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Dead End: a Carson Reno Mystery (Carson Reno Mystery Series) Kindle Edition
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Elizabeth White, editor
Carson's best! A page turner with a new mystery on almost every page.
Dorothy Leeds, author and fan.
My favorite characters are back, along with a few new ones. A masterstory-teller who takes me back in time with an adventure that has itall.
Robert A. Bridges, author and fan.
From the Author
- ASIN : B00U51N920
- Publisher : cr Press; 1st edition (May 31, 2015)
- Publication date : May 31, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4938 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,110 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I loved the characters, especially Carson Reno, because they brought to life in this wonderful book.
There was suspense and enough comedy to make the story believable! I can't wait to read more from Gerald Darnell!
I highly recommend Dead End to anyone who loves mysteries!
until Cletus can testify before the Memphis Grand Jury. Cletus’ situation doesn’t make sense to
Reno, and when he moves Cletus to Humbolt, Tennessee for his protection, Cletus sneaks away
and seems to fall victim to a shotgun blast. But does he? And, what role does private
investigator Lilly Longstreet, ‘working’ for an associate of Cletus’, play in Cletus’ apparent
death? Just who the hell is Hampton Forbes anyway, and why does he keep hounding Reno and
Longstreet looking for Cletus’ personal belongings?
The stage is set for another 1960’s era nostalgic Carson Reno, private investigator, mystery in
and around the Memphis area of western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas. Liberally sprinkled
with nostalgic photos of many of the buildings, vehicles and other landmarks from a bygone era,
the author weaves a fine mystery tale in and out through the streets of Memphis and Humbolt,
leading out to places like Jonesboro, Amagon and the isolation of the rice fields of eastern
Arkansas. Laced with characters whose personalities blend perfectly into a sixties era detective
story, avid readers of the genre can often predict what the characters will do or say; and are not
disappointed when the characters perform as expected.
Dead End is very entertaining, quick to read and provides real tension until the very end. As a
story, it is a fine representative of the genre that is bound be appreciated by aficionados of classic
detective stories. The nostalgic photos reinforce the images in the reader’s mind, while providing
a glimpse into the author’s thoughts as well. They are fun even if slightly distracting. However,
the copy I reviewed contained a number of typographical errors; not enough to be distracting, but
enough to warrant very careful proofreading. Overall, Dead End is a very good entertaining
Carson Reno, a smart and competent character, has his heart is in the right place. He's not going to quit, no matter what happens, no matter what it takes. If you're in trouble, he's going to come save your bacon. In this novel, he is set on a mission to find and protect his friend Jack Logan's client. Where it takes him is into the dark side of small-town Tennessee; where murder, blackmail and organized crime reigns.
Though this is the thirteenth book in the Carson Reno Mystery Series Once, it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Once more, you can count on Gerald Darnell for action both physical and cerebral, a bit of humor and romance, and a mighty good dose of adventure and mystery. I think fans and newcomers alike will get hooked and will want to read the entire series.
If a mystery novel is able to capture its readers’ attention to each event and conversation of its characters, then that is definitely a book worth spending time on. Dead End gets a major plus in this parameter. The signature laid back attitude of Carson Reno is evident in the beginning chapters; however, as the plot takes a more serious turn, his attitude changes. Murder and More and Dead End, both the books show a consistency in the actions and characteristics of Carson Reno, which is a welcome trend in Gerald’s writing. His frank responses to the threats are quite entertaining. There is something about this macho behavior that develops a need for me to imagine the person exhibiting such bold character; however, the author has not mentioned Carson’s physical characteristics. With no mention of his height, build, and other traits, I had a hard time visualizing him. Of course, Gerald’s excellent dialogues made up for that minor issue. The curiosity increases exponentially until Gerald wants it to end — another welcome attribute of a murder mystery.
The narrative writing style of the author does complete justice with the demand of the plot. Other than this, the believable dialogues add to its overall appeal. The addition of graphics is another amusing factor in Carson Reno Mystery books. These graphics present cars, specific buildings, areas, and other useful objects to entertain and educate the readers.
The introduction of common characters is exactly the same in both, Dead End and Murder and More, which seemed a little strange. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that Drake Detective Agency has only one case for several days. This may be a subjective opinion, but I would have liked for Marcie, the receptionist of Carson, to inform him about messages from other potential clients. I understand that this might have jumbled up the plot a bit, but the author could have kept those other cases short and sweet while keeping the main focus on this central story.
All said and done, this book has all the elements of a fascinating murder mystery, and the fans of this genre would not be disappointed. This book would, undoubtedly, keep the readers captivated in the web of suspense.
P.S. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.