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Pretty Little Girl: A Liz Roberts Mystery (A Liz Roberts Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Don Canaan , Shawn Graves
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For 20 years, from age 13 until after she married, Laura cared for her father. That's because her psychopathic mother, on several occasions attempted to kill Laura with a butcher knife. Laura decides this could not continue and that she must live her own life. So she abandons her Alzheimer's disease-afflicted father at a county fair, without any ID--just a slip of paper that says "My name is Larry."

Detective Liz Roberts, who also was abandoned by her birth mother, is assigned to the case, and in her investigation into Larry's identity and her attempt to locate Laura, she discovers many long-lost secrets.


The story reels you in with little clues as to where it is heading as it builds to an 'insane' climax that you will never see coming. One reviewer said "I was drawn into the story right away. The descriptions were so vivid, I could see the characters and the scenery in my mind as the story unfolded. I was surprised as the author continued to take me through the twists and turns and secrets (of a) gripping story."

Other reviewers agreed: "Apart from being a very good tragedy, this book also can be categorized as an excellent psychological thriller. Every character in this story has some emotional issues of their own including the leading investigator. Dark secrets of their lives (await) to make their lives more miserable."


" I would not let me go until I finished it. I expected a miserable tale of a sufferer from the disease but was served much more than this. The book indeed offers a lot of information and insight into the life of the victims and their careers and relatives, but the story to me was more a psychological thriller."

"The suspense is kept up all throughout the book and made me turn the pages with increasing curiosity. At the same time it had substance as the personal issues are not merely touched upon but are given some substantial attention, and...the story is reminding us that humans remain humans and just because someone has a disease it does not make them a good person overnight."


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Just received this excellent review from "Readers' Favorite"
Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter (A Liz Roberts Mystery) by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves is a fast-paced 23-chapter mystery/sleuth fiction story about Laura, an accountant, who is the caregiver for her parents. Laura has endured a lifetime with an unloving schizophrenic mother and a controlling father who has developed dementia. After a failed marriage and begrudgingly tending to her demanding father's needs (in more ways than one), Laura does the unthinkable. She commits a bone-chilling crime by leaving him alone to wander aimlessly at the county fair.


The story revolves around her erratic choices from that moment on in a desperate quest to reclaim her own personal life. She grovels to her ex-husband, who has remarried, in a shameless attempt to restore some order to her messed-up reality. Laura's future is racked with regrets and a loss of second chances as she faces deep-seated anger towards her parents who have ruined her existence. Her cold actions lead investigators on a search for the truth that takes them right back to the dutiful daughter.


Don Canaan and Shawn Graves combine their creativity to mesmerize the reader with Fresno crazy town, where symptoms of Alzheimer's contrast with the lonely world of Laura. It is unclear in Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter if she has lost her mind from being around sick people all the time or if there is premeditated malicious intent at work. Each twist and turn further complicates the plot with Detective Liz Roberts in hot pursuit. While on the case, Liz discovers many unsettling things about Laura's family 

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  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C4A5Y4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say, I have been jaded about books for a while.. Nothing has caught me in a while. Then I downloaded a sample of this book, not quite knowing what to expect. I tore though it in what seemed like five minutes. I was captivated. Needless to say I bought the book. The story line just seemed to draw me in.. A woman leaves her ailing father at the Fresno fair. He has alzheimer's disease and can't remember his own name, let alone know how to get home. This book shows a portrait of an elderly man, whom at first seems friendly and genial, but a much darker picture develops. I finished the book within a few hours (pesky work got in the way). This new author captivated a jaded avid reader. I hope to see more from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised, and an Apology February 24, 2012
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When this book was posted as free, there was a typo in the title (Alxheimers, vs Alzheimers). I wondered, if an author didn't notice and correct a mistake in the title, what hope was there for the book.

I apologize. The book was a surprise! It wasn't at all what I expected; it was a lot more. I found myself wanting to get back to it to find out the answers to the questions it prompted in me, and there were twists and turns. This is a quick read. So - all-in-all, I enjoyed reading it, even though some of it was distasteful (the actions of the characters, not the book itself) and I'm glad I downloaded it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White knuckles, wide eyes and wee hours of the morning! December 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dutiful Daughter was a great story that was written wonderfully and meticulously. The story envelopes you and sets the hook right away, and then keeps reeling you in by giving you little clues as to where the story is headed as it builds to the 'insane' climax that you will never even see coming. This book is not only extremely entertaining, but very suspenseful all along the way as well.

Trying to figure out what Laura is going to do next and following Detective Roberts as she works and eventually cracks the case was engaging and addicting, and the explosive secrets that are revealed when the detective finally catches up with Laura makes the entire journey extremely satisfying.

