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The Camilla Randall Mysteries 3-in-1 Box Set [Kindle Edition]

Anne R. Allen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Camilla Randall Mysteries: Snarky, delicious fun. Bridget Jones meet Miss Marple. Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but she always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. 

The Best Revenge is a prequel to the series, and takes us back to Camilla Randall's teen years, when she first meets Plantagenet Smith--and is accused of murder herself!

Ghostwriters In The Sky fasts forward to a more mature Camilla, hoping to have an easy ride at a writers' conference in California. Needless to say fate has other ideas. When a handsome young writer is found dead in Plantagenet's bed, Camilla must enlist the help of a cross-dressing dominatrix to clear Plant's name.

In Sherwood Ltd. a homeless Camilla lands in Robin Hood country, where some not-so-merry men may be trying to kill her, and of course Camilla once again ends up in the most improbable, but always believable, circumstances.


Editorial Reviews

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"Twisted chick lit noir with a side of funny." Ruth Harris, NYT bestselling author of Hooked and Love and Money
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"Anne R. Allen is a genius at fast and witty dialogue." Paul Fahey, author of 16 Podewale Street
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"Agatha Christie meets Dorothy Parker." Saffina Desforges, bestselling author of Sugar and Spice"

Product Details

  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 827 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MWiDP (Mark Williams international Digital Publishing) (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6GJNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Possible Way to be Disappointed with This Book! June 25, 2013
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Pull down your list of superlatives. This is the best mystery tale I've read since Spenser, and here's the real kicker- it's just as funny. Fewer fistfights, but what you gonna' do, nothing's perfect.

Camilla Randall as a movie would be "Legally Blonde" meets "Perils of Pauline". My advice to you- well, first off, don't be an idiot, buy this book, but after that my advice would be 1) stop trying to figure out what's up, and 2) read it while seated and wearing a safety belt. The twists and dips got so violent that towards the end of the first mystery I started to feel better when things went badly for Camilla, and nervous when they improved. You just KNOW... but then Anne Allen proves you wrong again. You don't know. Sit back and enjoy.

A debutante with neither malice nor clue is plunged into murder, bankruptcy, drugs, sex and more fashion-nightmares than you can count. Neither she nor anyone she meets turns out to be the person you thought at first: it's not that there aren't wonderfully cliched characters, but they insist on playing musical chairs.

As an author I long to hear readers say that my tales have heart; that tug in your chest while you follow a character means you care what happens, you're invested, the story affects you. Ms. Allen accomplishes this not only for Camilla, but for a respectable cadre of friends, nemeses, and supposedly-chance acquaintances. What on earth will happen next? And one more thing- when readers invest time and energy looking at your world, they need to know it all means something. In spades! You will be watching each crumpled newspaper and discarded cigarette butt before this tale is done- everything comes around for Camilla, which is a true testament to this wonderful character.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne R. Allen's Ever-witty Triple-Dip August 1, 2012
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Have to admit it: I only knew author Anne R. Allen through her often-witty and frequently irreverent blog posts. I knew that she wrote novels, but I'm not a follower of that genre known as "chick-lit"... but one should never judge a book by it's cover, or it's title. I enjoyed her blog posts and her viewpoints on everything from social media to her take on the news, along with her comments on reviews and reviewers.

It wasn't until I read How To Be A Writer In The E-Age... And Keep Your E-Sanity!, which Anne co-authored with Catherine Ryan Hyde, that I really began to wonder if these novels that she had written, but I didn't know exactly where to start. A little searching brought me here to The Camilla Randall Mysteries 3-in-1 Box Set, which seemed to be an ideal place.

As it turned out, it was.

The Camilla Randall Mysteries is made up of three of Ms. Allen's previously published stories, and after an introduction by Saffina Desforges, we are taken to the books broken down in this set as three very large chapters.

The Best Revenge is where we first meet protagonist Camilla Randall, who appears in all three of these books. Based in the 1980s, it's also where we're introduced to the author's fast and witty dialogue in this fast-moving romp that takes us from meeting Plantagenet Smith, her gay best friend, to where she's going her best to avoid the lusty Arkansas Chickenburger King (picture a Colonel Sanders type individual here), who has something other than chicken on his mind.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Camilla Randall Mysteries 3-in-1 Box Set September 15, 2012
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Reading Anne R. Allen's "Camilla Randall Mysteries" reminds me of eating a slice of gourmet dessert that surprises and delights the senses with each bite. Her prose contains the majority of what has become the list of my favorite phrases in the English Language.

