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Dead In Red (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

L.L. Bartlett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sometimes it seems like murder and mayhem follow Jeff Resnick, challenging his psychic “sixth sense” to solve crimes. Since the vicious mugging that changed his life, he’s tried to keep his unwanted gift in check. But when a bartender at his favorite watering hole is murdered, visions of a sparkling red woman’s high-heeled shoe and a pair of bloody hands linger in his mind--and hit too close to home. When Jeff’s older brother, Richard, last helped him with an investigation, it nearly cost him his life. Still, Richard is determined to tag along as Jeff is drawn into the seamy world of fetishes and drag queens to find a murderer before another life is taken.

Praise for DEAD IN RED:

"DEAD IN RED is an engaging paranormal amateur sleuth starring a likable protagonist and his brother and brother's girlfriend who want him safe. The story line is fast-paced as Jeff seeks the dazzling red shoe that he believes will lead them to the culprit. Although the whodunit is well written and fun, as is Jeff's talent that seems to place them in trouble not keep them out of trouble, it is the relationship between the siblings that make this a special whodunit."
--Midwest Book Review

" If you like your murder served up with a touch of the unknown, Jeff Resnick will take you there."
-- Feathered Quill Reviews

"The brothers' complicated interactions carry the novel in this entertaining and lively mystery that contains sprinklings of the paranormal.”
--No-Name Café

"Dead and Red takes the reader to the darker side of town and the darker regions of the mind. L.L. Bartlett gives mystery and suspense readers a unique eclectic mix of hard-edged characters and scenarios mixed with intimate, tender family moments. There is no guaranteed easy resolution or happily-ever-after summation but wow, what a wonderful ending! Now --- when is the next Jeff Resnick mystery out? I'm hooked."
--Book Illuminations

“Dead in Red succeeds as both an engrossing crime novel, and a story of a complicated relationship.”
--CrimeSpace

“Bartlett’s hero is complicated and mesmerizing, making for a gripping and energizing mystery.”
~Booklist

“Bartlett has a deft touch and makes psychic abilities very real.”
~ Library Journal

About the Author: L.L. Bartlett has done it all--from drilling holes for NASA to typing scripts in Hollywood. She writes the Jeff Resnick mysteries. Bartlett also writes traditional mysteries under the name Lorraine Bartlett (The Victoria Square Mysteries--A Crafty Killing) and the New York Times bestselling (and Agatha-nominated) Booktown Mysteries as Lorna Barrett.

Dead In Red was originally published by Five Star/Cengage in 2008.

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The Jeff Resnick Mystery Novels:
Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion

Other Jeff Resnick stories:
When The Spirit Moves You
Bah! Humbug
Cold Case


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Bartlett presents her second supernatural mystery featuring Jeff Resnick, a down-and-out insurance investigator who acquired hard-to-control psychic powers after sustaining brain injuries in a mugging. Jeff is now living with his brother, Richard, in Buffalo. Better but still weak, Jeff is struggling to adjust to his strange new abilities, which intermittently make him ill. While minding his own business in a local bar, he’s asked by the bartender to look into the murder of his cousin. Jeff instantly gets a flash of a red, rhinestone-studded high-heeled shoe. Add to that the visions of bloody hands, and he knows he must take the case. Richard insists on helping him, and Jeff acquiesces even though he remains mired in guilt over putting Richard in the line of fire yet again. Their investigation leads them into a world of fetishes and drag queens. Jeff risks his health and possibly his life, but knows he must continue, or someone he cares about will be in danger. Bartlett’s hero is complicated and mesmerizing, making for a gripping and energizing mystery. --Maria Hatton

Review

"DEAD IN RED is an engaging paranormal amateur sleuth starring a likable protagonist and his brother and brother's girlfriend who want him safe. The story line is fast-paced as Jeff seeks the dazzling red shoe that he believes will lead them to the culprit. Although the whodunit is well written and fun, as is Jeff's talent that seems to place them in trouble not keep them out of trouble, it is the relationship between the siblings that make this a special whodunit."
--Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Polaris Press (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0GAQ
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For all Jeff Resnick lovers and those yet to discover this unique sleuth, L.L. Bartlett's second suspense mystery, DEAD IN RED brings back a loved set of characters to a new mystery territory, closer to home yet one that takes them to the darker sides of society and the dark secrets of individuals nearby. The psychic sleuth gives a nice twist to the unfolding mystery, but this Jeff Resnick mystery also has an extra dimension as L.L. Bartlett peers deeper into the relationship and tensions between Jeff and his brother.

In her debut mystery, MURDER ON THE MIND, L.L. Bartlett introduced Jeff Resnick. Divorced and having just lost his job as an insurance investigator, Jeff is mugged. The attack leaves him brain damaged and psychic. His brother Richard, a doctor, and Richard's girlfriend Brenda care for him. Frustrated at his sudden incapacity and reliance on Richard, Jeff investigates the brutal death of a banker.

