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This Doesn't Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Renee Pawlish
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For a limited time, get Reel Estate Rip-off, the next in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, (plus another book and a short story), for free, visit the offer page by cutting and pasting the following into your browser: http://bit.ly/1xSlrES

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A top-seller on Amazon's Private Investigator list!

THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THE MOVIES

A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

Great for fans who love a fast-paced, humorous read, without a lot of swearing or sex.

More Great Reviews of this private investigator series:

Kirkus Reviews:
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

5 star review:
Oh how I’ve missed the Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe characters that saw me with a flashlight in the dead of night flipping pages to see what happened next. Thank you Ms. Pawlish for bringing back to life this long-lost art of the detective battling against all odds and getting to the bottom of things.
Maureen with zencherry book reviews

The Reed Ferguson mystery series:

• Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies (Free eBook)
• Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off
• Book 3: The Maltese Felon
• Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce
• Book 5: Out Of The Past
• Book 6: Torch Scene
• Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High
• Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets
• Book 9: The Third Fan (coming soon)
• short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat

Private Investigator Mystery Series Categories:



- Mystery Series
- Private Investigator Series
- Crime Thrillers
- Crime Series
- Private Detective Novels
- pulp
- humor
- comedy

Books In This Series (9 Books)
Complete Series


  • Editorial Reviews

    Review

    Kirkus Reviews on this detective noir novel:
    The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.

    Readers' Favorite on this mystery series:
    This is one witty, hilarious detective story that will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.

    5 Star Review

    There is little doubt that Renée Pawlish is a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre.  Quite noticeable...is Pawlish's adept development of the plot coupled with her ability to contrive clear, concise and playful prose with almost perfect pacing.

    Norman Goldman, Bookpleasures Publisher and Editor
    Top Amazon Reviewer

    From the Author

    ***For a limited time, you can get Reel Estate Rip-off, the next book in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, for free - click here to find out more > bit.ly/1xSlrES (just copy and paste into your browser)***
                     
    What's unique about the Reed Ferguson mystery series?

    The Reed Ferguson mystery series is a private investigator series with a unique blend of the mystery and thriller genres, along with humor and a dash of old-fashioned pulp.  Reed is a novice private detective, but with each book, he's becoming more seasoned.  He encounters a variety of situations and he always relies on his love of film noir and detective fiction to give him inspiration.  I love to read mystery series, crime suspense thrillers and anything that keeps me turning pages, and you'll find that in this series.

    In what order should I read the series?

    Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, but the order of the series is:

    * Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies (Free eBook)
    * Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off
    * Book 3: The Maltese Felon
    * Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce
    * Book 5: Out Of The Past
    * Book 6: Torch Scene
    * Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High
    * Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets
    * short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat

    Why read the Reed Ferguson mystery series?

    Because the Reed Ferguson series has great characters, thrilling plots with great crimes and humorous situations thrown in. Try this private investigator series - you'll have loads of fun while staying on the edge of your seat.

    Thanks for reading!
     
    Renée Pawlish
    Author of crime suspense thrillers series.
                 

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1568 KB
    • Print Length: 227 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005DJHWRW
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Guy Noir Would Love. November 16, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    True to its description, this book delivers a wannabe detective, a femme fatale and an non-stop adventure. Guy Noir, my favorite detective, would be proud to work a case with the fledgling Reed Ferguson. Both of them are in love with all things film noir and model their style after that genre.

    At first, I didn't really like the character of Reed Ferguson. A rich boy trying to be a detective and then I thought about it, if I won the lottery tomorrow, what would I be doing? Traveling and writing every summer; plus I would have the coolest classroom ever . (Yes, I am a masochist and would continue teaching.) He is doing what many of us would be doing if the lack of money wasn't standing in the way. Reed is also smart enough to know when he is being played and doesn't fall for the book's femme fatale, no matter how hard or drunkenly the women tries.

    Despite, my initial reaction to Reed, the book sucked me into its world and didn't let go until the case was resolved. The last couple of pages were nice, but tied up loose ends that weren't really loose to begin with. Reed's world is tidy, but not without problems. That is to be expected in a shiny new world. Reed's neighbors, Ace and Deuce, are good guys, but how they pay their rent being idiots and working at a video store is beyond me.Yes, it is a small thing, but small things can throw a reader off. Maybe there is some secret the brothers have that Pawlish is saving for the future.

