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Dead In Red (A Jeff Resnick Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

L.L. Bartlett
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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."


"Bartlett's hero is complicated and mesmerizing, making for a gripping and energizing mystery."


"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

Room At The Inn
Cheated By Death

Bound By Suggestion

Dark Waters

Other Jeff Resnick stories:

Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
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


"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: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461010985
  • 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
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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
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much psychic stuff, very tyring.
Disliked Jeff's constant, repetitive visuals. Made the story too long and boring. Not sure it was up to the level of Room at the Inn.
Published 9 days ago by Snoslug
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad but disappointing after "Murder on Mind". The novelty of having a psychic detective wears off.
Published 14 days ago by Ruth Bracha
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love all the books written by this author
I absolutely love all the books written by this author! I'm waiting for the next book to be published...couldn't get enough!
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. B
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated to close the book every night
Meet Jeff Resnick - an ordinary guy with a recently acquired talent. After a violent mugging, Jeff now sees visions. He can also read people's auras. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Booklover1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kind of like the characters. Ejoyed the read.
Published 24 days ago by david Heidenreich
5.0 out of 5 stars I have liked all Jeff resnick books
Easy to read interesting characters. I loved the way the mystery was presented.the ending was very interesting and hard to determine
Published 29 days ago by Margaret E. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd reading of #2 in the series
Ok it was a reading escape day - and what did I pick? Books 1 & 2 of the Jeff Resnick Mysteries - both of which I'd read previously. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the way it reads
I like the way it reads. Easy reading gets you into the story and you get to know the players I also liked Murder on your mind.
Published 1 month ago by clayton anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book as well as the series
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting never heard of a drag queen killer before .
Published 1 month ago by Karl Engelberth
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