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Reel Estate Rip-off (The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Renee Pawlish
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Book Description

More mysteries to die for in this acclaimed private investigator series!

Lights! Camera! Reed!
That's right - Reed Ferguson, the intrepid hero of This Doesn't Happen In The Movies, is back.

A mysterious death.
A brother searching for the truth.
A devious ex-wife.
Real estate shenanigans.
More danger for Reed than a film noir plot.

Reed Ferguson's second adventure is again filled with film noir and a lot of humor. Along with the Goofball Brothers, Reed's not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed's computer geek friend, Reed tackles a dangerous case, sharpening his skills as he unearths a string of clues that lead to a killer - but will this case cost Reed his life? With an ode to old Hollywood and movie memorabilia, Reel Estate Rip-off is humorous detective noir at its best.

You can't beat mysteries, so try the Reed Ferguson private investigator series.

Praise for Reader's Favorite Finalist in mystery This Doesn't Happen In The Movies:

This is one witty, hilarious detective story that will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Review

Great Read!

You can never get enough of the antics of Reed Ferguson!!! Renee Pawlish knows how to spin a yarn!

Joseph N. Fusco, writer, director, actor

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, Farewell, My Deuce and the short story Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat), The Noah Winters YA Adventure series (The Emerald Quest), This War We're In, a middle-grade historical novel, Take Five, a short story collection, Codename Richard, a ghost story, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a non-fiction account of a haunted house investigation.

Ren
ée 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.  This Doesn't Happen In The Movies is a Readers' Favorite Finalist in mystery.

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.

Visit Renée's website reneepawlish.com or her blog tobecomeawriter.com.


To learn more you can follow her
on Twitter: @reneepawlish
on Facebook: facebook.com/reneepawlish.author
on her blog: tobecomeawriter.com
or Goodreads: goodreads.com/reneepawlish

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  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468016822
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061HSJ4A
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Way to Pass Some Time May 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a decent story. The characters are amusing and the nostalgia inviting. l won't say it was the best story though. It was entertaining while I wait for one of my favored authors to come up with something new, Reed, Cal, Ace, Deuce, Bob all participated as usual. I see there is another book ready in the series, I will move on to it and see if it gets better.......
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining book to read May 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.

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I have chosen to give this book a rating of (3.75 / 5) for a few reasons:

1. Personally I found the story a bit predictable - however, it was still entertaining to read since you didn't have to follow a ton of convoluted threads...

2. I found it reminded of the old dime store detective novels, or the old detective movies - don't get me wrong, some like that style of books or maybe that was the intent all along.

Characters - Henri and Evaline were the most believable characters in the book to me, yet they were minor cast members. Ace and Deuce (god I hope they have real names) were there to provide some comic relief. The Ex was setup for you to hate from the start. The love interest could have been developed more. Reed was the casual, laid back detective.

If I had read the first book, then I might have had more insight into the cast. So to be totally fair, I might make sense to read the books in order.

Story - The story read very much like an old detective movie, which I have watched many. This may be why the story seemed predictable. Short of giving a spoiler which I hate, the story seemed to press you into believing a certain character was the killer when everything in me knew otherwise.

I will give due credit though for the following:

1. Pawlish did a fantastic job of bring all the loose threads to a solid conclusion, even threads I hadn't caught - nothing was left hanging.

2. She definitely did her research in regards to the movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lazy Sunday afternoon story August 12, 2013
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It has a decent plotline and had a few moments here and there that were interesting but it doesn't take much exercise of the "little gray cells" to keep up. As I said, it's great for a Sunday afternoon or vacation read but there are others with a more interesting story to tell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Fun Read July 29, 2013
By DJ
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was funny in parts and and was a quick read. I would read more of this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent PI tale July 7, 2013
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An enjoyable read. Decent story with well defined and described characters. There's just a hint of comedy in this author,s writing, which I like. The PI is interesting and I look forward to reading more of his adventures.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reed ferguson P. I. A man;s man. June 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
Reed was all set to start his weekend. Hang with his buddies and relax
His plans change when Jack Healy introduces himself. He wants to hire Reed to find his brothers killer or killers.
His response is "I'll take it."
There are the usual questions.
Did he have any enemies?
Why would anyone want to kill him?
What's up with the ex-wife?
Any trouble with the law?

