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Murder: Take Two Paperback – May 18, 2012
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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 like 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. MURDER: TAKE TWO is the second book of the series. Marsha is married with children, and April is single with dogs.
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The authors do another great job of giving us a unique take on solving crimes, and they work in some surprising past elements of the main characters' lives. Some authors try to force all of that into two pages in the first chapter of a book, which always seems to be a rushed attempt to give you a full picture of the character's past and present psyche so that it fits neatly into the upcoming plot.
Not so in this case, and as a result, you find yourself liking the characters more and more...kind of like when you meet a person and like him/her, and come to like that person even better as you get to know him through natural conversation versus "bearing the soul in one sitting."
Maureen O'Brien and Blake Ervansky are the book's two most interesting and likeable characters, and the authors are two talented writers who don't take short cuts but still tell a gripping tale with just the right amount of description. We don't get bogged down when what we really want is find out "who dunnit," why, and how Maureen and Blake are going to solve the case.
On to Murder:Take Three!
Hired by Las Vegas headliner, Cerise Marginata, the new agency embarks upon a fascinating escapade. Quirky characters and a humor laced plot, including Bengal tigers, follows. We have come to expect an exciting read from Kelly and Lyons. The authors do not disappoint us.
Ex police detectives Blake Ervansky & Maureen O’Brien are now working as private investigators at their E&O Investigations in Hollywood, when Maureen suddenly disappears. Her father tells Blake not to worry, she will be back, but can’t tell him where she is. Upon her return Blake learns that his partner was involved as an assassin with the CIA before coming to work in the BHPD, and this worries him. What is he doing working with a trained government assassin? But her background just might come in handy with their current assignment. E&O is hired by a rich entertainer from Nevada to find her missing husband, who she suspects has been murdered by his magician partner.
Setting up camp is Madison, Nevada, where the magician has his compound with the caged tigers from his act, the investigators quickly learn that the killer has the sheriff and town in his pocket, and if they are going to prove their client’s husband was murdered, they will have to come up with a little magic of their own.
This is the second novel in the Ervansky & O’Brien series, and proves that the authors weren’t a one-hit wonder. This second novel, filled with intrigue and humor, takes up where the first novel left off. The prose is fast-paced, easy reading, with imaginative characters, and great plot. With no chapter breaks, it’s a reading marathon, as the reader hates to put the book down until the final page – and it’s almost 400 pages in length! The writing is humorous, while the dialogue is realistic, though the reader must keep in mind that this is Hollywood, where things might not be like they are elsewhere. I got a real kick out of the scene where Maureen’s father breaks out in song with a waitress, like some Hollywood musical. Highly recommended for mystery fans, and any lover of entertainment.
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