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The Next Ex (Madeline Carter Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Linda L. Richards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Linda L. Richards takes readers on another rousing ride in The Next Ex, her second novel to feature “recovering stockbroker” Madeline Carter. Like Sunset Boulevard meets Boiler Room, with elements of classic Hollywood -- both old and new -- plus the high-paced, high tech high jinx of the contemporary financial world.

Bestselling author Gayle Lynds says: "With verve and scalpel-like precision, Richards peels back layers of power and wealth to show all of us that the past is always present, and murder is never pretty."

In The Next Ex, former stockbroker-turned-daytrader Madeline Carter agrees to teach the indulged wife of an A-list movie producer about the stock market. When said wife turns up dead, Madeline finds herself in the middle of a series of murders while inadvertently opening up a 40-year old cold case.

Award-winning mystery author Laura Lippman, writes that The Next Ex “is a Hollywood crime novel for people who love that particular subgenre -- and even for those who think they don't. A bracingly intelligent whodunit."

Editorial Reviews


"Richards has a winning way with character and has crafted a pleasing plot.... Readers craving a smart heroine will find a lot here to like." --The Chicago Sun-Times

"... a solid whodunit and a quirky, fascinating character who's good fun to spend time with....Madeline one of the best bets to invest your time in this year." --The Oakland Press

"What any crime and mystery fan demands is great plot. Richards delivers the goods .... a refreshing hybrid of hardboiled and chic-lit..." ---- The Vancouver Sun

"Be warned: this is one of those books that can ruin your whole day. It's unputdownable." --Gulf Islands Driftwood

"Fantastic characterization, intricate plot, spellbinding suspense .... This was such a good book!" --Morgan Chilson, Fresh Fiction

From the Publisher

Like Sunset Boulevard meets Boiler Room, with elements of classic Hollywood -- both old and new -- plus the high-paced, high tech high jinx of the contemporary financial world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Linda L. Richards (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054TO8BY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end! June 15, 2006
By Monica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know anymore what I was expecting when I read THE NEXT EX, but this book wasn't it. The book just works on so many levels. First, it's a mystery and the plot is twisty but it satisfies in the end. There is a financial component to the book and I enjoyed reading about day trading and the stock market. It was also interesting reading about how movie stars really live. I know it's fiction, but it's obvious that Richards knows what she's writing about and some of this stuff was pretty scary.

The story opens on the dead wife of a Hollywood producer who ex-stockbroker Madeline Carter stumbles across at a party. Madeline already knew Keesia and had gotten to be friends with her so she's very sad that the other woman is dead and when Madeline is drawn into finding out how Keesia died, the reader understands.

But Madeline keeps finding more dead wives and ex-wives of this same producer and, along the way, discovers another mystery more than 30 years old.

I loved this book! I didn't want it to end and I can hardly wait for the next book in the Madeline Carter series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book... December 2, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Former stockbroker Madeline Carter is now a daytrader in Los Angeles. She lives in the guesthouse of movie director Tyler Beckett and his wife, the actress Tasya Saranova. Tyler asks Madeline to tudor the current wife of the famous film producer Maxi Livingston in daytrading. Hollywood thrives on doing favors and cashing in on favors. Favors are, in a way, a currency among the elite social set. Madeline teaches Keesia Livingston the basics on stocks. Maxi agrees to do Tyler's film. Tyler updates and expands Madeline's kitchen and bathroom. See how it works?

Madeline knew almost nothing about the Livingstons until she began teaching Keesia about the market. Surprisingly, Keesia is very smart and picks things up quickly. Madeline and Keesia are on the way to becoming very good friends. But the friendship ends when, during on of Maxi's parties, Madeline comes across Keesia's dead body. This is not all, Keesia was Maxi's FIFTH wife. Shortly thereafter, Maxi's previous wives are being murdered - and Madeline is one of the top suspects.

