Diners, Dives & Dead Ends: A Rose Strickland Mystery

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends: A Rose Strickland Mystery

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by Terri L. Austin
     
 

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As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland's life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she's hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out. With her… See more details below

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As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland's life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she's hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out. With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose discovers political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. She's gone from zero to sixty and learns when you're speeding down the fast lane, it's easy to crash and burn.

“Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“This traditional mystery captured my attention from the opening pages to the exhilarating finale...this was an enjoyable read in this debut series and I look forward to more adventures with Rose and the gang for years to come.” -- Dru Ann Love, The Cozy Chicks Blog

“I predict this will be a long and successful series...I strongly recommend picking a copy up to read this summer. I know I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. Five stars out of Five.” -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

“What a blast! Diners, Dives & Dead Ends is a fast-paced mystery loaded with wonderful wit and humor that had me laughing and loving every page. Terri Austin will hook you right away and keep you riveted until The End. I want more!” -- Ann Charles, Award-Winning Author of the Bestselling Deadwood Mystery Series

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Kirkus Reviews
When a part-time college student's friend disappears, she does everything in her power to find him. Rose Strickland works as a waitress at Ma's Diner to help finance her part-time college expenses. Her father is a wealthy, weak-willed doctor totally dominated by her snobbish mother, who kicked her out of her upscale household when Rose refused to accede to their plans for her life. Fortunately, she's had in Axton Graystone, whose family is equally wealthy, a friend since grade school. Now a laidback, pot-smoking computer nerd, he shows up at the diner with a backpack he begs her to hide before disappearing himself. A stranger who approaches Rose while she plays with her nephew tells her he wants his property back. Rose soon learns that the hard drive she's found in the backpack contains a list of names and unexplained numbers of some of the area's best-known citizens, including Axton's brother Packard. The mysterious stranger, who on closer inspection is a drop-dead gorgeous guy, seems to know everything about her life. When he visits her apartment and threatens Axton's life, Rose attacks him, kindling sexual sparks. With help from her fellow waitress Roxy, Ma, the diner owner, and Packard's wife, Sheila, Rose digs around until she discovers the identity of the stranger and the reason he's so eager to regain his property. Her life now in danger, Rose realizes that the enemy she thinks she knows may be the least of her troubles. Austin's debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.
Award-Winning Author - Ann Charles
“What a blast! DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS is a fast-paced mystery loaded with wonderful wit and humor that had me laughing and loving every page. Terri Austin will hook you right away and keep you riveted until The End. I want more!” -- Ann Charles, Award-Winning Author of the Bestselling Deadwood Mystery Series
Examiner.com - Lynn Farris
“I predict this will be a long and successful series...I strongly recommend picking a copy up to read this summer. I know I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. Five stars out of Five.” -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938383007
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
1,272,614
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Ann Charles
What a blast! DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS is a fast-paced mystery loaded with wonderful wit and humor that had me laughing and loving every page. Terri Austin will hook you right away and keep you riveted until The End. I want more!
— Ann Charles Award-Winning Author of the Bestselling Deadwood Mystery Series

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