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Optical Delusions in Deadwood [NOOK Book]

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From the Multiple National Award-winning Author of Nearly Departed in Deadwood!

"What a voice! Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful. This fresh and feisty mystery will instantly win your heart. Loved it!" ~HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity winning author

"A smart, sassy, sexy and ...
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Overview

From the Multiple National Award-winning Author of Nearly Departed in Deadwood!

"What a voice! Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful. This fresh and feisty mystery will instantly win your heart. Loved it!" ~HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity winning author

"A smart, sassy, sexy and wonderfully resourceful heroine. Move over Stephanie Plum--Vi Parker is here!" ~JOHN KLAWITTER, award-winning Tinseltown writer/director, and author of the award-winning Hollywood Havoc action thriller novels

***You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You'll want even more!***

Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks.

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act, murder-suicide tragedy.

Ghost or no ghost, Violet knows this can't be as bad as the last house of horrors she tried to sell, but sexy Doc Nyce has serious doubts. Her only hope of hanging on to her job is to prove that the so-called, ghostly sightings are merely the eccentric owner's optical delusions.

But someone--or something--in the house wants Violet stopped...dead.

"... sexy, spunky Violet Parker will blow you away." ~LUCY BURDETTE, author & Sisters in Crime past-president

"Ann Charles writes a top-notch mystery that is fast-paced, complex, and laugh out loud funny! A genuinely exciting and sexually suspenseful mystery, Charles delivers in her second Violet Parker novel set in Deadwood, South Dakota. Fast-moving with twists even a seasoned Mystery Reader won't see coming, this is a can't-put-it-down book." ~MARY BUCKHAM, award-winning Romantic Suspense author

"... mystery, humor, romance, and fun all wrapped up in a great book."
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Optical Delusions in Deadwood Cover Art by C.S. Kunkle
Optical Delusions in Deadwood Cover Design by Mona Weiss
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Editorial Reviews

Earth's Book Nook Reviews - Heather Powers
"Another fun read that left me smiling. Bravo, Ann Charles for your wit and humor. Your masterful storytelling makes this a gem to read."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012466266
  • Publisher: Corvallis Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: Deadwood Mystery Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,321
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. In 2010, she won the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense award for her book NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD. She has been a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist twice (including in 2011 with NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD), as well as a Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest finalist. A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at www.anncharles.com/deadwood, especially around midnight when her quirky fictional world comes to life.

Currently, she has two books available: NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD and OPTICAL DELUSIONS IN DEADWOOD, which are both part of her ongoing Deadwood Mystery Series.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    There is no question but that this book would be rated NC-17 if

    There is no question but that this book would be rated NC-17 if it were a movie. It includes a fairly thin plot to tie together endless references to and extremely explicit descriptions of sex. The humor almost entirely regards sex. Though there are those who look for this element when selecting reading material, I am not one of them. It's too bad the author follows this route because the heroine truly has potential for being a likeable character, and in the first book of the series there were moments completely unrelated to sex which were not only funny, but quite hilarious. Unfortunately, the author chooses not to hone her skills at genuine humor, but, rather to follow the easy path of sexual humor found so often today. Ann Charles follows this path virtually to infinity and beyond.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Great book! A must read...

    Ann Charles has captured me as a reader. The Deadwood series is fun to read, never a dull moment and I love Violet Parker....she's a hoot!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    The second book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles, opens jus

    The second book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles, opens just about a week after the close of the first book. There are still plenty of unsolved mysteries going on from the first book, and we can't help but wonder what will happen. Luckily, Ms. Charles doesn't leave us hanging long, and we dive right into another mystery. 

    This one concerns a house in Lead (pronounced Leed), that Violet has been asked to list. She is specifically singled out because the house is rumored to be haunted and Violet has become known as the Realtor who talks to ghosts. At first, Violet has no intention of taking the listing, but upon viewing the house and getting to know a little bit about the women living there, she decides to take it on. 

    Violet is still in an iffy relationship with Doc and dodging letting her best friend Nathalie know that they are possibly an item. Jeff Wymonds is still working on getting Violet to see him as a potential suitor and now she is working on selling the local detective's and Harvey nephew, Cooper's house. Cooper thinks that Violet is sticking her nose into places it doesn't belong and has no problem telling her this. Doc keeps getting upset that Violet is withholding information from him, Addy keeps trying to set Violet up with Jeff while Layne, Violet's son and Addy's twin, keeps insisting that they don't need another man around the house, he is doing the job fine. 

    This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and this review is late because I had to dive right into the third book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Funny but foul.

    Enjoyed the story line and the humor, didn't appreciate the crude language and sex details.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

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    Really loving this series. I can't get enough of Violet and Doc!

