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Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail [Kindle Edition]

Sheila Marie Palmer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sheriff Bernie Raines finds herself torn between loyalty to a childhood friend and her sworn duty to uphold the law. The year is 1985, but this incident has pulled her thoughts back to a simpler time full of happy chldhood memories and loving family and friends. A piece of those memories is missing, and though she struggles to bring it to the surface, it may be forever lost in the murky shadows of the past. Bernie enlists the help of her friend Sheriff Buck Davis, and the two soon find themselves immersed in a mystery as complicated and unpredictable as the clan of Gypsies that seems to be manipulating their destinies.

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About the Author

Sheila Marie Palmer was born in Florida during the 1950s. She lived in Sarasota for 33 years, worked in the court system for over a decade, and uses imagination to embellish her memories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008864WOS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarasota at another time July 26, 2012
Ms. Palmer hooked me with a page-turner plot, details of family, and the mildly familiar setting in Sarasota, Florida, but I loved the touches of supernatural voodoo/gypsy fun that made the story even more complicated. Yes, she would benefit from an editor's touch, but I'm still looking forward to her second book. Her long career in the court system has given her lots of material to work with. Keep writing, Sheila Palmer!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail August 6, 2012
By Abigail
Very interesting. A good read. I enjoy a good mystery and this one kept me in suspense until the very end.
I also enjoyed the journey through old Sarasota from her personal perspective.
I'm anticipating her next one.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! August 6, 2012
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What a marvelous book! It's a great page turner with Old Florida scenery and memories of the past. this is a great novel, even more so since it's her first! What a fantastic story! Can't wait for her next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this one, Nice CLEAN Mystery Romance June 23, 2014
By Kris
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Bernie is a Sheriff, and her love interest is also a Sheriff in the next County. Bernie was raised around some
Gypsies when she was around 8 years old. They all live in Florida.

If you love a book that gives you written details of everything around, from the trees and flowers to the buildings, and every single part of the characters, then this is the one for you. This one even has Pictures too.
For me it was a bit too much with the details, and looking back into the past, which is why I took one star off.
But it was a very good story and I did enjoy it allot. Good Romance, good mystery.
Lots and lots of characters. I liked Bernie, and loved Buck.

I DO recommend it, it is short and an easy read with No Detailed Sex or bad language. I don't mind either one myself but I know some readers look for books like this one with no bad words or detailed sex.
And this one had little to No typos too. very nice!

Happy reading Ya'll.........
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail July 26, 2012
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Excellent and interesting plot development. It kept me turning pages to see where the story was headed. Great ending. It's hard to believe this is Mrs. Palmer's frist novel. I can't wait for her next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars July 28, 2014
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Give this one 3.5 stars. Not bad, not great. I just couldn't get into the characters as much as I would like. The "sheriff" lacked that strong female vibe. You couldn't turn the page without another "mysterious" plot device. And this book has it all: fortune-tellers, Native American shaman, Mafia hit men, Hawaiian princesses... Taken together, it felt unpolished and overcooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different story August 11, 2014
By annie m
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This murder mystery was just ok, as the story would have benefitted greatly from a good editor. After the first few chapters I went to the table of contents and then to the order page to find out whether I was reading fiction or non-fiction, since it had real people photographs in it (it's fiction). It also took awhile to figure out how old the h was (I started at 60s, then 40s, but she was 32), and what year the current events were happening in (1983).

The characters frequently didn't use contractions when they spoke, which resulted in stilted conversations, and sometimes they laughed inappropriately, in my opinion. The H/h were not fully developed, leading to unanswered questions about their backgrounds. For example, what happened in the h's previous relationship, that ended in his death? Does she have a drinking problem, or not? What was the deal with H's dad? Those were all brought up in a sentence or two, never to be discussed again. And some events took giant leaps forward, without laying the groundwork to get there, to make them at least somewhat believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well-written book & a bit different September 4, 2014
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I'd actually give it 3.5 stars if that option was available.

Very few typos or errors
Interesting backstory about the gypsies
Well written, with a consistent tone & style throughout
The 2 sheriffs are both likeable
Not overly gory or violent
It was a quick read
The photos added a sense of reality to the novel

The relationship between Bernie & Buck was predictable
Some things that happened in the past were briefly mentioned & then never mentioned again (the sad story of the man in Bernie's past)

Overall, I enjoyed reading it & will check out some of the other books written by Ms. Palmer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This Trail Suffers from TMI
As an example, this quote says it all: "The wagon was spectacular. It looked somewhat like a covered wagon in the old Western shows, but instead of a canvas top, the roof and... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by SageM
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I enjoyed this book very much. I didn't want to stop reading once I got started. An interesting twist on a cosy mystery.
Published 1 day ago by Mary L
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow had me going
Great read. Was a little confused with the back story on Bernie but it all started to come together nicely. Thank God not a ton of sex scenes.
Published 3 days ago by June L. Jennison
5.0 out of 5 stars review of Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail
I enjoyed this book very much. One of the reasons I chose to read Life and Death on the Tamiami Trail is because I am staying in SW Florida very close to where this story was set.
Published 8 days ago by E Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of mystery, I loved every page!
I loved Bernie and Buck. The author was very good to let the reader know how they felt about each other, but left something for the imagination. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jan Snowden
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love books that surprise me. I didn't figure this out until the end! Interesting characters.
Published 28 days ago by Gym Rat 71
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was an interesting story.
Published 29 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Imaginative and factual too
Good read. Imaginative and factual too. Enjoyed it completely.
Published 1 month ago by Karol Kolehmainen
5.0 out of 5 stars reads as a memoir
Fascinating story, mobsters, gypsies, romance and murder. What more can you ask for in a novel. Complete with photographs that enhance the story.
Published 1 month ago by Marie F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death
Great read ! Don't ever chose a book just based on whether or not you recognize the author. Looking forward to reading more books by Palmer.
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