***** When Madeline finds Keesia's body on page one, the author makes sure that she stabs the hook so quickly into her readers' guts that they never even feel it. The story is told in such a way that I, as the reader, felt able to get into Madeline's head. I could actually see the wheels in her mind working. I could tell what path "Mad" was going down and why. All the clues needed to solve the mystery were available to me, but the author never insulted my intelligence. She even gave me the opportunity to figure it out before the main character did. But will you be able to? Keep your eye on this author. She will go far! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The author was too focused on her next book December 21, 2011
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While this book had lots of potential, it failed to live up too it. Too many references to the ex husband that is showcased in book 3. By the end, I realized to late that I had wasted my time reading this train wreck. The third book in the series is equally disappointing. Too bad the author lost her mojo after the first book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun amateur sleuth November 30, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Los Angeles, former stockbroker turned day-trader Madeline Carter lives in the guesthouse owned by married couple movie director Tyler Beckett and actress Tasya Saranova. Tyler asks Manhattan transplant Madeline to teach day-trading techniques to Keesia, the fifth wife of film producer Maxi Livingston, as a favor, the most prevalent means of exchanging services in town. Thus Madeline teaches Keesia day-trading while Maxi will produce Tyler's newest film project and Madeline receives additional kitchen and bathroom privileges

Keesia proves to be a fast learner and the teacher and student become friends. That is until Madeline finds her pupil's corpse at a party hosted by Maxi. Not long afterward, other spouses of Maxi are murdered with Madeline considered by the police a prime suspect. Realizing that the cops are looking at her as a possible killer, Madeline investigates the murder of her buddy figuring she did very well in clearing her name to a degree in her previous Hollywood adventure (see MAD MONEY).

This is a fun amateur sleuth tale in which Madeline once again is a magnet for murder in which she must prove her innocence as her "record" as well as opportunity makes her a prime suspect. The key to this intelligent who-done-it is that Linda Richards lays out the clues yet most of the audience will not "read" them as they instead follow the stumbling "Mad" detective fumble her way on the case. Fans will enjoy this fine Hollywood mystery starring a likable protagonist struggling to find who made Keesia THE NEXT EX of multiply married Maxi.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Slog January 17, 2012
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It takes the first third of the book to get to any kind of a story....The heroine just ambles through her stay at home job, her past life, dining in, dining out, jogging here, swimming there. To put it mildly, her life is boring. The murder mystery is kind of boring also. Lots of people, lots of facts, a slight almost romance, some tragedies, some work, more dining in, dining out. Some facts fit, some facts don't. The murder is solved eventually somewhat, somewhat not. There is a dog that is and who's life is, much more interesting than our low key protagonist, but alas, the dog vanishes from the tale long before the end. This is a sleeper, literally. It was a freebie so no harm no foul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It holds you attention
Did not want to put it down. Very interesting so that you want to hurry to find out the next things that happen.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as much as the first
I really like Madeline Carter, she's smart, feisty, fun and daring. This book was as enjoyable as the first. Recommended!
Published 12 months ago by Sue Barron
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but lousy, incomplete ending
I thought perhaps the book continued to another part 2 ebook or something. Nope. Very good story and writing then an extremely short ending. Read more
Published 16 months ago by contractswriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good book enjoyed reading it and will be looking for more books by this author. Recommend to anyone who enjoys leisure reading
Published 18 months ago by Terri22
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Started slow for me, but it picked up and kept my interest. Probably not one of my favorite books, but good.
Published 18 months ago by SBH
3.0 out of 5 stars A 4- or 5-star read with a 1-star ending
It took 30 percent of the book to "introduce" the protagonist, Madeline. The introduction to Maddie was extremely well done, but one question came into mind: How long should an... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Barbara Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!
Maddie Carter is such a well-written character and her stories are the best. The insights into the arcane world of stock trading are fascinating, and the shenanigans she... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mara
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Not really my cup of tea, but overall a pleasant read. I'm glad I was able to download for free.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
second book by this author I have read and will read any others I see.
good story line and interesting characters.
Published 20 months ago by William B. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
A cliff hanger that you just can't put down. You immediately want the next installment even if there's not one.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I am the editor and co-founder of, one of the Web's leading magazines about books and authors. As a journalist, I've written extensively about books, authors, high tech and business for a number of publications. I am the author of seven novels, the most recent of which is DEATH WAS IN THE BLOOD (June 2013). I was raised in Los Angeles and Munich, but currently live near Vancouver, Canada, the city of my birth.

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