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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250019893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250019899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Adler’s admirable heroine’s ability to remake her life and rebuild her relationship with her daughter will resonate with many readers.”—Publishers Weekly on A Place in the Country

"A sexy, scintillating caper."--Booklist on From Barcelona with Love

“A summer treat.” —People magazine on It All Began in Monte Carlo

 “The perfect beach read for mystery lovers.” —Booklist on One of Those Malibu Nights

“A top-notch romantic thriller.” —Library Journal on Now or Never

“Film noir on silk sheets.” —Kirkus Reviews on All or Nothing


About the Author

ELIZABETH ADLER is the internationally acclaimed author of twenty-eight novels. She lives in Palm Springs, California.

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Elizabeth Adler is a self-confessed romantic, a travel addict and a foodie, all of which she brings to the reader in her novels, along with a tough thrust of suspense and an unfolding mystery that keeps you on your toes. Elizabeth has lived in many countries and when she's not writing spends time discovering even more places to bring to you, with her husband, Richard - still in love after all these years - as are the characters featured in her past three novels, Mac Reilly the Malibu PI and Sunny Alvarez, his lover and side kick. You have to read about them to know them! Elizabeth lives in California and has the ability to take you to all those romantic places she knows so well, Capri, Venice, Tuscany, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, and of course, Malibu. You will feel you are there, with her, sitting on that Italian terrace, sipping that coffee, smelling the delicious food, savoring the heat and the sunshine and the mystery unfolding for you. Elizabeth is five-three and wishes she were taller, blind as a bat without her glasses that anyway she is too vain to wear, and at 128 lbs till thinking about that diet. She has one daughter, Anabelle who is married to rock musician Eric Avery and two kitties, the Siamese, Sweet Pea who rules the household, and an adorable black cat Sunny.

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I don't even want to talk about JC.
Messy lives are more interesting lives for characters, and that adds to the story for me.
This book was poorly written with too many inconsistencies in the story.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fen Dexter is a solitary woman who prefers a quiet night at home with her dog, Hector, over anything else --- except maybe the company of her two nieces she raised. One evening, as she happily prepares for a night in, a nasty storm hits the California coast. When Fen's power goes out, a relatively frequent occurrence since she lives on the outskirts of town, and a stranger comes knocking on her door with a knife in hand, her evening goes from quiet to scary in a heartbeat.

Vivi, Fen's oldest niece, is dealing with her own problems. Having recently broken up with her fiancé, she's emotionally overloaded, and as an emergency room doctor, she needs to keep her emotions in check. Wanting nothing more than to see her Aunt Fen, the storm feels like one more hurdle to overcome in an already hectic night. Right before her shift is to end, a young woman is brought in, her throat and wrists slashed, and in bad shape with little chance of surviving. Vivi does her best and sends her off to surgery but not before finding out that the woman is the latest victim of the serial killer who leaves notes hidden on his victims' bodies that say "please don't tell." When her sister, JC, a free spirit with no job, money, or place to live, shows up at her house, Vivi is at the end of her rope. After dealing with her own relationship issues and a grueling scene at the hospital, the last thing she wants to deal with is her sister's mess of a life.

Soon after, worlds collide. It turns out that Fen's stranger has a connection to the serial killer. This makes not only Fen suspicious --- she's still inexplicably attracted to the stranger, though --- but also Detective Brad Merlin, who is very much interested in getting a date with Vivi.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bet on September 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because of all the good reviews. I can't finish it. The story is very slow, predictable. I figured out who's the bad guy half way through the book and went to the end of the book to verify that I was right. All the characters a shallow and unlikable. I can't believe detective Brad Merlin ask Vivi for her phone number while she's in ER trying to save the victim's life. That's just unprofessional and wrong. And who does Fen want this stranger to be in love with? Herself or Vivi? The whole conversation between her and the stranger in the night of the storm is very frustrating to follow. Fen was acting like a babbling fool. Vivi, being an intelligent ER doctor, fell in love with a Frenchmen she cannot communicate with without a translator? I have to question how intelligent she actually is. I don't even want to talk about JC. All the women are so clingy and needy. It gets to a point that I really don't care who falls in love with who and who kills who.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JerseyGirl VINE VOICE on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am not sure where all these 4 and 5 star reviews are coming from but I can't in all faith give one to Please Don't Tell. The characters and the dialogue are very contrived. There is no subtlety whatsoever in the story;I was able to very quickly determine who the serial killer was and that is something that I usually have no idea about.

The story starts off with an older woman in Carmel who is weathering a bad storm by herself when a knock comes at her door and she allows a total stranger to enter with a knife in his hand. Before the night is over they somehow develop chemistry, even though he has recently lost his fiance to a violent death. By the end of the novel, they are madly in love even though they will only meet one more time.

I am sorry but this book was not well written. It seems the author could not decide if the book should be a murder mystery or a contemporary romance. It fails at both genres. I can't recommend.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BarbaraJean on July 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
While this book is "new", for readers of Ms. Adler previous books one will note the similarity to her book "Now Or Never". Serial killer, two police partners, the theme of finding one of the murders' victims still alive, and as soon has the murderer entered the story I knew "who dunne it". Even the bit with focusing on the cars and what that says about the killer--all similar to her earlier book. I really liked "Now Or Never". That book is on my keeper shelf, however, this story--meh. There were people placed in this book that I really could not connect to and had no idea why they even showed up. My advice is to get this book from the library if you really think you have to read it. I am sure you, too, will be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By August Rex on January 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Frankly, it’s books like this that make me think the publishing industry really has lost sight and everything great and fresh is online. If I was a high schooler and had parents in publishing, Please Don't Tell would be my rough draft. There are too many ridiculous scenarios presented, super circumstantial plot ties, and groan by groan events filling every chapter.

I blame the author and editor equally! Was this written by two teenage girls?
Some super outstanding <GROAN> moments were:
Each character referring to the storm over and over as a “deluge.”
Cell phone numbers are NOT listed ‘in the book’!!!
All male cops do not have big feet.
Norwegians do not typically have DARK blue eyes.
A chef’s knife does NOT make the same type of cut as a scalpel – <GROAN> Drs. & cops would know this!
The killer as a kid is known as psychopath at age 5 and frightens adults ‘with a look?’ <GROAN> Really? Been reading much Dean Koontz have you?
At 11 years old the killer confronts a ‘tall grown man and his wife’ and they are scared of the small kid with balled fists? <GROAN> BS.
Brad’s big feet, <GROAN> AGAIN? Does this have to be mentioned every…single…time…this character is brought back into the story? Okay, author, I get it, you have a Big Feet fetish. Please keep that between yourself and your Google Searches and leave it out of the book so it won’t keep flinging me OUT of the story!

*The only good thing about this book are the 1 & 2 star ratings warning people to seek intelligent writing elsewhere. I personally feel dumber having read this and am sitting here hitting myself in the nuts with this book to make the pain stop, screaming “How does gutter bait like this get published?
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