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Let Us Prey: Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Jamie Lee Scott
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Book Description

From USA Today bestselling author Jamie Lee Scott - Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery Series, Book 1. (2nd Edition (updated and re-edited)).
Murder mystery series, with a touch of romantic suspense, what more could you ask for in a novel?

“This is a light and funny PI novel/mystery with interesting, well-developed characters and excellent twists and turns.” Bente Gallagher (Jennie Bentley) NYT Bestselling author of the DIY Mystery Series for Berkley.

“One of my favourite authors is Sue Grafton and her P.I. Kinsey Milhone. Well she has a new rival." Lord D. M. Prosser

Mimi Capurro is trying to put her life back together after the sudden death of her husband. Using the skills she learned as a secret service agent, she runs the Gotcha Detective Agency, along with her skilled computer forensics partner Charles Parks. Gotcha specializes in executive protection (bodyguards), and tailing cheating spouses.

Nick Christianson is running from the demons of his past, and that has put him back in his old stomping grounds in Salinas, CA. Nick has transferred from the San Francisco Homicide Division and is now adjusting to this new police department.

Mimi never expects to run into her old college flame Nick, when she takes on an executive protection case for New York Times bestselling author Lauren Silke. But when Lauren’s assistant is murdered, the homicide case, along with Mimi, land in Nick’s lap. Will Mimi and Nick be able to solve this murder without killing each other first?

"Let Us Prey is up on my list of favorite novels ever. It’s something I know I can pick up and read over and over without getting bored." Bookend Babes reviewer, Stacy J

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About the Author

A native of Northern California, Jamie was swept off her feet by a dashing farm boy and transplanted to Iowa 16 years ago. After several years of running a restaurant with her husband, she felt the urge to kill people. I mean she decided to start writing mysteries. Let Us Prey is the first in her Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries series. 

Jamie still lives in Iowa (though she visits California as often as possible) with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. She writes with a view from her 6 acre farm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2566 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: LBB Company (Ryan Lee,Inc.); 2 edition (November 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ALW6GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,955 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mills & Boon disguised as a Mystery Thriller February 7, 2013
By Nobbyh2
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am reluctant to be too critical given that the book cost me nothing. But I was so dissatisfied that I won't look for another in the series, and I'll be wary before buying anything else from this author.

There were some rave reviews and the blurb suggested a good, tight mystery. In fact the mystery part of it was potentially good; and had the main characters been likable it would have been a great yarn. Although the ending was disappointing and seemed somehow contrived.

Mimi is an ex-Secret-Service agent who's been around. Yet, as one other reviewer said "she barfs at a dead body" - get real! But the worst part is that there are at least two Adonis-type males (one an ex-lover and a cop, the other a possible perp) and every time she meets them she becomes an idiot 13-year-old girl who loses her brain and becomes incoherent and imagines them naked and holding her in their strong, brawny arms. I have read enough of that in M&B but I don't appreciate a heroine who is that incompetent. No real woman I have ever met could be so ridiculous and stupid. Furthermore, the cop is an overbearing bully who demeans and belittles everyone he meets, especially women, and Mimi more than anyone; and Mimi laps it up! She is constantly fantasizing about sex with him; why?

Then, as the suspense builds and the murderer is stalking her, she hides under the bed-covers, without her gun, which is on the bedside table. Oh, come on! How can you like or respect such a person? So, Jamie Lee, you need to watch the spelling, tighten up the editing, and give us heroes/heroines who are more real. Mimi is more suited to a fairy-tale about Beauty and the Beast - and Nick is well suited to the role of Beast.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prey for more. April 18, 2012
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When I was offered the chance to read this book and perhaps review it I thought it would be something to occupy my time when I had nothing else to read. How wrong I was. I reached a point where guilt set in because the author had been kind enough to ask my opinion and I thought it only fair to take a look.
That was last night and tonight I finished it. In all honesty I was reluctant to stop last night but the cat decided to jump up on my knee and expected my attention to be on him. Tonight I accidentally closed the door when he was with my wife.
One of my favourite authors is Sue Grafton and her P.I. Kinsey Milhone. Well she has a new rival. The characters in the book come to life under the very deft hands of Jamie Lee Scott and her heroine Mimi Capurro has all the foibles of a normal person so it's easy to identify with her.
The storyline is excellent and keeps you guessing all the way through so you'll jump from suspect to suspect until the clever twist is revealed and no, it wasn't the butler.
Ms. Scott has a real future as a writer and I could see a successful series with Ms. Capurro's agency and with her partner Charles.
This is detection at it's best.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Female PI and Fabulous Plot Premise! March 25, 2012
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I love the Mimi character! She's a new refreshing and funny female PI and I can picture her in her own TV series now! This story a about a murdered best selling novelist is perfect fun. Then there's the bonus of romance added in to make Let Us Prey the perfect entertaining read!
Stephanie Queen

