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52 Steps to Murder (Book 1 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Demaree
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (482 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An elderly woman is found poisoned in the upstairs bedroom of her home whose from door stands 52 steps above the street in an old-fashioned whodunit that blends clues, red herrings, suspects, and humor.

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 847 KB
    • Print Length: 221 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CJK8LIW
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but mean June 11, 2013
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    This is actually a good mystery -- it's just wrapped in really mean wrapping paper. The author is clearly food obsessed, and while I have no problem having overweight heroes, I do have a problem with making fun of them. It's not like they were in on the joke, it was like they were the (really big) butt of the jokes. Plus, the character's fascination with food is really disturbing. Yeah, we get it, they're fat. You point that out on every page. We don't need to see them salivating over food every single paragraph. It starts to become uncomfortable for the reader. It's sad, too. This is actually really well written and interesting -- if it wasn't for the jokes at the expense of fat people and the author's obsession with explaining every single little thing they stick in their mouths.
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    40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Meet your next favorite & lovable detective duo! May 15, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I grew up pretending I was Nancy Drew solving my next mystery & reading many of the books in The Hardy Boys series. And of course I loved joining Scooby Doo & friends while they solved a case in under an hour. So I believe it is safe to say that I'm no stranger to mysteries with lovable detectives.

    In yet another wonderful weekend read by Steve Demaree, this book introduces you to your next favorite detective duo as they keep their little town a safer place. By the end of the book you are not only hungry from the delicious meals these detectives gobble up (this book should come with a disclaimer that you must have snacks or a diner close by while reading), but you've become attached to these two overweight & lovable detectives. Especially since you are along for the journey & trying to see if you can figure out which suspect is the guilty party.

    This book is perfect for anyone & everyone who has ever pretended to play detective alongside their old favorites. And again, Steve masters the ability to make another book ideal for all ages. So if you want to relive your adventures with Nancy or the Hardys, or maybe want your children to have the same experience, I highly recommend starting with the Lt. Dekker & Sgt. Murdock series.
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    45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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    This book lost me at the beginning. Way too much rambling. Nothing coherent and protagonist wanted to carry on about his partner and neighbor and food . Most parts didn't even make sense. Never could figure out what going to the library was about. Just added words. Wouldn't recommend.
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    46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars More a food dairy than a murder mystery June 5, 2013
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    There's a reason most stories don't tell you every time the main character eats, let alone every single thing that is eaten. It's boring. It doesn't help move the actual story along, it gets in the way. There were chapters that were actually quite well done, the ones that hardly mentioned food and instead dealt with the actual murder mystery, but they were few and far between. The slapstick and fat jokes were abundant and again, did not move the story along most of the time.

    The one redeeming feature for this avid mystery reader was the decent editing.
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unbelievable - give it a miss April 7, 2014
    By Jean4
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    Two large policemen crack jokes and crunch chocolate while interviewing a granddaughter who has just discovered her grandmother's dead body. Really? Long, plodding descriptions of how these two bumblers struggle to climb 52 steps up to different houses. Many,many references to how fat they are and how out of shape. Yup, guess that's important to the story. Whole pages of questions the main character poses to himself, Could the postman...Why did the neighbour... Was she really at home... When did... How did... and on and on and ON! I thought I was the one who is supposed to ponder the evidence - but apparently I was mistaken. They stumble across clues and puff and pant through the entire story. I won't include the totally unbelievable bits which I tried to speed-read through - I don't want to spoil your surprise! Not good - an attempt at comedy,which falls stunningly flat - in fact, the only stunning element in this sorry story.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... June 12, 2013
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    It's a good premise for a book, and the author kept the secret of the murderer really well, without cheating the reader out of the ability to try to figure it out for himself. Unfortunately, the writing is a bit stiff, and the dialogue doesn't read as easily as many other books out there. The story line actually kept me going well past where I would have normally have dumped a book because of the awkward writing, but I'm glad I stuck with it till the end. Demaree tries too hard to make his characters funny and sarcastic, and so they come across as ridiculous instead of funny. Still, I'm not sorry I kept reading, and I hope that Demaree keeps writing. Hopefully the more he writes the better it will be, because this story was compelling.
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    27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Steps in Circles November 13, 2013
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    This book contains descriptions of every meal these detectives eat ad nauseum and I found myself skipping over these. I also found the repeated lists of questions Cy asked himself about the case tiresome. And I find it hard to believe that every night after he dropped Lou off, he would think the rest of the way home about what Lou would be doing with his evening. But the most annoying was the stilted dialogue. And when two people converse, they generally do not say the other person's name in every speech. All that said, every once in awhile, a very well written paragraph caught my attention and relieved my annoyance, but even so, I finally skipped to the end. Mr. Demaree needs an editor.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Slow as molasses!
    Waste of time. The detectives are funny and likeable but the mystery was boring and the daily repetitious routine got on my nerves.
    Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but not enough to pursue other books in ...
    Well written, lots of mystery ensued but at the end, it all became solved in a matter of pages.
    Enjoyed it but not enough to pursue other books in the series.
    Published 3 days ago by Sally
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, humorous mystery
    Great read if you like humorous mysteries, Steve Demarest delivers both in These cozy mystery series.
    Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good clean murder mystery.
    Published 8 days ago by Keri Kintner
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Quick Read
    I took this book with me on vacation and enjoyed it because it was just a fun, easy read. The main characters are bumbling detectives, and the plot was woven into a true mystery... Read more
    Published 11 days ago by MB Lovestoread
    4.0 out of 5 stars overall it was a good read.
    the pace was a bit slow but it held my attention and was full of delightful surprises. overall it was a good read.
    Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars I Wasn't Pleased by This One
    I read this book a few months ago, and have been meaning to write a review of it ever since. I am just now getting around to the task. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Richard
    4.0 out of 5 stars The main characters are likable and I finished the book glad that...
    This was my introduction to Steve Demaree and his Cozy Mysteries (mysteries without horror and gore). His style is utterly delightful. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by NCAnn
    2.0 out of 5 stars Who done it
    Very predictable ,not crazy about the characters finds Me of a dinner/mystery story and I figured it out quickly. The send
    Published 14 days ago by pamela j. daniels
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly well written with a sense of humor
    52 Steps to Murder by Steve Demaree.

    Lt. Cy Dekker, Detective at the Hilldale Police Dept, and Sgt. Lou Murdock, have been long time partners. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Ellen Rappaport
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    More About the Author

    Steve Demaree's third grade teacher wired him in his desk. In his sophomore year of high school, he climbed out the window to escape detention. Today, he sits in front of his computer murdering people, while his wife of forty-three years tries to raise him without much success. His daughter repeated her mother's mistake and is currently trying to raise another mother's son and two dogs.

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