Die Buying (Mall Cop Series #1)

Die Buying (Mall Cop Series #1)

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by Laura DiSilverio

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Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the army. But there's no time to be bored when someone 'liberates' a 15-foot python from the Herpetology Hut, and a mannequin turns out to be a very real corpse.  See more details below


Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the army. But there's no time to be bored when someone 'liberates' a 15-foot python from the Herpetology Hut, and a mannequin turns out to be a very real corpse.

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…a fun mystery…
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Penguin Publishing Group
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Mall Cop Series, #1
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Die Buying 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Get a life people. Clicking on reviews. Really...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters feel real. The author did a good job introducing them as well as laying the groundwork for further development. The main character, E.J., is a refreshingly different heroine, and the dynamics between her and her grandfather are especially fun. The mystery was plausible and engaging.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This first book in the Fernglen Mall mysteries is full of fun and mystery.  Emma-Joy Ferris is a wounded war vet who loved her police work for the Army in the Middle East.  She won a medal in battle, but the resulting leg wound sent her out of the army on disability.  Having been rejected by numerous civilian police departments, she got a job as a security guard at Fernglen Mall in Virginia.   Her rather boring days in mall security abruptly end when a reptile store finds it's stock released into the mall; cars in the parking lot found themselves being painted by graffiti every night; and more seriously, a dead body was found set up as a mannequin in a clothing store window.  Of course, the "real" police consider EJ a nuisance, even as as she continues to find clues, and more dead bodies. The mystery and characters are well done, keeping up a running set of new clues and excitement.  The descriptions are often humorous, even in their exacting descriptions---"Clint collected stray facts the way belly buttons collect dirt."  The story definitely sets these characters up for many more adventures with this feisty war vet, com "mall cop".  Great start for this series.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a little bit of mind candy, this is a great piece. Fast paced, nice dialogue, and a bit of intrigue. It is, of course, formulaic, but for what it is, it works. I would read the series, but I wouldn't spend much money on them, if any. If you are just looking for a fun escape, this book might work for you.
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kayek1 More than 1 year ago
E.J. Ferris, used to patrol with her military unit until she was injured and sent home. Now she patrols the halls of Fernglen Galleria shopping mall as a mall cop. Usually, there's not a lot of excitement at the mall. However, when E.J.'s day starts out with the janitor finding a lizard from the Herpetology Hut, and she finds out all the reptiles were released into the mall by an animal rights group going by the name of L.O.A.F. it promises to be an interesting day. When a mall walker sees a dead body in the display window of one of the stores, things get more interesting. When detective Anders Helland dismisses her with a "We can take it from here," and tells her to go do whatever it is she does, E.J. sets out to solve the case. With the help of retired CIA agent Grandpa Atherton, fellow officer Weasel, and the support of her friend Kyra, she starts piecing together leads. I liked this book, the characters, and the background. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
c-39 More than 1 year ago
Did not care for this as much as I have other series. Will not buy the next one.
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FanOfMysteries More than 1 year ago
Great start to this new series about the inner workings of a mall. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good charries and plot with a set up that will leave you turning pages
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EJ Ferris, mall cop and war vet has her hands full with escaping exotic animals and graffiti artists. Things get worse when a naked dead man is found in the display window of a high end clothing store. She can't decide which is worse: uncooperative witnesses or an arrogant but, handsome Swedish detective with his blue and yellow ties
Kathleen Mann More than 1 year ago
Bravo! A fun and entertaining read.
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Joanna_Campbell_Slan More than 1 year ago
Spending time with mall cop E.J. Ferris is nearly as much fun as shopping the after-Christmas sales! She's bright, thoughtful, and spunky with a great backstory that makes her oh-so-human. In fact, Emma Joy (E.J.) is the perfect antidote to buyer's remorse. With its twisty plot and sparkling cast of secondary characters, Laura DiSilverio's latest book deserves a spot on your "must buy" list.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Emma-Joy Ferris (EJ) was serving her country in Iraq when shrapnel from an IED blast mangled her knee and lower leg and got her medically discharged and sent home. Her dream is to work for any police department stateside but all she has received is rejections. The only job similar that she now has is being a mall cop for Fernglen Galleria just outside of Vernonville, Virginia. Most days are spent deterring shoplifters, giving directions, and cruising the mall on her Segway. Today is much more interesting, vandals are painting bible passages on vehicles in the parking lot, someone has liberated all the reptiles from the Herpetology Hut, including Agatha, a 15 foot python, and oh yes, a dead naked man was found in a boutique window. EJ's feathers get ruffled when an arrogant police detective brushes her off as just a mall cop. There are snakes loose in the mall and a killer on the loose in Vernonville and EJ plans to round them all up by herself if necessary. With her military experience and the help of her grandfather who is retired from the CIA she knows she can solve the case before the police and is determined to do just that unless she gets herself killed first. An pleasing debut to what should be a very interesting series. I love EJ, and could feel her pain both internal and external as she fights for what she wants but has to settle for what her body allows her to do. This resonates very personally with me. I am very interested in where the author takes this character in the future. A mall can be ripe with possibilities. As for the mystery and the plot, they were both very good and while very entertaining were needing more depth, which I am sure will come as the author grows more comfortable with these characters and setting. This is definitely a series to watch, the foundation has been set and the possibilities are endless. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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