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

Linsey Lanier
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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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,131 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 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
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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19 of 23 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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9 of 10 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful November 30, 2013
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I am a kid so I would know how much kids would like it. I have this one star because this book isn't good for children. I got it to read to my cousin and I read the first chapter to make sure they would like it. It had stuff in the first chapter for adults and not for children. Even though it is free don't waste your time reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Clue September 26, 2011
By Susan K
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Well, I guess I just have no clue. This was amazingly nothing. I had to fast forward through it on my Kindle just hoping for something..........anything..........but alas and alack........nada.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun book
Published 2 days ago by DAC
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story.
Cute story. I do wish it was just a little bit lo
. . Looking forward to more adventures of these two.p
Published 7 days ago by Joan Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I really liked it but it was short it was fun to read it very cute I liked it when the clever decitve went around the fairy tail land
Published 22 days ago by heidichickadee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by Brooke
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a kids book!
We searched kid detective books for my daughter and this came up. We downloaded it and it is not appropriate for kids at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trees lined with Birds
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but nice
I think it was a bit short but since it's a series I think it will be nice

What I dislike is that it's straightforward not a lot of plot twists
Published 1 month ago by Winston M. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Steven Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best of the best stories I have ever read.
I choose this rating because I thought it would be fun to read. And you know there's nothing to hate but everything to like in this book. This is like the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophia Loren
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by LaChelle Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I loved this book it has a great setting. I like how the detective and the Prince fall in love. And I like how the short story end . WHAT HAPPEN!
Published 2 months ago by Allison Wines
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More About the Author

Writing fiction for more than fifteen years, Linsey Lanier authored over a dozen novels and short stories, including the popular Miranda's Rights Mystery series. She writes romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers with a dash of sass.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death chapter, Private Eye Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Her books have been nominated in several RWA-sponsored contests.

In her spare time, Linsey enjoys watching crime shows with her husband of over two decades and trying to figure out "who-dun-it." But her favorite activity is writing and creating entertaining new stories for her readers.

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). For alerts on her latest releases join Linsey's mailing list at

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