Ms. Allen is unafraid to broaden the boundaries of the genre and slice the dessert just a little deeper, gently illuminating and challenging the conventions of the times and places populated by the lives of her surprisingly familiar and endearing characters.

These stories are so carefully crafted and so cleverly presented that virtually every page offers a unique insight, experience, or perspective, that grabs my attention, tickles my imagination, and makes me laugh out loud.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! August 16, 2013
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I am about to read The Camilla Randall Mysteries for the second time! I loved reading this story. The first read was a definite page turner, the second will be for me to savor the plot and its very interesting characters. I was entertained by the witty turns and mysterious little quirks of the plot, fascinated by the characters, and rewarded at the end by a sense of satisfaction of having read a really good story.

There is a depth and freshness about Anne Allen's work that makes for a pleasing surprise when compared to some of the other mysteries out there today. Anne's writing combines all the key elements of a good mystery and more. I enjoy her ability to cause me to want to peek at the ending. Her ability to balance a continuing narrative of suspense while sustaining the credibility of her wonderfully different characters has blown me away.

I say buy it, enjoy it and be grateful that the art of mystery writing is still very much alive in the year 2013. As for me, I'm about to read the first page...again.

Janice Konstantinidis
Webmaster for SLO NightWriters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars stupid. main character
The same story was repeated in three novels . No women is that stupid ! She made the same mistakes over and over again. I fast forwarded many chapters.
Published 1 day ago by John Hockemeier
3.0 out of 5 stars Camilla "Who?"
The heroine in this series is portrayed differently in each book. Along with the PC correct story lines is failed to hold my attention. Sorry, just not my taste.
Published 5 days ago by Alice Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read this WHOLE book????
I would give this book no stars if possible. This book was very long, boring, disjointed, and quite depressing. Read more
Published 6 days ago by uglyduckling
1.0 out of 5 stars These books STIMK!!
These are the most silly and inane plots I ever read. They are written fo a 9 year old teeny bobber. I would NEVER, NEVER recommend them to any person over 10 years!!!!
Published 29 days ago by zeodave
1.0 out of 5 stars Awfully trite and boring
I was so disappointed in this book set. I realize it is dated, but the story was unbelievable and confused. Camilla had no mystery solving skill at all and appeared stupid to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by janice macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I wish all series were grouped together, so I highly recommend this read.,
Published 1 month ago by 1littlepud
5.0 out of 5 stars The Camilla Randall Mysteries 3-in-1 Box Set by Anne R. Allen
As always I really enjoyed this series of Camilla Randall mysteries. New adventures at every turn of the page and how her best friend Plant is always there for her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Hockenberrry
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time reading
Although I have tried to read this, I have given up half way through, There seems ot be some good story lines at times, and I got excited about a couple.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chja
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun! And Intelligent
I love the Camilla Randall mysteries. Serious and absorbing plots. Lighthearted at the same time. Some of the landscape that serves as background and character is familiar to me,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony V. Toscano
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne R. Allen delivers again!
Review of No Place Like Home:

Two women, alone and on the run through no fault of their own. Expensive lifestyles now devastated. A Ponzi scheme. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sherrey Meyer
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More About the Author

Anne R. Allen is the author of seven comic novels: THE GATSBY GAME, FOOD OF LOVE, THE LADY OF THE LAKEWOOD DINER and the Camilla Randall mysteries: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKY, SHERWOOD, LTD., and NO PLACE LIKE HOME. She is published by MWiDP and Kotu Beach Press.

She's the co-author of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE...A SELF-HELP GUIDE, written with Catherine Ryan Hyde and has a two-fer boxed set, CHANEL-GATSBY with NYT bestseller Ruth Harris, which combines Ruth's THE CHANEL CAPER with Anne's THE GATSBY GAME

Writer's Digest has named "Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris" one of the "Best 101 Websites for Writers", and the blog was a finalist for best publishing industry blog in a contest run by Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers.

Anne's short story BETTY JO STEVENSON RIDES AGAIN is available as a MWiDP single and her short fiction also appears in the SAFFINA DESFORGES PRESENTS Kindle Break anthology, MARTINI MADNESS, the INDIE CHICKS ANTHOLOGY, INDIESTRUCTIBLE and the Literary Lab anthologies GENRE WARS and NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND.

Anne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and spent twenty-five years in the theater--acting and directing--before taking up fiction writing. She is the former artistic director of the Patio Playhouse in Escondido, CA and now lives on the Central Coast of California.

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