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Dead of the Day (Annie Seymour Mysteries, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – November 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222473
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've spent most of my life in Connecticut, except for four years at Roanoke College in Virginia and two years working for an ad agency in Miami. I came back to New England and began my 20-year career in print journalism. I now edit a medical journal at Yale part-time so I can devote more time to my fiction writing.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hamel VINE VOICE on November 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dead bodies seem to be popping up everywhere in Dead of the Day, the third installment in Karen Olson's series featuring Annie Seymour, a thirty-something crime reporter with the New Haven Herald. (The Herald is a fictional stand-in for the author's one-time employer, the New Haven Register. See my reviews of the first two books in the series, Sacred Cows and Secondhand Smoke.) This time around Annie needs to unravel a complex of crimes that are all somehow connected to New Haven's illegal immigrant population and to, of all things, bee research: the apparent murder of a Hispanic male whose bee-stung body is fished out of the harbor, a drive-by shooting targeting the city's chief of police, a break-in at Annie's mother's house, and so on. It's a complicated story, and Olson does a great job of tying all the threads together without losing readers in the process.

As in previous outings, Annie tries very often to wrangle information from her old boyfriend, Tom Behr, a police detective. And she is again abetted in her reportorial sleuthing by Sinatra-esque private investigator Vinnie DeLucia, whom she's been dating since she and Tom broke up. Vinnie's younger brother Rocco joins the cast of characters this time. He's a bestselling author interested in finding a new story, which gives him an excuse for tagging along with Annie and his big brother when they're out hunting for clues. The threesome form a sort of Scooby Gang, each of them interested in the case for their own reasons. I like the new dynamic.

Annie seems to be perpetually hungry in Olson's series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Bennett Harvey on November 30, 2007
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This book was a very welcome edition to the Annie Seymour trilogy created by author Karen E. Olson. Dead of the Day puts the reader right into the heart of New Haven, with all its excitement and lets us trail along with Annie through her most recent adventure.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on December 25, 2007
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The title of Karen E. Olson's newest book, the third in the Annie Seymour Mystery series, refers to the newspaper term for the obits on area residents who have died that day. As the book opens, Annie Seymour, crime reporter for the New Haven Herald, there are two such events: First the body of a man is found floating in the waters of the harbor, parts of his body covered in bee stings [a wildly unimaginable thing in mid-April], while later that day the city's newly-installed police chief is gunned down in front of the Yale Repertory Theatre in a drive-by shooting as he is about to enter the theatre with his wife and his best friend, the assistant chief.

Annie seems particularly well-suited to cover the story, as she had just wrapped up a series of interviews in preparation for a profile of the police chief, an Hispanic with little experience and no known enemies. The police, and Annie, have their work cut out for them.

Annie and her off-again-on-again romance with a private detective, and another with a police detective with whom she broke up when she met the p.i., keep her off balance. Also figuring into the story are her mother, an attorney whose boyfriend happens also to be Annie's publisher; the police chief's wife, a Chinese woman who is a scientist at Yale; a ubiquitous cleaning woman; undocumented workers; Homeland Security; and those darn bees, whose presence recurs at the oddest times, as does that of several characters in the book. Annie thinks "My head was swirling with too much information, too many questions, and not enough answers," and I knew just what she meant. I had difficulty at times keeping the many characters and plot lines straight. But it is an interesting tale with many different things going on at once, in which the reporter's trade is apparently realistically drawn.
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By Mary C. Mills on March 7, 2013
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This would be a better book if Annie was smarter. There were too many times in the book when I knew what was going to happen and Annie was still being dumb.
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By kiwi913 on September 17, 2012
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This was the first book I ready by Karen E Olson and I really enjoyed it! It has mystery but in a lighter way. I will continue to read her books!
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By scp on March 17, 2015
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..once again good book...funny funny funny...gotta luv Annie! Can't wait to start the next one....to hear their new adventure and chemistry...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Reynolds VINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
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Annie is working on a profile of the new New Haven police chief, Tony Rodriguez, for her paper when he is unceremoniously gunned down in front of a local theatre before she even manages to finish the article. He had seemed like a very `benign' fellow, and Annie is puzzled as to who would want him dead, so of course must begin to dig deeper.

Annie and her new boyfriend Vinnie the private investigator are on the outs after an argument at Christmas, but why is Vinnie's brother Rocco hanging around trying to get them back together? And what is his connection to a mysterious Hispanic girl who also seems tied in some way to a body that was found in the river--and to another body that is found in the trunk of Annie's beloved, battered Civic? And what is Annie's mother's role in the whole grand scheme of things?

Lots of questions, but Annie's a reporter and finding answers is what she does. Oh, and if you remember in my previous reviews of this series I mentioned the `animal' theme--the first book featured cows, the second one chickens. No pigs were found in this book...the theme animal here was...BEES! No, I'm not kidding...and it's an odd role they play, too.

This series has quickly become one of my favorites; I love Annie's brassy, sassy character (with Annie's propensity towards using four-letter words, this is definitely NOT a cozy!) and the secondary characters are also interesting, although Annie's menfolk don't seem to have much depth at this point--all they seem to do is smile enigmatically, kiss energetically and show up at the right time to ask, "Are you all right?" There is definitely some room for growth there. Heh.
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