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The Clever Detective: Story 1 (A Fairy Tale Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Linsey Lanier
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book I in "The Clever Detective" series by Linsey Lanier.

"I loved this story. What a great sense of humor you have."
~ Marilyn Baron (author of 'Follow an Angel", "A Choir of Angels", "The Stand-in Bridegroom")

"You are such a good writer. Great story with all the romantic elements. Nice job."
~ Susan Carlisle (author of "Heart Surgeon Hero...Husband?")

After six years as a private investigator, Stacey Alexander has the strangest day of her life when she falls down a hollow tree and meets her new client, a nutty old dude with a crown who thinks he's a king.

She'd climb right out of there, except that the crazy dude wants her to find his missing son, the Prince. And that is one hot-looking male. She'd be crazy herself not to take this case.

This short story is about 4700 words.

Story #1: The Clever Detective (Short Story)
Story #2: Clever Is As Clever Does (Short Story)
Story #3: Cleverest of Them All (Novella)
Story #4: Clever and Courageous (Novella)
Story #5: A Clever Season (Short Story) (appears in Seasons and Seashells (A Sweet
Romance Anthology)

The Clever Detective Boxed Set: Stories 1, 2, and 3

The Clever Detective Boxed Set 2: Stories 1 - 5


Someone Else's Daughter - Book I
Delicious Torment - Book II
Forever Mine - Book III
Fire Dancer - Book IV
Thin Ice - Book V

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Steal My Heart (A Romantic Suspense) - Get me what I want or you'll never see your daughter again. New York newspaper columnist, Paige Dunbar, can hardly breathe when she learns her precious three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. She'll do anything to get her back, including steal the famous Fantasia necklace the kidnapper wants. No one can stop her. Not even her sexy ex-jewel-thief-ex-husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZM8O3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,132 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars drugs and alcohol February 3, 2012
By June
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For a kids story (I found it looking for a bedtime story for my little ones and the search was labeled 4-8 age) it was cute, if it had stuck to being a kids story. Too many references about drugs and alcohol in my opinion. Now my teenagers would probably enjoyed the story, but for 4 to 8 year olds, not so much. So it either needs to not show up in the 4-8 year old search or put a warning on the description for parents who are looking for a sweet bedtime story, not a night of dreaming about hangovers and drug trafficking.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute! August 9, 2011
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A little Alice in Wonderland. A showing by the three little pigs. A peek at the golden goose. A little rivalry with Bo Peep.

Linsey Lanier's The Clever Detective is a grown-up's trip down memory lane. We follow Detective Stacey Alexander as she meets with a potential client at an address that turns out to be a hollow tree with a door carved in its side. She soon finds herself hurtling down a dark tunnel and landing at the feet of her client, King Thrugood. This begins a trip through some of our favorite fairy tales as Stacey sets out across the Kingdom to find the missing Prince.

Ms. Lanier has a fun, flirty voice that had me thinking of the old black and white detective movies where the detective's voice gives the audience a play by play of the story. The author combined this technique with the fairy tale world to create a fun and unique short story that left me smiling all the way through.

If you're looking for a temporary getaway that's light and easy to read or one that leaves you with a good feeling about the world we live in, The Clever Detective will take you to that place. Kudos to the author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and VERY short... June 14, 2011
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I enjoyed this story, it was just a little too short... Literally! The main character reached her goal and solved the "mystery" just a little too quickly and easily. I feel the story would benefit from just a little bit more detail. More mystery in the mystery story would be great. Also, I expect a heroine to have to suffer and struggle just a little to be able to be called the heroine of the story. Other than that I really did enjoy this story. It's fun and silly (in a good way) contains references to alot of great stories from my childhood just brought into a more adult light. The Author is very talented and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars total waste March 15, 2012
By Hazy
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I found this title while searching for children's books. Immediately once you start reading it, there is a lot of adult content that children have no business reading. This book was definitely put in the wrong category and is misleading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a childrens book April 24, 2012
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Will say the story is cute. I do not think it should be in children's catergory. This will teach me to read the book myself first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, and cute! July 28, 2011
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This is just a short, sweet, and cute story. Not much to it, but a fun "lunch break" read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny twist on a classic May 26, 2011
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Such a funny twist. Just when you think you know the story from your childhood... Challenges our automatic assumptions on our childhood tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book for kindle March 7, 2013
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I bought this book for my son to read for school. I was shocked with some of the references the detective made to everyday life. This is not a book for young children
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was "in a lot of fantasies goes great I love it. also I think it's just a funny story.
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for the kids
I had got it for my kids to promote reading on an iPad my Aunt gave us and it was a nice free ebook.
Published 28 days ago by S. Gossett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really like cute short story's and this is a great one for a trip or
Before you go to bed.
Published 29 days ago by Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Story
The story is very good. My daughter enjoyed the story. Only downfall is that for every chapter you have to download it separately, which is very annoying.
Published 1 month ago by Roop
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book.
This book was okay. I would suggest it for ages 10 to 13. It was pretty good so that is why I gave it 4 stars. :) ;)
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with a Twist of Fairy Tale
It's not a kid's book, even though the cover seems that way. I love fantasy and fairy tales and so I searched for fantasy books and this one came up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann E.
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame
I hate this is very boring and it makes no sense.this is the lamest book ever!!!!!!!!!wouldn't recommend this book to anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Jasmine Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I recommend this book to every body who likes mystery or adventure. Make sure to read the whole series. It is just really awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Kristi H.
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Chugging java platform for you like Liam Payne and the freaking to go back and the freaking to run a lot to go back and the freaking to be right now I am not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Antoinette Pethy
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome
I would recommend this book to anyone. I thought it was a laugh out loud story. I was in tears reading this book.
Published 1 month ago by jade
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More About the Author

Linsey Lanier has been writing fiction for over fifteen years and is the author of a dozen novels and short stories, including the best selling Miranda's Rights Mystery series. She writes romantic suspense, mystery, and humorous romantic fantasy - all with a dash of sass.

She's always working on a new book, currently books in the new Miranda and Parker Mystery series (a continuation of the Miranda's Rights Mystery series) and the humorous Dandy Frost-Ninja Assassin series.

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