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Widow's Row [Kindle Edition]

Lala Corriere
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Breecie Lemay fears the gun hidden in her father's staircase is the same weapon that killed her mother. In search of the truth, she's thrust into a world of her father's only true legacy... lies.

Warnings become death threats because she knows too much.
She knows nothing.
She can trust no one.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

My elevator speech is that I write suspense.

If I'm on a train I can add that my suspense has romantic elements, but I don't consider my writing Romantic Suspense. After all, Dean Koontz often includes romance, sex, and HEA, and he's not considered a Romantic Suspense author.

And if I'm on a plane, bless the person next to me! I will include that I strive to leave my readers with a socially redeeming quality. Not easy to do with murder and mayhem! In my first release, Widow's Row, that message is that I believe prejudice is born of ignorance. With awareness we may just gain acceptance, and just maybe, we can embrace!

Look for CoverBoy, with a release date of Fall-2011!

About the Author

Award winning author Lala Corriere is published in everything from the Washington Post to regional magazines in the US and the UK. Her writing has received acclaim in the Denver Post, Arizona Star, Washington Post, Tucson Lifestyles, Home & Garden, The Sentinel, and the Trinidad Times. Since early childhood, Lala has found a passion in all the arts. She is a painter and a former stage performer. Early work careers blended selling high-end real estate in Colorado where she was soon to become president of an interior design firm, Connoisseur, Ltd. Extended university coursework focused on the fine arts, but the lure of writing proved even stronger. Lala’s fictional work consumes her. She freely says she much prefers ‘lying and making stuff up’. Her fictional suspense writing includes subplots with socially redeeming revelations. This is her moniker. Her favored acclaim to fame has nothing to do with her success in book sales, but rather the blurb from the Master of Suspense, Sidney Sheldon, and his continued mentorship until his passing. Lala writes suspense with romantic elements, eager to point out that it doesn’t fit into the confines of true romantic suspense. Available titles include Widow’s Row and CoverBoy. Her soon to be released third book, Evil Cries, promises to be full of surprises, for truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publishing Company; First edition (November 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA52QW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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169 of 180 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No, I didn't love it..... April 10, 2012
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Like another reviewer stated, I read to the end because I always finish the books I begin, but the foul language was such a turn-off I had to put it down for a while to read something less annoying. The foul language was beyond what was necessary to tell the story, and was what lowered the book to "trashy" for me. The story was somewhat interesting, but it didn't take long to figure out the connections between the dots. I am very glad that this book was free and will not download another by this author.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and suspence with a twist December 11, 2010
By H.M.C.
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Widows row is totally embedded with suspence and romance that twists and turns in every direction. You can feel the atmosphere go from one extreme to the other when Breecie Lemay is in the company of her father as she tries to unravel the mystery of her mothers death. You let her take you into places you don't think you want to go but you can't put the book down any more than Breecie can stop looking. There are surprises up to the very end.
The characters are described in a way that makes you feel as though you know them. You begin to love them or dislike them as much as Breecie herself does. Very well written.
Helen C.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying June 7, 2013
By Jasmine
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Nowadays, I am even wary of books that have ratings in excess of 4* and I tend to pay more attention to critical reviews giving 2-3 stars than 5* feedback. This book is one of the reasons for my changed purchase habits. One of my pet hates is bad grammar. Unfortunately, this book is in dire need of a good editor. In addition, a lot of the storyline seemed ridiculous or did not make sense. I did finish reading this book because I always do, but it was quite a painful experience.

Reviewer xkydivr, who also gave this book 2*, provides more details about problematic aspects of this novel. I wholeheartedly agree with their comments.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Widow's Row Disappoints August 19, 2012
By Liko01
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Widow's Row is billed as a mystery. I found it to be part mystery, part romance novel and part social commentary. I'm a fan of mixing genres but in this case, I feel like the mystery and romance elements loose out to the social commentary, the author's desire to shed awareness on the transgender community and the issues they face.

The book's protagonist, Breecie, is an intelligent, successful attorney from Washington D.C. She goes to Colorado to deal with her father who is nearly catatonic following a stroke, and quickly discovers information that catapults her into solving the mystery of her mother's murder. The set up is good, promising a complex and interesting murder mystery. Some of the surprisingly stereotypical characters and their related issues, however, serve to detract from the initial premise.

The author's writing style, combined with enough formatting and editing errors to be distracting, make this book difficult to read. While the perfect metaphor or descriptive phrase can draw you into a book and greatly enhance your response to what you're reading, Corriere's heavy-handed technique does the opposite. Here are some examples you'll find in Widow's Row:

"A sadness enveloped me like what I imagine Earth's abused skin of soil, its veil of skin, must feel like as mankind recklessly bulldozes over it for another condo development."

"Baird exuded power the way a rabid dog foamed at the mouth. Constant. Natural."

"The stern scowl left Adam's face, replaced by a fever from the passions of his loins."

