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Dead Copy

Dead Copy

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by Kit Frazier

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Cauley MacKinnon writes the obituaries for the Austin Sentinel. People know her best by the nickname The Obituary Babe. In the near future, Cauley will be a witness in the Obregon trial. Selena Obregon and her South American baddies (story in previous book, SCOOP) nearly killed Cauley more than once. Now Cauley is dealing with dead canaries and being attacked in


Cauley MacKinnon writes the obituaries for the Austin Sentinel. People know her best by the nickname The Obituary Babe. In the near future, Cauley will be a witness in the Obregon trial. Selena Obregon and her South American baddies (story in previous book, SCOOP) nearly killed Cauley more than once. Now Cauley is dealing with dead canaries and being attacked in her own home by someone who seems to be using scare tactics. If the bad guys think this will stop Cauley from testifying, then they are bonkers! Instead, Cauley is more than ready to testify and end it all.

FBI agent Tom Logan returns and needs Cauley to pen a fake obituary to protect a federal witness, Wylie Ray Puckett. Wylie is the key witness/informant for the Obregon trial. While completing the fake obituary, Cauley meets Faith, Wylie's sister. Faith has the most incredible voice and everyone who hears her sing just KNOWS that Faith will make the big time. Ethan "E" Singer, Cauley's computer geek at work, falls head-over-heals for Faith upon meeting her. (Mainly because she can read the binary coded message on his tee-shirt.) Things are finally beginning to look up for everyone!

When Wylie is gunned down on the steps of the court house, things really heat up (in more ways than one). Cauley cares for Faith, who witnessed her brother's death. After all, Cauley knows exactly what it feels like to see a family member gunned down. The next morning, Cauley goes to Faith's trailer only to find it in flames, with someone inside! Faith has disappeared and no one can find her. Since Faith's trailer is in Dawes County, Tom Logan and the rescue team Cauley volunteers with can do nothing but aid the search. Dawes County Sheriff Hollis is treating the whole search and rescue like it is some kind of joke. Looks like Cauley and Marlowe (her rescue dog) must investigate Faith's disappearance on their own. At the same time, Cauley is determined to get Sheriff Hollis's police dog taken away from him somehow. The poor thing is clearly being abused. Yes, it is time for Cauley to do what she does best; snoop out a scoop.

• **** Another winner by author Kit Frazier. This story is even better than the first (and that is saying something since the first is wonderful). The secondary characters are just as well developed as the main. I have grown very attached to E and Marlowe. This tale will keep readers up late into the night as they read "just one more chapter". Fantastic! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

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A sassy obit writer smart-mouths her way into trouble. Hiking up her lucky skirt, Cauley MacKinnon (Scoop, 2006, etc.) agrees to help out her boyfriend, FBI agent Tom Logan, by writing a fake obituary for Wiley Ray Puckett in order to keep him under the gangland radar until he testifies against Selena Obregon, leader of El Patron, the miscreants hassling Austin, Texas. Despite her efforts, Wiley is found and murdered, and a dead canary left in Cauley's mailbox. Through a series of improbable occurrences, the intrepid reporter and her search-and-rescue pooch Marlowe next become involved with the search for Wiley's sister Faith, who may be on the lam or may have been abducted or worse. Hiking up her skirt another notch, Cauley defies sleazy sheriff Junior Hollis, a law officer who spent his youth shooting cats, obsessing over Faith and distrusting Faith's rich half-brother, who may have had a hand in setting fire to Wiley's trailer, then Faith's, and nearly incinerating a Faith look-alike. When things slow down, Logan calls in to sizzle Cauley's nerve endings. When things heat up, he's there to save the day. Gratingly cute, with a wisecrack or metaphor in every other sentence and a good-looking guy in every chapter.

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Kit Frazier
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Cauley MacKinnon Series
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Kit Frazier is an award-winning humor and mystery writer, and was chosen Barnes & Noble Author of the Month and Mystery Guild Pick of the Month. She lives on a ranch in Central Texas, where the west is still as wild as the women.

