Friday, September 30, 2011

Best seller for a day (late) Nearly Departed in Deadwood

This post is for the IBC BSFAD.  Sorry for the delay!

5 stars

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles tells the story of Violet Parker, a single mother of twins living with her aunt in Deadwood.  Violet is struggling to raise her twin children and get her life on track.  She has a job at a Realtor's office and is in desperate need of sale to keep her job.  While she has that to worry about she learns that the small town of Deadwood may have a serial kidnapper that chooses victims that are very similar to her daughter.  She also meets a couple of men who are looking to buy/sell houses from her and begins to see both of them as potential dating options.

Most of the characters were very well done in this book.  The dirty old man who appoints himself as Violet's protector is great for some comic relief.  The mysterious home buyer adds a good level of intrigue to the story.  The rich man looking to sell his house has money, is handsome, and seems interested in Violet.  Her coworkers add depth to the story as well.  She has her supportive friend and the chauvinistic jerk who ticked me off every time he was involved in anything.

The story telling kept me in the dark as to what was really happening and I changed my mind several times as the story progressed.   If you are interested in mystery/thrillers with a bit of a romantic angle (which I usually am not) this series is something you should definitely check out.

Optical Delusions in Deadwood (print)
Optical Delusions in Deadwood (kindle)


  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Nearly Departed in Deadwood, and to list your review on Amazon US and UK. I appreciate your support for IBC's Bestseller for a Day.

    Ann C.

  2. This looks good. I'll check it out once I get a minute away from editing.

  3. Ann I totally spaced posting the review on Smashwords. I will get the review transferred over there today for sure!