    Really loving this series. I can't get enough of Violet and Doc!! The humor is laugh out loud funny, the mystery is edge of your seat suspenseful, and the romance leaves you wanting more. Great series of books and find I am so addicted that I am flying through these books in a day. Just can't get enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Love the series

    A great murder mystery series! Bought and read the first one and had to have more. Be sure to read them in order. The writer keeps you wanting to come back for more. Definitely worth reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down... Love the characters an

    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down... Love the characters and the story. Read this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Another Great Ride through Deadwood!

    Violet Parker has not learned her lesson when it comes to selling haunted houses...or when it comes to Doc Nyce! Welcome back to Deadwood where ghosts still haunt the real estate and Doc still haunts Violet's (steamy) dreams. In Optical Delusions, Violet meets the meek mannered Millie who is desperate to sell the family home, but there's one small problem - the house is supposedly haunted and Vi already as a "ghost whisperer" reputation. To complicate matters, a sexy vixen and sleazy womanizer also have an interest in the house...and in getting Violet out of the picture! All this and the usual cast of characters - Old man Harvey, Aunt Zoe, and Detective Cooper - add a little extra spice to book 2 this delicious series. Ann - we are ready for book #3, please!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Stellar!

    Ms Charles takes the locale and characters from Nearly Departed in Deadwood and serves up an even better book. Violet is showing signs of being much more than a sexy mom and struggling realtor. She makes it clear that she is tough, smart, and resourceful while surviving relationships, wicked foes, and, of course, things paranormal. After reading this, you will find yourself hungering for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Addictive!

    Ann Charles debut book, Dearly Departed in Deadwood, had me wanting more as soon as I was finished. Good thing Optical Delusions in Deadwood was released soon after. This book kept me up on my "school" nights obsessing over Violet and her gang with what was coming next. The groggy next morning was well worth it and I can't wait to get my hands on more of what Ann's amazingly creative mind comes up with. Violet is as sassy as ever and her steamy relationship with Doc had me smiling every time. Violet is truly a character you root for and her adventures are getting better and better. Thanks for another knockout Ann! Can't wait for more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    New refreshing series to my life!

    Just when you think you can't find another great series to add to your repertoire, you stumble across one of the most funniest and hilarious mysterious witty and sexy series in a long time! To only adds and succesful right we're booked 1 left off. What I love about this book in the last, is that I truly have difficulty putting it down. I love the characters I'm a big fan the first person writing in this book has everything I think I enjoy and spending my time waiting. Do not hesitate to read this book. If you love paranormal comedy suspense and romance, then you will love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Not a cozy

    Some reviewers have referred to this as a cozy - it is not. A "cozy" does not involve vulgarity, cheap explicit sex, and immaturity. This gal could be a really good author if she could come out of the slime...it would be much more cute and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Fun read!

    I'm so hooked on this story! Fun read. Love Viloet's sarcasim. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

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    A "fun" mystery read

    A cozy read that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. I recommend it for those who light light mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I have read....

    I have read the whole series and I loved all 4 books. Better than the S.Plum books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Would recommend. Entertaining mystery and good story.

    Like a good series and fun characters. Enjoyed very much.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    can't wait for the next one

    This woman finds herself in more wrong places at the wrong time than any other book I have ever read. Really can't wait for the the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Optical Delusions/Ann Charles

    OMG, all of her books were hilarious and sexy. Violet and Harvey are a hoot together. Love these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    No words

    I'll make this short and sweet.

    Read it. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Highly Entertaining

    4.5 Stars

    Protagonist: 9/10
    Secondary Characters: 10/10
    Mystery: 9/10
    Humor: 10/10
    Pace: 10/10

    Okay, I know I said I wouldn't gush over this book… but I seriously can't help it. I love this story/town/characters/writing/etc. Everything about this book had me on cloud 9. I am so happy I found this series, and a new author to call my favorite. I read this 2nd installment in the Deadwood series in record time (granted I had it on loan from a friend for 2 weeks, but still~)! That alone validates how much I loved this book! Speaking of having it on loan, I actually was in love with the story so much that by page 200 I had already purchased my own copy. When I catch up on the series, I'll purchase the books again in paperback to put on my keeper shelf. *Gushgushgush*

    BUT, as much as I loved this book, there were a couple things that bothered me. The length of course, but I'm starting to get over that. Also, Violet seemed to have a shallow edge to her. I didn't notice it in the first book, but I did in this one. Kind of disappointing. And my biggest beef is with the lack of condoms. I hate that in books and normally take off some major points for the irresponsibility. Luckily my love for this book far outweighs the negative points and only results in a half star being knocked off.

    Overall, this is truly a fun, laugh out loud, epically awesome book to read. I put off things to completely throw myself into the story, and have absolutely no regrets in doing so. Who needs sleep anyway?! Sleep is over-rated in the face of a really good book! :3 If you like cozy mysteries with strong romance elements, humor, and a touch of horror and suspense, then you will more than likely enjoy the first 2 books in the Deadwood series as much as I have. (I can't comment on the others… yet). Happy reading, ya'll!

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