The cast of characters:
The Goofball brothers, Ace and Deuce, are back to add seasoning and grins to the story.
Cal is back, and more sarcastic than ever.
Reed's new neighbor Willie. Maybe a love interest for Reed. She gently rebuffs his advances.

"Reed, I like you. A lot. Even before I broke up with Alan, I was tempted to go out with you. But you want to know why I won't?"
"Becuase you need time to get over Alan?"
She shook her head. "That's only part of the reason. I don't want to get involved with you and then find out that you've been hurt or killed."
"C'mon. I got shot in the rear as I was diving to the floor."
"But it could've gone any number of ways," Willie pointed out. "I've seen it happen before. You were lucky it was only your ass."
He is going to have to work on this one.
Reed is a man's man. His enthusiasm and sarcastic humor is contagious and reaches out and grabs you. There is a lighter side to him also.
His mother is a real card:
"Hello, dear." My mother's high-pitched voice carried over the phone lines like a parrot on cocaine. "You sound groggy. Why is it every time I call, you're asleep? Does this have something to do with that detective work? Are you on drugs? Paul," she called away from the phone, "your son's on drugs, I just know it."
Gotta love your mom!
The investigation gets serious.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars non-stop September 20, 2013
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This book was non stop entertainment. It was a very fast read and the characters held your interest right from the start
The doofus neighbors who were also brothers was a ;quirky addition to the plot and the reclusive computer nerd reminded me of some people I know.
It kept leaving you not wanting to put it down until you found out what was
going to happen next .
The antiques dealer was precious, I have a jewish neighbor who reminds me of him.
I would like to read more of these books and will certainly be watching for them. would recommend this to anyone. No foul language and no over the top romance, just good clean entertainment: hard to find these days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a 3
The story was pretty good. However, some words were used incorrectly. The biggest irritant, though, was telling us that the Sherlock Holmes mysteries were written by Sir Alfred... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Laura L. Darnell
5.0 out of 5 stars interessting
This book took a unusual turn and I thought it was interesting and a good book to read. I would of loved to see the things they were suppose to find in the house.
Published 2 months ago by Beverly J. Larence
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
Havent finished yet about half way thru but is pretty good. Has good storyline and variety of people. Will read next book if one.
Published 2 months ago by mary d kress
5.0 out of 5 stars Reel Estate Rip-off
I liked this book. The Author has a style of the old time writers.the characters were so vivid and down to earth. There were no funnie hero stuff.
Published 3 months ago by Robert J. Ehrhart, Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery
Characters were developed well, excellent setting and interesting story. I really enjoyed the trivia information, Reed seemed like a genuinely likable person as well as most of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Layne Wilhoite
4.0 out of 5 stars Reel Estate Rip-Off
It was a good read and kept my interest throughout the book. I would recommend the book to anyone that enjoys a mystery and light reading.
Published 5 months ago by Al Wangenheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Reel Estate Rip off
This is a very good read. It keeps your interest all the way through. I will be reading more of Renee Pawlishs work when I get a chance.
Published 6 months ago by Janet C Rackley
4.0 out of 5 stars Reel Estate Rip-off
Gets off to a slow start, a lot of exposition and unnecessary background on real estate contracts, but once we get to the meat of the story we get an action packed mystery that's... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ernie Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, ordinary hero
The private eye is a decent, regular guy, fairly new at his job and not exactly an expert yet. It's probably a pretty realistic portrayal of what a real PI does – a lot of poking... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Eboch
4.0 out of 5 stars ok book
No real hard reading here, a little lighthearted at times but kept me interested enough to finish. Would read more .
Published 7 months ago by M. Foster
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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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