Last Diner Standing

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Praise for Terri L. Austin's Diners, Dives & Dead Ends:

"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 adven-tures 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 mys-tery loaded with wonderful wit and humor that had me laugh-ing and loving every page. Terri Austin will hook you right away and keep you riveted until The End. I want more!" -- Ann Charles, Author of the Bestselling Deadwood Mystery Series

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Kirkus Reviews
A waitress helps a friend charged with assaulting her worthless ex-husband. Rose Strickland (Diners, Dives & Dead Ends, 2012) is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year. As always, her mother is full of advice about the careers she could pursue if she just had the ambition to do more than sling hash at Ma's Diner. Meanwhile, Ma's stepped up the pace by going head-to-head with Rudy's Roundup. Since Rudy's been muscling in on Ma's early morning business, Ma abandons her breakfast-only policy, producing a dizzying array of lunch specials that run Rose and her best friend, Roxy Block, off their feet without generating an extra dime in tips. Then, Janelle Johnson, Rose's study buddy from Huntingford City College, calls to say that someone beat up her ex-husband right after Janelle came by to hit him up for child support and throw a little furniture around too. Now, Sheik "Asshat" Johnson is in a coma, and Janelle's in the slammer. Rose looks for other suspects, starting with Crystal Waters, the stripper whose appearance in Janelle's bed sent her marriage to the showers. She unearths many prospects, including Crystal's other boyfriend, Sheik's other lovers and the other lovers' boyfriends. The clue that sends Rose careening, though, is a pile of pictures stashed at Sheik's apartment of Thomas Sullivan, the bad boy who makes Rose's pulse beat faster. Rose is convinced that Sheik's criminal connections, not his ex's wrath, put him out for the count. But convincing hard-assed Officer Andre Thomas and cute Officer Mike Goedecker may be even harder than convincing Ma to go back to bacon and eggs. Austin's second course has the menu of feisty underemployed gal detective with a side order of romance down pat.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938383083
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Series: Rose Strickland Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 501,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    Love This Rose Strickland Adventure! Rose Strickland is such a

    Love This Rose Strickland Adventure!

    Rose Strickland is such a fresh character--I love this series! The second book, Last Diner Standing, does not disappoint. Rose is still fearless in defense of her quirky group of friends. Her spunk makes her a totally believable amateur sleuth. As a reader, I fully expect her to take the chances she does because Terri L. Austin has done such a wonderful job bringing Rose to life. I love the Sullivan character, and hope this romance develops in the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I actual

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    No sophomore slump for Terri L. Austin! I loved the first book i

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    A fun whodunit chick lit book. Did I enjoy this book: I did enj

    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.)

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    This is a fascinating story with multiple levels: murderously ev

    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."

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