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DETOUR TO MURDER ( A Jimmy O'Brien Mystery Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Sherratt
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Book Description

The semi-nude body of a woman is found in a two-bit Hollywood motel, a telephone cord wrapped around her throat; face frozen in a grimace of horror. Al Roberts confessed and has spent the last 29 years in prison.

Jimmy O'Brien, defense attorney to the dregs of the criminal world digs into the past, igniting a powder-keg that threatens to expose long-held secrets buried and forgotten with Roberts' confession. Secrets that could destroy the underground aristocracy that for years has held power in Los Angeles, city of broken dreams. Jimmy's ordeal takes him from the bleakness of Roberts' prison cell to the seedy streets of Hollywood, frantically searching to find out who took this DETOUR TO MURDER.


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HOT READ An Engaging Noir By Steven M. Thomas OC Metro Published: November 01, 2010: Newport Beach author Jeff Sherratt brings his cop-turned-lawyer hero Jimmy O Brien back for a third adventure in this noir set in Southern California in the 1970s. Assisted by his P.I. fixer, Sol, and his partner, Rita, O Brien delves into a pair of 1940s murders in order to free a man wrongly imprisoned for 29 years. Jimmy gets involved in the case when he is appointed by the court to represent the imprisoned man at a parole hearing. The proceedings seem at first to be a mere formality, with no chance of a positive outcome for the prisoner. Even though he believes he is guilty of the brutal murders, Jimmy still prepares diligently for the hearing and uncovers a discrepancy in the record that sets him off on a quest to discover the truth. Sherratt does a great job with snappy comedic dialogue and evocative descriptions of the Southland from the gritty streets of Downey, where his office is, to Chino, Los Feliz, Hollywood and the coast north of Santa Barbara. The story involves stolen identity, political corruption and tragic romance, as well as murder. What more can a reader ask? --OC Metro

About the Author

Jeff Sherratt is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. His novel, DETOUR TO MURDER, published by Innova Press, is the latest in the Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. Other novels in the series include GUILTY OR ELSE and THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS. Jeff has written nonfiction articles for corporate newsletters and his short stories have been published in H2O Magazine and the anthology, The Heat of the Moment. He is a past board member of Sisters in Crime/LA, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Jeff has been a speaker and guest panelist at many book events, including Literary Orange, Murder on the Menu, and the prestigious Southern California Writers Conference. He is currently working on his fourth Jimmy O'Brien novel, CYANIDE PERFUME. Jeff lives in Newport Beach, CA with his wife, Judy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0975272144
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innova Press (July 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D7K9T2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow read. July 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I found it difficult to get into this book. It was slow at the start and though the pace picked up I wasn't dying to find out how it would end. I've read the many positive reviews for this book, so perhaps it's just not the genre for me. I did not find myself rooting for the protagonist, Jimmy, in his search to find the truth about who really murdered the woman back in 1945. One positive is that he story does have some interesting twists to keep the reader guessing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Mystery July 11, 2011
By Mirna
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I was very excited to start reading after reading a short review. Much to my delight the book was what I expected.

The writer managed to create the 70's feel by his writing style. I relived events from that time and could picture
the caracters perfectly.
I however did not enjoy the use of God's name in some dialogue's.

The story is about an attorney who is asked to tend to an upcoming parole hearing of an inmate who was charged with murder almost 30 years ago. As he flips through the file before the hearing, he notices alot of inaccuracy regarding the investigation at the time.
Seeing as he is not as busy as he would like to be, he decides to do more digging and comes across shocking revelations. Cash is tight and his firm is barely holding it together.
Although he is treatened and bullied, something stirs him to get to the bottom of the events 29 years ago.

