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The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader (A Richard Sherlock Whodunit Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Stevens
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Book Description

A despicable stock trader is found buried under an avalanche of his own garden rocks, causing fired-from-the force- Richard Sherlock to be yanked off the bowling alley and whisked to the crime scene by his pampered protegee Tiffany Richmond. He must prove murder and stop payment of the twelve-million-dollar Richmond Insurance policy.
Nothing makes sense. Crime scene is a mess. There is no money trail. There are too many motives from too many suspects who have too many alibis. Worst of all Sherlock's bad back is acting up, his ex-wife wants more money and the murder investigation is putting a serious dent in his parenting schedule of his two daughters.
Richard Sherlock hates his job, and may be a reluctant dick, but he is better at finding the WHO in WHODUNIT than anyone else.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984924728
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creative Inc. Publishing (December 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new series July 27, 2013
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I bought this book from a Bargain Booksy deal and I loved it. It was a good mystery and it was funny and made me laugh out loud a few times. This was the first in a new series and it introduced some characters I hope will stay around and be developed.
I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you like witty characters and a good whodunit!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant Dick April 21, 2013
By Tlv
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This book was a fast paced and fun read. Our hero is an irreverant but very smart guy with all kinds of ways to solve a mystery. Good read.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Fast-paced fun and Head-spinning Narrative February 10, 2011
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What do you get when you mix Elmore Leonard with Agatha Christie and add a dash of Tolstoy? "Reluctant Dick," is as enjoyable a mystery as you will find on any bookshelf. Richard Sherlock, Chicago detective, works at raising two feisty daughters while his ex-wife continues to try to pick his pocket for more child support during his investigation of the murder of Alvin J. Augustus, seedy financier. Stevens proves Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" axiom that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," while moving the plot forward with sparkling dialogue and a wry sense of humor. Sherlock is nothing if not dogged, and resolves the murder amidst a cast of characters which would do Leonard justice. The wrap-up? A terrific Christie whodunit, unraveling the motives (everyone has one)...and the murder.

Will we see Sherlock again? Only Stevens knows...another mystery.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant Dick The Case of the Not-So-Fair Trader June 11, 2013
By Pamela
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This was an enjoyable read. There was nothing exciting in the storyline.
Just good ole gumshoe detective work. The characters were delightful
and detailed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Delight April 20, 2013
By Maggie
Format:Kindle Edition
A complicated whodunit requiring only a willingness to go along for the decidedly less complicated ride to figure out what happened and who did it. Our hero is clever, humorous and lighthearted as well as the devoted divorced dad of two young daughters. All the potential villains are members of one family, living out their dreams of great wealth rather than great love.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 23, 2013
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Jim Stevens writes with a style that keeps your interest up with mystery, humor and a surprise complex conclusion. I look forward to more of his books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun read October 12, 2013
By A. Rees
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Sherlock is an intuitive detective with a great turn of phrase. I loved his assistant Tiffany, a seemingly spoiled rich girl, but funny and likeable. I was a bit put off by the writer's trouble with words: accommodation instead of commendation, hollowed instead of hallowed, tract instead of track etc. Also a police officer with a commendation being discharged from the force 16 days before the magical 20 years of service is reached doesn't make sense; his union would have found a way to save his career. However it was a terrific plot and once I decided not to be distracted by these things, I enjoyed it thoroughly and will be purchasing more of Mr. Stevens books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, likeable protagonist April 1, 2013
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Protagonist is wise, has a good moral compass and quite cleaved
. Thoroughly enjoyed his detective style and liked his ditzy sidekick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable read
An interesting murder to puzzle out. I didn't figure it out. The humor was enjoyable. A little bit of payback for Sherlock with his ex..I always love payback for villains. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Maggie Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The only reason I give it 3 stars is because it wasn't my type of book. It was long and was a much slower read than the books I typically read. Not terrible but not super exciting. Read more
Published 7 days ago by A. Reinhart
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I hope to see more Richard Sherlock an Tiffany books soon. I love this series. Very well written and entertaining.
Published 11 days ago by Lisa Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Well written and kept me guessing to the end.
Published 18 days ago by georgeann skowronski
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Mystery
Hysterical! I have not laughed out loud since the Shopaholic and Spellman series. Richard Sherlock is a former detective and now private investigator with a greedy ex-wife and 2... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Susan Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes this book so good is all the humor
Sherlock and Tiffany get involved in a murder with ties to the Stock Exchange. There are many twists. What makes this book so good is all the humor. It kept me smiling throughout.
Published 20 days ago by Beverly D. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, BUT...
Interesting plot, BUT, draggy presentation, hard to follow through to the end.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked the chatacters to have been more fully developed
Why must the main character be such a loser? Why is Sherlock's ex so hostile? I would have liked the chatacters to have been more fully developed.
Published 21 days ago by Evelyn M Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun mystery read. Interesting, characters and plot. Have read 2 books in series and enjoyed both.
Published 22 days ago by SANDRA
1.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Love this series. Just finished three of them. Thanks for a good mystery with humor throughout. Loved the kids in the story also.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Jim Stevens was born in the East, grew up in the West, schooled in the Northwest and spent twenty-three winters in the Midwest. Jim Stevens has been writing for over thirty years. Usually without much success, but for some reason he keeps writing. Jim started writing TV series specs in the 1970's and starved. He segued into spec movie scripts and really starved. He went into the corporate world for a twenty-five year career in broadcasting and advertising, but just couldn't drop his pencil. He found time to write plays in the Chicago theater scene, wrote, produced, and directed numerous short films, videos, and TV commercials, created TV pilots, and even optioned a few movie scripts that never saw the glare of the Klieg lights.

Jim has been writing novels for the past four years. His Richard Sherlock Whodunit series has ranked him in the top 10% of Amazon authors. He is also the author of WHUPPED, a reverse romantic comedy from many different points of view. His latest novel, Hell No, We Won't Go A Novel of Peace, Love, War, and Football is his first writing of a 'serious' nature.

Jim loves to hear from his readers, especially the ones who enjoy his books. He can be reached at

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