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Better Off Dead in Deadwood

Better Off Dead in Deadwood

4.3 70
by Ann Charles, C. S. Kunkle (Illustrator)

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One dead body. One century-old haunted opera house. One zombie musical. One pissed-off detective. Will Violet "Spooky" Parker keep her tail out of trouble or will she end up as one of Deadwood's walking dead?


One dead body. One century-old haunted opera house. One zombie musical. One pissed-off detective. Will Violet "Spooky" Parker keep her tail out of trouble or will she end up as one of Deadwood's walking dead?

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Corvallis Press
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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Better Off Dead in Deadwood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does your boss end up in the bottom of the Open Cut gold mine? How many more suspects can be uncovered in this little town in the hills? How many more times can Violet end up in the wrong place at the wrong time? More Trouble...more laughs...more who done it...more DOC...Better off Dead in Deadwood is the 4th book in Ann Charles's Deadwood series, and it kept me up way to late into the night, and begging for another pot of coffee at work the next morning!! This book is filled with TONS of history of the Black Hills of South Dakota (mostly the old mining town of Lead and of course it's infamous neighbor, Deadwood),twisted up with humor, mystery, romance, and the undead. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the lastest saga of Violet, Doc (hubba hubba), Harvey, and the rest of the residents of Deadwood. Ann outdid herself, and will keep you wanting more!!!
Firebird28 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book as a Beta Read from the author and wasn't sure what to expect.  Her Dance of the Winnebagos (Jackrabbit Junction series) is on my TBR list, but I have not been able to get to it yet, and have not read the previous books in the Deadwood series, so was, well, going in cold into the read. I found myself enjoying the read very much and the blurb, albeit short, says it all about the book.  This is the kind of book that I find I like reading when in need of a pick-me-up.  Yes, there are serious moments, but it also shows an almost irreverent zaniness too (after all, who could not like a vehicle called the "Picklemobile") - and Ms. Charles balances the two marvelously. I look forward to reading her other books, which I will definitely look into locating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great find! I only wish I had found the first book in the series first. I hadn't made it halfway through before I bought the rest. Fantastic writing, a great flow, interesting characters- what more can you ask for? I'm happy to say I found a new favorite author! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
dandilionfluff More than 1 year ago
So funny I got smile lines.  Every book makes me happy.  I feel the pot stirring...all the ingredients are in motion and I don't know how things are really going to end up. Ann Charles brings back the characters we love. Violet is still plucky and hopeful. Doc is still smoldering. Harvey is still incorrigible. Zoe is still helpful. Natalie is still confused. But we get a little more this time around. Everybody is revealing a little more of their backstory and true character. Everybody is changing from the mayhem and from their contact with each other. Everybody is growing and evolving and the resulting book is sizzling with grit, tension, lust and chicken feathers. If Cooper could velcro Violet to a chair, he would. Everybody else might appreciate it too so she could take her licks (good and bad) and they wouldn't have to wonder what is going on. But Violet is a leaper, she is not a communicator and she is definitely not a strategist. There is plenty of mystery in this book and it is not wrapped up in a tidy package like an episode of Murder She Wrote. But we do get to see Doc and Violet get closer, Natalie does not disappear forever, Harvey is being domesticated in unexpected ways and Violet puts herself on the line. I am EXTREMELY satisfied by this installment. Bring on the next course please.
neeser58 More than 1 year ago
Ann Charles has done it again! In the fourth book in this awesome series Violet once again is on the list of suspects in a murder case being investigated by Detective Cooper and aggravating him in the process. The whole gang we have come to love in the previous books are here once again lending a hand in making this an enjoyable...laugh out loud mystery. Throw in a romantic rendezvous with the hunky Doc and you once again have a hit in your hands! This is one series that I highly recommend to everyone(and I have) to get and enjoy.
mellis More than 1 year ago
This is another good book in the series.  It has the same good quirky characters. Plenty of mishaps, misunderstandings and mayhem. Elvis is still there causing disruption for Violet.  Old man Harvey still sleeping with Bessie.  Aunt Zoe more mysterious than before.  Good looking Doc and aggravating, interfering law officer Cooper still doing what they do best.  How can you not love this series.  But with this ending, you have to give me more soon!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read in this series. Was not really sure what to expect when I was selected as a beta reader for this book. I enjoyed this story so much I am going to have to get the others in this series. The author did a great job keeping the storyline flowing and I loved Violet's sidekick, Harvey, and his colorful sayings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story in this series! I love all the crazy stuff that happens in Deadwood. Such an enjoyable group of characters and mystery to keep you interested from the beginning to the end. Can't wait for the next book. This author rocks!
mikMK More than 1 year ago
Violet is a busy working mother. So many things are happening and Violet wants some answers, but to get the answers she must do some sleuthing of her own. Between Cooper and Violet butting heads, the pet chicken, old man Harvey, Violet's new boss, strange Cornelius and Doc anything can happen. Grab this book and start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately leaves things unresolved. Will not buy another book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book if you want to read about a lot of sex and silliness, and then be disappointed by an ending that doesn't end but requires you to buy a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4/22/13 I really like this series by Ann Charles. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast, funny and entertaing as hell Once again Ann Charles takes the reader on a wonderful ride in the Picklemobile with Violet, Harvey and Doc Can't wait for the next book in this series
rj98 More than 1 year ago
i bought and read all of the series so far.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Violet is a fantastic, goofy protagonist. It is a fast and Fun read from start to finish.
froggyqueen82 More than 1 year ago
great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good installment in the series. Just a little too much of Cooper in this one and not enough of/about Doc. Just sayin' ................................................................................................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I did not complete the reading of this book. Ann Charles makes it hard (for me at least), to follow the story line for she constantly interrupted her story with "cute aside" that were way to long that by the time she returned to the story line, I had a hard time remembering it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been a great fun and entertaining series. For those readers who post sour grapes about the cliff hangers.... This extremely talented and considerate author takes the time around each episode to let readers know that it is an ongoing story about the main character's every day crazy-hair raising experiences. To expect quick resolution simply would take the fun out of what the rest of us love so much in these stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading all 4 books in this series. Her humor is right up my alley. I laughed, I smiled and I got steamy. The books are long with great conversations and great characters. When I saw that it had ghosts and zombies I cursed myself for buying all 4 books...... but now all I want now is more...and...more...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get going on this book. It was slow in the beginning, but then it picked up and I am glad I finished it! It has a lot of weird twits and turns and you really need to pay attention to them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love ghosts, murder, a little romance, you will love these books in the Deadwood series! Laugh out loud humor from Violet Parker & cohorts. Cannot wait for the next book. Please hurry