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

Evelyn David
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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 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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9 of 9 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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot is OK, but Magie is a nitwit May 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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. Without giving too much away, Maggie is supposed to be an intelligent, college-educated reporter. She is a widow with 2 kids, and strikes up an online friendship with another young widow through an online grief group. So far, so good. She then proceeds to tell this cyber-pal everything going on in her life, especially about the murder, and even what her kids' activities are.

She talks about all the suspects, using their real names, why she thinks they could be the murderer, and what she's going to do next - DUH!!! She does all this even though she never met this cyber-pal, and knows nothing about her. It doesn't even occur to her that this other woman could possibly live in the same area, know the same people, or even be involved. Sorry, but this just doesn't ring true for anyone with half a brain. As a reporter, she knows she must maintain a distance from the crime, she should check her facts before revealing her suspicions, and she certainly shouldn't be using a complete stranger for a sounding board. She tells her cyber-pal more than she tells her editor, and what little she tells the editor has already been told to her friend. On top of that, she becomes attracted to two of the male suspects.

At times, the authors get confused about who is writing the story, and whether it's supposed to be written in the first person from Maggie's perspective, or the third person. The authors switched perspectives in the same paragraph.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY UNTIL THE END - March 27, 2013
By Texanne
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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 manage.

Maggie is a widow who works part time as a reporter on a small town paper. At one time she was in the big time working at the forefront of the news.

She is dealing with ongoing grief, raising 2 children and trying to get through each day.

She is a smart woman.

Which is why I was surprised at so many of her actions. She shares information online with someone she has never met. A reporter would not do that.

She regularly puts herself in jeopardy even though she is the only parent left for her 2 children. I think that a really smart woman would not do interviews with possible suspects in a murder and not let someone know where she is and what she is doing.

I like Maggie, I liked the other characters in the book. I enjoyed the book, but at times I had to overcome my common sense and just go with the flow.

I would recommend this book for the mystery. I would recommend this book for anyone who might be dealing with the loss of a loved one, there are times when grief is dealt with in a manner which is helpful.

Overall, a good book, but keep in mind that in order to move the story forward, Maggie takes risks -not in a good way.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
A pleasant, refreshing story with intrigue, laughter and didn't see it coming ending.
A strong female lead character with wit and charm.
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Zoned for Murder and its main character, Maggie Brooks, was a nice read.
Maggie, whose husband died fourteen months earlier, is a reporter for a small town newspaper. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Philip Nork
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 7 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 7 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 16 months ago by Patricia Gligor
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 24 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 on September 15, 2012 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 on September 8, 2012 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars well-written mystery
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... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by MemphisBookGuy
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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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