The story is intriguing and never runs out the way I would imagine which is refreshing. I can recommend anyone to pick up a copy. I would be interested in reading more of the writers work to see if the writing trend is the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Series May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I have enjoyed the "Jimmy O'Brien series," I have some criticism of the editing. An English major NEVER accepts mixed tenses in a phrase(it either WAS or it IS, but not both), misplaced and/or extra words (the she asked...), name changes, etc.
Furthermore, IF Mr. Sherratt is going to continue to refer to the seveth caVALRY, he needs to get it right!!!
There was only ONE CaLVARY - and it is vastly different from his references to the imaginary "seventh" in both "Guilty Or Else" and "Detour to Murder"!!!
If one is able to overlook glaring errors, one could enjoy his books...the characters are strong and he combines excitement, humor, hurt and pathos to weave a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the time July 1, 2011
By Geo
Format:Kindle Edition
I almost gave up after the first few chapters because I felt like I was reading an old Sam Spade story but I am so glad I didn't quit. The story got so much better that I not only wanted to know who done it but also why. The writing started to draw you in and I started to like the characters, There were enough twists and turns to make it interesting but also a conclusion that wrapped up all the questions and gave a good ending. If you like a who done it that is a who done it you will enjoy this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book July 3, 2011
By D. Waid
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book to reveiw. It was a great story. Very suspensful, read like watching a 1970 movie with flashbacks to the 40's. I could have done without the very vivid rat scene, as I was reading at bedtime. LOL But it was like I was there and wished I could help the hero out of that jam...you won't beleive all the twists and turns the book has! It will keep you guessing up to the end! A must read for Mystery buffs and classic film lovers too. Get your hands on this story and you won't be able to put it down!
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Book revolves around a convict wrongly accused of murder 29 years ago and the attempts by parties unknown to prevent the unlucky attorney from uncovering the same knowledge that would otherwise absolve him of the crime. Am 150 pages in and thoroughly enjoying being reacquainted with wise-cracking attorney Jimmy O'Brien, his partner luscious, Latino Rita, the ever- connected, big man Sol and of course the matronly receptionist Mabel. Book is character driven including many Hollywood stars from the 1970s including Sinatra and Mary Astor, an interesting plot and I find I am once again looking forward to all the twists and turns come the very end (also good to know that a new Jimmy O'Brien novel "Cyanide Perfume" just came out the past month so there is still more to read.) Very good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Jimmy O'Brien Mystery November 29, 2012
By Ken T.
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This was my second O'Brien mystery. I liked my first read and this second one did not disappoint.
It's written with a no-nonsense style. No unnecessary fluff taking up space. The characters are developed to a point wherein the reader gets the feeling of knowing them.

In this installment, the novel is set in 1974. Jimmy is assigned to represent a prisoner at a parole hearing. The prisoner is in the slammer 29 years. The original murder having taken place in 1945.
Though almost broke, O'Brien goes pro-bono representing the prisoner.
Did the accused commit the crime? Did someone else do the dirty deed? What sort of story will Mr. Sherratt weave to arrive at the conclusion? There's more than one twist thrown in. It makes for a fast, direct, rather satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detour to Murder July 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
This was a great book. It was packed with action, mystery, & intrigue from the very beginning, and didn't let up until the last page. The story line was well thought out and kept getting deeper as it went on. The author has multiple complex characters with an in-depth plot with humor thrown in. Had a hard time getting the Rat scene out of my mind. I wanted to jump in and help him out of the jam he was in. But Jimmy managed on his own.
It contains crude language and wouldn't recommend for everyone. But all in all a wonderfully written book. I will look forward to more books by this author and especially the Jimmy O'Brien mysteries series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Avery good book for people who like interesting Lawyer reads
Avery good book for people who like interesting Lawyer reads.
Jeff Sherratt is a good rider.
Published 26 days ago by bdj4882
4.0 out of 5 stars Detour to Murder
I was very intrigued with the plot in this particular read. Jimmy O'Brien works very hard again with his friend Sol. Have enjoyed the series
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very interesting mystery, It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 2 months ago by laker1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great. love e books
Published 4 months ago by Jo Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
On TIME! GREAT PRODUCT
Published 7 months ago by Deuel Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great get away!
I enjoyed reading this book very much. The author was very concise and capable of taking his reader back into the time of his story line and I enjoyed being transported back a few... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoy reading this Author's books
I enjoy the Jimmy O'Brien Mystery Novels. the story lines are interesting and the characters are well developed. they are worth the money and the time it takes to read them.
Published 9 months ago by Mendel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Fun series, very likeable protagonist, this is my 2nd Jimmy O'Brien read, looking forward to finding more by this author
Published 11 months ago by Auntjuju7
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense
From the start it takes us along on a mystery ride to try and figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad. Couldn't put it down.
Published 11 months ago by pugpillow
4.0 out of 5 stars A prisoner is found to be innocent
The story holds together and is very interesting. It features an attorney who finds a client is innocent after serving many years in prison.
Published 13 months ago by Ralph Gregory
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Jeff Sherratt is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. His novel, DETOUR TO MURDER, published by Innova Press, is the latest in the Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. Other novels in the series include GUILTY OR ELSE and THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS. Jeff has written nonfiction articles for corporate newsletters and his short stories have been published in H2O Magazine and the anthology, The Heat of the Moment. He is a past board member of Sisters in Crime/LA, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Jeff has been a speaker and guest panelist at many book events, including Literary Orange, Murder on the Menu, and the prestigious Southern California Writers Conference. He is currently working on his fourth Jimmy O'Brien novel, CYANIDE PERFUME. Jeff lives in Newport Beach, CA with his wife, Judy.

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