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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Before The Fall Books (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983713707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983713708
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,736,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter. Her Catherine O'Brien mystery, A Grand Murder, is available from Before the Fall Books. Her second Catherine O'Brien mystery Murder is a Family Affair, will be released shortly.

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 Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

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

Customer Reviews

This book is fun, exciting, worth the time.
Jennifer S. Sawyer
It is obvious this is a first book - character development is thin, and the prose stilted and at times too "Dragnet".
MED
The story is faced paced and the clues are well laid out with several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
Lori Caswell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
A Grand Murder is a caffeine enhanced race through the upper crust of St. Paul to find a killer. The story begins with the murder of a prominent business man on his own front lawn. At the bequest of their chief- a personal friend of the victim, Detectives Catherine O'Brien and Louise Montgomery are on the case. Armed with coffee and Louise's distinct driving skills, they are on a mad dash to solve the case before the Chief comes unglued.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon B on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a good book that was fun to read. A 4 star book for sure! It will leave you wanting to read more about its main characters. If you like John Sandford and Robert Crais you will like this book. A definate must read for Murder Mystery junkies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IngaKS on March 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My review:

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.

Generally:

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!

4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. Keyte on October 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm an avid reader, preferring the murder/mystery type books. I especially enjoy when they take place in my home state, hence John Sandford being one of my favorites. This book made me want to go & explore the old stately homes of St.Paul. I was very pleased to have recieved this book & enjoyed it very much. I like trying to figure out "who did it" & I did, but not until much later in the book. I also enjoyed the humor in the book, as it lightens a somewhat intense, macabre subject. I look forward to the next installment of this series & learning more about the characters & seeing them fleshed out a bit more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By What the Cat Read on May 29, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
When Stacy asked me to review the audio edition of this book for her virtual book tour I will admit to a bit of hesitancy on accepting the task, mostly because it is really easy for me to zone out while listening to an audiobook. However, upon starting the book, I found myself getting wrapped up in both the storyline and the reader herself. Justine Huxley does a fantastic job of grabbing the listener's attention, giving each character their own tone in the reading, and is the perfect complement to Stacy's writing!

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.
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