A Luring Murder

A Luring Murder

by Stacy Verdick Case


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, July 22


The irreverent detective is back, and this time she's on vacation.

God help us all.

St. Paul, Minnesota Homicide Detective Catherine O'Brien and her loving husband Gavin are vacationing on one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. When a local is murdered Catherine is tapped to help the small town Sheriff until the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrives to take over the investigation.

Catherine is surprised when her partner Louise and Diggs the forensic pathologist, whose crush on Louise is only dwarfed by his own genius, show up to assist instead of the BCA.

Before long Catherine and Louise discover this sleepy little town has a dark side hidden beneath its placid lake charms. Somewhere in the tangle of cheating and deception is a motive for murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983713746
Publisher: Before The Fall Books
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stacy Verdick Case lives and writes in Minnesota with her family.

The first book in the Catherine O'Brien series A Grand Murder was released in 2011.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

A Luring Murder 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Irishjenn More than 1 year ago
Detective Catherine O'Brien is forced to take administrative leave from her department after a shooting incident. Her husband, Gavin, thinks this is the perfect chance for a vacation and packs them up for two weeks of fishing and nature (although Catherine hates both). The vacation turns out to be anything but restful when an early morning wake-up call includes murder. The small resort town sheriff has never before investigated a murder, so he asks for Catherine's assistance with the crime scene. When Catherine's partner shows up along with the area's best forensic pathologist, the three go to work trying to unravel the layers of motive and intrigue presented by the locals. Throw in lies from every witness, a cranky dog and sarcastic wise-cracks from our protagonist to keep you guessing and provide comic relief. Overall a fun little mystery. There are numerous grammar/spelling/syntax errors which were distracting at times. But, if you can look past those mistakes, this is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a fun read! Stacy's books are the only ones I find myself reading in unusual circumstances like stoplights and while peeling eggs. Her characters are fun and her storylines keep me going. It's not trashy, so you conservatives will enjoy it too, if you can deal a few mild things like an occasional f word or very brief mentions of romantic things with her husband. Yes, mention only, and yes, husband. That is one thing I love, Catherine is happily married and wildly in love with her husband, as he is with her. TIPS FOR READING AT STOPLIGHTS: The best way to get the light to turn green immediately is to try to read Stacy's book while the light is red. (I'm pretty sure sure it's legal.) (I haven't tried it yet with other authors.)
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
The story is set in Minnesota, although it is not clear in which part of Minnesota because there is at least one reference to "up in Saint Paul." I believe that most of the state south of the Twin Cities is farming country, and would be less likely to be the location of a fishing resort. In addition, St. Paul is smaller than Minneapolis, so if the protagonist detectives are supposed to be members of a big-city police department, why didn't the author make them from Minneapolis? The book has clearly never been proof-read, much less edited. It is full of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors that detract significantly from the overall quality of the book. There are also at least two different font sizes used at seemingly random locations. In one inconsistency, the protagonist comes upon her husband napping in a well-described hammock. On the very next page, the hammock becomes a cot, then changes back into a hammock in the same paragraph
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
St. Paul Detective Catherine O’Brien finally gets to take a much-needed and deserved vacation with her husband, Gavin. Their first vacation in ten years and it’s to a Minnesota resort for fishing. When one of the town’s citizens is found dead, the local sheriff turns to Catherine for help. Much to Catherine’s surprise and delight, her partner Louise shows up and together they conduct their own unofficial search for a killer. It’s not long before they find this small resort town isn’t quite as pleasant as they thought. The mystery keeps you guessing throughout the book. The victim is not well-liked, which means there are many suspects to choose from. Even the local deputy had a reason to want this man dead. The story is filled with deception, betrayal and a stray dog that seems attached to Catherine’s husband. This isn’t how the O’Brien’s planned to spend their vacation. This is the sequel to the author’s first book, “A Grand Murder” and it picks up right where the first one left off. Although I enjoyed “A Grand Murder”, I enjoyed this even more. The friendship between Catherine and her partner Louise is the best part of this series. They remind me of Thelma and Louise, but these two are on the right side of the law. I can’t wait for the third book! FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
slickandsimone More than 1 year ago
This was a fun reader by an up and coming author. I thought that the book was light and fast and woud enjoy reading more of her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Kept me entertained to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spell binding from the first paragraph to the last I started reading another book & it didn't keep my interest so I started reading this one. The writer caught my attention & kept it thru out the book. I loved that the author didn't leave you hanging at the end. I was really surprised at the ending. I loved the book from beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
559 pages. Needs some editing. (dw)
bigbirdMG More than 1 year ago
I want to read all the books written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
The irreverent detective is back, and this time she’s on vacation. God help us all. Catherine O’Brien is a petite St. Paul Detective whose hair is never right, wears clothes that are more masculine than feminine, lives on Starbucks coffee, thinks laundry, cooking and housework are punishments to be avoided at all times, and has a husband who loves her just the way she is. Louise Montgomery is her partner who never goes home yet her hair and clothes are always perfect. She is tech savvy and hell on wheels literally. Every time Catherine gets in the car with Louise behind the wheel she braces herself against the dash and says a prayer. Catherine and Louise have been given a little time off work. Louise is supposed to be recovering from a gunshot wound to her leg and Catherine is going on a little vacation with her hubby off of one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. But there is no rest for Catherine. A local is found murdered and the Sheriff asks for her help until the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrives to take over the case. Surprise, Surprise – instead of the BCA, forensic pathologist Digs shows up with Louise riding shotgun. It doesn’t take long before Catherine and Louise discover the dark side of this sleepy little town and realize they need to catch the killer before they wind up swimming with the fishes. I have described Catherine and Louise as the Lucy and Ethel of police detectives and these ladies lived up to that description in the follow up to A Grand Murder. The other characters the author has created are wonderful as well. Catherine’s husband Gavin is a real gem. Digs is totally head of heels for Louise. Sheriff Anderson is a true small town guy that sees good in all the folks he protects. He is having a difficult time believing one of them can be responsible for this crime. Mrs. Peterman is someone I wouldn’t want to mess with. Even a little canine is quite a character. The setting at the by the lake resort adds all kinds of flavor including a Fish Fry Feeding Frenzy! This book picks up where A Grand Murder leaves off without missing a beat. I devoured it in one sitting. Stacy Verdick Case had me hook, line and sinker from the first word until the very last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written with errors but at least it's not another vampire romance.
sadstudent More than 1 year ago
Interesting, although far fetched plot. The extremely editing was VERY distracting.  These aren't just "editing" mistakes that should be ignored as one reviewer suggested. The book seems a bit like a first draft, and the mistakes cause the reader confusion . At best it severely lacks flow. If you can get past the errors it's a cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between the plot spoilers and the grammar nazis it is difficult to get an honest review. Is the book good or not? I dont care about your anal compulsion over incorrect grammar. If it offends you so, stop reading and become an english teacher.