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About the Author

Marsha Lyons and April Kelly were debate team partners at Colonial High School in Orlando and roomies at The University of South Florida, before Marsha went to law school on a mission and April went to Hollywood on a whim. While Marsha's career includes teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, becoming the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami, and going into private legal practice, April's began in stand-up comedy, moved into writing on shows such as Mork & Mindy and Webster, then to producing her own shows like Boy Meets World. Throughout their wildly different professional lives Marsha and April have remained best friends, finally deciding to put their separate talents together to write a show-biz crime novel, MURDER IN ONE TAKE, their debut as a team. Marsha is married with children, and April is single with dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Flight Risk Books (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061564533X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615645339
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am going to confess right up front that I personally know one of the authors. When that is the case, one feels more of an affinity for the book and wants it to be a good read, for the author's sake. Then one wants to review it as positively as possible so that 1) that author remains your friend, (: and 2) so that others will buy it and the author will be compensated for his or her hard work.

But it is hard to write a good review when you don't like a book, no matter how much you like the author. To do so is dishonest and doesn't do what is intended by writing a review in the first place--to give an honest assessment of its merits and its detriments. I would not write a review at all in that case. I would just tell the author I read her book, refer to parts I did like, and congratulate her again on writing and publishing it.

Fortunately, I can write this positive review with a clear conscience because it was such an enjoyable read!

I read the first page, then the second, then the third, and I was thinking, "Really? It's this good?" It grabbed me right away and held my interest until the very last page.

First, the characters are extremely well developed and different aspects of their personalities are brilliantly revealed throughout. The plot is one that seems familiar, one that you might have read something like before, but it has its own clever and unique take on a murder and the solving of that murder.

Her first day on her new job, Sgt. Maureen O'Brien and her partner Sgt. Blake Ervansky are on their way to arrest an unsuspecting criminal when Maureen witnesses a woman shooting a man, right there, right in broad daylight. The murdered man is movie star Dev Roberts and the woman who shot him is his former lover and B-list actress, Ali Garland.
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I completed this book several weeks ago and felt compelled to comment. My wife and I read all the time and especially enjoy murder mysteries that are well written. This is one of the best we have ever read. I will caution one thing to consider: Do not read while in the bathroom. You will become totally enthralled and forget how long you were sitting in one position. Suddenly you will find that your legs are numb from lack of circulation. Then once you are finally able to stand up you will take this book to bed for night time reading. Later you will once again be so consumed by the plot that you can't put it down, realizing it is 1:00 AM and you have an early appointment the next day.

It is very obvious that both authors are quite talented and have combined their knowledge, experiences, and skills to create a very good book that deserves to be read by all. I will also suggest it is a book that will stimulate you to look up some new words. I have even used a couple of them at my work and quite pleased when someone asks what the words mean.

Don't fail to get this book. You will not be able to put it down. It is much more entertaining that watching the lame shows on TV where they solve a murder in one hour minus 15 minutes worth of commercials.

Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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but - and I can't even remember at what point - before long, I was hooked. The characters are fresh and not trapped in the all-too-frequently budding partner-to-partner relationship, the background setups were not overdone and the characters' motivations weren't examined ad nauseum. The murderer's identity is not kept secret, and that's where much of the plot excellence comes from: the subplot of the setup orchestrated to catch the murderer ("We know who, we know why, now how do we prove it?"). The plot didn't plod, but on the other hand wasn't so fast-paced that I felt like I needed a nap after each reading spurt. The unpredictable ending was surprisingly abrupt, although not annoyingly so when all was said and done, and played to purposefully dramatic effect: Leave 'em wanting more but not in such a manner as to make the reader feel tricked into a serialized storyline (I hate that type of crass manipulation). I can see any of the characters, even the minor ones (with the exception of the dead ones) resurfacing in future efforts, with enough generated interest in their motivations and characterizations to make the reader glad to see them again. Luckily, plenty of options for future books - this duo is definitely on my "look-for" author list. For those keeping score: 1. No religious agenda; 2. Few obscenities; 3. Little to no detailed sex; 4. No gooey or protracted violence; 5. The grammar and proofreading police will find something to complain about, no matter what, but why is it that everybody assumes that formatting hiccups come under the heading of 'editing' or 'proofreading'?
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I too received one of the bad Kindle edited versions, but it seemed more like a formatting issue, *not* poor writing or editing from the authors' side. I overlooked it because I was so interested in finishing the book and finding out what happened!! It was a really fun book to read: part Hill Street Blues, a smidge L.A. Confidential, and enough comedy/irony thrown in for good measure. Loved the Charlie character and all his old cronies yukkin' it up, and there was great chemistry with all the characters-- a nice team! Looking forward to the others in this series!
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