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A Grand Murder Paperback – August 9, 2011
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About the Author
Stacy is hard at work on her third book in the series.
Visit Stacy on the web at StacyVerdickCase.com
More About the Author
Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter. Her Catherine O'Brien mysteries, A Grand Murder & A Luring Murder, and An Intimate Murder are available from Before the Fall Books.
Stacy is hard at work on her fourth book in the series.
Visit Stacy on the web at www.StacyVerdickCase.com or https://www.facebook.com/StacyVerdickCase
Also on Twitter https://twitter.com/SVerdickCase
Top Customer Reviews
The story is fast paced, which I love and I never felt lost, which I love even more. Ms. Verdick Case has a fabulous ability to draw the scene and the characters at play in it. She made me laugh, cringe, get heart-ache, and want to shake someone- in all the right ways. I always had a clear picture of her characters and their reactions; Catherine's cringing as Louise barreled her Prius through downtown St. Paul, for example. I fell in love with the characters and their personal lives as well. I was cheering all through the book for Catherine and her husband, hoping the job didn't get in the way of their marriage. Mel, the security guard, was one of my favorite supporting roles. She has such a great sense of person and personality I found myself wishing she would pop up more often. Ms. Verdick Case also has a fabulous cast of suspects. She gives us reason to doubt or exonerate each one. The plot twists were well crafted and the red herrings dangled in all the right moments.
Overall I felt I knew too soon who the murderer was, basically because she was a little too helpful, which the detectives figure out toward the end. I will give Catherine this one though- they were under the gun, so to speak, to figure out the case. In future books I hope that she doesn't fall so obviously for the helpful murderer trick.Read more ›
A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case is a first book in Catherine O'Brien mystery series. I know that it must sound weird, but it was a fun book to read, even though it's about murders. It was smoothly written and the story flowed nicely. I enjoyed the characters and the humor in the book.
Regarding the plot:
Catherine and her partner Louise are getting a murder case of a prominent businessman and they have only two days to solve the case. It does not help that the murdered businessman was a close friend of their chief. There are not many clues to go after and since one of the the main suspects is also killed, the whole case gets more complicated.
I have read many mystery stories lately and I have to say that even though I think the plot was little obvious, then the book still surprised me with many suspects, interesting twists and turns in the story. I liked the writing style of Stacy Verdick Case, the book was easy to read, but could definitely have more thorough editing done.
Regarding the characters:
Before anything, I would love to tell, that I simply loved reading mystery story, where both detectives were women. It's a very rare combination. usually partners are either man and man or man and woman, but almost never two female detectives. I really liked that! Both Catherine and Louise really supported each other because they were so different from each other. Both of them made the plot stronger with their characters and they also balanced each other.
I really liked A Grand Murder and I think that the author has done a good job with the first book in the series. She introduced the main characters very detailed way and it gave a good basis for other stories to come. The only weakness I can point out is the editing of the book. Otherwise I definitely recommend A Grand Murder Case to all mystery lovers! It's a great story!
I loved the sound of Justine's voice as she was reading. She gave each character a different voice, whether it was through tone, accent, or pitch, and as a result, there was no mistaking who was speaking during each scene. I particularly loved the voices she used for O'Brien and Mel. These two characters were my favorites out of the mix. Though I will admit to having a soft spot for Gavin and Louise as well. Justine brought Stacy's characters to life for me in a way that I never could if I was reading the book on my own.
I also really enjoyed Justine's ability to convey the humor and sarcasm within the story. I've always felt that it takes a skilled reader to successfully convey humor in a novel and for me Justine is perfect. There were several moments where I had to go back and replay bits of the audio because I could not stop laughing.
As far as pacing goes, again, Justine does a great job. As I said, I got caught up in the story and could not stop listening. There were times where I found myself muttering under my breath at various characters, and yes, at one point I strung a litany of "Put it together O'Brian" towards the end as she started to put the pieces of the puzzle together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Grand Murder is an exciting and quick read. Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise had me in stitches many times. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
Catherine O'Brien, described as vertically-challenged and perpetually disheveled, is partnered with Louise Montgomery, a tall black woman who is always impeccably dressed--even... Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by It's Raining Books
Stacy Verdick Case has a strong ability to create a novel that will pull the reader into the story instantly. I loved that. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Molly
Catherine O'Brien is a petite St. Paul Detective whose hair is never right, wears clothes that are more masculine than feminine, lives on Starbucks coffee, thinks laundry, cooking... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Lori Caswell/Dollycas
Now, I don't remember a whole lot about Cagney and Lacey, but they were the first ones I thought of when I met Detectives (Catherine) O'Brien and (Louise) Montgomery. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by K. Herbrand
A well-connected businessman is murdered on his doorstep and the police investigation reveals that the victim has more enemies than one person should have in a lifetime. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by J.L. Campbell
This is the first book I have read by this author. Two female detectives from St Paul have 2 days to solve the murder of a judge. Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Barbara Hightower
A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case transported me away from the stress of my life and into the world of Catherine O'Brien, a Saint Paul homicide detective. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Chris