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Zoned for Murder (Sound Shore Times Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Evelyn David
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Getting Your Name in Print can be Deadly!

Former Newsweek reporter Maggie Brooks has two kids, a dead husband, a mortgage to pay, and a lot of competition when she tries to get back into the shrinking newspaper business. Landing a job with a local paper, she's bored to tears covering bake sales and Little League games. But when a developer tries to build an outlet mall in a neighboring town, what starts out as potentially a great clip for her resume, suddenly turns dangerous and ugly. Someone will do anything to block the mall's construction. Dirty money, nasty politics, and shady land deals abound as Maggie pursues the scoop that might jumpstart her career. When murder is added to the mix, she realizes that meeting her deadline might be the last thing she ever does.

Read Maggie's byline as she rebuilds her career, dips her toes into a shark-filled dating pool, and investigates a small New York town Zoned for Murder.

Editorial Reviews:

"With a solid foundation at its mysterious core, Zoned for Murder offers fans of fast-paced, traditional mysteries everything they are looking for: strong characters, tight plotting, and a conclusion that left me stunned. If you like strong female protagonists with imagination and ingenuity to spare, look no further than Maggie Brooks, a small-town journalist with big-time investigative chops. Evelyn David has done it again with a mystery that touches on universal themes such as family, betrayal, and love." – Maggie Barbieri, author of The Murder 101 Mysteries.


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About the Author

The author of Murder Off the Books, Murder Takes the Cake, Zoned for Murder, The Brianna Sullivan Mysteries e-book series and numerous short stories, Evelyn David is the pseudonym for Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett. Marian lives in New York and is the author of eleven nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics ranging from veterans benefits to playgroups for toddlers! For more information on these books, please visit her web site at http://www.marianedelmanborden.com - Rhonda lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is the director of the coal program for the state, and in her spare time enjoys imagining and writing funny, scary mysteries. Marian and Rhonda write their mystery series via the internet. While many fans who attend mystery conventions have now chatted with both halves of Evelyn David, Marian and Rhonda have yet to meet in person. Please check out Evelyn's website at http://www.evelyndavid.com The Brianna Sullivan Mysteries include: I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries, The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah, The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah, Undying Love in Lottawatah, A Haunting in Lottawatah, Lottawatah Twister, Missing in Lottawatah and Good Grief in Lottawatah. Evelyn David has also written an ebook collection of short romantic stories - Love Lessons

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061564385X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trace Evidence Press (March 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OVUS1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoned For Reading Enjoyment ! March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I began reading this book because I enjoy anything written by the writing team of Evelyn David. After meeting the new characters and feeling secure and comfy in the story, I was hit by the surprise murder of the allegedly compromised General Contractor.

As expected Maggie Brooks, our new sleuth friend, goes on the hunt for the true story. That was the only predictable part of this book. I was racing through all emotions while holding my breath trying to figure out who the killer was and the true reason for the murder. The book took me from grief (Maggie's loss of spouse,) to an online friendship, romance, suspense, murder, and more!

What I truly loved about this new series, was it's complete believability. Maggie rings true as a reporter, friend, mother, and romantic interest. Maggie does not take unrealistic risks or is excessively nosy. Maggie is someone I do want to get to know more about and I look forward to her next headline!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Series March 28, 2012
By D. Love
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great read in this debut series by Evelyn David. Maggie stumbled upon a conspiracy involving the building of a mall and local politics. Not everyone is happy and when a murder is committed, this case opens wide up and Maggie will have to shut the door on a killer before the door is closed on her. Maggie's determination to solve this murder keeps this book flowing as it nears the end in this suspenseful and enticing mystery. This is a well-written and fast-paced drama with likable characters in a small-town setting. I look forward to more investigative reporting from Maggie in the next book in this delightful new series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading Pleasure April 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a nice blend of mystery, and comfort, tension, and a very enjoyable heroine who really rang true. She manages to be clever, enterprising, and vulnerable. I certainly hope to see more in this series from Evelyn David.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you should read May 21, 2012
By Shawnee
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This was an awesome book. The writers took their writing in a different direction and it really worked. Having read all of the books written by Evelyn David, I was really impressed with the new direction. Continue with the Brianna Sullivan series too. Keep up the good work and putting out lots of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well-written mystery May 21, 2012
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This is a very well-written mystery novel. The characters seem just like real people. They are believeable, act their age, are flawed and not perfect, and their perspective changes a little with each event, again just like real people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoned For Murder May 8, 2012
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I fell in love with the characters in this book, especially Maggie. I found this book entertaining and spell binding. There was a few laughs along the way as well as chills before this mystery was solved. I hope the two guys with the cute butts are in the next book also. Maggie had a lot of charisma with these two. I will recommend this books to my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again!!!! May 8, 2012
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I have been with Evelyn David since the first book. Let me tell you, these girls know how to write. They write characters that are REAL, that you can identify with them, feel for them, care about them, and root for them. As the first in a new series, they hit a home run right out of the park. You can never, ever go wrong reading them. This book is set in a real-life-type situation that either you know someone like these characters, or you are these characters. I love making new literary friends, because reading this book gave me some new friends to root for. Way to go, Rhonda and Marian!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit Series From Evelyn David! April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have long been a fan of these two authors, and wasn't sure how I would feel about a new series, but I loved this. Maggie is so realistic as a widowed mom who is trying to find her path in a career as a reporter. She does land in trouble when investigating some building project in her home town, but she makes smart choices and readers will identify with her. A potential love interest makes this fun even if he seems a little suspect, and other colorful minor characters such as Maggie's widowed email pal add depth to this well crafted story. Humor always overlays the writing of Evelyn David and laughed out loud more than once while reading quickly to find out what happens. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Anything written by the duo 'Evelyn David' is a good read; wish they wrote more books! There is supposed to be a new one in the works and I'll be purchasing that one as well.
Published 5 months ago by Bachee
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted mystery
I see a series here. The characters are enjoyable and the mystery kept my interest. I also liked the wholesome aspect of the story.
Published 5 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Zoned for Murder" by Evelyn David. The main character, Maggie Brooks, is a former reporter for Newsweek who now works for a small local paper where... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patricia Gligor
4.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY UNTIL THE END -
The mystery was not easy to figure out. I enjoyed the characterizations. The book was one that I wanted to finish, so read straight through with as few interruptions as I could... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Texanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Who dun it?
Loved this story! It was easly believeable and the I loved the characters. I must add I already knew "who dun it" early on but was still content to find out I was right! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cozy Mystery!
Maggie Brooks is a former reporter for Newsweek whose life has been turned inside out. Her husband was killed by a hit and run driver a few months ago and she is still trying to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lori Caswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Zoned for Murder
The beginning probably quarter of the book could of just been skipped. I did enjoy how she had an email friend that she had met through a young widow group and shared a lot of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lynn Demsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful.
Very enjoyable whodunit. It has a good combination of suspense and humor. I'd be happy to read another book by this author.
Published on June 23, 2012 by Mike O.
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot is OK, but Magie is a nitwit
Sorry I can't agree with all the 5-star reviews. The basic plot is OK, but some of Maggie's actions just don't make sense. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by MysteryLover
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Evelyn David is the pseudonym for Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett. Marian lives in New York and is the author of ten nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics ranging from veterans benefits to playgroups for toddlers! Rhonda lives in Oklahoma, is the coal program director for the state, and in her spare time enjoys imagining and writing funny, scary mysteries. Marian and Rhonda write their mystery series via the internet. While many fans who attend mystery conventions have now chatted with both halves of Evelyn David, Marian and Rhonda have yet to meet in person.


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