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Nearly Departed in Deadwood: Deadwood Mystery Series Paperback – February 1, 2011

Book 1 of 4 in the Deadwood Mystery Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Corvallis Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983256810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983256816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (803 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This gem has a bit of everything ... mystery, romance, comedy, suspense, and even a bit of the paranormal."  ***** FIVE STARS! ~Huntress Reviews
 
"It's no wonder Ann won an award for this story. Her storytelling capabilities are tremendous."  ***** FIVE STARS! ~ParaYourNormal Book Reviews

From the Author

Dear Reader,

Once upon a time, I thought my crush on Deadwood, South Dakota was going to be just a summer fling. Boy, was I wrong. I had fallen head-over-heels. Deadwood had gotten under my skin. Its golden history filled my mind with daydreams; its promising future spurred tales that needed to be told.

Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a contemporary mystery full of colorful characters that have been taking root inside of my noggin for almost three decades. The seed was planted when I was a young teenager sitting on the bench outside of the old Prospector Gift Shop on Main Street, waiting for my mom to get off work. Over the years, the seed sprouted as I hiked all over town, strolling around Wild Bill Hickok's and Seth Bullock's gravestones at Mount Moriah Cemetery, sitting on the steps outside the Deadwood Public Library, walking up and down Main Street, perusing the tourist shops.

As times changed, so did Deadwood. The drugstore where I used to buy candy, the clothing store where I bought my favorite Levi's, and the Prospector Gift Shop are all gone now. At first I was sad to see them go, but then I realized that Deadwood had to transform and grow in order to survive. Just like I did.

A couple of years ago, I was driving down Strawberry Hill on my way into Deadwood when an idea hit me. It was a "what if" moment that sparked the fire of a story in my head. This time, the "what if" involved a single mom, living in Deadwood, struggling to make ends meet with two kids--twins--for whom she had to provide. I had one young child and another on the way at the time, so taking care of kids was front and center in my mind (and my body).

As I drove through Deadwood that day, memories ran rampant in my mind, and the story you hold in your hands began to take shape. I could see it clearly. I'd name the heroine Violet, an old-fashioned name. I could hear her voice; see her in her favorite purple cowboy boots. I knew exactly the location of the realty office where Violet would work, the street she'd live on, and how I'd pull Deadwood's past into the story and intermingle it with the present.

Over the following month, I plotted this story. My poor husband was forced to listen to my ideas morning, noon, and night; there was no shutting me up. Then he caught the Deadwood bug, too, and he joined me in brainstorming and planning. Before I even wrote the first line, I knew that one book was not going to be enough to tell this story, but I had to start somewhere. Finally, after months of writing, I reached "The End" of Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the first book in a series, with much hooting and hollering in celebration.

Now, after several rounds of editing and a lot of polishing, I want to share Violet's story with you. If you have half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you'll close the book when you're finished with a big grin on your face--especially since you know there is more fun to come.

Thank you for joining me in this adventure. Hold on to your hat!

Welcome to Deadwood.

Ann Charles

Customer Reviews

The characters are well written and funny!
Jan Wold
If you like to read books that make you laugh out loud and continue turning the pages this book is for you.
Amazon Customer
If you like paranormal mixed with mystery and romance highly seasoned with humor, this book is for you.
CristiAk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 155 people found the following review helpful By J. Larson on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this on a whim for my kindle, and was so glad I did! It was an easy breezy read, the writing was good and clever and not at all lame as some of the kindle books by unknowns can be. I thought the characters were well-drawn, and the kids were too funny, kept me laughing the whole way. The main character Violet was likable and someone you wanted to root for. I am certainly going to read this author again,trust me when I say this one is a thumb's up!
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rupp on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fast read, even with my busy schedule I finished it within a week. Even though I am not into mysteries, I started reading it as I live near Deadwood in the Black Hills. You do not need to be from the Black Hills to love this book. Great story line, made it easy to visualize Violet Parker in her adventures. Loved the mixture of mystery, love, and paranormal. Ann Charles had me sitting on the edge of my seat and I want to read more, can't wait until the next one is out. How long do I have to wait Ann Charles?
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Kara C. on February 18, 2011
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An un-put-downable book! (I kept reading when I should have been doing other things.) I loved the fun, colorful characters and snappy dialogue and I'm looking forward to many sequels.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ParaYourNormal on May 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally reviewed April 22, 2011
Kelli McCracken, PYN Reviewer

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles follows the adventures of Violet Parker, a single mom turned real-estate agent in Deadwood, South Dakota. Life should be great working as Realtor, but it's not. In fact, if Violet doesn't sell a house in three weeks, she will lose her job to the nephew of chauvinistic coworker, Ray.

