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Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery
     

Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery

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by Terri L. Austin
 

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Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner.

Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready,

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Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner.

Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Last Diner Standing is the second book in the Rose Strickland humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

"Fast, fun, and full of laughs! LAST DINER STANDING has it all--mystery, action, suspense, and a spicy dash of romance. If you enjoy humor and thrills along with your mysteries, Terri Austin's second book in her Rose Strickland Mystery series is a must-read! Hurry up and write more, Terri, I need another fix!" --Ann Charles, Award-winning Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

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Author - Ann Charles
“Fast, fun, and full of laughs! LAST DINER STANDING has it all—mystery, action, suspense, and a spicy dash of romance. If you enjoy humor and thrills along with your mysteries, Terri Austin’s second book in her Rose Strickland Mystery series is a must-read! Hurry up and write more, Terri, I need another fix!” --Ann Charles, Award-winning Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series
Ann Charles
"Fast, fun, and full of laughs! LAST DINER STANDING has it all--mystery, action, suspense, and a spicy dash of romance. If you enjoy humor and thrills along with your mysteries, Terri Austin's second book in her Rose Strickland Mystery series is a must-read! Hurry up and write more, Terri, I need another fix!" --Ann Charles, Award-winning Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015810479
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Rose Strickland Mystery Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
47,423
File size:
427 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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Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Last Diner Standing, the second installment in the Rose Strickland Mystery series, author Terri L. Austin transports the reader back to Huntingford, Missouri, for another zany adventure featuring the sassy diner waitress / amateur sleuth Rose Strickland. Rose's latest adventure has her receiving a phone call at 3am from her friend Janelle Johnson, who has been arrested for the attempted murder of her ex-husband Asshat aka Sheikh Johnson, who is in an induced coma. Rose's investigation and quest to prove Janelle's innocence has her turning to hunky bad guy Thomas Sullivan for assistance, and its not long before they are resisting their mutual attraction for each other while searching for the same person: someone who has also put out a hit on Sullivan! And if that isn't enough, Ma, the owner of Ma's Diner, has her hands full when a new diner opens and she drags Rose into an all out diner war to win over the local customers! Last Diner Standing is an entertaining cozy mystery told in the first person narrative by Rose, who takes the reader along for the ride on her latest investigative adventure. This fast-paced story has a lot of twists and turns that easily engages the reader and keeps them guessing what will happen next, while also providing a lot of laugh-out-loud moments that will keep you in stitches. Author Terri L. Austin continues to provides a story that has a great balance of humor, intrigue, and a touch of romance that is just plain fun to read. The quirky cast of characters from Diners, Dives & Dead Ends: Ma, Roxy, Axton, and Sullivan are all back in this book along with a new slue of characters who will keep the reader entertained with their quirkiness, witty dialogue, and engaging interactions that makes this latest adventure so much fun to follow. Last Diner Standing is an entertaining cozy mystery that is full of drama, suspense, comedy and romance with a surprise ending that will leave you looking forward to Rose's next adventure! The third book in the Rose Strickland Mystery series, Diner Impossible will be released in November 2013.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Rose Strickland Mystery series by Terri L. Austin.  I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited about reading more about Rose and her friends. This book  begins approximately 6 wekks after the conclusion of book 1.   The story opens with Rose receiving that ominous 3 am phone call. Janelle, Rose's friend and college study partner is calling from jail. Janelle was arrested for the assault and attempted murder of her ex-husband, not so affectionately known as Asshat. It turns out that Asshat had come into some serious cash that he was flashing about, so Janelle went over to his place to demand some for his kids. They got into a hugely vocal fight that was witnessed by most of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, someone hit him upside the head, leaving Janelle to take the fall. A strange twist comes into play with Sullivan, Rose's romantic interest and crime lord. We got to see a whole other side to Sullivan and I must admit that I enjoyed it immensely. Where in the first book, I wasn't sure about him, not I am totally rooting for him.  And if that isn't all. Ma has decided that since Rudy of Rudy's Roundup Restaurant is going to serve breakfast, she will just have to start serving lunch. In Ma's words, "Rudy Jorgenson is going down, girls. And I’m the one who’s sending him there." This just means that in between trying to clear Janelle's name, find out where Asshat got the money, figure out how Sullivan is connected, she is also dealing with the craziness of Ma and her plans for lunch domination. This was a fantastic read. All the people surrounding Rose are these bright, vivid, unforgettable characters. But was more important is Rose's relationship with them. You can tell that Rose is a true friend and has sincere and lasting loyalty to the people she surrounds herself with. This is another 4 star book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose and her zany friends kept me giggling until the end of the book, and I can't wait for the next Rose Strickland Mystery to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same as for the other book-fun, silly, yet entertaining reads...I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast-paced, action-packed read! Looking forward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious and entertaining!
