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This Doesn't Happen In The Movies (The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Renee Pawlish
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Book Description

Readers' Favorite Finalist in Mystery
Over 200,000 copies downloaded!
A top-seller on Amazon's Private Investigator list!

THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THE MOVIES

A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

More Great Reviews of this private investigator series:

Kirkus Reviews:
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

5 star review:
Oh how I’ve missed the Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe characters that saw me with a flashlight in the dead of night flipping pages to see what happened next. Thank you Ms. Pawlish for bringing back to life this long-lost art of the detective battling against all odds and getting to the bottom of things.
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The Reed Ferguson mystery series:

• Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies (Free eBook)
• Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off
• Book 3: The Maltese Felon
• Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce
• Book 5: Out Of The Past
• Book 6: coming soon
• short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat

Private Investigator Series Categories:

- Mystery Series
- Private Investigator Series
- Crime Thrillers
- Private Detective Novels


Editorial Reviews

Review

Kirkus Reviews on this detective noir novel:
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

Readers' Favorite on this mystery series:
This is one witty, hilarious detective story that will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.

5 Star Review

There is little doubt that Renée Pawlish is a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre.  Quite noticeable...is Pawlish's adept development of the plot coupled with her ability to contrive clear, concise and playful prose with almost perfect pacing.

Norman Goldman, Bookpleasures Publisher and Editor
Top Amazon Reviewer

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What Critics Have To Say About The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series:

Kirkus Reviews on this private investigator series:
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

Readers' Favorite on this mystery series:
This is one witty, hilarious detective story that will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.

Top Amazon Reviewer 5 Star Review:
Norman Goldman, Bookpleasures Publisher and Editor says this of this detective kindle book: "There is little doubt that Renée Pawlish is a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre.  Quite noticeable...is Pawlish's adept development of the plot coupled with her ability to contrive clear, concise and playful prose with almost perfect pacing."

Product Details

  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982705611
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DJHWRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Guy Noir Would Love. November 16, 2011
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True to its description, this book delivers a wannabe detective, a femme fatale and an non-stop adventure. Guy Noir, my favorite detective, would be proud to work a case with the fledgling Reed Ferguson. Both of them are in love with all things film noir and model their style after that genre.

At first, I didn't really like the character of Reed Ferguson. A rich boy trying to be a detective and then I thought about it, if I won the lottery tomorrow, what would I be doing? Traveling and writing every summer; plus I would have the coolest classroom ever . (Yes, I am a masochist and would continue teaching.) He is doing what many of us would be doing if the lack of money wasn't standing in the way. Reed is also smart enough to know when he is being played and doesn't fall for the book's femme fatale, no matter how hard or drunkenly the women tries.

Despite, my initial reaction to Reed, the book sucked me into its world and didn't let go until the case was resolved. The last couple of pages were nice, but tied up loose ends that weren't really loose to begin with. Reed's world is tidy, but not without problems. That is to be expected in a shiny new world. Reed's neighbors, Ace and Deuce, are good guys, but how they pay their rent being idiots and working at a video store is beyond me.Yes, it is a small thing, but small things can throw a reader off. Maybe there is some secret the brothers have that Pawlish is saving for the future.

There are intricate twists and turns, but in the end both Ferguson and the bad guys get it. Ferguson receives his dose of reality and all is set right in the universe until of course his next case. And I do hope there will be a next one.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a great Matinee movie June 3, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This story starts off with a bang!
"I want you to find my dead husband."
"Excuse me?" That was my first reaction.
"I want you to find my husband. He's dead and I need to know where he is." She spoke in a voice one sexy note below middle C.
"Uh-huh." That was my second reaction. Real slick.
Renee's writing style reads like a noir film. Like a great Bogie movie. It is no surprise that Reed Ferguson, main character and P.I. in the story, is a fan of Bogie. He prefers old movies, especially detective film noir, and dark women.
When Amanda, the client, walks into his office, the first thing he thinks is "Trouble". She is a major flirt. It's never a good idea to mix business with pleasure.
Honorable mentions to brothers Ace and Deuce, the comic relief team. Kept me laughing and lightened the atmosphere. Cal. Get a picture of Sherlock Holmes in your head. Got it? That's Cal, Reed's friend. He helps dig for the dirty little secrets in the investigation. I had many a grin with their back and forth banter.
Despite all of the warnings to drop the investigation, Reed persists and ends up in a world of hurt. He does not get through this without being battered and bloodied.

