Diamondback [A Taylor Madison Mystery]

Diamondback [A Taylor Madison Mystery]

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by Elizabeth Dearl
     
 

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When novelist Taylor Madison discovers a mysterious letter among her late mother's effects, she heads for West Texas in search of her father's identity. But small, sleepy towns don't appreciate rude awakenings and Taylor soon finds herself up to her neck in rattlesnakes and long-kept secrets--a deadly combination.

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When novelist Taylor Madison discovers a mysterious letter among her late mother's effects, she heads for West Texas in search of her father's identity. But small, sleepy towns don't appreciate rude awakenings and Taylor soon finds herself up to her neck in rattlesnakes and long-kept secrets--a deadly combination.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Henze
I thoroughly enjoyed this first Taylor Madison Mystery. After heading for Perdue, a small west Texas town, in search of her father's identity, Taylor finds herself thrust into a passel of rattlesnakes, not all of which slither on their bellies. Diamondback is a fast paced, couldn't-put-it-down mystery that I read in one sitting and I was sorry to see it end. Bravo! If you have an aversion to snakes, this book will give you a very bad case of the creepy crawlies, so be warned.
Cindy Penn
Who would have thought rattlesnakes could be funny and entertaining? But in Dearl's hands, the rattlesnakes and the ferret steal the show. With lots of rattlesnake lore, plenty of comic relief, and a generous dose of attitude, I couldn't put Diamondback down. I highly recommend it.
Carrie S. Masek
Ms. Dearl populates Perdue, Texas with quirky individuals and brings them to life with crisp dialogue, seasoned with a touch of West Texan drawl. Taylor drives an old Volkswagen Bug and carries her ferret around in her backpack. Sheriff Crawford, the perfect small town sheriff, longs for another man's wife. His deputy, Cal Arnette, looks like a gangbanger, but is really a law school dropout searching for justice. On every level, Diamondback is a delight. I give it my highest recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000087572
Publisher:
Hard Shell Word Factory
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Taylor Madison Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
256 KB

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Diamondback 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Diamondback. What an awesome mystery! I loved it! Couldn't put it down. The characters, the dialogue and the setting are so real I felt I was in Perdue breathing the dust and listening to the rattlesnakes buzz. Excellent and well-constructed plot! I had no idea whodunit until the end. The suspense kept me turning the pages faster and faster. The main character, Taylor Madison is one of the best and strongest female characters I have read in a long time. Very unique and original. And Cal, her new love interest, is such a cutie! I'm glad this is a series because I can't wait to read more about these characters. Oh, and it was so funny in places I was laughing out loud. What a wry sense of humor this author has! I also loved the heroine's pet ferret, all the interesting secondary characters, the creepy snakes...just everything. This author has incredible talent and skill. Count me in as a major fan!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I seldom read a book in one sitting. Diamondback was an exception. I loved the characters. I could see them, hear them, empathize with them. Taylor Madison is a witty Texas gal with true grit. This is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mix one engaging city-bred heroine searching for her past with one small Texas town being dragged reluctantly into the present. Combine with a host of eccentric characters, a barn full of dangerous secrets, and a death no one wants to believe was murder. Add a nice dose of romance and enough rattlesnakes to give Indiana Jones nightmares. Garnish with a charming little ferret named Hazel. And serve: a tasty new mystery you'll be sorry to finish up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fascinating mystery set in West Texas rattlesnake country is so good, that for the first time in 35 years I skipped my ironing day -- the book arrived on my ironing day and I couldn't put it down. Wait until you meet Hazel -- you'll be smitten for life. Special note to Ms. Dearl - please hurry and write the next one; I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Taylor and Hazel next.