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Pretty Little Girl: A Liz Roberts Mystery (A Liz Roberts  Mystery Book 1) by [Canaan, Don, Graves, Shawn]
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Just received this excellent review from "Readers' Favorite"
Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter (A Liz Roberts Mystery) by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves is a fast-paced 23-chapter mystery/sleuth fiction story about Laura, an accountant, who is the caregiver for her parents. Laura has endured a lifetime with an unloving schizophrenic mother and a controlling father who has developed dementia. After a failed marriage and begrudgingly tending to her demanding father's needs (in more ways than one), Laura does the unthinkable. She commits a bone-chilling crime by leaving him alone to wander aimlessly at the county fair.


The story revolves around her erratic choices from that moment on in a desperate quest to reclaim her own personal life. She grovels to her ex-husband, who has remarried, in a shameless attempt to restore some order to her messed-up reality. Laura's future is racked with regrets and a loss of second chances as she faces deep-seated anger towards her parents who have ruined her existence. Her cold actions lead investigators on a search for the truth that takes them right back to the dutiful daughter.


Don Canaan and Shawn Graves combine their creativity to mesmerize the reader with Fresno crazy town, where symptoms of Alzheimer's contrast with the lonely world of Laura. It is unclear in Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter if she has lost her mind from being around sick people all the time or if there is premeditated malicious intent at work. Each twist and turn further complicates the plot with Detective Liz Roberts in hot pursuit. While on the case, Liz discovers many unsettling things about Laura's family 

About the Author

Don Canaan went from a Bronx tenement to success in television news film, immigration to Israel, return to the U.S. and then print journalism. He edited news film and documentaries for NBC News in New York, receiving a joint editorial commendation (as Donald Swerdlow) for Producer Fred Freed’s “American White Paper: Organized Crime in the United States.” In 1974, Canaan immigrated to Israel as part of an American group planning to found and settle the new city of Yamit in the Sinai, north of El Arish (an area that is now part of Egypt). Ohio State University's School of Journalism offered Canaan an offer to earn a master's degree while serving as an instructor in its TV news workshop. Canaan was later hired as staff writer and photographer for The American Israelite in Cincinnati where he enterprised many stories. His series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" received first place recognition for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.

Shawn Graves was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California where she now lives in Exeter with her youngest daughter and a slightly psychotic cat. Except for a few years living in the Napa Valley and then Oregon, she has resided in the same area for her entire life. Graves is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to two adorable grandsons. For the past twenty-five years, this former welfare mother has worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, jails. And for the past ten years, has been employed for a county social services program. Graves is an avid reader, political and news junkie, crime show addict. and active participant in her church, As a young, single mom, she determined that nursing was a practical career to pursue and this has proven to be very satisfying. But in recent years, Graves has rediscovered her old passion for writing and indulges it at every opportunity.

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  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C4A5Y4
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I have to say, I have been jaded about books for a while.. Nothing has caught me in a while. Then I downloaded a sample of this book, not quite knowing what to expect. I tore though it in what seemed like five minutes. I was captivated. Needless to say I bought the book. The story line just seemed to draw me in.. A woman leaves her ailing father at the Fresno fair. He has alzheimer's disease and can't remember his own name, let alone know how to get home. This book shows a portrait of an elderly man, whom at first seems friendly and genial, but a much darker picture develops. I finished the book within a few hours (pesky work got in the way). This new author captivated a jaded avid reader. I hope to see more from her.
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When this book was posted as free, there was a typo in the title (Alxheimers, vs Alzheimers). I wondered, if an author didn't notice and correct a mistake in the title, what hope was there for the book.

I apologize. The book was a surprise! It wasn't at all what I expected; it was a lot more. I found myself wanting to get back to it to find out the answers to the questions it prompted in me, and there were twists and turns. This is a quick read. So - all-in-all, I enjoyed reading it, even though some of it was distasteful (the actions of the characters, not the book itself) and I'm glad I downloaded it.
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This is a short but powerful novel well worth reading! In fact, I actually believe it is a parable. The message: Get help!
Life can be exceedingly ugly, inflicting deep wounds. And the untreated wounds are the worst for they never heal. When protagonist A (Laura) abandons her demented father at a fair, we get our first hint of ugly, and when protagonist B (Liz, the detective trying to straighten out the abandonment) rejects an invitation from her sister, the only question left in my mind was how ugly would this get. The answer is: Very! But, while Laura has gone much too long without treatment for her wounds, there is still hope for Liz.
I suspect that author Shawn Graves drew her characters from people she actually worked with as a nurse. Laura in particular is too painful to be fully fictional. Co-author Don Canaan has shaped the tale into a fast-paced, highly readable novel/novella. Go for it!
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This is a better than average memoir-cum-mystery. Gradually, page by page, the layers are unwrapped and the secrets laid bare. Characters, settings, well done. Writing is a bit clunky at times, but nothing that stands in the way of enjoymment of a good story.

I call it a memoir, because it has the ring of authenticity that can't be fabricated by an imaginative outsider; a mystery because there's a mystery (or two) to solve. Don't be put off by Amazon's description of it as a nursing book. It isn't.

Highly recommended.
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The Dutiful Daughter was a great story that was written wonderfully and meticulously. The story envelopes you and sets the hook right away, and then keeps reeling you in by giving you little clues as to where the story is headed as it builds to the 'insane' climax that you will never even see coming. This book is not only extremely entertaining, but very suspenseful all along the way as well.

Trying to figure out what Laura is going to do next and following Detective Roberts as she works and eventually cracks the case was engaging and addicting, and the explosive secrets that are revealed when the detective finally catches up with Laura makes the entire journey extremely satisfying.

I really like that the story is set in places that I have actually been; such as Fresno, Pismo Beach, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Yosemite, even Hearst Castle (I am from Huntington Beach myself, and it was fun to be taken by the author to places I am familiar with).

Another thing about this story is you never know what is going to happen next. I was trying to get Laura figured out and I couldn't even really make sense of what she was doing until the last third of the book. Her father's character has Alzheimer's; her mother was in and out of mental hospitals for schizophrenia and threatening her daughter with a knife while growing up. You just never know (until later on) how deep the insanity is rooted, and how much she is affected by it.

You can tell that the author has plenty of experience with people that have mental issues, and not only that but you could also sense that they also had an insider's knowledge of how other institutions and organizations are run as well. This gave the story a practicality that made it feel more real than many other stories I have read.
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Kept me totally captivated! It seems like Alzheimers touches everyone of us, so that was the reason I chose this book...well, and my hometown is Fresno, and it was Fair time. The author did not disappoint. Disturbing and suspenseful. I see there is another book out...next!
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