    There are intricate twists and turns, but in the end both Ferguson and the bad guys get it. Ferguson receives his dose of reality and all is set right in the universe until of course his next case. And I do hope there will be a next one.
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    56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a great Matinee movie June 3, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This story starts off with a bang!
    "I want you to find my dead husband."
    "Excuse me?" That was my first reaction.
    "I want you to find my husband. He's dead and I need to know where he is." She spoke in a voice one sexy note below middle C.
    "Uh-huh." That was my second reaction. Real slick.
    Renee's writing style reads like a noir film. Like a great Bogie movie. It is no surprise that Reed Ferguson, main character and P.I. in the story, is a fan of Bogie. He prefers old movies, especially detective film noir, and dark women.
    When Amanda, the client, walks into his office, the first thing he thinks is "Trouble". She is a major flirt. It's never a good idea to mix business with pleasure.
    Honorable mentions to brothers Ace and Deuce, the comic relief team. Kept me laughing and lightened the atmosphere. Cal. Get a picture of Sherlock Holmes in your head. Got it? That's Cal, Reed's friend. He helps dig for the dirty little secrets in the investigation. I had many a grin with their back and forth banter.
    Despite all of the warnings to drop the investigation, Reed persists and ends up in a world of hurt. He does not get through this without being battered and bloodied.

    My body was screaming at me, sore in too many places to count. "I feel light-headed." I blinked hard at Forbes.
    "Hey, buddy, you're bleeding."
    I began examining myself, but didn't see anything.
    "No, back there."
    I craned my neck around, exploring my backside with my hands. "Oh, man! She shot me in the ass?" I couldn't believe it, but it was true. My rear end suddenly hurt like nobody's business.
    Agent Forbes tried to hide a smile. And then I fainted.

    Witty sarcasm and tension oozes from the pages. This book looks and smeels like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reed rocks. November 14, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Reed Ferguson, a "wanna be" Bogie, emulates his heroes of old films and sets himself up as a PI. His first job is to find a missing husband. Simple, right. Not for Reed. Soon the bad guys (in this case women) are after him intent on his demise, then the Feds want him out of the way as he's interfering in their investigation. Reed is a likable young man and you soon come to care for his welfare.

    I'm not a huge fan of detective books, but I enjoyed this one very much, likely because Renee has a deft touch with the genre. Her style is not to hammer the reader over the head, but rather to use subtly and light touches of humor appropriate to her story and wonderful references to old movies. But underneath all that there is a serious story with surprising plot twists. Her subtle touch and sound mechanics make for a nice flow and a smooth pleasurable read.
    Darlene Jones, Author
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun July 23, 2013
    By BJ
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is an enjoyable, different mystery story with unusual characters and storyline. There was some tongue in cheek dialog with strange twists and turns. A fun read.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters and Good Story January 2, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Pawlish spins a good story with believable characters. Much to his mother's chagrin, Reed Ferguson wants to be a hard-boiled detective. He finally lands his first gig, a beautiful woman in distress, but all is not as it seems. Reed slams face first into some desperate characters, but with a little help from his friends, everything works out. Renee Pawlish creates a great protagonist and supporting staff. They are likable, and you want to see them succeed. More importantly, you'll want to read the next book in the series.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 13, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This book reads as if you are watching an old detective film. I love the character Reed Ferguson! He is a Bogie fan just like myself but it doesn't overshadow the uniqueness of his own character. This book was a fast read for me because of all the action and suspense. I plan to read the rest of the books in the series and am looking forward to his next mystery!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read; however somewhat slow in development of the story.
    Published 23 hours ago by Doug
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for the whole series!
    I wasn't disappointed when reading this. It kept me hooked until I was finished. It had everything a classic old school mystery would have and that made it hard to put down. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by tinytot
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    not a great read but has some humor
    Published 3 days ago by Albert B. Janaszek
    5.0 out of 5 stars That doesn't Happen In The Movies
    I started reading this book and could not put it down. I had read a couple of books in this series and book no. 1 was free, so decided to read it. Loved it!
    Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful idea and execution
    I loved this crime noir slightly b pulp fiction look at a murder mystery in real life. It's a fabulous idea and the author pulled it off brilliantly!
    Published 7 days ago by I Wilson
    4.0 out of 5 stars An average, but entertaining lite book
    I came in expecting funny dry wit, adventure and humorous situations.

    Although not bad, it is a very run of the mill detective story. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars this read like an old school noir PI story
    While not maybe to everyone's taste, this read like an old school noir PI story, and done well, especially for a genre that is frequently found.
    Published 13 days ago by Laureth Jezebelle
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I very much liked this book right from the start and it was just the right length
    Published 13 days ago by pat davis
    4.0 out of 5 stars I found this character really good and enjoyed this story
    Having read all of Raymond Chandler books, I found this character really good and enjoyed this story.
    Published 15 days ago by Online shopper
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Story
    Great story for the young and old alike. The character, Jimmy, is well developed. Somewhat of a surprise with the revealing of "Link's" condition. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Reed Ferguson mystery series, horror bestseller Nephilim Genesis of Evil, The Noah Winters YA Adventure series, middle-grade historical novel This War We're In, Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.

    Renée has been called "a promising new voice to the comic murder mystery genre" and "a powerful storyteller". Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.

    Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado.

    ***For a limited time, you can get Reel Estate Rip-off, the next book in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, for free - click here to find out more > http://bit.ly/1xSlrES (just copy and paste into your browser)***



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    http://www.reneepawlish.com

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    http://tobecomeawriter.com/

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