My body was screaming at me, sore in too many places to count. "I feel light-headed." I blinked hard at Forbes.
"Hey, buddy, you're bleeding."
I began examining myself, but didn't see anything.
"No, back there."
I craned my neck around, exploring my backside with my hands. "Oh, man! She shot me in the ass?" I couldn't believe it, but it was true. My rear end suddenly hurt like nobody's business.
Agent Forbes tried to hide a smile. And then I fainted.

Witty sarcasm and tension oozes from the pages. This book looks and smeels like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reed rocks. November 14, 2011
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Reed Ferguson, a "wanna be" Bogie, emulates his heroes of old films and sets himself up as a PI. His first job is to find a missing husband. Simple, right. Not for Reed. Soon the bad guys (in this case women) are after him intent on his demise, then the Feds want him out of the way as he's interfering in their investigation. Reed is a likable young man and you soon come to care for his welfare.

I'm not a huge fan of detective books, but I enjoyed this one very much, likely because Renee has a deft touch with the genre. Her style is not to hammer the reader over the head, but rather to use subtly and light touches of humor appropriate to her story and wonderful references to old movies. But underneath all that there is a serious story with surprising plot twists. Her subtle touch and sound mechanics make for a nice flow and a smooth pleasurable read.
Darlene Jones, Author
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters and Good Story January 2, 2012
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Pawlish spins a good story with believable characters. Much to his mother's chagrin, Reed Ferguson wants to be a hard-boiled detective. He finally lands his first gig, a beautiful woman in distress, but all is not as it seems. Reed slams face first into some desperate characters, but with a little help from his friends, everything works out. Renee Pawlish creates a great protagonist and supporting staff. They are likable, and you want to see them succeed. More importantly, you'll want to read the next book in the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun July 23, 2013
By BJ
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This is an enjoyable, different mystery story with unusual characters and storyline. There was some tongue in cheek dialog with strange twists and turns. A fun read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheeser, Cheeser October 14, 2013
By Chromey
Format:Kindle Edition
Was a fun read, but a lil cheesy. Amusing characters, and some good action in parts. Forgettable story though, and too familiar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Read!
Published 6 days ago by C William Stuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I rarely get to the end of a book but I enjoyed this one a lot, could have had more about the "fake fed's" but overall was a good read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Victor W Langston
4.0 out of 5 stars Archy McNally plus one
Surprisingly good debut: sympathetic, well-fleshed characters, interesting plot twists. Very Archy McNally-ish, but less snarky (that's a good thing). Read more
Published 10 days ago by hgstern
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Boogie Style Mystery
Great mystery. The characters are well written. Great plot and you feel your are watching a Boogie movie.
Published 11 days ago by Carlton O Phelps
2.0 out of 5 stars Started off fine but Reed just got less likeable
Started off fine but Reed just got less likeable. He was warned off by the FBI and the hit squad. Even though his family and best friend are threatened and he knows Amanda is bad... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Avidreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not challenging
I enjoyed this book, although it was about average in its content, presentation, and conclusion. It did have its moments of humor that were above average, therefore relaxing.
Published 22 days ago by Roberta Marlow
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
This one is ok, but only ok. the characters could be very interesting, but were not well developed, more of outlines than anything else. Read more
Published 28 days ago by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the read
I enjoyed the read. The plot moved and had enough twists to maintain my interest I liked the old movie reference I plan to try the next book in the series
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT MYERHOFF
4.0 out of 5 stars This Doesn't Happen in the Movies.
Easy read. Limited amount of characters so you could keep track of who was who.A book you could set down and come back to later and still know what was going on. .
Published 1 month ago by Pat K
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This good but I think the plot could have been better.
Published 1 month ago by Frances E Siebert
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More About the Author

Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, the Reed Ferguson mystery series (This Doesn't Happen In The Movies, Reel Estate Rip-off, The Maltese Felon, and the short story Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat), The Noah Winters YA Adventure series (The Emerald Quest), Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.

Renée has been called "a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre" and "a powerful storyteller". Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.

Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries, thrillers and horror. She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.


To learn more you can follow her on her website:
http://www.reneepawlish.com

on her blog:
http://tobecomeawriter.com/

on Twitter:
@reneepawlish

on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/reneepawlish.author

or Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/reneepawlish


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