Pretty Little Girl: A Liz Roberts Mystery

Pretty Little Girl: A Liz Roberts Mystery

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by Don Canaan, Shawn Graves
     
 

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Everything changed when Laura turned thirteen and her father developed Alzheimer's disease. She became the perfect caregiver daughter. She literally and figuratively became her dad's caregiver. Just ask anyone who has ever known her, especially her schizophrenic mother. Laura devoted her life to taking care of her parents, even when it meant the loss of her own

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Everything changed when Laura turned thirteen and her father developed Alzheimer's disease. She became the perfect caregiver daughter. She literally and figuratively became her dad's caregiver. Just ask anyone who has ever known her, especially her schizophrenic mother. Laura devoted her life to taking care of her parents, even when it meant the loss of her own hopes and dreams.

But as she matured, Laura decided it was time for her to reclaim her life. And she did so by setting off on a journey to gather the shattered pieces of her past so that she could forge a new future.

Detective Liz Roberts, whose problems also include being abandoned by her birth mother, is assigned to a case when a confused man is found alone, wandering around the Big Fresno Fair, unable to tell anyone who he is or where he came from. The only clue to his identity is a piece of paper in his pocket that says, “My name is Larry.” As Liz uncovers his identity, she also begins to uncover long-kept secrets.

Meanwhile, an upcoming family event may force the detective to face her own painful past.

This book has been written by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045001731
Publisher:
Don Canaan
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Series:
Liz Roberts Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
351,217
File size:
186 KB

Meet the Author

Don Canaan went from a Bronx tenement to success in television news film, immigration to Israel, return to the U.S. and then to print journalism.

He edited news film and documentaries for NBC News in New York, receiving a joint editorial commendation (as Donald Swerdlow) for Producer Fred Freed’s “American White Paper: Organized Crime in the United States.” In 1974, Canaan immigrated to Israel as part of an American group planning to found and settle in the new city of Yamit in the Sinai, north of El Arish. Upon returning to the U.S, Canaan became a unemployment statistic because news film had been superseded by videotape, which was controlled by a different union..

Ohio State University's School of Journalism came to the rescue with an offer to earn a master's degree while serving as an assistant in its TV news workshop.

Canaan was hired as staff writer and photographer for The American Israelite in Cincinnati where he enterprised many stories.. His series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" won first place for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.
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He is the author of “Horror in Hocking County” (a true-crime documentation of alleged satanic murders.


Shawn Graves was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California where she now lives in Exeter with her youngest daughter and a slightly psychotic cat.

Except for a few years living in the Napa Valley and then Oregon, she has resided in the
same area for her entire life. Graves is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to two adorable grandsons.

For the past twenty-five years, this former welfare mother has worked as a nurse in a variety of settings; hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, jails. And for the past ten years, has been employed for a county social services program.

Graves is an avid reader, political and news junkie, crime show addict. and active participant in her church,

As a young, single mom, she determined that nursing was a practical career to pursue and
this has proven to be very satisfying. But in recent years, Graves has rediscovered her old
passion for writing and indulges it at every opportunity.

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Pretty Little Girl: A Liz Roberts Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cared more about the characters than i thought and the story kept me interested. Pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good story; though twisted: i believe The author did a great job. I liked it, it keep me reading, and thats what makes a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though the subject matter was a difficult yet necessary to talk about topic, it was a good introduction as to how family members deal with it. Laura had to deal with a difficult childhood which didn't make her adult life any easier.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite Alzheimer’s: Dutiful Daughter (A Liz Roberts Mystery) by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves is a fast-paced 23-chapter mystery/sleuth fiction story about Laura, an accountant, who is the caregiver for her parents. Laura has endured a lifetime with an unloving schizophrenic mother and a controlling father who has developed dementia. After a failed marriage and begrudgingly tending to her demanding father’s needs (in more ways than one), Laura does the unthinkable. She commits a bone-chilling crime by leaving him alone to wander aimlessly at the county fair. The story revolves around her erratic choices from that moment on in a desperate quest to reclaim her own personal life. She grovels to her ex-husband, who has remarried, in a shameless attempt to restore some order to her messed-up reality. Laura’s future is racked with regrets and a loss of second chances as she faces deep-seated anger towards her parents who have ruined her existence. Her cold actions lead investigators on a search for the truth that takes them right back to the dutiful daughter. Don Canaan and Shawn Graves combine their creativity to mesmerize the reader with Fresno crazy town, where symptoms of Alzheimer’s contrast with the lonely world of Laura. It is unclear in Alzheimer’s: Dutiful Daughter if she has lost her mind from being around sick people all the time or if there is premeditated malicious intent at work. Each twist and turn further complicates the plot with Detective Liz Roberts in hot pursuit. While on the case, Liz discovers many unsettling things about Laura’s family that give her a new appreciation for her own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book the ending was a surprise!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author wrote well. Just i was not interested nor entertained by subject
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