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Angel with a Bullet (A Dixie Flynn Mystery) Paperback – September 8, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dixie Flynn Mystery Series

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Grant introduces an intriguing new sleuth, Dixie Flynn, a sarcastic San Francisco reporter who can crack wise with the best of the genre. When assigned to report on the death of artist Diego Chino, who happens to be a former lover, Dixie suspects that there is more to the apparent suicide than the police are telling her. As she interviews the pretentious gallery owners and members of the art community, she uncovers a case awash in deceit and treachery. Could a handsome dealer with a reclusive client be involved? After a close brush with death following a date in Chinatown, Dixie is determined to get to the bottom of the story, but getting trapped in a warehouse fire and then getting stabbed suggest that these bad guys are definitely serious. With lots of action, colorful characters, and a surprising plot twist, this is an endearing series debut that will have readers eager for Dixie to solve more cases. --Barbara Bibel

About the Author

M.C. Grant is Grant McKenzie, an award-winning screenwriter, editor, and novelist. He is the author of Switch and No Cry for Help (both published by Bantam TransWorld UK). His short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child (Tor/Forge), and Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines. His first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver. As a journalist, he worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business, from the late-night “dead body beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets. Born in Glasgow, Grant currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is editor-in-chief of Monday Magazine. For more information, visit him online at GrantMcKenzie.net.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Dixie Flynn Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; First Edition edition (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,196,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nancy Berlett on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is definitely a new "girl" detective on the scene, although she is neither a girl nor a detective. Dixie is well into her 30's and works as a investigative journalist. She has many of the fine habits that come with such a lifestyle, too much drinking, too many men, along with colorful and strange neighbors. In others words all the things required for a successful and interesting detective series. Like many of her contemporaries, namely; Lauren Henderson's "Sam Jones", Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" and Sparkle Hayter's "Robin Hudson", M.C. Grant's "Dixie Flynn" finds herself at the center of a mystery that the police aren't much interested in pursuing. Undaunted she starts digging up clues to why her ex-lover committed suicide is such a dramatic fashion. We quickly get to know Dixie and her co-workers and friends who populate a somewhat shabby side of San Francisco. The action is pretty much non-stop and the plot twists as nicely as Lombard Street. This is a solid, fun read and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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I liked the book and the lead character. I'm not much for books in present tense though. It's just me. I know John Irving has tried it and many of the greats. Some readers like present tense, but I'm probably from the old school. Some of the phrasing and descriptions were almost poetic and filled with impressive action verbs. Anyone who reads this book will know exactly what I'm talking about. The author really did a good job with the wording. It's been a while since I read this book, but Amazon just came through my e-mail to ask me for a review for three books. I'll respond to two of them. I haven't even read one of them yet. My goodness. websites are becoming almost human. Give me time to finish a book, Amazon. Please. :)
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I've read a fair few of Grant McKenzie's novels written under his own name and enjoyed them so decided to check out what the stuff under his pen name was like, starting with the first Dixie Flynn novel. Angel With a Bullet was very different in style to those novels, probably why McKenzie went with a pen name (although he divulges it is him a number of times on the cover, back pages etc) to offset criticism from fans of one type of style disappointed it doesn't follow the formula who'd slam it in a review or whatever. This isn't an average guy suddenly faced with a testing situation bringing out internal resources from within they never realised they possessed to survive. This is a more of a journalistic investigative type story where most of the story is really a set up for witty one liner observations, comebacks or jokes by the main character Dixie Flynn. Dixie is a middle aged woman who lives in a small apartment in a building with eccentric neighbours. She works as journalist for a tabloid style San Francisco newspaper. There's a lot of artistic licence for the journalist side of things to allow the story to work. No newspaper would allow their employee to waist this much time on a story revolving around the suicide of a pretty much unknown painter, they have a paper to deliver for print, other stories to get done, it just wouldn't be economically viable to give a reporter a couple of days free to do whatever she wants. But this is a fiction after all, and fiction can take liberties in exchange for making it more entertaining. Angel With a Bullet certainly is entertaining, with a bit of action thrown in amongst the humour every now and then.

There's a lot of similarities to wise cracking police detective type novels, even though this one's main character is a journalist.
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Well, I had to make it through 75% of the book before I started to like it. Then, I enjoyed the rest. It's rather crass. I could tell it was definitely written by a man. I preferred reading about Frank, a secondary character in the book. That would make a great series. I gave it a three because I sort of liked it. I definitely need the next book to see if it's worth the time to continuing reading.
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A great read for a winter evening.F acinating characters, lots of laughs, good mystery. Would
recommend it if you like your women hard boiled but human.
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What an enjoyable read. Dixie Flynn is an entertaining heroine in a funny mystery with a dash of sex. This is a series that will be a lot of fun to follow.
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Not great with words and reviews, so will keep it short, took a but if getting into (maybe because I'd been with a very long book for a long time and was still with those characters) but once I was there I was hooked. Love the characters and the story kept me wanting to read on. A proper page turner. Really can't wait for the next book. Keep up the good work Grant!
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