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Marsha Lyons and April Kelly were debate team partners at Colonial High School in Orlando and roomies at The University of South Florida, before Marsha went to law school on a mission and April went to Hollywood on a whim. While Marsha’s career includes teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, becoming the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami, and going into private legal practice, April’s began in stand-up comedy, moved into writing on shows like Mork & Mindy and Webster, then to producing her own shows like Boy Meets World. Throughout their wildly different professional lives Marsha and April have remained best friends, finally deciding to put their separate talents together to write a show-biz crime novel, MURDER IN ONE TAKE, their debut as a team. MURDER: TAKE TWO is the second book of the series. Marsha is married with children, and April is single with dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Flight Risk Books (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615645348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615645346
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marsha Lyons and April Kelly were debate team partners at Colonial High School in Orlando and roomies at The University of South Florida, before Marsha went to law school on a mission and April went to Hollywood on a whim.

While Marsha's career includes teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, becoming the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami, and going into private legal practice, April's began in stand-up comedy, moved into writing on shows such as Mork & Mindy and Webster, then to producing her own shows like Boy Meets World.

Throughout their wildly different professional lives Marsha and April have remained best friends, finally deciding to put their separate talents together to write a show-biz crime novel, MURDER IN ONE TAKE, their debut as a team.

Marsha is married with children, and April is single with dogs.

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The fast paced adventures keep the pages turning and makes you wonder what twists and turns in the storyline are coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnesota reader on July 3, 2012
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Reading these books makes for a great summer reading experience. The main characters, O'Brien and Ervansky, have some interesting past lives as well as engaging current lives and make for interesting reading. They add humor, as well as intrigue, to the plot.

The fast paced adventures keep the pages turning and makes you wonder what twists and turns in the storyline are coming. The setting of Los Angelos and Las Vegas seems like a foreign country, but then, living in the upper Midwest is a long way from California and Nevada.

Each book has a new plot but the characters carry through, which makes you want to read the next book. When will the next one arrive?
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I read this book, Murder: Take Two, as soon as it came out, because I enjoyed the first one so much. I should have written a review back then, but current prompting to do so arose when I saw a Murder:Take Three is now available.

The authors do another great job of giving us a unique take on solving crimes, and they work in some surprising past elements of the main characters' lives. Some authors try to force all of that into two pages in the first chapter of a book, which always seems to be a rushed attempt to give you a full picture of the character's past and present psyche so that it fits neatly into the upcoming plot.

Not so in this case, and as a result, you find yourself liking the characters more and more...kind of like when you meet a person and like him/her, and come to like that person even better as you get to know him through natural conversation versus "bearing the soul in one sitting."

Maureen O'Brien and Blake Ervansky are the book's two most interesting and likeable characters, and the authors are two talented writers who don't take short cuts but still tell a gripping tale with just the right amount of description. We don't get bogged down when what we really want is find out "who dunnit," why, and how Maureen and Blake are going to solve the case.

On to Murder:Take Three!
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I read the first book of this series last month and fell in love with the characters and the storyline. I think part of the attraction for part two was that I already knew the major characters, though some new ones were introduced who were also well developed. New mysteries are introduced, such as why Maureen is such an effective warrior. And there were Tigers and Magicians, so what's not to love. I especially enjoyed the humor in the book as characters were also subjected to the vagaries of random events that shaped their days and their lives, something that is ignored by too many writers in the "everything has to make sense in a goal oriented direction" methodof plotting. The book felt like something that could really happen, and I could tell that the author's researched the subject well. I also only found one typo in the book, something to say in this day when even books my multimillionaire authors with big publishing companies behind them are rife with errors. If you are a fan of mystery then this book is highly recommended. If you aren't, as I really wasn't, then this is a good introduction. First class storytelling all the way.
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By Whitt on July 16, 2013
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Once again another great book written by two compelling authors. I am still fascinated with how use of normal book chapters were eliminated and instead replaced with short sections moving from scene to scene. This makes for an even flow and irresistible to put down once you start reading. As a practicing veterinarian, I was pleased that there were no animals injured in the story. In addition, it is obvious the authors have a lot of experience in the areas written about in the story such as Hollywood, Vegas, and all things concerning law. I find their ability to mix fictional characters with viable real life celebrities quite entertaining. As I found after reading Murder in One Take, Murder: Take Two gets you primed to read the third book in the series. Can't wait to delve into that one.
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I'm a photographer and artist, therefore I'm very visual. Murder: Take Two was such an exciting read because I could SEE the characters and knew the way they think. Some books will tell you about the main characters but in Murder: Take Two they were alive and popped off the pages. As I was reading this book I was both reading it and seeing the movie unfold in my mind. Exciting story with great plot twists and because Ms Kelly has a background in Hollywood, you can really get her insider jokes without really being a Hollywood insider. I also liked the way she would mix fictional characters with references to living people. And of course, there was wonderful humor that, at times, made me laugh out loud. I can't wait for the next one and to see this on the Big Screen.
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By Gayle Hughes on August 12, 2012
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The newest Los Angeles private investigation team of Maureen O'Brien and Blake Ervansky is just getting settled in a new office when they are interrupted by a crisis in Maureen's life. Her father, Charlie, is forced to disclose an ugly incident in his past. When Maureen was nine her mother committed suicide and Charlie raised her lovingly but unconventionally. She is about to discover disturbing information about him.
Hired by Las Vegas headliner, Cerise Marginata, the new agency embarks upon a fascinating escapade. Quirky characters and a humor laced plot, including Bengal tigers, follows. We have come to expect an exciting read from Kelly and Lyons. The authors do not disappoint us.
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