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Make Your Own Luck (A Remy Summer Woods Mystery Book 1) by [Lewis, Joanne]
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"Joanne Lewis' new novel MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK grabs you from page one and never lets go. Lewis is a practicing attorney who clearly knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Better yet, she knows people. Her characters are real in all their complexities, conflicts and contradictions. Buckle up and hang on for a great ride and a rewarding read!"
         -Joseph Teller, award winning author of the Jaywalker series

Remy Summer Woods, who wants to be a painter, practices law at her father's firm in Fort Lauderdale. She learns of the sensational case of 13-year-old Bonita Pickney; Bonita has been arrested for the murder of her own father. Remy is drawn to the case, even though her father has made it clear that he will cut all ties with her--both personal and professional--if she insists on representing Bonita. But Remy throws caution to the wind, and she's soon without a job or an apartment. Assistance arrives in the unlikely form of halfbrother Carlos. Although Bonita has confessed to the murder, neither Remy nor Carlos believes her to be guilty. Add to the mix cute Ronnie Diaz, who may be involved in a cover-up involving an organization known as SafeChild. Remy proceeds to take on the baddies while extolling the family mantra: Make your own luck. The book's intelligent storyline makes good use of its strong sense of setting, as plot twists abound amid nonstop action. The book is briskly paced, with many of the book's 94 chapters comprising less than three pages in length.
         -KIRKUS REVIEWS  

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Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.
Rumi

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  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008654RPU
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By M. Webb on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Remy Summer Woods is a lawyer because her father is a lawyer - a very successful and famous lawyer. Just as Remy's plotting her escape from the halls of justice she runs across the only case that could convince her to stay: Bonita Pickney, a 13 year old girl who confesses to murdering her father and insists that they put her in jail as soon as possible. Remy is fascinated by this unlikely murderer and it doesn't hurt that her father absolutely forbids her to become involved in the case. Soon Remy finds herself kicked out of her father's firm and rocketing around Florida trying to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder with an unlikely group of helpers that include her drug addicted brother, an aging hippie/dinner owner, a mobster, and a cop.

Remy isn't the only one "rocketing". That's the perfect word to describe this book. The characters are driven to discover the truth and, as a reader, I was driven to finish this book. Happily, it was never predictable. I was constantly saying, "I didn't see that coming!" I also enjoyed the fact that there were no clear cut good guys and bad guys. You were constantly guessing about people's motives which made pinpointing the murderer all the more challenging.

Although I enjoyed the mystery, the characters were also well written. I'd like to see more of Remy's struggle to decide what type of life she wants, how she'll deal with her father and I welcome more appearances by her crazy family and friends. I look forward to the next Remy Summer Woods book.
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This book had a few good characters, but got confusing at times. There were so many coincidences that made it unbelievable. Also, the family was sort of dysfunctional, with the brother being a drug addict and the over-used gay. Several times I thought surely the book was over, but then there would be another chapter that didn't seem necessary. This book started better than it ended.
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Loved this story. I kept trying to guess the end ing...never got it right... I liked the characters. They were real people who took on a situation in their own way...I ended the story with a big smile on my face...first thought at the last word was I hope she has another book....thanks I enjoyed this book.
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By Bun on November 6, 2013
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Parts of this book were reasonable, but most of it was long-winded and convoluted. Usual story line with "poor little rich girl" who is out to save the world and distance herself from her rich father. I had a hard time finishing the book.
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Remy is a star and a character everyone will want as a best friend. When Remy sees a 13-year-old girl accused of killing her father, Remy is drawn to Bonita. Perhaps because both Remy and Bonita lost their mothers to cancer. Remy decides to represent the girl. That decision is either the best or worst of her career, even her life. Yes, Remy is the superstar in this story.

The writing is crisp. The plot so crazy I wonder what the heck is going on. Did the girl kill her father? Why does Remy have all these sudden threats? What is up with Remy's father, uncle, and step mother? There are so many shady characters no wonder Remy doesn't know who to trust! Will Remy live long enough to discover the truth? Will she want to know the truth? What happens if everything comes out? There are many layers to this mystery.

Also, is Bonita innocent? If so, what will happen to her? Will she be okay or spend her life in prison? So many questions.

Nowhere in the story hints at the ending. Not one sentence. Also, I can't believe who killed Patrick, Bonita's father. Some of the shady characters are good guys. A few good guys are criminals. Whatever you think you know, you have NO IDEA!

Love an excellent mystery? Read this now! Love a feisty heroine? Read this now! Want to try and figure out the ending? Read this now, and good luck with that!
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I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author but thought it might be something that would interest me based on the description. The book was fine and was a quick read (if you can call 354 pages quick); I just was not overwhelmed by it and certainly not left anticipating book 2. There were few if any editing errors which I always appreciate when reading.

Remy Summer Woods is an associate with her father's (Clarence Darrow Woods) firm in South Florida. Remy is actually an artist at heart who is trying to please her father by pursuing law instead of Art. Remy is slated to open the Firm's West Coast (Oregon) firm, but gets interested and invested in representing a 16 year old girl (Bonita) who allegdly shot her father (Patrick Pinkney) to death. The teen is obviously not the killer since her facts doen't match ballistics but she insists that she wants to plead guilty and get the case over with. Remy is determined to find the truth and goes way beyond legal representation searching for it. She learns that the decedent is somehow connected to some illicit activities with heavy hitters who don't want the truth exposed and then all kind of twisted plots to kill or stop her occur in the book. Ultimately, the truth (per se) is revealed and the mystery is solved.
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