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A Dead Red Oleander (The Dead Red Mystery series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

RP Dahlke
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Nominated for a Global Award in Mystery
"Janet Evanovich meets aero-ag pilots." Emily Anderson for The Kindle Book Review
When a late in the season emergency forces Lalla Bains to accept a greenhorn ag pilot for her dad's cropdusting business, she sighs in relief. After all, he comes highly recommended, his physical is spotless, and with a name like Dewey Treat, what could possibly go wrong?
Then her quirky relatives arrive from Texas and things go south in a hurry: Dewey Treat drops dead, his tearful widow claims he was murdered, clobbers Sherriff Caleb Stone with his own gun, and makes a run for it. Lalla, convinced the widow is innocent, sets out to prove it—against the express wishes of fiancé Caleb Stone.
Feds, local law, suspicious ag-pilots, nutso relatives, and her daddy's new sidekick, Bruce the goat, make life a living hell for Lalla. Will her nosey nature solve the crime and save the day? Or put them all in mortal danger?

"A compelling mystery coupled with quirky characters gifts the reader with a humorous tale that makes a delightful read. I was pleased to find that this was one of a series of which I will surely read more." Justakid, Amazon 5 star review
*Nominated for the Global Award, Mysteries, 2014
Nominated for the Best Kindle Book Awards, 2014


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About the Author

I sort of fell into the job of running a crop-dusting business when my dad decided he’d rather go on a cruise than take another season of lazy pilots, missing flaggers, testy farmers and horrific hours. After two years at the helm, I handed him back the keys and fled to a city without any of the above. And no, I was never a crop-duster. I write about a tall, blond and beautiful ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, says: “I’ve been married so many times they oughta revoke my license.” I wanted to give readers a peek at the not so-perfect -life of a beautiful blond. Lalla Bains is no Danielle Steele character, she’s not afraid of chipping her manicure. Scratch that, the girl doesn’t have time for a manicure what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father’s flagging business alive.

Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478269960
  • Publisher: Dead Bear Publishing; 3rd in the Dead Red Mystery series edition (June 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ALR6GC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Lalla Bains Mystery Is a Winner! June 21, 2012
By JoAnn
Format:Kindle Edition
In this witty, fun mystery we meet up with Lalla Bains as she's coming to after being knocked out cold and shackled to a truck parked in a cotton field. What? Lalla's got a wedding to go to (her own), a perky blond cousin who's desperate to be Mrs. Anybody, a well-heeled Texan great-aunt who drives Lalla's dad to taking up with a goat, and a crop-dusting business she's trying to wind down for the season--maybe forever. The just-hired pilot in Lalla's crop-dusting company falls over dead at their annual end-of-season barbeque. His wife had given him an oleander stick to roast a hotdog. Was she trying to kill him? His death incites a series of events that sends Lalla racing up and down the Central Valley in California searching for the hit man who's knocking off people who know too much. Dahlke's wit and humor will have you laughing out loud. Her characters are quirky and memorable in this third installment in her popular "A Dead Red" mystery series.
So, fasten your seat belt, because in "A Dead Red Oleander" you'll be climbing fast, with crazy headwinds aloft. But it's a fun thrill ride you won't soon forget.
Highly recommended for readers who love a funny, fast-paced mystery.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Oleander's and White Goats July 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is the third book in the series. The author has created a wonderful crime/mystery that will make readers laugh. I know I did several times while reading this book.
The characters Lalla Bains and her fiancé Caleb are at it again. Lalla is trying to end the season of crop dusting in the black and the business will be sold. Caleb is just trying to keep Lalla out of trouble. It seems like Lalla always has trouble following her around is always in trouble. If she is not trying to solve a mystery she is getting chased on the highway. Then her family is a little nuts so maybe Lalla just keeps the trouble around so nothing ever get boring.
Even though this is the third book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the other books in the series, however, I will read them now. The writing style of R.P. Dahlke is fresh with a witty spark that leaves the reader wondering where this author has been hiding.
In this book Lalla's extended family members arrive to help get everything ready for the wedding. However, trouble jump up and Lalla has to solve the problems while still trying to get everything ready.
I live on a farm. We have never used a crop-duster before so I do not know much about this. However, as much as I love the beautiful Oleander flower, I do not have them in my yard due to them being poisonous.
If you are looking for a crime/mystery to read this week then check out this book. However this is a great weekend read. This book is under 200 pages. So if you are a fast reader then you could probably finish this in about 1 day.
Thanks for an amazing read R.P.
The Bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
I was gifted by book by the author for an honest review.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite November 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this more than I did. Well-written, and the sort of light mystery I usually like... but the characters drove me nuts. The main characters were very "gosh gee whillikers" about it all. The heroine is engaged to a police officer--he tells her "Promise me you won't do X," and she promises, and then immediately does X. And he's fine with that. Hmmm. Good luck with that marriage. It strained credulity that the police would really be OK with the girlfriend showing up and taking part in things all the time, too. The side characters are all "characters" with "quirks," but it comes off as too forced to me. So overall, not great, but also not terrible.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalla is BAAAACK! June 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The opening of the book absolutely hooks you...a gorgeous blonde handcuffed to the bottom of a vehicle on the side of the highway in 100 degree weather. What a wonderful read this was. If you are going to the beach, the pool or even just staying home and avoiding the heat, this is a great read for you. Both my husband and I loved A Dead Red Oleander although I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is my favorite in the series. That would be tantamount to having a favorite child - just wrong. Each book stands alone and I really appreciate Rebecca Dahlke's skill in introducing you to the characters in every book without boring those of us who have followed them from the first. That takes a deft touch. Lalla Bains is a hoot, gorgeous, crazy as heck, a woman that can manage well in the world of modeling or in a man's world of crop dusting. I hope that lots of return readers caught that Lalla shares not only her real name with her aunt Eula Mae but also a huge heart and an outrageous character. I love Lalla's now steady relationship with Caleb and watching her curmudgeon of a father starting to demonstrate his love for his daughter... though walking his pet Bruce the goat would be really weird in any family but the Bains's! The addition of her zany cousin Pearlie to the cast was wonderful and I believe that we may be seeing a lot more of her in the future. Of course, there is a murder, some unofficial investigation by Lalla and Pearlie and plenty of twists and turns to keep you moving through the book without thinking about putting it down. As usual, another Bains bash! Bravo!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book
Well written, believable, and entertaining. And it's different with the lead being a crop dusting pilot. Well worth the time.
Published 10 hours ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Mystery
Lalla has come into her own in this third book of the series. The book can be enjoyed as a standalone, in fact changes seem to be in the works for Lalla's life putting everyone on... Read more
Published 1 day ago by JaiW
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much. PG-13, for "language and some sensuality"....
I am always excited to see a new writer (or an old one) come up with characters, a plot, and a setting that is not cookbook. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Curt Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I very much liked the heroine in this series. She's smart and funny and independent. And I very much appreciate that the sex is not "in your face". A very good read.
Published 3 days ago by Wildfire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again another exciting book by a fine writer. I plan on reading all her creations. Thanks.
Published 8 days ago by Big Al
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful mystery; tiny spoiler alert below
She named a character Jinx Schwartz, which is the (pen?) name of another mystery writer, and that was just one of many surprises in this book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Yvonne Bechtold
3.0 out of 5 stars Beach read
A fun mystery for light summer reading. Lalla and her quirky family are interesting characters that are easy to like.
Published 12 days ago by dixie desomer
4.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYED the story.
Female heroine is always fun to read. BOOK was easy reading and kept my attention. Look forward to reading more of hers.
Published 14 days ago by Happier987
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A fast read. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, the setting, and the story line. But geese Louise----all those plans for the wedding yet the story stopped one day short. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Try this!
very entertaining... a fun read!
Published 18 days ago by Pegge Donovan
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Biography:
I sort of fell into the job of running a crop-dusting business when my dad decided he'd rather go on a cruise than take another season of lazy pilots, missing flaggers, testy farmers and horrific hours. After two years at the helm, I handed him back the keys and fled to a city without any of the above. And no, I was never a crop-duster.

My Lalla Bains series is about a tall, blond and beautiful ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, has "been married so many times they oughta revoke my license." Lalla is no Danielle Steele character & she's not afraid of chipping her manicure. Scratch that, the girl doesn't have time for a manicure what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father's flagging business alive.

My romantic sailing Mystery Trilogy start with A Dangerous Harbor, and continues with Hurricane Hole (2014). Both now up on Kindle and if you liked my Lalla Bains series, I know you'll love this book: More romance, more suspense, an exotic location with nastier bad guys and a bald parrot!
Then Hurricane Hole, treasure hunt with Gabe Alexander & TV star Leila Standiford



And in 2014,A DEAD RED ALIBI

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