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Three's A Crowd (A Patrick Shea Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Mary Simonsen is the author of several Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion re-imaginings. She is also the author of the Patrick Shea mystery series featuring Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea of London's Metropolitan Police.

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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quail Creek Publishing, LLC (May 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087Q1I00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been a fan of Jane Austen since I was in high school in the 1960s and always wanted to write an Austen re-imagining. That happened in 2008 with the publication of my first novel, Searching for Pemberley, for Sourcebooks. Three other books for Sourcebooks followed: The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Darcy's Bite. In 2012, I started to self-publish my Austen stories. They include the time-travel novels, Another Place in Time and Becoming Elizabeth Darcy, historical romances, When They Fall in Love and Darcy on the Hudson, and a paranormal story, Mr. Darcy's Bite, as well as several traditional Austenesque novels and novellas.

Also in 2012, I spread my wings and published my first mystery, a novella, Three's A Crowd, introducing the character of Detective Patrick Shea of London's Metropolitan Police. Three's A Crowd is the prequel to A Killing in Kensington and A Death in Hampden.

After retiring from a career as a legal secretary in Dallas, I had a second career as a special education assistant in the Howard County, Maryland and Peoria, Arizona school districts. I enjoyed both careers, but I'm really enjoying being an author more than anything I have ever done.

The fourth novel in the Patrick Shea mystery series, Dying to Write, will be released this spring.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Candy @ So little time... on June 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Mary Simonsen has stepped out of the Austen world and into a modern English detective story with Three's a Crowd. I did have to laugh when she mentions Collin Firth! This is not her first non-Austen work but I believe it is her first mystery. It's a modern, edgy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Detective Sargent Patrick Shea is one hot copper! He works for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in London's Metropolitan Police. He has dreams of advancing to Scotland Yard. He also has a high ethical standard and is very devoted to his job, so much so it has cost him his marriage.

Annie Jameson, Shea's ex-girlfriend, is assaulted and he feels it's his duty to find the assailant. He is investigating the case on the side because it did not happen on his patch. Why would someone want to hurt Annie and what did the assailant whisper in her ear?

I adore Patrick Shea! He's cute, with a smile that would get him almost anything...at least from the ladies, but I didn't find him at all cocky, just a genuine good-guy. He also has a good sense of humor which is a good thing because with his good-looks and that charming smile, the guys at the station (or nick as it's called) often found something to poke fun at him with, especially after he receives a rose from a burglar that he has just captured!

Three's a Crowd is a novella meant to introduce us to Patrick Shea. That does not mean it is lacking in any way; it felt complete. There are a few side stories (routine cases), which keep the story moving along as the main story builds. I found I really enjoyed getting to know Patrick and the rest of the characters in this story. I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

A copy of the book was provided by the author for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Three's A Crowd is an introduction to the world of London-based Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea. For Patrick Shea, after his young son, being a policeman means everything. He's aiming for Scotland Yard's Murder Investigation Team, and the chance to join the MIT seems close enough he can smell it.

Right now, though, DS Shea and his partner DC Molly Updike are dealing with the elusive Hampden Burglar, a missing teenager, and re-opening a cold case. Then there are the added complications of the assault of Patrick's former girlfriend, and living with a delinquent younger brother. Life clearly wasn't meant to be easy! When professional and personal lines become blurred, it can be difficult to see your way clear, and Patrick is uncertain whether his MIT dream will ever become reality.

Through DS Shea, the author investigates the complexities of life as a policeman, and offers a mystery that is not as straightforward as it might seem. There's no need to be wary of graphic crime scene descriptions in this realistic and easy to read story. Three's A Crowd has humour and a cast of likeable characters who I want to keep reading about.

A copy of this story was provided by the author for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole Reese on April 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Mary Simonsen's Jane Austen's re-imagings, so I was excited to see that she was giving mysteries a try. Three's a Crowd was a great beginning. We are introduced to Patrick Shea, a young London detective, with dreams of joining Scotland Yard. He is a devoted son and father, with an ex-wife who wants him to live above her garage to be closer to their son, and an ex-girlfriend who ends up in the hospital after being mugged. Patrick's a good guy who wants to do the right thing by everyone. And did I forget Patrick's hot!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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My wife has gotten to know Mary Simonsen through her Jane Austen fan fiction writing. When Mary came out with this novel my wife suggested that I read it and provide a review as an encouragement to Mary. My fear was whether I would like the book or not, I didn't want to give a bad review :)

I was very pleasantly pleased with the Novel. Detective Patrick Shea provides us with a solid British Police Detective who is compassionate, loyal, strong willed and frankly, good at his job. Along with his partner Molly they provide a great dual of police work.

The book starts out with Shea and Updike on a stakeout to try and catch a 'cat burglar' who has been victimizing a particular community. Their efforts pay off and they catch the 'gentlemen' burglar as he is exiting his latest victims home. Upon being caught the burglar doesn't resist but instead offers a rose to Detective Shea for a job well done in catching him. Obviously this sets Shea up for all kinds of ribbing from fellow officers.

Detective Shea is writing up reports when an old friend shows up from a previous station that he worked. This friend wants to inform Shea that his former girlfriend has been assaulted and is in the hospital. Shea is concerned and goes to visit her. Upon entering the room he discovers that he still has deep feelings for her.

The book deals with police procedures, personal vendetta's and romance. Each theme plays an important role in the short novel. Each theme is well developed and well written. The characters are well developed and you learn enough about each to draw you in and give you a firm position on which to either like or dislike a particular character.

What I found very intriguing is that Mary got the details correct.
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