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An Act of Deceit (Sarah Woods Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer L. Jennings
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Book Description

Sarah Woods has a secret. His name is Carter, a private detective from Boston who hires Sarah to help him carry out a peculiar assignment that requires a woman's touch. Her task? Expose the philandering restauranteur, Marty Quinn. However, the case takes a drastic turn when Marty ends up dead. Was it an accident, or murder? To find the truth, Sarah agrees to go undercover at a strip joint where the clues to Marty's death may be revealed.But the case takes a dangerous turn of events and leaves Sarah wondering if she's in over her head. Will she put her own life at risk to discover the truth?

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Editorial Reviews


Sarah Woods is fast becoming a favourite of mine. With her marriage disintegrating and her business becoming tiresome, Sarah teams up with Carter, a mysterious private investigator, and begins to learn the ropes.

I will not repeat the synopsis, choosing instead to say that this well-written, funny and intricately-plotted novel is excellent reading. The characters are likeable and effortlessly crafted, inviting me to care what happens to them and cheer for a successful outcome.

I am anxious to get to the next Sarah Woods adventure, and see whether she can weave her way out of her tangled life and solve a mystery as she goes.
-Diane M. Hockley

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  • File Size: 3465 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Query Publishing (February 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EIHMU2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Act of Deceit by Jennifer L. Jennings June 12, 2012
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This is the second in the Sarah Woods Mystery Series by Jennifer L. Jennings, and I found it just as appealing as the first, "An Act of Murder." Sarah still has her massage business, but the number of clients is down a bit, so when approached by a Private Investigator from Boston named Carter, Sarah takes on the job of finding out about the alleged adulterous affairs of a man named Marty who owns a nice restaurant and who has a suspicious wife. Before Sarah can really begin her investigation along with Carter, Marty is killed when he is hit by a delivery van, and the question is whether it is an accidental death or homicide.

As is usually the case, Sarah's husband is away on business three out of four weeks, and her son is seldom home after school. Sarah is alone at home in the evenings and she is tiring, both physically and mentally, of her massage job. Sarah finds the investigating job more challenging and exciting, especially when handsome Max shows up again. It's just what she needs to put a few sparks back in her life and lots of excitement, sometimes more than she can handle and more than Carter wants her to do.

Sarah Woods is fast becoming one of my favorite female sleuths. She's funny, down to earth, and isn't afraid to try something new. She might be afraid of going into a potentially dangerous situation, but she does it anyway to get the job done. And it's a good thing that Carter watches over her before she becomes too wreckless. This is a fast-paced mystery that is more the length of a novella. It kept my interest from the very beginning and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Act of Deceit April 17, 2012
By Kaye
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This is the second novella by this author with Sarah Woods as the heroine and I very much enjoyed it. My only complaint is that I want more. I want to know more about what happens with Sarah, Massage therapist & part-time Private eye. I want to know if she will give up on her 'less than fulfilling' marriage and give in to her desires for the much younger Max.

In this episode Sarah almost gets killed while working to solve the question whether or not a 'ladies man' was accidentally killed in a traffic accident or if it was something more sinister.

I look forward to finding out what Sarah will get up to next. I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great murder mystery August 22, 2012
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Sarah now has it in her blood. She is trying her hat at PI work with Carter. Carter a PI she works and meets in the 1st novella. The story opens with Sarah at a popular bar and a good looking man approaches her. Buys her a drink. Then offers to "walk her to her room". So they get into the room and he starts to take off his clothes when Marty's (the guy with Sarah) wife comes out and confronts Marty. They are blowing up at each other and Sarah lets herself out. Her and Carter are talking about it afterwards and you find out the wife had hired them to prove her husband has been cheating. So Sarah goes back to her life. She is bored and is just on pins and needles for her next PI job. Her new secretary at the massage clinic is a man named Sam. A good friend of the family who thinks she is not taken care of by her husband Daniel. When Max shows up again her heart begins to pound but she also doesn't want to lead him on. All is back to the same old life until, she reads the paper and finds out Marty has been killed. She immediately calls Carter and they meet for coffee. Then they are approached by Marty's wife. She says they were reconciling and knows it was not a accident that the police think. She knows that he was murdered. Both Carter and Sarah doubt that it is true. But when she offers 3 grand to take the case, it makes them reconsider. So the investigation begins. Did Marty's womanizing ways make someone want to murder him? Or is there something else more to the story than what they could even imagine?

