Diners, Dives & Dead Ends: A Rose Strickland Mystery [NOOK Book]

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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 a pair of IT wise men along for the...
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Diners, Dives & Dead Ends: A Rose Strickland Mystery

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Overview

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 a 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 quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Diners, Dives & Dead Ends is the first book in the Rose Strickland humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
“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
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
Kirkus Reviews
“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
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

  • BN ID: 2940014582544
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2012
  • Series: Rose Strickland Mystery, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 76,675
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author

When Terri L. Austin isn’t writing, she enjoys eating breakfast at her local diner, watching really bad movies, and hanging out with her kids when they’re home from college. She lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and her high maintenance peekapoo. Her debut novel, DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS, was a 2011 Get Your Stiletto in the Door finalist. Stop by her website and see what's new or drop her an email to say hello. She loves to hear from readers!
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    A Real Winner!

    Terri Austin's creative play on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is a clue to her ability to write a fast, exhilarating, and kick-ass first novel! Rose Strickland was cast out of her family home when she asked to transfer from her exclusive college to another and cut off from any support, financial and emotional, at 19. Now 24, she struggles to pay the rent on her tiny apartment by waitressing at Ma's Diner while attending the local community college at night. Her close and only friend from her previous life asks her to keep his backpack for a couple of days and then disappears. Rose seems to be the only person concerned that easy going Ax is missing. Neither his brother or the police are concerned, at least on the surface. As she searches for Ax, she uncovers the hidden world of gambling and corruption in her town. Refusing to back off or back down, Rose meets new and old friends and makes dangerous frenemies. While the fast pace of the plot is a strong feature, the characters, especially Rose, are well drawn and believable. Rose and Ax are definitely likeable, and Rose's mother is definitely chilling. If you like mysteries and thrillers, you won't be disappointed in Diners, Dives, and Dead-ends.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    I loved this mystery! The fast-paced story keeps you turning the

    I loved this mystery! The fast-paced story keeps you turning the pages. Rose Strickland is an spunky, instantly likeable heroine, and her gang of quirky friends definitely make this book stand out from the pack. Terri L. Austin has a winning debut. I can't wait to read Rose's next adventure.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    I loved this book the very first time I read it, and consider it

    I loved this book the very first time I read it, and consider it a favorite. Terri Austin writes with confidence, blending humor and suspense with a practiced hand rarely seen in a debut. She serves us the gutsy Rose Strickland and her blue-haired sidekick, Roxie -- toss in her snobby family and a sexy bad guy, and the results are delicious. An excellent read if you're looking to dive into a new humorous mystery series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Hilarious Hijinks in a Thrilling Mystery

    This delightful & funny mystery is fast-paced with wonderful characters and a quirky plot. Rose Strickland, a down-and-out waitress, puts her life on the line when she dedicates herself to finding her missing stoner friend. Her unrelenting determination gets her caught up in an underground gambling ring filled with dangerously delicious bad guys.

    Using her sass, wits and a handy taser, Rose takes on the baddies in a fun, twisting plot that will keep you turning the pages! Terri L Austin's debut is a winner and I can't wait to read more Rose Strickland mysteries!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    I loved this mystery! The fast-paced story keeps you turning the

    I loved this mystery! The fast-paced story keeps you turning the pages. Rose Strickland is an spunky, instantly likeable heroine, and her gang of quirky friends definitely make this book stand out from the pack. Terri L. Austin has a winning debut. I can't wait to read Rose's next adventure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This is the first book in the Rose Strickland Series by Terri L.

    This is the first book in the Rose Strickland Series by Terri L. Austin. This is another of the Henery Press Mysteries. So far everything I have read from them, I have enjoyed. If you are a cozy mystery fan, you really need to check out all their authors, I am sure there will be someone for you to enjoy.

    This book introduces us to Rose Strickland, full time waitress and part time student. Rose has a stubborn streak a mile wide. When her parents told her that if she didn't stay at the college of their choosing she would be cut off, she went ahead and is working on forging her own path. That may mean that she lives in a small apartment and some weeks she has to choose gas over food, but Rose is doing it her way. 

    Rose's parent's are disappointed in and highly critical of Rose's life choices and even her sister, Jacqueline prefers to go along with their parents wishes and not make waves.  Rose has formed a group of friends and co-workers that are know and like her for herself. There is Axton - fellow high society disappointment, Roxy - her best friend and coworker, Ma - owner of the diner where she works and Janelle - fellow student. This circle of friends is Rose's support network and surrogate family. When Axton drops off his 'never-goes-anywhere-without-him' backpack to Rose with instructions to keep it safe and then disappears, Rose fears the worst and fights everyone, including Ax's own brother to believe that Ax is in danger. 

