A Grand Murder

A Grand Murder

by Stacy Verdick Case

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983713708
Publisher: Before The Fall Books
Publication date: 08/05/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stacy Verdick Case was born in Willmar, Minnesota. After a brief stint as a military brat, where she lived in Fort Sill Oklahoma and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, her family moved back to Minnesota.

Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband and her daughter. Her Catherine O�Brien mystery, A Grand Murder, is available from Before the
Fall Books. Her second Catherine O�Brien mystery Murder is a Family Affair, will be released shortly.

Stacy is hard at work on her third book in the series.

Visit Stacy on the web at

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A Grand Murder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 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!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. Two female detectives from St Paul have 2 days to solve the murder of a judge. They are easy to like and you want to see them do well from tje start of the book. It made for a fast read trying to figure out what was going to happen. I had a feeling early on who the murder might be. There were some laugh out loud moments which made it over all a decent book.There were two things that held me back a bit ,a lot of swearing which I can deal with some but it came across as it being used for filler. The editing should have been done better. There were too many typos among other things.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A Grand Murder by Stacy Verdick Case is a murder mystery with an unlikely pair of detectives, as opposite as they can be. A man is murdered on his doorstep and the clues left make it seem like a robbery gone bad but with further investigation it is anything but a robbery. The police chief wants the murder to be solved within 48 hours, which does not leave a lot of time but the victim is a friend of his so he wants the case solved fast. All the time spent on investigating keeps Catherine from her husband which makes her feel guilty and hopes it does not harm her marriage. Louise does not have that issue but she is extremely tired, in spite of the exhaustion from both women they do a remarkable job in investigating all the suspects involved and with the host of suspects involved, that is not an easy or speedy task. The characters are believable and a bit of humor thrown in makes this an easy read. Do they get their man or woman??? Not telling, you just have to get a copy and find out for yourself.A Grand Murder is the first novel in the Catherine O'Brien Mysteries. I enjoyed the novel and it kept my attention until the end and I look forward to reading more by this author and watch the relationship between these two women grow and for the crimes that they solve. I recommend this book for the mystery lover.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Stacy Verdick Case has a strong ability to create a novel that will pull the reader into the story instantly. I loved that. I loved being able to jump in to the heart of the story and become a part of the characters' lives. I wasn't sure what to expect, though, as I've seen so many different opinions on the book. However, giving it a shot myself, really proved that it's worth the read! Catherine O'Brien is a sassy, tough gal when it comes to her police investigations. She and her detective partner Louise Montgomery are immediately called to a case, one that has the police chief in knots. Someone he knows has been murdered, and it's up to the two completely opposite women detectives to solve the crime. Along the way, with some terrifically placed twists and turns, the reader gets taken on a whirlwind investigative ride. Catherine and her coffee, Louise and her driving, and their sharp police skills keep the reader hooked. I love the way the story played out. It was never dull, never boring, but instead kept the reader guessing, and best of all....laughing. Through out the story, Case added quirks here and there for the reader to laugh at, keeping the book interesting and fun. It's the Cagney and Lacey of the here and now, and I could really image Catherine and Lousie playing the parts of Cagney and Lacey! It would make a great TV show! So, I definitely recommend this murder mystery novel to those looking for a sassy, witty, suspenseful read. It's filled with great characters and lots of mystery. There are a few spots within the story that could use a little doctoring up, like some of the investigation aspects were just a little off, but over all the story is captivating and fun to read. And the best part? It's the start of a series and I am anxiously awaiting another Catherine O'Brien novel, and looking forward to another 4 Book worthy novel in the series! Well done, Ms. Case!
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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