Corriere describes her writing as "suspense with romantic elements, but I don't consider my writing Romantic Suspense. After all, Dean Koontz often includes romance, sex, and HEA, and he's not considered a Romantic Suspense author.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced story filled with interesting characters December 6, 2010
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In Lala Corriere's debut novel, she's created a cast of characters ranging from a tranny to a two-timing scam artist to a father who somehow manages to justify the horrific situation in which he places his daughter. Breecie Lemay. a lawyer and a writer, is a bundle of emotion and logic that gets all tangled up when she deals with a father she could never please. Trying desperately to play the part of dutiful daughter, she takes her ill father home only to discover a terrible clue that leads her on a journey to find the truth about her mother's death. Corriere's strength is in these characters. I had to keep reading because I needed to know they would be all right. She even manages to weave in a lovely romance that takes a little of the edge off the ugliness of what family can do to family. I recommend Widow's Row as a good read and look forward to more from Corriere.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Combination bodice-ripper and mystery/thriller March 26, 2012
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This book is what I'd call a woman's brand-name-dropping, combination bodice-ripper mystery/thriller. Rather short on the mystery /thriller part.

Beautiful, successful young woman (BSYW) with a fiance who wears Amani suits and Burbury coats and picks her up in a stretch limo returns to her hometown to care for an ailing parent and solve an
old mystery. (stop me if you've heard this one.)

BSYW stays at a B&B decorated in Laura Ashley and Ralph Lauren and meets her new BFF. Of course there is the obligatory, handsome, rude, mysterious , brooding stranger. We know where this is going.

The assorted characters sit around in their brand-name, designer clothes, on brand-name furniture sipping their brand-name vintage wines from Baccarat glasses. There is the usual sophisticated picnic with french bread, cheese and a vintage brand-name wine. Just once I'd like someone to show up for a picnic with peanut-butter sandwiches and a thermos of koolaid.

The book did have two surprises for me. I expected the cat to end up hanging in the closet or gutted out on the front step. And I thought the fraternal twin sister would turn out to be a Russian orphan raised by the saintly murdered mother so you could say the book was full of two surprises for me.

If you get the book free, or pay $2.99 as I did, you will probably get your money's worth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
Had some redeeming qualities but the plot jumped around so much sometimes I thought I had skipped a couple pages.
Published 12 hours ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner for sure!
This fast-moving mystery was a real page-turner. The mystery, danger and intrigue had me on the edge of my seat to find out what happened. Good beach read.
Published 2 days ago by MimiBaba
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, good read
This story has it all, murder, romance and heart. I would recommend this book to every woman, it will pull you in & you won't want to put it down.
Published 3 days ago by Nanette McLane
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Characters and DramA
I had a hard time putting this book down. I got drawn into the story and couldn't wait to how things turned out. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars and too many bad words.
too much sex, and too many bad words.
Published 6 days ago by Glen Standley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot twists and turns
Interesting. Finished it a week ago and had to think hard about what book it was when the Amazon request to review it showed up in my email. Good plot twists and turns. Believable.
Published 23 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a Dull Moment
Loved the characters! Well, not all of them, but that's what makes a good read--characters who make you feel love, hate, empathy, disgust, indifference--characters who are not one... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Linda Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
Setting, characters, plot--made for entertaining and enjoyable read. The book had interesting twists and turns to keep me reading until the end of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The web of deceit in the storyline kept being spun in many directions which wanted me to keep reading. A must read if you like mystery and romance.
Published 1 month ago by D Noll
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Who Dunit!
This book is well written, and the characters are developed fully. Daughter goes back to take care of Dad, who she doesn't like or trust who has had a stroke. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Connette Blalock
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More About the Author

Since early childhood, Lala has been passionate about all the arts. She is a painter and a former stage performer. Early work careers blended high-end real estate sales and as President of an interior design firm.
Her fifth grade teacher, Miss Macy, was the first mentor to suggest she consider a career in writing. That extension of the arts, the written word, turned into a full time passion in 2001.
Career Highlights:
* Endorsement and long-term mentorship by the late Sidney Sheldon
* Published in regional magazines, newspapers, writer's guides and journals.
* Award winning poetry.
* Endorsements from Andrew Neiderman [author of the Devil's Advocate], Paris Afton Bonds, and many others remarkable authors.
* Her first novel, Widow's Row. Available as an e-Book, a trade paperback, and audio book.
* Her second book, Coverboys & Curses. Available as an e-Book and trade paperback.
* Evil Cries, coming summer, 2013
* Kiss and Kill, coming fall, 2013.
Readers and reviewers applaud her hallmark original plots, her in-depth character portrayals, rich scene settings, and authentic dialogue, all delivered with a fresh new voice. Oh, and her TWISTS!
Lala is a desert rat. She nestles there with her husband of over 25 years along with a Ragdoll, an American Curl, and Finnigan & Phoebe-- Teacup Yorkies.

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