This Doesn't Happen In The Movies

This Doesn't Happen In The Movies

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by Renee Pawlish
     
 

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A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking

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A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson's first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed's not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed's computer geek friend, This Doesn't Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

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Kirkus Reviews
The promising kickoff to Pawlish's comic mystery series, starring far-from-perfect PI Reed Ferguson. Pawlish earns high marks for plot construction, with twists and turns naturally unfolding as Ferguson, inexperienced but not incapable, feels his way through the case. A good-humored mystery series worth following.
Readers' Favorite - Lynn F
This is one witty, hilarious detective story that will keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032819448
Publisher:
Renee Pawlish
Publication date:
07/21/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,554
File size:
285 KB

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Meet the Author

Renee Pawlish is the author of the bestselling novel Nephilim Genesis of Evil, as well as The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, and the Reed Ferguson detective series. She also consults with writers on how to successfully self-publish fiction. Visit her website for more information.

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This Doesn't Happen in the Movies 3.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 81 reviews.
kmusings More than 1 year ago
What a great story! Renee captures the feeling of the old film noire detective films and brings it in to the modern world. Reed is charming and witty and has a sense of decency, just like Bogie in The Big Sleep, Reed's favorite movie. The book is filled with all the right characters: Reed, the gumshoe detective; Amanda, the rich femme fatale; Cal, Reed's go to right hand man; the Goofball Brothers, just a couple of guys without a clue but willing to do anything; and then the villains - the X Women. I love how Reed starts out excited he has a real case only to quickly realize it might be something just out of his expertise. He is determined to se it through to the end. The plot takes several twists and quickly escalates to a great conclusion. The characters are well developed and fully believable. Amanda first appears as the weak rich wife looking for her missing husband. We soon see her as a bored, rich housewife who was tired of her husband cheating on her - and now he's missing. Cal is a great right hand man. He has all the techno gadgets to hack in to any system. He is a recluse who borders on agoraphobic. And then there are the Goofball Brothers, three brothers who live downstairs - two of which aren't quite the brightest bulbs in the bunch. You have drama, suspense and comedy mixed in to one great story. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A "cozy noir" if such a thing exists. The PI, the femme fatale, the sidekicks (one genius, three average, two idiots), local Denver color, not-bad plot. Enjoyed it, will read more.
CIDSMOM More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot its got a good mystery many good twists and turns. Ms. Pawlish has a great since of humor too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twisty like most of the best Noir films. Our hero is a huge fan of Bogart films and assumes when he starts his detective agency in Denver that life will imitate art. Needless to say, he gets quite a few surprises along the way. His companions include a set of knuckle-headed brothers who live downstairs, a reclusive computer genius and a beautiful nurse for his unrequited (for the moment) love interest. Of course, as any good Chandler-esque detective will, he has to get thumped on the head a few times, be threatened by the bad guys and encounter a gorgeous dame. Here's looking for the next one, kid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest and I enjoyed the references to old movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed to drag a bit at first and some in the middle was redundent. No sex scenes that was refreshing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting and fun to read. Characters were enjoyable and it kept my interest. I would read more from this author.
pedigreedmutt More than 1 year ago
good read , fun. quick to read. great for summer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was okay, sometimes it held my attention & other times it was too much detail. It will hard for me to recommend because of some of the inappropriate words. Get rid of the trashy language.
ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
Written tongue in cheek like a 40s noir detective story. A Raymond Chandler type except it is funny. The 'detective' begins by telling us he doesn't have a PI's permit and his only real background is what he has seen in the movies. Then the girl walks into his office and tells him to find her husband who she is positive is dead because he didn't come home after a business trip. After this all sorts of odd things happen as this 'detective' is feeling his way along and seemingly asks WWHD(What would Humphrey{Bogart}do)? I enjoyed this book greatly. A great piece of literature---noooooo. Enjoyable---yes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery. No porn. Recommend it.
Queen100 More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line and characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amusing. Not too many twists and turns like the Philip Marlow story it wants to be,but worth a read.
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1Pickyreader 9 months ago
I found this book to be a fun and fast read. The character development and story were well written.
ronnies4 9 months ago
Just a nice little mystery. I will look for more books by this author.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I liked it. Good characters, good story. Kept my interest throughout but left me with a question. Just who were those guys that left Reed on the outskirts of town? Looking forward to reading the next one! 3.5 stars
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this author immensely. I will definitely be getting all her books. Great read,suspense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever plotting, likeable characters, very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read with a fun plot. It's well written and well edited. Reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I would read more books in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable mystery with a likable new detective. Mossing a few pages toward the end, but not during the main story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Fun and interesting.