane trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Effort for New Author July 11, 2012
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I truly enjoyed this first novel by Kate Rice and look forward to reading more Mick Downey mysteries as they become available. The Coldest Summer is a very believable story of a West Texas girl trying to start her new life in modern-day San Francisco with no friends and no job prospects. Cass can't even find a decent place to live until out of desperation she calls a number she finds at a laundromat. One month later and still unemployed she goes to a party with her new roommate, who soon abandons her in a house full of rich and powerful people she doesn't know in a place where she feels she doesn't belong. The next day Australian-born police detective Mick Downey appears at her door with the news that her roommate has died of an apparent suicide. Although the police chief would be very happy to close the case immediately and not ruffle the feathers of the city's elite, neither Cass nor Mick believes the case is a suicide; however, if it is murder, Cass is the prime suspect.
Author Kate Rice takes us through the resultant investigation carefully with a cast of very believable characters. She manages to keep her reader in suspense until the final pages. Yet the clues were there all along. Everything makes sense, and we close the book wondering what will happen to Mick and Cass now that the murder has been solved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Coldest Summer August 15, 2013
By Janis
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Book was actually a good read. Not a lot of typos and such which was refreshing. Would read more by this author.
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More About the Author

"The Coldest Summer," is Kate Rice's first novel, featuring Detective Mick Downey. She is happiest when reading P.D. James and Agatha Christie novels or walking the streets of San Francisco and lives in a small mountain town in Northern California

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