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Dear Killer: Marley Clark Mysteries, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: LHI
  • Audible.com Release Date: November 22, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GUD0GPA
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I liked the mystery part of the book enough to have given it a 5 star rating. But, again, the Harlequin romance part turned me off. Excerpts from book.."He was nude and erect. My breath caught." "Consummation a promise just beyond our trembling reach." Okay, I don't mind sexy scenes in books if I am forewarned. Being a mystery purist, I do not like getting into the gist of the crime plot and then having to stop for an unneeded romp in the hay.
This seems to be the norm with most of the women mystery authors. There should be ratings...light romance, heavy duty sex, softcore porn, really adult language, and pure mystery as in Agatha Christie, Tess Gerritsen and others that I cannot think of right now. I don't expect many to like my review, but I would hope that some authors would take notice (if they ever do) and start putting out a good old true mystery.
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I just finished Linda Lovely's Dear Killer, set in the beautiful Low Country of South Carolina with plenty of Southern charm and some Gullah history thrown in for good measure. Not only did Lovely hook me right away, but she also kept me blissfully bogged in wet sand while I tried to figure out Marley's next moves. I thoroughly enjoyed plenty of romance mixed in with shovelsful of action including killings, deceit, and cover ups. It's difficult to believe this is Lovely's first novel. I wait impatiently for the next one. I highly recommend this book!
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As a real fan of mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed Linda Lovely's book, "Dear Killer." The series looks like a real winner, blending so many appealing elements. Like Carolyn Hart, Ms. Lovely has set her mystery on an island off SC, and it just gets better from there. Her protagonist is of the "hard-boiled" type of crime solver, like P.I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, but with softer edges - like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone.

Ms. Lovely took a chance of making her heroine 52 years old and the good-looking good guy cop a lot younger. That's unique to her heroine and should hit the fantasies of a lot of women out there. And (good for her) the heroine can figure out how to get herself out of trouble most dire without help from anyone until it's all over but the shouting.

The sex scenes were realistic, not shocking, sorta middle of the road for today's romantic literature. I get the feeling they were toned down somewhat to meet mainstream expectations.

I look forward to the next book in the series. Ms. Lovely gave enough introductions in this book to build an interest in the crusty old aunt for the sequel. Way to go Linda Lovely. Keep writing them this good and you will have me as a fan for life!

Susan M. Thigpen, Editor
The Mountain Laurel
editor@mtnlaurel.com
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Not a thing wrong with this one, ticks all the boxes (although I coulda done without the romance parts, at least they weren't protractedly gooey) including a mature resolution of the May-December relationship without totally extinguishing the flame. If there was anything that bothered me just a little it was that, although Marley is on the waning side of middle age, that fact just wasn't clearly sustained for me. Maybe if she had a varicose vein or two, or confessed to coloring the gray out of her hair or looking forward to joining AARP in three years. Other than that, resolving myself to the "Dear Island" name took a little work but that was the only thing I thought was a bit of a push to get around. I confess I didn't read the substantial preview of the next book at the end of "Dear Killer," though I was sorely tempted: I don't wanna spoil enjoying the fun of the next book from the very first word. Marley rocks!
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I debated between giving this three or four stars. The mystery was complex. I liked the 50-year-old heroine and the chance at love for mature adults. Overall I'd call it a solid story, not a cozy but more mainstream with quite a bit of violence. A twist at the end that involves the main character being fairly stupid brought the rating down a bit for me. I realize setting up dramatic action sequences sometimes requires the main character to take chances, but I wanted to yell at her for this one.
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I swore I would be more rigid in the stars I gave out, but with this book I just HAVE to give a 5 star rating. It is just that good.

This book is absolutely fantastic! It is a mystery with some romance, humor, excitement... and more. This book is better than Jessica Fletcher and better than Agatha Christie for this one reason. This book shows that when you are over 50, you are not dead. Along with this being a great book, it goes to show that being a widow does not mean you have to shelve yourself till death. So yes, there is romance that gets a little risque in one or two instances, but I feel it goes to show women over 50 are not dead. So yes, there were a couple sex scenes, but they were nicely done and their attraction does not get in the way of solving the mystery.

This story is very well written. It is an action packed, edge of your seat type of mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole story. It is spine tingling. The story is easy to read and understand. The story takes place in a very small town, so it has a 'down home' type of feeling to it while still maintaining a good working story.

The characters are believable and you can relate to them easily. Of course, Marley and Braden are my favorite. Would be nice if Braden could be seen in future books about Marley. They belong together.

I do recommend this book for adults (due to the sex scenes). I think you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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