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Murder on Potrero Hill (Peyton Brooks' Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Hamilton
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Book Description

Peyton knows the first suspect is always the husband, but Jake Ryder isn’t acting like a typical suspect. Jake truly loved his wife. So what went wrong?

Stepping into the circle of the social elite, Peyton finds that things work differently when you’re at the top. And Jake Ryder seems to be caught in the epicenter.

Ultimately, Peyton finds that you never know what darkness lurks in the human mind and that some will murder to keep that darkness hidden.

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About the Author

ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 20 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel. In 2010, the dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing. The sequel to Emerald, The Heirs of Eldon, followed the next year. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and Potrero Hill is her first foray into the murder mystery genre. In addition to teaching and writing, she has three sons, three dogs, and two cats. If she isn’t writing, you can find her at a band concert, a baseball game, or running an agility course with her Golden Retrievers, Cricket and Comet. Visit ML Hamilton at her website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 2697 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00738TGPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 133 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed by legal inaccuracies February 2, 2013
By CebieB
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I found myself liking this book in spite of itself, mostly because of a good pace and some nice character development. However, the book is seriously flawed by unbelievable behavior on the part of the police officers.

Throughout the first third of the novel, the police consistently violate the constitutional rights of the main character, against whom they have no evidence. Based on the supposition that the husband is the guilty party ninety percent of the time when a wife is killed, the police department mounts a campaign to get the suspect to confess by ruining his life -- taking actions such as freezing his bank accounts and disabling his bus pass, all without warrants. During this part of the book, the "suspect" is never charged with anything related to the murder, yet the police manage to get him fired from his job and destitute. Still, he never even consults a lawyer. I found it maddening that the author was so careless about basic rights known to virtually all Americans and about normal human behavior when confronted with circumstances that involve the criminal justice system.

It became impossible for me to warm to the police characters as a result. While I'm sure that there are some homicide investigators who just want to charge someone -- anyone -- and move on, I don't believe most in this country are as clueless and gullible as these characters, nor do I believe that in most jursidictions the police can actually take such actions without warrants. That's too bad, because otherwise the book had some positive aspects.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Once again, ML Hamilton has proven herself as an author. I love her "World of Samar" epic fantasy series and was interested to see how well she changed genres.

The story had me from the get-go. When Jake Ryder's wife is murdered he becomes the prime suspect. He sets out to prove he didn't do it. Meanwhile, the detectives are doing everything they can to trigger a confession.

I will admit that I knew who the killer was early on. However, that did not detract from the journey to uncover the truth. In the end, the plot twists were quite unexpected. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn't find a good stopping place.

The author did a phenomenal job capturing Jake's emotion. Part of the reason she succeeds in evoking the response is her proficient flashbacks into Jake and Zoe's life. You believe him when he says he loves her. His pain is palpable especially as heartrending secrets are revealed. As the noose tightens, you can't help but feel sorry for him.

The detectives, Peyton and Marco are likable and believable. They competently work through the case to uncover the truth. Though they have their minds made up, they are never careless in their efforts.

I appreciated that the violence was not gratuitous or gory. Additionally, the language was appropriate to the circumstances but was not offensive.

Overall this was a quick, enjoyable read. I look forward to exploring Peyton's character further in book #2.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 10, 2014
By Debbie
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As I started this book, I thought I was really going to enjoy it but it seems to veer off course a few times which distracted & irritated me. The constant flirting (not reciprocated) between Det. Marco & Abe got a bit tiresome. And I don't like mysteries in which the police begin with the premise that the spouse did it & look at nothing or no one else. And to deliberately ruin Jake Ryder personally& financially because someone in authority ordered it made it apparent Marco & Broooks don't think for themselves. But for the investigative work of the suspect to prove another guilty, Jake would have apparently been railroaded to life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Less time spent dwelling on Marco' s great looks & Peyton' s curly hair would you have been nice too. Won't be reading any more books in this series.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well written but the Protagonists aren't very good people February 10, 2013
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This book is a perfect illustration of why people mis-trust the police. From the minute these inspectors got the case they honed in on 1 suspect. Sure, most of the time a family member does it but NOT every time. These inspectors had no open minds until their suspect got the evidence for them. I'm sorry I bought all 3 books in this series as I don't think I can wade thru another Peyton Brooks adventure.

They cut off his money, got him fired from his job, voided his bus pass, and she even shot at him when he was unarmed and not threatening in any way. Is this how San Francisco really is? What about the Constitution and Presumption of Innocence. What about Due Process. All were violated with only I'm sorry by way of apology. Give me a break.

However, I think the author is terrific. Her writing is very well done and the book itself flowed nicely. I'll make sure the next one isn't a Peyton Brooks mystery.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars do not waste money on this book January 18, 2014
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No way to rate lower. Detectives appeared to be untrained and incapable of the simplest detctive work. I will not purchase any more of this author's work
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad April 1, 2014
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The story itself is good, however, the proceedings by law enforcement is a joke. There were times when I got bored waiting for something to happen, so I scanned instead of really reading. Overall, it's not a bad book, but not a great book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent work..great and exciting read. Wanted to do punch the country s to see the truth...but as they say the truth always comes out in the wash
Published 2 days ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars High Tension Mystery
This murder mystery will keep you reading long past bedtime. Alternating between present day & flashbacks, high tension & melancholy Jake's story is well-written & intriguing.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars "Annoying" to read -- Story okay -- But really bad writing
When I started reading and listening to this book (Whispersync) I found myself frustrated. My frustration quickly turned to annoyance. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Classic Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Held My Interest
Even with a medical laboratory background I had a hard time figuring out this who dun it mystery.m I really enjoyed it and I think the author did a great job introducing readers to... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mari Loosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Easy read. First book I have read by this author. It was fast moving and kept you wanting more. Will read more of his books. I thought the characters were well written. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars I hope she gets better in future books--or maybe it's just my innate...
31 of 75 for 2015. Wow! Didn't see that coming. I do have to say that Peyton Brooks is the least sympathetic lead character I've yet met in a mystery series. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense!
Inspector Brooks and her sidekick Marco are interesting characters. Good plot that keeps you guessing. Hamilton is a new writer for me that I will continue to read her work.
Published 16 days ago by Cyndi Curne
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent mystery
Kept my attention so decent but nothing extraordinary. I would read another Peyton Brooks mystery. A good gym time read.
Published 19 days ago by Nancy J. Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Great read!!
Published 21 days ago by lisa crews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book held my interest and was fast to read.
Published 22 days ago by Alison Knapp
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More About the Author

ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 20 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel.

That dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks, FBI are two new series launched in 2014.

Between teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden Retrievers and reading. Visit her at her websites: or for more information.

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