A Grand Murder

A Grand Murder

by Stacy Verdick Case
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A Grand Murder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
WordKatt More than 1 year ago
A Grand Murder is a caffeine enhanced race through the upper crust of St. Paul to find a killer. The story begins with the murder of a prominent business man on his own front lawn. At the bequest of their chief- a personal friend of the victim, Detectives Catherine O'Brien and Louise Montgomery are on the case. Armed with coffee and Louise's distinct driving skills, they are on a mad dash to solve the case before the Chief comes unglued. The story is fast paced, which I love and I never felt lost, which I love even more. Ms. Verdick Case has a fabulous ability to draw the scene and the characters at play in it. She made me laugh, cringe, get heart-ache, and want to shake someone- in all the right ways. I always had a clear picture of her characters and their reactions; Catherine's cringing as Louise barreled her Prius through downtown St. Paul, for example. I fell in love with the characters and their personal lives as well. I was cheering all through the book for Catherine and her husband, hoping the job didn't get in the way of their marriage. Mel, the security guard, was one of my favorite supporting roles. She has such a great sense of person and personality I found myself wishing she would pop up more often. Ms. Verdick Case also has a fabulous cast of suspects. She gives us reason to doubt or exonerate each one. The plot twists were well crafted and the red herrings dangled in all the right moments. Overall I felt I knew too soon who the murderer was, basically because she was a little too helpful, which the detectives figure out toward the end. I will give Catherine this one though- they were under the gun, so to speak, to figure out the case. In future books I hope that she doesn't fall so obviously for the helpful murderer trick. The plot was very familiar, which I don't think is a bad thing necessarily, especially if you are looking to pick up a traditionally written women's sleuthing mystery. I am a fan of getting what I expect. (As a side note, I also love Alpaca wool, and want a pair of the mittens!) I look forward to reading more Catherine O'Brien mysteries; I feel the characters and the author both have a bright future ahead.
LakeGilmore More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that was fun to read. A 4 star book for sure! It will leave you wanting to read more about its main characters. If you like John Sandford and Robert Crais you will like this book. A definate must read for Murder Mystery junkies.
MNTony More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was a great weekend getaway read and it captured some good Minnesota humor! Looking forward to the next book to see where she goes.... Catherine reminds me of Beckett from Castle keep the books coming! www. youtube. com / watch?v=yrOSSrvc5YM
the_curious_reader More than 1 year ago
Four stars for mystery, three stars for editing. Not just punctuation ( particularly inappropriate apostrophes, which is par for the course in a free eBook). On page 77, Forster should be Carter, an unfortunate error considering the context. Other than that, good mystery fun. I'll probably read the next Case book, hoping that a better editor got there before the readers in the general public did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. Especially how not-a-morning-person Catherine is. Can't stand it when main characters are perky, jogging, celery munching specimens of perfection. Most people are not morning people, so it's very relatable The dynamic between Catherine and Louise was entertaining, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, the partners relationship and the humor.A fun mystery, an easy read buttoo much foul language. Would have enjoyed it more without the cursewords Shawnee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed amature. Too many grammer errors....did this book even get editted?! vs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. But if I read one more hyphenated-word I think I may have gone insane. I think that alone will keep me from reading another one of her stories. I realy wasn't necessary to get the point across.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!
slk53 More than 1 year ago
Quick, enjoyable read. Would probably read more by Stacy Verdick Case.
Meliza63 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. I liked the characters.The difference between the partners worked well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Nicely written. Will look for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were well portrayed.. And it moved along at a good clip.. A lot of humor and an believable plot and character..
scrubadub More than 1 year ago
I picked this book because it was inexpensive and I was waiting for a new release to come out. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book!! I couldn't stop reading! The plot was so thought provoking. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced read. Good interaction between Louise and Catherine. Good story.
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I liked the characters; the story was convoluted enough to keep me guessing the whole way...all in all enjoyable.
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It may be a grand murder but not a very good book
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