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

Mary Lydon Simonsen
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Book Description

In Three’s A Crowd, we are introduced to Patrick Shea, a young detective sergeant with the Hampden Criminal Investigation Department, whose career is being fast-tracked by the Metropolitan Police in London. With an eye to an appointment with a murder investigation team at New Scotland Yard, Shea is doing everything by the book. Unfortunately, his love life is a bit of a mess and gets messier when he learns his former lover, Annie Jameson, has been assaulted on someone else’s patch. Will Shea’s involvement in the under-the-radar investigation of his ex-girlfriend put his career in jeopardy and possibly her life as well?

If you are a fan of the television series Law & Order UK, you will enjoy Three’s A Crowd. This novella is the first in the Patrick Shea Mystery Series.

Also available are the second and third book in the series, A Killing in Kensington and A Death in Hampden.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615653375
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quail Creek Publishing, LLC (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087Q1I00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery! 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 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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars We want more Patrick Shea's April 21, 2014
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good First Novel in the Police Detective Genre 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book company
Good read. Will make sure to read the others
Published 29 days ago by Cheryl A. Gocken
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a series...
Here's a great start to a detective mystery series. Mary Lydon Simonsen has done a thorough job creating a visual work with well defined characters and enough detail without being... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SageMyst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 7 months ago by John and Pat Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Introductions in the first of a series - catchy
I do follow the PBS mystery series on TV, which seem to all be British mysteries, don't usually read mysteries. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. L. Majczan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a mystery
If you're looking for a classic British mystery, this isn't it. This is really just a romance with British police thrown in on the side.
Published 12 months ago by david l wiley
4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Shea- what a cutey pie.
I like this series alot. Very fast moving, well-drawn characters and relationships, and exciting plots. I look forward to the next book in the series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ann Lyon Boutelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Romance disguised as police procedural
The plot is that women can't deal with men who work in law enforcement because of the danger and terrible hours. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jane V Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick read. I loved it
Fun read. Well written. Had to read all three. Certainly not a brain drain, but rather an entertaining read with characters you wanted to love and read more about.
Published 13 months ago by ann barber
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
I enjoyed the main character but the mystery is a bit thin. The title reveals too much.
I will read the second book in the series and decide from there if number three is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robin M.
1.0 out of 5 stars 8th Grade Writing Class
Sorry but I just can't recommend this book. I at least made it all the way through but the plot and the writing seemed very shallow.
Published 18 months ago by Blaine E. Moyer
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More About the Author

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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