I really like that the story is set in places that I have actually been; such as Fresno, Pismo Beach, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Yosemite, even Hearst Castle (I am from Huntington Beach myself, and it was fun to be taken by the author to places I am familiar with).

Another thing about this story is you never know what is going to happen next. I was trying to get Laura figured out and I couldn't even really make sense of what she was doing until the last third of the book. Her father's character has Alzheimer's; her mother was in and out of mental hospitals for schizophrenia and threatening her daughter with a knife while growing up. You just never know (until later on) how deep the insanity is rooted, and how much she is affected by it.

You can tell that the author has plenty of experience with people that have mental issues, and not only that but you could also sense that they also had an insider's knowledge of how other institutions and organizations are run as well. This gave the story a practicality that made it feel more real than many other stories I have read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Story November 27, 2011
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I did not know what to expect when I purchased this book...but I was drawn into the story right away. The descriptions were so vivid, I could see the characters and the scenery in my mind as the story continued to unfold. I was surprised as the author continued to take me through the twists and turns and secrets...a gripping story I could not put down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional March 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter" was recommended to me by another reviewer and after reading her positive write up I bumped it up my reading list.
It is an excellent book that grabbed hold of me and would not let me go until I finished it. I expected a miserable tale of a sufferer from the disease but was served much more than this. The book indeed offers a lot of information and insight into the life of the victims and their carers and relatives, but the story to me was more a psychological thriller and a good one at that.
An old man is found at a Fun Fair, presumably by his daughter, who is not answering her phone. As the police start looking for her we find out more about the old man and his family entanglements and about the life of his daughter. There is much more than meets the eye but we keep wondering what really drives her to not respond to the calls from the nursing home and the police.
In a great sub- or counter-plot the leading Detective is harbouring the same or very similar family issues as the missing daughter, demonstrating the broad variety of effects that a dysfunctional family can have on their daughters.
This is exceptionally well done. The suspense is kept up all throughout the book and made me turn the pages with increasing curiosity. At the same time it had substance as the personal issues are not merely touched upon but are given some substantial attention, and last but not least the story is reminding us that humans remain humans and just because someone has a disease it does not make them a good person over night.
Characters, writing, dialogue and storyline were so well done, I even forgot to examine them closely in my entranced state. This is very good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a book
I wanted to read th his book because my father died having Alzheimer's. I just didn't expect what happened in this book. I was taken back by what happened. It's a very good book.!!
Published 11 months ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Kept me totally captivated! It seems like Alzheimers touches everyone of us, so that was the reason I chose this book...well, and my hometown is Fresno, and it was Fair time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dimentia
This is the first time that I realized that there are so many kinds of dementia, Alzheimer's being one of them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by NancyJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and disturbing read.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Laura is a dutiful daughter. Although her father does not develop Alzheimer's when she is 13 as the blurb suggests,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter
This is a better than average memoir-cum-mystery. Gradually, page by page, the layers are unwrapped and the secrets laid bare. Characters, settings, well done. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rhubarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, and anything but sweet!
This is a short but powerful novel well worth reading! In fact, I actually believe it is a parable. The message: Get help! Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Patricia Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in a long time
A friend of mine recommended this book and, although I was not sure I was going to like it, I am really glad I got in the end, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by vanilla addict
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More About the Author

Life tends to be cyclical. Everything, fashion, music or economics -- eventually returns.

And so did Don Canaan -- from a Bronx tenement to marriage, children, success in television newsfilm, immigration to Israel, re-marriage, two more children and a return to the U.S.A. and a new facet of journalism--print.

Canaan's career dates to his appearance on Mike Wallace's NightBeat program. His news background covers four decades of history -- from 1960 until his departure from United Press International to become a Quality Editor for LexisNexis.

From 1961-1974, Canaan edited newsfilm and documentaries for NBC News in New York, and in 1974 made aliyah as part of an American group planning to settle Yamit in the Sinai.

When he returned to the U.S. film in TV news had become an anachronism -- a victim of American technology combined with Asian ingenuity. During three years overseas, 22 years of TV journalism experience disappeared beneath a tidal wave of progress.

The Ohio State University's School of Journalism in Columbus, Ohio, came to the rescue with an offer to earn a master's degree while serving as an assistant in its TV news workshop.

Then a terrific opportunity came up at the American Israelite. Canaan was brought on board as staff writer, copy editor and photographer. He enterprised stories that brought kudos from the community. His four-part series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" received a first place award for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.

Every evening, Sunday through Thursday, Canaan compiles and edits IsraelNewsFaxx. This newsletter is sent to a selective clientele throughout the United States, as well as being posted at www,israelfaxx.com

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