Jennifer Jennings did it again. Kept me glued to my kindle for the entire book. She may be converting me to mysteries. Sarah is a woman people can relate too. Someone looking for more in life and finds Carter's PI business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! September 3, 2012
By GSmith
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This entire series was a wonderful read! Everything you want from a book. Quick easy reading and just fell inlove with the characters and could identify with certain parts! You wont be sorry and you will just love Sarah Woods!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Woods Mysteries January 14, 2013
By S Lau
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I enjoyed the entire series of the Sarah Woods Mysteries. The books flowed very well. There was always something going on to hold your attention and not want to put the book down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where to go from here January 10, 2013
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The saga of Sarah Woods continues. Sarah is still trying to come to terms with changes in her personal life. She is looking at becoming an empty-nest mom and being in an unsatisfying relationship with her husband. She is looking for change and challenge.

What better challenge than to become a private eye. And, who better to learn from than Carter. The case begins with infidelity and ends with murder. Sarah is funny, likeable and irrepressible and best of all I like her.

Follow the clues with Sarah and see if you can guess the murderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An apprentice detective at work September 3, 2012
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This is a well-written, fast-paced murder mystery about an apprentice detective helping solve a murder mystery despite an unsettled personal life. The protagonist is Sarah Woods, a 42 year old wife with a teenage son and a successful career. Her marriage is strained and she is attracted to another man, bored with work, and her son is growing up. Something drives Sarah to seek excitement--personal awakening, midlife crisis, maturity, a simple desire for change, whatever. Thus, she helps a professional private investigator named Carter with various small jobs that lead up to solving the murder in this book.

A philandering husband named Marty dies when hit by a truck in a crosswalk and police write off the incident as an accident. Despite the victim's errant ways, his widow suspects foul play and hires Carter to investigate. Carter enlists Sarah to help, instructing her in the detection business along the way. Sarah interviews friends and possible murder suspects, sometimes posing as a journalist. The list includes the accident driver, a restaurant manager, an old friend, an attorney, one of the victim's former lovers, her father, and his close friend. In the course of the investigation, she is exiled from a bar, her car is stolen, and an attempt is made on her life. I could go on, but, the point is, she takes an interesting walk on the wild side (without informing husband or son what she is up to).

Though inexperienced, Sarah is smart, courageous, cunning, and proves quite capable as a fledgling detective. As this book ends, her alienated husband has arranged a vacation trip for them together to Hawaii.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always fun, a fast pace story.
Another fun mix up for Sarah Woods to get tangled up in. Like Father Dowling or Agatha Christie she's involved in another murder, tangled in a broken family, and gets herself in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the first book, so so mystery, likable heroine
This is the second book in the series. You don't have to read book one for the mystery. But you do for Sarah's back story. The mystery as in the first book, was just ok. Read more
Published 1 month ago by phoenix2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Best
that's what you doing today .I was going to do that with you and I was in my life of a good night love you too baby is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Housewife turned P.I.--Good read
This was a nicely written book. The characters were compelling, understandable, someone you'd like to be friends with. The plot was nicely convoluted and kept me guessing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pauline
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this better than the first in this series.
I really like the characters in this book. Jennifer Jennings writes with humour and makes all the characters interesting. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 9 months ago by lrl
5.0 out of 5 stars book was excellent
This was a great read! The reason was Sarah is not an expert. She could be me or my neighbor. She makes mistakes which could honestly be made by an every day person. Great writing!
Published 10 months ago by Aurora
5.0 out of 5 stars deceit or otherwise
A delightful, intriguing read. Sarah may not be sure of her personal life, but she has heart and courage enough to go for what she wants.
Published 12 months ago by D. L. Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author!
THis is a very entertaining read. You'll refuse to put it down until you're finish. Sarah Woods is an interesting character.
Published 13 months ago by GCaver2
4.0 out of 5 stars An Act of Deceit
A private investigator from Boston hires a female to assist him in exposing a restauranteur who ends up dead. Was it a murder or an accident?
Published 14 months ago by John Bilodeau
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun interesting frolic of a mystery....
If you are a first time reader of a mystery this little story of a fledgling p.I. Sarah Woods can surely hold your attention and also keep you guessing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lipton
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Jennifer L. Jennings is the bestselling author of The Sarah Woods Mystery Series on Amazon. She was born in Chicago, Illinois but has spent most of her life living in Maine. She was a massage therapist for fifteen years, and worked as a glass artisan for many years as well. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, playing guitar with her son Blake, reading, writing and doing all things creative.

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