In DEAD IN RED, Jeff Resnick turns his eyes from a high society positioned victim to a murder closer to home. Tom Links, the owner of his favorite bar and hang out, The Whole Nine Yards, asks Jeff to look into the murder of bartender Walt Kaplan. Jeff sees a vision of a high heeled red sequined shoe, a shoe that leads him to investigate a friend from his brother's past, theater groups, foot fetishes and even the haunts of the Buffalo's drag queens, but not even a psychic vision can prepare him for the scenes that will unfold before him. As the clues and a new vision lead him closer to answers, Jeff must race to save an unknown person. Although fear and guilt haunt him, Jeff knows he can only save this person by solving the crime.

Humorous, fast-paced and full of surprises and emotion. Jeff Resnick is a great flawed sleuth.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Enjoy The Second Book As Much As The First September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*** POSSIBLE SPOILERS ***

I downloaded Dead in Red on the heels of reading Murder on the Mind, the first in the Jeff Resnick series. I was looking forward to reading more about Jeff and his struggle to come to grips with his 'second sight'.

Sadly, this book was not as appealing to me as the first. It somehow felt disjointed. Jeff's straight laced half brother seemed even more judgmental and stiff in this book. Rather than reading his actions as concern for his younger brother, he just seemed priggish and controlling.
Also, the woman with whom Jeff had connected in the first book was no longer the sympathetic confidant. She had somehow become the best friend of Jeff's brother's fiance and took every opportunity to shove a past incident involving Jeff's brother in Jeff's face. She came across as angry and shrewish.

Jeff and his future sister-in-law, Brenda, remained likable characters, however.

The mystery itself was good. Decent twists and turns and a not so fairy tale ending were appealing.

Some of the nitty-gritty about some of the character's sex lives was a little bit too much. I could have done without reading about what some of these people did in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
That's just me, however. I am not a huge fan of sexual detail or even romance in books.

I have downloaded the two story set of the 3rd and 4th in the series though. Jeff is an endearing character and I like following his journey.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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For me, Dead In Red by L.L. Bartlett has been the most anticipated book of the year. Yes, even more so than Sue Grafton's latest - which is saying a whole lot since Sue is my favorite contemporary mystery author. Honestly, I have been anxiously awaiting Dead in Red ever since reviewing the ARC of Murder on the Mind, the first Jeff Resnick mystery, a couple of years ago. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. Thank you, Ms. Bartlett, for allowing us to once again share in the lives and exploits of your dynamic duo, Jeffrey Resnick and his half-brother, Richard Alpert, M.D.

Ms. Bartlett provides snippets of the past, bringing the reader up to speed on her main characters without wasting time or bogging down the new storyline with unimportant details. If you missed reading Murder on the Mind, you won't feel like you don't have a clue what's going on, however, it was such an excellent read, I'd suggest picking up a copy and enjoying it first.

In this installment of Jeffrey Resnick, et al., Jeff is hankering to get back to work, in more ways than one. He accepts a part-time position as a bartender at a local sports bar, The Whole Nine Yards, but he also promises to look into the murder of Walt Kaplan, who just happens to have held said bartender position before being brutally murdered. Jeff's investigation uncovers the victim's well-hidden secrets that were overlooked by the police, but he also discovers some troubling ties between the dead man and a friend of Richard's. Jeff is torn between digging deeper for the truth and his desire not to do anything further to hurt Richard, especially since he still feels guilty for nearly getting Richard killed just months previously.

As with the first book in the series, Dead in Red is a real page turner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Paranormal Mystery June 21, 2008
Format:Hardcover
DEAD IN RED is a clever mystery filled with plenty of suspects - some male, some female, and some who are a little of both. The intricate plot drew me in, but the very real and complex relationship between amateur sleuth Jeff Resnick and his brother Richard is what kept me reading. After surviving a near-fatal mugging, Jeff develops inexplicable psychic abilities. Besides the well-written mystery, DEAD IN RED also offers an intriguing character study of a man who's been given a truly mixed blessing - a new lease on life, but with the burden of perceiving just how much deceit and falsehood surrounds him every day. I enjoyed this book and I hope to see more Jeff Resnick stories in the future!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the book. The author is awesome. The proof reader needs to do a better job.
Published 4 days ago by Jackie Camire
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved it
Published 15 days ago by patty montague
3.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic in her writing. An entertaining story with ...
Very realistic in her writing. An entertaining story with many mentions of places existing in Buffalo, New York, my home town.
Fast reading. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character development
Enjoyed getting to know Jeff and Richard- and the evolution of how Jeff's abilities evolve. A great read! Am hooked....
Published 17 days ago by Edward Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT Mystery!!!!
Published 19 days ago by Karlee Vasquez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one - fast read
This is a good read & I did end up buying all of the series. It's a quick read, but not exactly a light read. Read more
Published 28 days ago by outlaw_spam
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead in red
This was really good and I am on to the next. I highly recommend this author to any who read this type novel. Thank you LL Bartlett n!
Published 1 month ago by Carol A Mead
4.0 out of 5 stars Woohoo book two
Anyone who enjoys series is going to love these books. Jeff Resnick is at it again. This time it is all about a red glittery shoe. Whose shoe is it and why does it matter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by alane farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Enjoyable
I found it very interesting, suspenseful and a brain teaser. Enjoyed the banter between the two brothers and the fact that they are caring of each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simone C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good who dunit.
Be sure to read the series in order from number one on up to get more enjoyment. Who done it at its best.
Published 1 month ago by mikemfw
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