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Deadly Gamble by Connie Shelton

Deadly Gamble (1995)

by Connie Shelton

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This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs. Fans of Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, and Sara Peretsky will find Shelton's female sleuth captivating. Devout in her dedication for the underdog, Charlie Parker gets drawn into perilous predicaments while sticking her neck out for friends and clients in trouble. She proves a wily opponent for the evil she discovers. Using her trusty jeep for surveillance, she is aided and abetted by Rusty, a huge, lovable mutt.… (more)



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I quite enjoyed this book. It seems a very promising start for this new series. ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
For good and ill, this is not really a "cozy"; it's a bit too cynical, and definitely too un-wrapped-up for that.

The dog is extraneous; nothing would have changed without the dog. The dog was not even particularly interesting, even as comic relief- and if Charlie can't spend more time with him, she should rehome him to someone who would not spend most of her time leaving him alone.

The mystery started out interesting... but as it increased in complexity, it also lost more and more of my interest. Which was just as well, as it tuned out, because the ending- while it "solves" the mystery- leaves the 3 main plot threads stubbornly unresolved. And I did not believe for a minute that the first murder victim, in the end, did what he was said to have done- just too alien to his character.

Charlie didn't even run into the hostility from the cops because she was not only meddling in their investigation, but regularly and repeatdly withheld evidence. I do not think real cops would have shrugged that off.

Charlie is rather a cipher. While I like that she is not the common doormat that too many "cozy" protagonists are- I just never got much of a feel for her. I did like, though, that Shelton did not see the need to give her an incipient romance.

It was not a bad read, and it is free for Kindle, so might be worth it if you want some brain candy. ( )
  cissa | Aug 5, 2016 |
Better than most of the mysteries I've read so far this year. I liked that the main character followed up a LOT of different leads in different directions, but there was a fairly lengthy period where she just seemed not to be getting anywhere, so the resolution, once it came, was very quick by comparison. Enjoyable; I would read more in the series. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Charlie Parker is an accountant and partner with her brother in their own small private investigations firm.
Although she is not an investigator, as her brother is out of town, she decides to help out an old school friend Stacy, to find her missing Rolex. After a bit of amateur sleuthing she turns up the watch at a pawn brokers.
A few days later, after the man who took the watch is found murdered, Stacy is back, asking for help to keep her clear of the investigation. So once again Charlie indulges in some amateur sleuthing.
This is the first in a series of Charlie Parker mysteries, a bit long on description perhaps, but an easy and comfortable read, with enough twists to keep it interesting. It’s certainly worth while checking out another one. ( )
  jwals | Aug 1, 2014 |
Charlie (Charlotte) Parker works with her brother at their investigation business - he's the PI and she's the accountant, so when he's out-of-town and her former best friend needs help, Charlie sets out to fill in. When the problems continue to escalate for her former friend, Charlie pushes on to find the solution even though it is not her area of expertise.

This is the first in the series and as firsts go it wasn't the greatest but it has possibilities so I will follow up in the future. ( )
  cyderry | Jun 27, 2011 |
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Although Charlie Parker is an accountant by profession, Stacy North asks Charlie to find the Rolex watch some gigolo stole from her before her husband discovers it's missing. Charlie finds the watch, but the gigolo manages to get himself murdered, and Charlie has an even bigger case on her hands.
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