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Dead Stock (A Bert Shambles Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Hall
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meet Bert Shambles, a perpetually confused young man whose life mirrors his surname. He is stuck back in his suburban Long Island hometown, enduring a three-year suspended sentence for an act of chivalry gone terribly wrong. He works part-time at a church thrift shop and makes extra money by selling “dead stock”—vintage clothes that have never been worn—to a local boutique.

On a routine pick up for the store, Bert learns that the widow of a recently deceased pro golfer is offering a reward for the return of her dead husband’s favorite putter—and an even bigger reward for proof that her husband was murdered. Bert jumps at the chance, and soon finds himself being chased by a violent, van-driving maniac, romantically involved with a mobster’s daughter, and quite possibly being set up to take the fall by his probation officer and crazy ex-girlfriend. As the forces of good and evil close in around him, Bert must race to clear his name and discover the truth so he doesn’t wind up in prison…or worse.

Filled with twists, turns, and unforgettable characters, and propelled by a truly lovable hero and wicked sense of humor, Dead Stock heralds the arrival of a wonderful new mystery series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939816211
  • Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (October 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, hard to put down October 23, 2013
By RickB
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The casual style and entertaining, non-stop pace of Dead Stock makes for a fantastic bit of fun and a book that's hard t put down. Hopefully this is the first of many Bert Shambles mysteries!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bert. December 20, 2013
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Shambles is perfect for a little tickle served with murder. He is a lovable stumbler who trips over bodies and clues as the pages turn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, fun read. November 25, 2013
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Great first book by Tim Hall. Off beat characters. Hard to put this book down. Looking forward to more Bert Shambles adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stock Worth Buying May 7, 2014
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Here's what I think: when you start this book, be prepared to ignore whatever else is going on in your life and sink into the world of Bert Shambles. Recent circumstances have left him in a bad place, but he's moving on--and you'll love being there as he does. There was a vulnerable honesty to the character that, coupled with author Tim Hall's humor, made this the perfect cozy mystery for a cross country flight. I found myself pausing only to make sure we still had a few hours left before we landed so I could finish reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun mystery December 13, 2013
By rhonda
Format:Kindle Edition

Bert is a likable character who's life is a mess. He lives in a boarding room with no kitchen. He is on parole for three years. He is not happy to be back on Long Island for the next three years. He gets involved in one mess after another.

The mystery is pretty good and leaves you guessing about what all is going on. About who is chasing him and why.

Their is a lot of humor about what is going on in Bert's life. He gets banged up a lot falling out of windows, being chased
and trying to help the women he meets along the way.

The setting is Long Island, New York modern day.

The pace is pretty good. Every time something happens and evens out something else goes wrong in his life.

I wanted things to workout for Bert and his friends. I would read another book by Tim Hall in the future based on Dead Stock.

I was given this ebook to read for review purpose and to be part of Dead Stock's book tour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story November 17, 2013
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A perfect book to cost up to a fire with on a dreary winter day. Bert was a character I could resonate with. Looking forward to the next instalment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun adventure--What comes next? March 31, 2014
Do you remember the first time you saw Raiders of the Lost Ark? How you didn't get to breath (or allow yourself to) until the final credits rolled?
That is what came to my mind reading this book. It keeps up a great pace. You can't assume anything, because you are probably wrong!
Bert is a bit of a screw-up, but his heart is certainly in the right place.
My only question is: Who is the guy on the cover? And why is he holding a club that isn't a putter?
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