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Author Cassandra Ellis is thrilled to death when her first murder mystery novel is released. She enjoys glowing reviews, praise from friends and family, and all the excitement that comes from being published.

But her celebration is cut short when she becomes the primary suspect for a real life murder. One of the sources she used while writing her novels has been shot, and Cassie is the last to have seen him alive. With her passion for research, she always wanted a firsthand view...

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Overview

Author Cassandra Ellis is thrilled to death when her first murder mystery novel is released. She enjoys glowing reviews, praise from friends and family, and all the excitement that comes from being published.

But her celebration is cut short when she becomes the primary suspect for a real life murder. One of the sources she used while writing her novels has been shot, and Cassie is the last to have seen him alive. With her passion for research, she always wanted a firsthand view of the Baltimore City Police Department's inner workings. She never dreamed she'd get that experience by being taken in for questioning as a suspect.

When another of her experts is murdered a few days later, she decides it’s time to investigate matters firsthand, much to the displeasure of James Whittaker, the homicide detective assigned to the case.

Before more friends die... or before Cassie herself is targeted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971543331
  • Publisher: Zapstone Productions
  • Publication date: 8/13/2010
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Great Read

    I like a book that has mystery and romance. Just so it's not over the top romance.
    Kept you guessing till the very end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Wish There Were More Books

    Tried this one just because I had a new Nook. Excellent craftsmanship as far as the story, plot and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting Cassie and her friends. Not a predictable ending. Will be looking for more books from this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    Great read!

    Very good if you like a murder mystery with a little bit of romance, but not too gushy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good read

    Excellent mystery, lots of twist and turns.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Very Entertaining

    I thoroughy enjoyed this book. It's got a little bit of everything. Cassie is a quirky and very likeable character and her personality stays true all the way to the end of the book. The murder mystery is well thought out, and it was hard to correctly guess "whodunit" til almost the end of the book. There's also a little bit of romance, but just snipits and it isn't the main focus of this book. I hope to read more about Cassie and her "misadventures" in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Ok mystery

    Good idea but killer thrown in at last minute. Reason for killing not developed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    I found this author by accident while searching for something ne

    I found this author by accident while searching for something new to read. After reading this book, I immediately bought her second book. While not classified as a cozy but a mystery, readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    HIghly Recommended

    HIghly recommended. I also enjoyed her other book in this series, Two wrongs don't make a write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Unable to complete

    I purchased this when I saw the high reviews but am very disappointed. Instead of a work of fiction, this reads more like a how to manual.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    VERY GOOD

    A fast paced mystery with a little true romance. Quite funny at times. You will not want to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Very clever!

    Fun quick read...

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    A fun and quick read

    The premise of the story is quite simple: an author writes murder mysteries, and people around her end up dead. With that being said, the mystery itself certainly wasn't, as I had my finger pointed at the wrong character down to the last 80% of the story. Wiley does a commendable job at misdirection, opening multiple possibilities and thinning them out only to throw them under suspicion once again. The reader feels like he or she is right there alongside Cassie, trying to figure out who is killing off her friends.


    As far as characterization goes, Cassie was very well done. Her personality is consistent throughout the story, and her inquisitiveness and foolish bravery are certainly memorable. The overactive imagination that she displays, along with a tendency to let her characters run away with her storyline, is something that real authors "struggle" with, and I can certainly believe that she is one of them.


    What I did have difficulty putting my faith into was her relationship with James. Once the two finally got together, it was fine, but the events leading up to that resolution felt a bit forced. The attraction that they each allude to in the other's absence isn't readily evident whenever they meet face-to-face in the first half of the novel, omniscient third party explanations notwithstanding. I suppose that what I was looking for was a keener sense of the underlying sexual tension. Then again, that's not how every relationship operates at its inception, so I might just be missing the connection.


    Other than that, the sequence of events made sense. The timings of the murders were well thought out, and the victims themselves were all logical choices. The pacing was quick without feeling rushed, and I was eagerly anticipating each new screen as I wondered what the denouement would ultimately be. Some key scenes could have been woven in better, and I have the sneaking suspicion that the story might have worked just as well without them. These were brief hiccups in the continuity of the tale, and I soon got over them and moved on. It helped that the action really started to pick up in the latter half of the book.


    Unfortunately, the language used wasn't quite as satisfying as the story itself. There was an abundance of sentence fragments scattered throughout its pages; I surmise that these were intended to reflect the flightiness of Cassandra's thoughts and, to some extent, they did. Still, this might have been accomplished through other literary techniques. Many of the sentences could have stood on their own short legs without beginning with a conjunction. They would still retain the oomph that they were meant to deliver by being so brief. The same goes for sentences that included noticeable repetition of words or the occasional bout of awkward phrasing. This might not bother most, but I found it to be distracting.


    Overall, Dead to Writes is an enjoyable read. The heroine is quirky, likable, and easy to identify with, while the mystery itself successfully keeps you guessing. Wiley's characters show a great deal of promise, and it will be interesting to see how they mature in future sleuthing adventures.

    - Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews

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