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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 (156 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)

-Romances-
Love is All Around
Love is All You Need
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  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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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44 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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105 of 123 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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19 of 22 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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15 of 18 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Quirky April 15, 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but not the worse October 26, 2012
By tm
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Let me start by saying, yes its worth 99 cents to get this book. That being said, it is sort of boring. Its not a horrible book, but there isn't a lot to draw you in like other cozy mysteries. I can usually blow through cozy's in a day or 2 depending on how busy I am at work, but this one has be over 3 weeks. I can only stand to read a page or 2 before I get super bored. I hope the others in the series are better and its just because the author didn't know how to keep someone's attention for a long period of time
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19 of 26 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Loved the book, easy to read but it keeps you guessing until the end. Nice to have books to read without dirty spots.
Published 18 days ago by Mary Sorenson
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving
While the author definitely has talent, and the book was well edited, it just did not appeal to me. I felt like it moved very slow and lacked action even for a cozy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sparkymom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loose Screw: Dusty Deals Mystery Series Book1
Well this is a keeper. I enjoyed this mystery. No sensual sex and most entertaining. Keep me in suspense which I love and some comical areas to make you laugh. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Minnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely will read this author again.
The mystery was very enjoyable and the characters were well developed. I was looking for a light mystery and this book totally hit the mark. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vickim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I don't know how I'm doing it, but finally finding great mysteries with good characters, no vulgar sex, or cussing. Just a fun read. Well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book!
I loved this book and I am looking forward to reading the other Dusty Deals mysteries! Can't wait for the fourth one to come out!
Published 1 month ago by Nola Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a light read
This only took me a couple of hours and it's a little fun. I'd recommend it for a road trip or as what I call my "car book" which is a book I take along in the car for when... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wolfmist
1.0 out of 5 stars B...O...R...I...N...G
One of my personal indicators of whether a book is a worthwhile read, is the amount of anticipation I feel in between reading opportunities. Read more
Published 2 months ago by iam42nut
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Western Themed Series
Fun relatable characters. Good continuity. Good character development. Intresting story lines. A little romance and a lot of mystery-great balance. Eager for the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Cute
I liked the story and the heroine. The dialogue was very funny. I also was surprised by how the mystery was solved.
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