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Dead Copy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really like Kit's books. Great characters and wit. My only problem is with the lack of punctuation. Keep having to reread sentences and decide where to punctuate so they make sense. A writer this good needs an equally good proofreader.
KarenGordy More than 1 year ago
Dead Copy was a great story, and that was all that kept me reading. Despite the numerous nicely turned phrases that peppered the chapters, Frazier desperately--desperately!--needs a copy editor. I was distracted by the run-on sentences and other mistakes. Only the fact that I liked the characters and the story kept me going. I'd love to read more about Cauley, but I'm not sure I can get past the mistakes in another volume.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor punctuation, editing errors ( too for to), and putting quotes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A five star story with a minus five on punctuation. The abundance of run on sentences, without a comma in any of them was very annoying. I had to reread several times to figure out what the author was trying to say. This book was over 800 pages long. It has some rather disturbing details of a burn victim. There is murder, a few tame curse words and some sexual inuendoes, as well as, by today standards, a rather mild sexual encounter. I loved the well rounded characters and animals. The plot had an excellent flow. This book is as good as the first book, " SCOOPS". I am going to buy the third as soon as I post this review. For ages 18 and up. Mature 16 year olds could also read this book, with parental approval. AD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful follow-up to Scoop. I love the characters ... would love to see another one to follow this. There were a couple of references to Logan's previous partner. I'd like to see something about that ...and of course, I'd love to see what happens with the terrorist attack cat.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twentyish Cauley ¿The Obituary Babe¿ MacKinnon wants to make it as a highly respected reporter. She feels being an obit writer is stuck in the muddy ooze underneath the lowest rung of the journalistic food chain ladder. When her sometimes boyfriend FBI hunk, that is agent Tom Logan, asks her for a favor besides sharing the sheets, she agrees to help him on a witness protection case as long as he provides her with the SCOOP. He wants her to write and print a fake obituary for Wiley Ray Puckett Tom wants to keep him safe until he testifies against the El Patron gang leader Selena Obregon. However, Wiley is murdered anyway and a dead canary left by Cauley as a warning to back off or her obit will be next. With her faithful companion at her side 'that is Marlowe the dog not Tom the rat who told her to back off' Cauley, being a typical sweetened tea Texan searches for Wiley¿s missing sister Faith. --- Though the coincidence meter is way beyond the top metric of plausibility 'then again this is in the Austin area', chick lit investigative readers will enjoy Cauley¿s latest escapades to obtain a scoop so she can escape the dead letter office hopefully without her own obit written. The zany story line is fun to read if the audience ignores the doses of luck 'more than the sugar her mom puts in the tea' that leads Cauley one heel at a time on her inquiry. Tom is always there at the right moment whether that is for some kissing or for some rescuing, sub-genre fans will laugh with the antics of the heroine of this lighthearted mystery. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the book but must say I didn't like the ending unless there will be another book coming up tokeep the story going,author left quite a few things in the air
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun & interesting read. I thought this was more put together than SCOOP. Would read more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Really enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Enjoyed the characters and the fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chick lit romance with mystery. Likable characters, witty at times; just don't expect thought provoking and memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A raucous tale that kept me enthralled the whole time!  I love the characters and plot. Getting sequel ASAP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Witty and fun to read. The story had good people, bad people, victims, & heroes. Most everyone got their "just desserts" at the end. For sure will read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first book!
Freshcoffee More than 1 year ago
I've read Dead Copy and its predecessor Scoop. I enjoyed both books. They were easy reads, with an intriquing sleuth story and with a somewhat humorous tone. I am looking forward to the 3rd installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm excited to have found this writer - funny, sexy, interesting, fast to read.
salabat More than 1 year ago
If you liked Scoop, then you will like Dead Copy. However, if you have not read Scoop, please do so first. I enjoyed the story, and now wish I was a dog person so I could have a dog like Marlowe. As others mentioned, I would enjoy seeing the relationship between Cauley and Tom progress. There is also a future between Faith and Ethan, I hope! And Mia deserves some romance of her own. :) The conversion to ebook is a little rough. Lots of missing punctuation, so sometimes you have to read a sentence two or three times to really understand what the author meant. In general, there were lots of those types of issues. Paragraph split in half, occaisionally not sure when dialogue has ended due to missing quotation marks, lots of missing comma's... But once you got used to that, it was enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. It kept my interest. The characters were interesting. It was hard to read at times, due to the lack of punctuation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
review. Still needs the editorial help, but I like the book lots, + love Marlowe + Muse. XOXO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice fast paced read. It was a little hard to keep up with all of the details because some of them seemed to be given at random times but other than that this book was interesting and funny. I would recommend this to adults and young adults who like alot of details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and fast read that kept my attention from begining to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and esp. the characters, but what is with all the run-on sentences?? I got frustrated because of this, but liked the plot and characters so much I tried to let it go. I don't know whether to blame the author or whoever should be proof-reading for grammar errors! I have noticed grammar errors in some other noon books, so I am hoping it isn't this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice balance of action, not completely predictable. Iwould like to read more from this author. For some reason my nook said this was over 800 pages, it was nowhere near that long. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, as was the first book, Hard Scoop. I really like the characters and storyline. However, I strongly agree with the other reviewers about the punctuation and/or lack of! And the sentence structure was awful and confusing. It really took a lot away from the reading experience. It is atrocious! Two people speaking in the same line! The first book was free and I was willing to forgive the mistakes. I purchased the second book and had to endure the same thing. When I pay money for a book, I expect to get the best the author has to offer. If this is the best I get from this author, I will not spend more money for the books, no matter how good they are. Ms Frazier, please, please, get help with punctuation and sentence structure. I know it would make my reading of your books more enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters, thought the story creative. Read the first and second one after the other and was not bored. Author made me laugh and I liked the family theme running through the story