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I actually enjoyed this one more than the last. There's more information on the cast of characters and we start to really get to know them. I really liked how the other side of people were shown, people that are usually demonized and shunned. It brought a nice balance. In the romance department the vying for Rose's affection from the entire male population has died down which lead the way for things to get rolling with one person. I'm warming up more to the main attraction dude though I share Rose's hesitation. The case with helping Janelle was more emotional causing us to see connections, past and present, in a different way. It was a nice switch from everyone being tediously timid and only helping due to Rose's insistence on following a case. The two usual groups were doubtful, cautious and useless while everyone else kicked it into high gear. More laugh out loud moments while the dialogue, characters and actions usually left me smiling. I was quite happy in general and have really no complains. Nothing stuck out at me as unreasonable, illogical or otherwise stupid. The clues were clues and the surprises were actual surprising. No nit-picking or little gripes. I don't know if I just enjoyed it too much to notice or there wasn't anything to have a problem with, but this nit-picker is rather satisfied.
MysteryMommy More than 1 year ago
No sophomore slump for Terri L. Austin! I loved the first book in the Rose Strickland series over the summer and was very excited to get an advance reader copy of this one. I've read other series where the second book didn't live up to the first, but that was absolutely not the case here. Austin's characters are realistic and lively, and we get to know Rose and her crazy gang of friends better in this story, which throws our amateur sleuth into a new case on page one, when her friend is arrested for attempted murder. The small-town PD doesn't look for suspects, because they think they have the assailant in custody, so Rose and company have to find the real criminal and get Janelle home to her babies for Christmas. What ensues is a mystery with plenty of twists and lots of suspects, and a few moments that made me put the book down because I was laughing too hard to see the page. I love mysteries that keep me guessing til the end, and I didn't have the bad guy pegged until Austin wanted me to. I did receive an advance copy of this novel, but was under no obligation to review it or say nice things about it.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I discovered this series by mistake and boy am I happy that I did. What a fun read. This is the second book and even though you don't have to read the first one in order to enjoy it, I think it will enhance your reading pleasure if you do, this way you can get to know Rose and her motley crew of friends from the beginning. This book had plenty of mystery, action and a very promising romance for our heroine, it had me guessing until the end and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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Whodunnit More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, I just don't know where to begin with all my positive feedback on this new series. #1 Hilarious #2 Spunky Heroine (love those) #3 Entertaining Side Kicks #4 Hot Love Interest #5 Imaginative Story Lines #6 Suspense #7 Surprises #8 Page Turner #9 Etc, etc, etc I've already read the next in the series. Can't wait for more! Great, Funny/Suspenseful Read! Terri Austin is quickly rising to the top of my favorite Authors List.
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Great read! Can't wait for the next one!
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A fun whodunit chick lit book. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a fun read that kept me interested from beginning to the end. Last Diner Standing is the first book I have read by Terri L. Austin. I will have to pick up more by her, especially Diners, Dives & Dead Ends. I really want to know about Rose’s past. Anyway … onto this book …we meet Rose at Ma’s Diner where she receives a phone call that her best friend Janelle is in jail for attempted murder. So starts Rose’s quest to prove her friend innocent. She is a private investigator, but not really. She is only doing this for her friend. She wants to find out who put Janelle’s ex-husband in a comma, almost killing him. Rose is a great detective. She is thoroughly, sneaky, and gets the information. She’s not afraid to break into someone’s house or car. She’s not afraid to get talk to the people involved. She’s not afraid to ask the tough questions. It’s pretty cool considering she is a college student without a major who works at a diner and pisses her socialite mother off in the process. All sorts of fun! The cast of characters and suspects is quite extensive. I was confused a bit in the beginning but I got to know most of them by the end. There are still a few that I’m not sure about. I did enjoy some of the nicknames. Those were creative. I did not see the end coming at all! What a surprise! I love it when I don’t guess the killer. However, I did think the end wrapped up rather neatly. Also, I felt like the diner breakfast/lunch war was a bit of a throwaway. I would have thought it would have played a much more prominent role in the book considering the title. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you enjoy fun whodunits and chick lit. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story with multiple levels: murderously evil, eccentrically crazy, and more. Quite a slice of life. The basic story line is who put a man in a coma? His ex is accused, but the main character is certain she didn't do it. In the midst of this, the diner where she works begins a battle with another diner in town for customers. Everyone is over worked, both in the diners and working on the attempted murder. Good "fun."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightfully light read. Just right for a rainy summer afternoon.
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Enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in the series. Keep the stories comming Ms. Austin.
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
OMG! There's no sophomore slump here in the second book starring spitfire Rose Strickland. When her friend is jailed, Rose knowing she is innocent sets out on a course using any means necessary to free her friend including breaking and entering and allying herself with a person of nefarious distinction. This fast-paced and action-filled story kept me plowing through the pages as fast as I could because I had to know what happens next in this thrilling and riveting drama. When the chips are down, Rose is there and I was rooting for her as she took on everything thrown at her to help her friend. This is a great read and I’m looking forward to the next book with Rose and her friends in this terrific series.