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JEFF ALLEN is a columnist for Dancing USA  magazine and the author of four books on social and ballroom dancing. He holds Membership credentials with the North American Dance Teachers Association, Inc., and the Pan American Teachers Association. After competing in national and international competitions and winning the Gold closed level at the North American Championships, Jeff turned professional in 1984. However, he considers his greatest accomplishments to be the more than 30 Top Teacher awards he has won and being listed among the top teachers in America by DVIDA as a Regional examiner and teacher trainer.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stay at Home Dad Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266903
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Popped Off, Jeffrey Allen's latest book, is a terrific follow-up to his debut novel, Stay At Home Dead. The plot is full of hilarious twists and turns and the relationship between Deuce and Julianne is simply fantastic. Many memorable minor characters and dialogue that is laugh out loud funny make this a true stand-out in the cozy mystery world. I can't wait for the third installment.
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This is a second book in a series, the first one is Stay at Home Dead, which was fantastic. Popped off is just as good, and has an interesting plot that should keep the reader glued to the page.

In this go around, Deuce is coaching his daughters soccer team, and it seems that someone has stole money, the money that's to go to the soccer association. Not only has the money gone, but the person who took it has vanished. As Deuce investigates, he soon learns that other people and organizations have money missing. With all of this is going on, Deuce has an encounter with some bookies, bookies that really don't play any games. It's up to Deuce to return all of the money, and find the missing person. Soon, Deuce soon sees that all isn't as it appears. That's all I really want to say about the plot.

The characters are fantastic. If you're read the first one, then you know what to expect, and won't be let down. Victor still cracks me up. I love Deuce's attitude and his laid back way he has with people. This is southern charm at its best.

This is a fantastic read. The plot is very interesting and will keep you reading to all hours of the night. To be honest, you'll probably lose some sleep, you'll be that hooked to it. If you read this book/series then I can promise you won't be sorry. I know I wasn't.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Father Knows Death.
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This was a down-right funny read and a very good combination of clever mystery plot and hilarious situations, frothing with lough-out-loud dialogues, quirky characters (how to forget Deuce's dad ranting over Facebook, the midgety business partner Victor, or the air-headed but ruthless girls from the college sorority group) and, surprisingly, even with some very tender and romantic moments, the more so intriguing because written from a male's point of view. I am really starting to appreciate the comedic relief of the cozy mystery genre and I strongly believe that the ability of injecting spot-on humor in every compartment of a story (plot, characterization, dialogues) takes natural talent as well as a considerable amount of writing skills. Therefore I wholeheartedly recommend The Stay At Home Dad Mysteries series. Pick it up from the prequel (Stay At Home Dead, book #1) and keep an eye on the upcoming third installment Father Knows Death, book #3. Extended review available on Mina's Bookshelf
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Stay at home dad, Deuce Winters has got it made. He has a beautiful, sexy, smart wife who goes to work every day at her law firm, has a cute as pie little girl who he gets to spend all his time with, and has a part time job as a PI just for fun.
Deuce has the Mr Mom thing down. He carts his little girl around suburbia in his mini-van and takes care of all the household chores. And he's funny as all get out.
In this outing a scoundrel has absconded with the local soccer league money. Deuce is hired to find the bad guy and retrieve the money. Along with his PI partner, Victor who is a "little person" or whatever you're supposed to call dwarfs these days, he sets out to find the money and save the day.
Their travels take them into the world of casinos, mega churches and sorority girls gone bad. It's a fun romp.
Some have found Deuce's ribbing of Victor less than politically correct. IMO political correctness is way over rated. Victor is a tough, thick skinned little guy and he gives as good as he gets. He can hold his own.
One little thing: the story takes place in the middle of summer. Little Carly is enrolled in Vacation Bible School, they spend lots of time at the pool, several references are made about the brutal heat. But when Deuce infiltrates an online gambling site, he places bets on two college football games. College football is played in the summer? Since when? College football usually starts around Labor Day, which technically is summer but I didn't get the impression this story was taking place in September. Wouldn't the kid be in Kindergarten instead of Vacation Bible School if that were the case? It was a minor annoyance, but still.
I've already ordered the next book in this series and hope there will be more
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"Popped Off" which is the follow up to the first in the "Stay at Home Dad" mysteries, Stay At Home Dead (Stay at Home Mysteries), is a bit of a let down. I had high expectations because I enjoyed the first book so much. This book was still good, with stay-at-home dad and part-time PI Deuce Winters, balancing daddy duty with learning how to be a detective. The storyline was far-fetched, but fun, with an unlikley group of gambling enforcers and missing funds from Deuce's daughter's youth soccer league. However, this time around, there were too many jokes at the expense of Deuce's partner Victor, a smart, tough PI who happens to be a little person. The jokes got old for Victor and they got old for me, too. Also, Deuce's wife Julianne is just a bit too perfect and a bit too controlling for my taste. However, by the end it looked like she may be softening a bit which would definitely improve the series.

I still have high hopes for the next book in the series. As Deuce gets more experience as a PI, this series could get even better if he loses the short jokes. Fans of Ayelet Waldman's "Mommy Track" series or Sara Rosett's "Ellie Avery" series may enjoy the change of pace with a stay at home dad instead of mom as the main character.
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