Let Us Prey (Book 1, Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries) (Gotcha Detective Agency Series)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven book August 14, 2012
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This is a cozy mystery where the protagonist, Mimi, is a private eye who owns and operates the Gotcha Detective Agency. I was expecting the mystery to have a church setting with the violence relatively subdued and humor aplenty. WRONG. The murder involves a violent beheading with the clues leading to a citywide vampire role-playing game. Parts of the book I found fresh, engaging and difficult to put down; other parts, like the torturous relationship between Mimi and lead detective and former flame, Nick, were fairly trite.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like it October 2, 2012
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Couldn't finish the book. The misspellings of common words and homonym confusions (who's, whose) were simply too distracting. Surface editing would be very helpful.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read March 27, 2012
By Anita
I found Let Us Prey to be very up to date with the paranormal frenzy going on. (I happen to be caught up in the frenzy myself)
A novel about a paranormal novel is such an interesting twist. Mimi is so funny, in a self deprecating way, that it is easy to identify with the character. I had a little trouble getting into the story but once I did, I couldn't put it down. All in all, Great job, especially for a first novel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little mystery July 12, 2012
I obtained a copy of this book from one of Scott's relatives with a promise to read and review it. Not having read much lately, I had to push myself to make the time to sit and read. Unexpectedly, I was hooked after reading only the first few pages.

This is a murder mystery with subtle humor. Mimi is a fun, realistic main character who interacts with other equally well-presented characters. With many twists and turns, the reader is kept in constant suspense while trying to figure out "who done it".

Two minor negatives, both very personal:

Firstly, I prefer a long book that I can escape into every day, so this one was a bit short. A quick read. I was left feeling disappointed that it was already over!

Secondly, a new proofreader should be found for Jamie's next book. I found the errors in punctuation and spelling very distracting (where I would have to go back and mentally correct the problem before continuing on). Again, my problem.

Overall, this is a great little book leaving me wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and Full of Surprises
Mimi is a young widow that opens up Gotcha Detective Agency as a sort of therapeutic remedy. She and her colleagues chase down dead beat dads and do general Private Investigator... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sapphyria
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad that I decided to read it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Cozy But Decent Mystery
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Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Landmark
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new detective series!
I enjoyed this book about Mimi and her detective agency. I felt the author should have made her character stronger as she was ex-CIA but she still did a good job and made her... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Marissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Carol Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was the first one of Mrs Scott's books that I read. Just finished the sixth one yesterday.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Lytle
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Read & A Good Story
I enjoyed this story. Was not so much a suspense story to me as just a good story to read.
Published 3 months ago by L. Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars From Secret Service to your own detective agency
Mimi Capurro, use to be a secret service agent, after the sudden unexpected death of her husband, Mimi is trying to put her life back and with her skilled computer forensics... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R.H. McCort
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read
Very enjoyable and entertaining. Pretty decent character development. Would have enjoyed more history on some of the protagonist's friends, especially those with the agency. Read more
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie Lee Scott, loves killing people. I mean writing a good mystery, or a good romance. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and three horses on a small farm. When she's not writing novels she's writing screenplays and making indie films, or competing at barrel races.

10 Fun Facts
1. I once played in a televised poker tournament.
2. I'm terrified of heights, so I went zip-lining, repelled down a waterfall, and walked across a rope bridge, to prove to myself I could.
3. I own a fast food restaurant with my husband.
4. I wrote my first novel in the 5th grade.
5. I want to be Charles. (if you've read the Gotcha novels you'll understand)
6. I sucked my thumb when I was a kid.
7. When I'm alone in the car, I crank the music and sing at the top of my lungs. I don't care who sees me.
8. I have a world class crush on Benecio del Toro.
9. I've had a Twitter addiction since 2009. (I may need intervention)
10. I hate sharing my food off my plate.

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