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"Once again, Camden Realtor Vicki Doudera has proven that real estate can be murder, in the third volume of her mystery series featuring chic Darby Farr, a Maine native who is now selling homes in beautiful San Diego." -- Bangor Daily News
"A complex mystery." --Kirkus Reviews
Reviews of Deadly Offer can be found on my website. Here's a good one right here: bangordailynews.com/2012/08/05/living/camden-author-proves-for-third-time-that-real-estate-can-be-murder/
" With many point-of-view characters to watch and suspect, the reader finds means, motives, and opportunities everywhere, but the ending is shocking. " --Eleanor Anders
"Darby's third appearance is just the property for those who want a fast, entertaining read with a diverse cast and appealing setting. A winning teen sleuth adds YA appeal." --Library Journal
"Doudera keeps readers riveted through this fast-paced read, making "Deadly Offer" one enjoyable offering." -- Bangor Daily News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Writing DEADLY OFFER was a real pleasure, for many reasons. First off, I was thrilled to research the setting -- the lovely California wine country area around Napa and Sonoma Counties. My husband and I did a bike trip with Backroads, and cycling through the vineyards, stopping to sample wines, and talking with the vintners themselves was wonderful.
DEADLY OFFER explores the bonds of families, especially siblings. We see ET and his brother Carlos grappling with the death of their sister, as well as the mechanics of the Contento family, who own the neighboring vineyard. Darby's friendship with ET and her increasingly complicated relationship with journalist Miles Porter are also explored.
I loved creating the characters in this book, especially Detective Nancy Nardone and the talented young sleuth Sophie Stewart. The character of Selena became so real and dear to me that I seriously considered changing who the victim was... I didn't want to kill her off! In the end though I decided I needed to stick with my original plot, no matter how attached I became to a character.
In the end -- DEADLY OFFER is at its core a gripping mystery with several twists and turns. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I hate it when I can figure out who did it before it's revealed. In this book, I could not--a well-crafted, surprising ending. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Paul Sparks
Vicki Doudera's latest novel, Deadly Offer, is a fantastic continuation of her Darby Farr series. Each one is getting better and better. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Leni
Deadly Offer is very hard to put down. Fast-paced and full of many folks who could have "done it."
The wine country of California is a wonderful setting for Maine girl... Read more