Mr. Fake Tan is dead set on making Vi's life a living hell, constantly trading barbs with her about how much she sucks at being a real estate agent.

Just as things begin looking grim for Vi, enter Wolfgang Hessler, heir of the local Hessler Jewelry store. He requires her services in helping him sell his dearly departed mother's large Victorian house.

The news is just what Vi has been hoping for, until she shows up and finds the house needs more than a little cleaning. Desperate to make a sell and keep her job, she takes on the challenge of selling this dilapidating house. If only she knew the eerie little secrets contained within the walls of this once grand home, would she have been so willing to take it on? They say every person has skeletons hiding in their closet. Does the same go for houses?

As if this isn't enough of a challenge, she meets Dane 'Doc' Nyce, the handsome neighbor to the realator office she works in. On their first encounter, Doc sends Vi falling to his feet...literally. Doc hires Violet to find him a house, the second best news of the week.

It seems like life is finally through knocking Violet down. Not only does she have a house to sell, she has a potential buyer. Of course, nothing in life is ever that simple.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Leap on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Obviously, I am in the minority here but I found Violet to be extremely silly, sex-crazed, and a scarily inept mother. Her daughter matches the profile of three girls who have been kidnapped over the past year. Violet claims she is worried but instead of immediately sitting down for a talk, she tiptoes around her kids, who are a handful getting out of control. She waffles because she doesn't want to restrict them but a nine-year-old girl who steals chickens and ignores warning signs to chase after a chicken and thus falls down a mine shaft needs a little restriction for her safety IMO. I'd be a little upset if my kids advertised for dates for me, used my toothbrush on their pets, ignored my requests and were generally thoughtless, whiny or sullen. Not that I expect perfect behavior from anyone but her kids were annoying, not amusing.

Violet knows there's a serial kidnapper around and she's even suspicious about some of the men but does that mean her libido will let her reject dates with suspects? Of course not. So it was a matter of time before the kidnapper caught up with her. I barely made it to the end of the book, skimming over the last part just to see who the kidnapper was. Recommended if you like ditzy blondes blinded by lust and men who are shallow caricatures: the mysterious maverick, the chauvinist pig, the sexy villain...
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Retired Reader on January 26, 2012
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While I enjoyed the story it would have been better without the sexual insinuations/details/comments inserted into every paragraph. Skipped over several sentences as it got very tiring. Am hoping the rest of her books do not follow the same line as had already purchased them prior to reading this one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A.M. Harte on May 2, 2011
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Who would've thought mystery could be so fun? Ann Charles makes sleuthing more entertaining, more witty, but also incredibly gripping. A great read, combining humour, romance, mystery, and the paranormal.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heather Powers on May 3, 2011
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Nearly Departed in Deadwood (A Deadwood Mystery)

An exciting romping ride into Deadwood. This book makes me think of ghost towns from years past. Violet is a spunky heroine who is a single mom raising twins. She becomes involved with Deadwood's skeletons in the closet.
I enjoyed this story from the start, Ann reeling me in like a big fish gasping for air. I would recommend this book for people who like everyday people thrust into mystery.
It has enough of a paranormal twist for those seeking thrills with moments of wit and humor.
I came across some passages in the book that made me giggle sometimes inappropriately. I love books that do that :)
Can't wait to read the second installment:)
Way to go ANN!!! keep em coming:)
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More About the Author

Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else sounds fun.

Currently, she has several fiction books available: NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD (multiple award-winning book for both mystery and romance/mystery), OPTICAL DELUSIONS IN DEADWOOD, DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD (selected as one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2012 books), BETTER OFF DEAD IN DEADWOOD, and AN EX TO GRIND IN DEADWOOD, which are all part of her ongoing Deadwood Mystery Series.

Also available from Ann are the first three books in her Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series: DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS, JACKRABBIT JUNCTION JITTERS, and THE GREAT JACKALOPE STAMPEDE.

LOOK WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN, the first book in her new Dig Site Mystery series, is now listed on Amazon, too. This book stars Quint Parker, the brother of Violet Parker--the heroine in her Deadwood Mystery series. It's filled with mystery, humor, adventure, and a splash of romance.

She has a couple of short stories as well--DEADWOOD SHORTS: SEEING TROUBLE and BOOT POINTS (short stories from her Deadwood Mystery Series) and THE OLD MAN'S BACK IN TOWN (a short story from her upcoming Goldwash Mystery Series).

Stay tuned for the following new books by Ann coming in 2015:
* MEANWHILE, BACK IN DEADWOOD (Deadwood Mystery Series #6)--summer
* THE ROWDY COYOTE RUMBLE (Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series #4)--late fall

A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at www.anncharles.com, on Facebook as Ann Charles, or as AnnWCharles on Twitter--especially around midnight when her quirky fictional world comes to life.