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Dying For Attention (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – February 19, 2014

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (February 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432827510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432827519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently read a short story by James T. Shannon which I found to be fantastic. I then read that this book was about to be published.
I was hoping that the novel would be half as good as the short story.
I am very happy they put it on Kindle, so that could start reading.
It started a little slowly building character, but then it took off. It is a murder mystery that will not disappoint. Additionally, it has a very human side that stays with you after the thrills are over. I hope the Edgar people consider it. I now will purchase a hardback. This is a book worth collecting.
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My book group has been going through a spate of Scandinavian/Danish mysteries--but as with most things, it turns out that homegrown and local can be a lot more juicy and flavorful. James Shannon says that he writes what he knows--life in a public high school, the ins-and-outs of southeastern Massachussetts culturally, oh, and how the Boston-area police and media really operate. It shows. The characters are fleshed-out and real--from the completely likeable ex-local broadcaster furned longterm sub and writer to the carreer-minded principal, the slightly bitter guidance counselor, and a classsroom of completely believable, never stereotypical adolescents. These characters live in a real world and have real lives--and it is the details of those lives and places that make for a taut, captivating whodunnit.
I'll be honest--I bought this book because 33 (gulp) years ago, Mr. Shannon was a much-admired English teacher, but I read it in two sittings because it was a fabulous book. I finished it (staying up much too late) and was eager for the next mystery starring the appealing Chug. When does it come out? Tell me it's soon. I'm going on a one-woman media campaign to get the word out about this book. It's great. Buy it in hardcover, because you'll want to pass it on to all of your friends.
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I found the book to be a fast pace murder mystery but not at all predictable as so many tend to be once you have read a lot of them. There is a small bit of sex in the beginning as the author develops the characters involved in the murders but beyond that there isn't a lot of it which is fine with me. Coming in the beginning (no pun intended) I was concerned I would be reading more of it but it never appeared. When I read a mystery I love to be challenged with wondering "who dun it?" till the end and in this one I was and it made it a page turner to the end.
Thank you!
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In addition to the plot, what I liked most about the story was the tempo. The characters keep moving as the work progresses, and there is plenty of change and challenge to make me want occasionally to refer back to other pages to make sure that I really "got" the inferences that the plot was creating. The "romantic" element was also a plus leading to a very happy ending!

I hope Jim is going to give us another book to follow this one!
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Full disclosure - another former student from his first year teaching high school. That said...

As another reviewer noted, this gets off to a steamy start - does that sort of stuff really go on in high school? Yikes! But it turns out to be quite relevant to both character and plot development. As the summary notes, the lead character is doing research on life in a high school, as a substitute teacher for the year. Outside of the detective aspects of the mystery he gets immediately embroiled in, the description of life as a high school English teacher seems highly credible, as the author's bona fides would lead you to expect. Troublesome students and all, though my personal experience with the author as a student decades ago was far removed from his collection of students here.

Enough plausible head fakes to keep you interested and engaged throughout. Highly recommended.
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By SueB on April 13, 2014
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When I heard about this book, written by one of my favorite former teachers, I downloaded it immediately. Great story, Mr. Shannon, and I look forward to more.

Sue Enos, ORRHS Class of 1982
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