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Murder in Store [Kindle Edition]

DC Brod
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Preston Hauser, owner of a famous department store, asks his head of security, Quint McCauley, to investigate some threatening letters he has received. No sooner does Quint take on the job, than Preston is poisoned by one of his own vitamin pills. With Quint looking on. Suspicion falls on Hauser’s young wife, Diana, but Quint quickly learns she’s not the only one who might benefit from the millionaire’s death.



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From Publishers Weekly

The likable protagonist of this creditable first novel is Quint McCauley, a middle-aged ex-cop recently jilted by his 23-year-old lover. McCauley is head of security for Hauser's, a large Chicago department store. Preston Hauser, president of the store, has been receiving threatening letters, and asks McCauley to quietly investigate. At a meeting with McCauley in his office, Preston takes his daily vitamins--and dies: the capsules were laced with cyanide. McCauley tells Preston's wife, Diana, a fetching kleptomaniac, that she is a widow; she finds the news hilarious and tries to seduce him. McCauley resists; he has recently become roommates with Elaine Kluszewski. He and Elaine investigate the various Hauser's executives that Preston had suspected of writing the letters. Brod's settings and dialogue are realistic and believable, more than making up for a repetitive running gag on the difficulty of parking in Chicago. Despite the obvious flag or two pointing the way to the guilty doorstep, this hard-boiled first-in-a-series is solid, satisfying fare.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A comfortable, conversational tone, everyday narrator/detective, and dollops of Chicago action accompany Brod's solid first novel. Shortly after ex-cop Quint McCauley, head of security for Hauser's department store, agrees to investigate death threats received by Hauser, Hauser dies of cyanide poisoning. McCauley continues his search among a standard array of suspects (e.g., a juicy, much younger wife) despite further murders, attempts on his own life, and loss of job. Not much out of the ordinary, but promising nonetheless.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I5ELT8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery.. January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Very nice little crime novel, well written and a pleasant read. Nothing that is over the top violent or graphic. Just a good old whodunnit with a main character who is sympathethic and yet totally low key. I enjoyed it, perhaps because the writer didn't need to creat any cheap thrills to keep my attention. It was sort of like a Jessica Fletcher except without the old lady, or B actors or cheesy scripts. Ok maybe Murder She Wrote is a bad example. I loved the simplicity of it. The only minor issue was that some of the formatting was slighty off, only the occasional sentence nothing majorly disruptive to the flow of the text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Characters, Fun Plotting, Layered Mystery February 1, 2012
By Tolly
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I read another book by this author (Getting Sassy) that I really enjoyed because it was so . . . well, different (in a very good way), so I was eager to read this one, as well. This book, while not "different" like Getty Sassy (you really have to read that one to know what I mean), is distinctively this author. There's something about the interior monologues and the knack she has for really fleshing out the main characters and leaving the lesser characters ever so slightly out of focus (like when you start getting too close to a Monet). This can be frustrating to some readers, but when it's done well, it's quite wonderful. Brod does it well.

One thing that rather surprised me about this novel was that the main character was a guy; I guess because of Getting Sassy, I expected Brod to do what most first-person novelists do and write all protagonists in the same (and her own) gender. So I kept waiting for the lead (Quint McCauley) to suddenly start fretting about his hair or something, but again, Brod impresses. The guy's pretty much a guy, much like any other guy written by any male writer . . . okay, so there's this one time he knows the particular fabric of a woman's dress, but . . . hey, some macho ex-cops turned security heads and pseudo-PI's are great with fabrics. It was a small thing, and I'm sure most people wouldn't even notice something so tiny.

Anyway, the novel itself is a mystery with all the "usual" things going on: someone solving the mystery, a sidekick, the foil, the red herring, the clues, etc. If you love that stuff (and I do), this is very well written and fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic mystery May 5, 2013
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A very decent whodunnit, a classic style story which reminded me of the old tv shows like "Matlock", "Murder, she wrote", "Father Downing", etc. A very likeable main character, extra characters were good too. The only reason I'm not giving it more than three stars is that I had a problem with the dialogues. I don't know whether I just had a faulty copy or something, but I got confused who was saying what when sentences said by two different people were standing side by side in the same paragraph. I'm used to the text starting at a new line when another character starts talking. Also, there were lots of periods missing, and even capitals here and there. Perhaps those last two remarks are just nitpicking, but the dialogue really bothered me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Page Turner March 18, 2012
By eyzrbrn
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This was the first time I have read this author. I must say, I was quite pleased and will be looking for more of his books. I had a hard time putting down this book and from living from the Midwest it was nice to see references I knew quite well about.

Loved that he kept the mystery going literally to the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Store March 4, 2012
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I never read a book by this author and was surprised how much I liked the book. The story really kept me going back to read more. I will look for another book by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought May 29, 2014
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It kept me guessing to the very end. I liked the twists and turns. Not who I thought was responsible. An enjoyable read
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3.0 out of 5 stars good mystery February 16, 2014
By penny
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Good twist and turns
Didn't
Knows until the end who did it. Surprise.
Good read for fun and enjoyment s
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4.0 out of 5 stars great easy read October 13, 2013
By Hils
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Good plot and easy to read with a slight twist. Characters we interesting and liked how it all tied in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept.
Good tale, but somewhat contrived. I would recommend it for someone hooked on mysteries who is more interested in the story than in the quality of the writing.
Published 15 months ago by Julia E. Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on Sale
A good, classic style murder mystery, with relatable characters, a dash of romance and flirtation, and a handful of shady characters we love to hate. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cici
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and humorous
The character of Quint McCauley is new to me. I really enjoy the style of DC Brod in the McCauley Mysteries.
He has a few more problems than Spencer (Robert J. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
I enjoyed this murder mystery very much. I had just finished a book that was difficult to read. I am so glad this was an easy read! Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by Sheila B. Edney
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I started reading this book then put it down for ages. One day, I picked it up again and wondered why I'd put it down in the first place! Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by LizzieC
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, clean, mystery
Quint McCauley, head of security at a major Chicago store, has to deal with the wife of the owner, who delights in shop-lifting in her own store. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by L. Mihay
2.0 out of 5 stars took me forever to read it
I tried to read this book, just couldnt get into it for whatever reason. starts out nice but drags so much; people talk on and on way too long with nohing interesting to say; did... Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Ms. Fairchild
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Store
Throughly enjoyed this book wanted to read more, found it hard to put down until I had finished. Well worth reading.
Published on March 4, 2012 by ElizabethO
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