    This was a very enjoyable first in a series book. Rose is a spunky protagonist who will go to the wall for her friends.  We all want a friend like Rose. I really liked that while she tries to get along with her family, she refuses to bow to the pressure to become something she is not. Rose doesn't take the easy path, but fights for what she believes in, even and especially when it is hard. That is a lesson we can all learn from. I was a bit surprised throughout the story and the plot twists and turns kept me on my toes. This was a very enjoyable read and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    I love mysteries, either historical fiction ones, or even cozy o

    I love mysteries, either historical fiction ones, or even cozy ones. Diners, Dives & Dead Ends was a very well written cozy mystery read, and I was just enthralled throughout. I think the characters were written pretty well, and I understand Rose, where she comes from, a wealthy family, but she wanted to go to a different college, than what her parents wanted, so she's on her own, making her own living as a waitress and taking night classes at a local college. She still has family issues, with, well especially with her Mom. As Rose is dealing with everyday life, her best friend goes missing, and Rose feels like its her mission to find him and we are then on a very interesting mysterious ride.  
    I felt that there were some details given, that I wanted to know more about. I found it interesting that there's no real main love interest. There are a few, and I know I had one in mind, that might, well, actually will definitely be seen as the bad guy, but I'm intrigued to see in book 2, if anything becomes of Rose and well that Guy you'll definitely read about; you'll know who I mean by the end of the story. Speaking of the ending, there's a crazy event that surprised me, and I'm still not sure what to think about it, as it just seemed so sudden, but I do think it brings Rose and that guy I mentioned, so I guess it blended well.
    The mystery propsect was overall very interesting and creative. It does seem like this specific was not over, maybe it's just me, but I feel there might be a more solution in book 2, and I look forward to reading it sometime :)
    My Rating: 4/5I say a PG-13 Rating (Some Mature Content & Language) 16-17+ 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great Read!!

    I love Teri's style and wit! This series of books is a winner for sure...please write more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Outstanding!!

    This book kept me going through the whole book! I had to get the other 2 to complete the series!! It held your interest with every turn. I can hardly wait to read the next one!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Great book! Give it a read.

    I got this cause it sounded like a good book. I was not wrong. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it so much I got the next two in the series. A quick read but laugh out loud funny in some places.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Fantastic Read

    The characters in this book are so funny. If you like the antics of the Janet Evanovich series Stephanie Plum you will love this series. Read the first one and then had to buy the rest. Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    Based on this first book, Terri Austin¿s Rose Strickland Mystery

    Based on this first book, Terri Austin’s Rose Strickland Mystery series will be a wonderfully quirky and fun series. Rose was born into a wealthy family; a doctor and his wife who played in the higher levels of society. When Rose refused to follow her mother’s carefully designed path, she found herself in a new environment. A waitress at Ma’s Diner, Rose was a part-time college student, and living on a very tight budget. When good friend Ax (Axton) disappears after leaving his backpack with Rose, she and blue-haired best friend Roxy set out to find him. The path leads to illegal gambling parlors, unsavory politicians, and a couple of Ax’s computer geek friends.
    This is an entertaining story, well-written, and populated with great characters. I have already purchased the second book in the series, and look forward to the third, due out in mid-November.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    This series is a BLAST!! I LOVE this author and can NOT wait for

    This series is a BLAST!! I LOVE this author and can NOT wait for the next installment in this series. There is humor and adventure and some romance...totally a fun read! Do yourself a favor and start with this first book. Book #3 in this series is coming in November. You will be glad you met Rose and the gang!!! These are people you would want as real life friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Tesla to mike

    How about we share a dorm. This is our dorm.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Mike

    I smile

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Hush

    I Killed The Prom Queen: To The Wolves ~~ Beloved(2014)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Summer

    Lay on the bd

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Mike

    Smies

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Pretty good story

    The main gist of the story is very good. The language is a little rank, but her sense of humor is in the right place. If Austin could clean up the language, she would have a winner here.

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    I had a hard time reading this book. The characters were flat an

    I had a hard time reading this book. The characters were flat and uninteresting and the story line was tedious.  I finally gave up and skipped to the end, I should have just stopped.

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