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Loose Screw: Dusty Deals Mystery Series: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Rae Davies , Lori Devoti
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fun, romantic, cozy mystery featuring amateur sleuth and antique store owner, Lucy Mathews. Lucy and her dog find romance and murder in the mountains of Montana.

Lucy Mathews, crime reporter turned antiques dealer, avoids confrontation like a home perm. She even lets a cat shove her around.

When Lucy trips over the body of a buckskin-clad relics trader, her ex-boss asks her to cover the story. She tries to tell him no, but old habits die hard and soon she finds herself directly in the path of a killer and the exasperating, if attractive, detective in charge.

Can Lucy catch a killer or is this the last confrontation for her—period?

Other books by Rae Davies:

-Dusty Deals Mystery Series-
Loose Screw
Cut Loose
Loosey Goosey
Let Loose (coming March 2014)
Loose & Lethal (Box Set Books 1 -3)

Love is All Around
Love is All You Need
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Product Details

  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3AXEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Star for a 1st Mystery - Fun Good Read June 16, 2011
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Well worth the 99 cents and well worth trying out a new author. Did get a bit frustrated with Lucy and she will have to get a whole lot more backbone in the next book to keep me reading. Would have liked a bit more background on her shop/business also and how she managed to spend so much time away from it? Businesses in seasonal tourist type locals, especially small, one owner types, usually need more actual hands on work. And if she was writing for a small town paper previously, where did she get the money/inventory/knowledge of antiques/etc. to open the store? Plus, with a good murder story and her background in writing for a newspaper,she should have been able to sell the story herself to another paper and thumbed her nose at an editor who treats her like a dingbat, even if she is at times. All in all, a fun read for a first time out-enough to make me want to read a second one. A little tightening up of characters/background, a bit more attention to reality (yes, cozies let you suspend some belief but not all) and this could be a really good little mystery series.
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118 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Free Download, Overpriced July 7, 2012
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The premise sounded good, the price ($0.00) was right, so I downloaded the book for a light Saturday afternoon read.

Pros: Story quickly gets to The Murder. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are within acceptable limits (laudable, for a self-published novel). The total book is short, approximately 189 pages long, just right for a summer afternoon or a day at the beach.

Cons: Story line is mired in excess uninteresting detail. Authors seem compelled to account for every minute of each character's time, which is TMI! After progressing about 10% into the book, I started skimming, hoping that I would reach a point where the plot would take off and then I could slow down and enjoy reading to the end. After skimming to the 30% mark, I gave up. There may well be a good story in there somewhere (clearly other reviewers enjoyed this work), but my patience ran out before I could find it. This book would benefit greatly from a firm editor, probably turning it into a short-ish novella or long-ish short story.

Troll Alert: You notice how negative reviews are rated unhelpful and the positive reviews, no matter how vague, are rated helpful? Ah for the old days when we were able to rely upon the objective assessment of our fellow readers!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!! May 25, 2011
By Terri D
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I love cozy mysteries with humor and romance and this one fits the bill! Great storyline, mix of characters, and laugh-out-loud humor! Can hardly wait for the next one!!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! August 25, 2011
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Really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read that I couldn't put down until I finished it. Looking forward to more stories about Lucy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Quirky April 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this read and it was fun. It is an easy read with a quirky heroine that is funny and loveable. If you like Stephanie Plum Series, you are likely to like Lucy. She does have some resemblance to Lucile Ball too.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Say nothing at all July 8, 2012
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I wanted several titles for this review. 'Banality at it's best.' 'Magnificently mundane.' 'Does Cozy mean slow?' I've settled on If your have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Ms. Davies does write a thorough, clean text. Precision and procedure are her strong points. That and the dog. I loved the dog. He was the bright spot of my experience. She got the dog just perfect. She probably got the protagonist too, but I chafe at the fact Lucy started out a timid mouse and ended up the same. A little more growth in the character arc would have done a lot for my opinions.

At least I finished it.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Listening to Loose Screw with Kindle Robot August 20, 2011
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With all the usual qualifications as to robot reading, this book comes off well on Kindle. It follows the path of the increasingly prevalent generic mystery, girl talk with best friend about boys, girl worries about self and about self vis-a-vis boy, temporary denouement with boy (nature determined by overall intentions for for series), subordinate mystery plot to serve romantic purposes. Some of these books are very, very successful, others are routine, run of the mill efforts, others never rise to the level of general readability. Of course, there are many gradations within these categories and, completely outside the boundaries of this type are the romances created by such Masters/Mistresses of the detective story as Dorothy Sayers for whom romance (Lord Peters love for the reluctant Harriet Vane)is intrinsic to classic mysteries.
With that in mind, I am sure any potential reader should take my star ratings with the usual tablespoon of salt. I am growing weary of this sub-genre as it becomes an increasingly popular fashion among writers (presumably because it is increasingly popular with readers). So far as I can make out this is a readable book which should bring enjoyment to those who are delighted by this kind of book. The lead character needs work from the author to become more of a substantial figure and more credible as a person who would generate respect from others in her social environment. The animal character, it is essential these days to have the right kind of dog or cat, or assortment of these and perhaps horses, cows or others, to share one's living space, is about right. He is a big but non-aggressive dog, who will, no doubt, be given even more space as the series proceeds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. I read it when I had nothing ...
It's OK. I read it when I had nothing else to read...
Published 1 month ago by EK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 1 month ago by Dorla Dautrich
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
This was a fun mystery to read. Clean read. Not outlandish. Just a fun,well written cozy mystery. And the kindle was well edited. :)
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
It kept you guessing, but not that entertaining. I don't have anymore to say and I do not want to write anything else
Published 2 months ago by Betty J
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Fancylady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 2 months ago by jax
4.0 out of 5 stars light read
A nice light reading. Had some cute parts which I like. Will read more of her! Starting on book two!
Published 3 months ago by Becky Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars I love "Who Dun Its"
I love "Who Dun Its". This is a comical story from beginning to end and includes my 3 favorite things: a good cup of coffee, a spoiled dog, and shopping. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Loose Screw-Dusty Deals Mystery Series- by Rae Davies..
It was a great story. Took some time to read entire book between working and taking care of family. But I really enjoyed the mystery. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Bangoura
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cozy, fun read
This was a good cozy mystery. It was a little slow in places and there was sometimes long descriptions which is the reason for a four-star review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kindle addict
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