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Life's a Beach Then You Die (Max Fried Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Falafel Jones
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Book Description

Max Fried is a former computer forensic examiner who devotes his time to swimming, drinking and bathing in the hot Florida sun, but today… it’s a real killer. A murderer is coming his way.

When a smooth-talking lawyer persuades Max to find a deceased client’s estate assets, Max takes the job, thinking it will be a snooze. Instead, an old killer with a new identity breaks into his home and steals the client's computer.

Max doesn’t know the computer contains clues to a 20 year-old murder but then, the murdering thief doesn’t know Max stored a copy of the stolen computer on his iPod. Too bad for the bad guy, the copy contains evidence that could get him the death penalty.

Now, Max is the last one alive who knows why people are dying. If he can outwit the killer, he can return to his bar stool on the beach. If not, he’ll be victim number five.

Fourth edition dated November 4, 2013: Includes free excerpt from the second Max Fried Mystery, Payback's a Beach


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About the Author

Falafel Jones was named for a Mediterranean sandwich Mom craved while pregnant. While this name may have been a burden growing up, it provided a distinction from all of the other Joneses in town. In fact, things could have been worse. Ask Falafel's brother, a construction worker named Sweet Pickles.

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  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484169778
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGOGFDY
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life's a Beach Then You Die May 10, 2013
By mysin
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Max Fried is a retired computer forensic examiner who devotes his time to swimming and drinking in the hot Florida sun. When a lawyer persuades Max to find a deceased client's estate assets, Max takes the job, thinking it will be easy money. As soon as Max gets the dead mans laptop home he thinks his job is soon finished. He finds little to be concerned about but he stores a copy of the information on his new iPod. Max doesn't know the computer contains clues to a 20 year-old murder and the thief doesn't know Max stored a copy of the stolen computer on his iPod. Max comes home to find his house trashed and both his computer and the laptop gone. He calls Ed to tell him this latest news and try to figure out what's going on. His wife is scared to stay, and goes away until the house is again safe. I really did enjoy this story, but I had more fun with the lack of editing. "Max lied on his bed." "Max turned up his color," and many more. It didn't really take away from the story but it was a distraction never the less. I would give it four stars without the distractions.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's a Beach and I couldn't stop reading it!!! April 22, 2013
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Falafel Jones is at it again! After I finished the Kewpie Killer, jonesing for another Jones' mystery, I found this one! New characters,a new intrigue all set on Florida's beautiful east coast. What more can a reader ask for? A real page turning stunner, I recommend this beauty of a book. Where has Falafel Jones been all my life??
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute read May 28, 2013
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Life's a Beach Then You Die is a nice little read. You start out by meeting Max and Mariel, recent retirees to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A nice couple who enjoys the weather in Florida, the beach near their house, the bars they frequent and not wearing any underwear. (You'll have to read the book to understand.)

When Jack, the bartender at Bobbi and Jack's Beachside Patio introduces Max to Ed, a lawyer whose client has just died, the fun begins. Ed wants Max to help find out financial information from a laptop. Being a retired computer forensics examiner, at first Max says no and then reconsiders.

The rest of the book centers on what is on the computer ... and who stole it from Max. People listed on the computer start dying and Max may be next.

The plot was good; it kept my interest from start to finish. I think it could have delved a little deeper, but this seems to be a humorous mystery, not a serious one.

I'd read this author again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Giant Yawn May 27, 2013
By Fran
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Good book if you need to catch up on your sleep. It starts out slow, but that's to be expected. Unfortunately, the trite story line continues at the same slow pace for the rest of the book. The story does not build - many metaphors involving the painfully slow pulling of teeth come to mind.

The characters are not believable because their actions are stupid. There is a police detective who doesn't ask the right questions or follow obvious leads. The hero withholds information from the police for no reason even though it puts him in danger. But the police don't seem to mind when the hero slowly trickles out information that he knew and should have revealed earlier.

The ending is trite because the hero's wife who has been absent for most of the book stumbles on the scene just in time for the villain to use her as a hostage.

I give it one star and a solid five yawns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Mystery June 22, 2013
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My first read of Mr. Jones, and really enjoyed it. Twists and turns, and my guess on the "bad guy" changed a few times - only to end up being wrong again. Hero Max, a retired P.I. is a "good thinker" and sees motives and possible tracks to take. The only thing I did not care for in the book (and several authors do it as well) is a full description of every character. "She was short, blond, attactive, professionally dressed....yada, yada". I suppose it's intended to help the reader picture the character, but is somewhat distracting. A very funny saying in the book is: May the road rise up to meet you and the wind from your back not be your own." That tickled me. Good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better October 19, 2013
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This detective story has all the right elements...murder..mayhem..plot twist and turns. Details of the story make you feel like you are a part of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read. November 23, 2013
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This was a great book. Great since of humor and very suspenseful. I enjoyed reading this book and would enjoy other books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sun, sand and a great plot November 16, 2013
By Diane
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Max Fried is an interesting character with what should be a fairly uncomplicated life, however as a PI this isnt quite how things work out for him and he gets caught up in a case that spans the past through to the future.
When he thinks he is taking on a straightforward case he is soon aware that things are much more complicated than they first appear and a great deal more dangerous.
This at first seemed a light mystery but after the first few chapters turned into an intriguing murder mystery and a very good read.
For those into computers and technology this might not be accurate but for me I found it believable and interesting.
I will be looking out for others featuring Max Fried.
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Falafel Jones was named for a Mediterranean sandwich Mom craved while pregnant. While this name may have been a burden growing up, it provided a distinction from all of the other Joneses in town. In fact, things could have been worse. Ask Falafel's brother, a construction worker named Sweet Pickles.

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