Castle Cay

Castle Cay

by Lee Hanson
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Castle Cay by Lee Hanson

When her best friend is murdered, Julie O'Hara, a body language expert, packs up her suspicion and flies to Boston for his funeral. Who could have killed rising artist Marc Solomon, and what does Castle Cay, the Solomon's mysterious Caribbean island, have to do with it?
Before long, Julie's sixth-sense pulls a hidden string that unravels a deadly conspiracy...and her own troubled past.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045455268
Publisher: Lee Hanson
Publication date: 11/02/2013
Series: Julie O'Hara Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,070
File size: 542 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LEE HANSON, a Boston native and Florida transplant, is the author of The Julie O'Hara Mystery Series, including Castle Cay, Swan Song and Mystral Murder. Her novels, featuring body language expert, Julie O'Hara, have been called "the answer to a mystery addict's prayer", a line that makes the author smile... and keeps her writing.

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Castle Cay 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This free, 230 page book was a slightly above average read. Not great and not terrible, pretty well edited, it had a bit of romance between hetrosexuals, as well as gays. There was some very lightly detailed sex between the hetrosexual couples. I do not remember any cursing, other than CHRIST, used once from an extremely emotional person, in a stressful situation. There was a smidgen of religious reference. It was a fast read. This was the author's first book and as such, it was an impressive effort. There are a lot of characters in this book, but as the names are so disimulair, it is easy to remember who is who. I have two main complaints about this novel, one is the ending. The reader is left wondering how an event occured to a main character, why it was not discovered and who did it and why. The other is the choppiness of the event transitions. The author seems to be in a hurry all the time, rushing into new situations, instead of letting the characters evolve and suspense build. I would read more novels by this author. I think she has a great future as a writer as her work matures. This is a mystery crime, murder novel with some romance thrown in for good measure. An entertaining read read for anyone 16 and up. AD
AKMysteryMom More than 1 year ago
Castle Cay is a superbly crafted mystery. The characters are genuine and well developed. Author Lee Hanson keeps the plot's suspense level high while exploring Julie O'Hara's personal demons and the history behind them by doling out intriguing nuggets of information throughout the story. A classic puzzle with wonderful twists and turns, this book is a must-read for mystery lovers. -Lisa Hall Deckert
Unscented More than 1 year ago
I read this as a Nook book - several pages were missing from the file but I don't think that greatly impacted my thoughts about the book. I actually liked both the plot and the characters and I think there is a lot of promise here as the writer develops her style. But in this first novel, the writing is fairly poor - it seemed like it was off to a great start but then the author couldn't figure out how to get from beginning to end. There were few transitions and lots of loose ends. For instance, Julie and Joe suddenly became a couple - I would have liked to have heard about their growing feelings, respect for each other. Instead it just seemed like one day they were friends who met occasionally in the hallway and the next they were heading to the bedroom. Again - the storyline was great and a series has a lot of potential but I hope the author will begin to flesh out the books with some more character development and a more mature writing style. I was reading "this happened, then this happened" rather than feeling like I was IN the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really love this book, the suspense is so good, I like no too much sex scenes.Thank You to the author, I will read more book from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not saying Lee Hanson is the greatest writer, but she does a very admirable job of drawing the reader into the story, creating characters that resonate with their realism (mostly, see below), and not being unnecessarily verbose. I would even venture to say that "Castle Cay" owes a small debt stylistically to Hemingway, with sparse prose that evokes a scene without belaboring it. Positives: Our protagonist is amazing. Julie O'Hara was nothing short of a dynamic character. She is not the smartest person in the room but she is a body language expert, which allows her to "read" people, and the inner dialog as she does this absolutely made her "snap" for me. No other character is as well-developed as Julie, but if you think about it, that is how a detective story usually works. When I was reading it, before I read the author's biographical "blurb," I was amazed at how she understood the way organized crime in Boston operated. I thought maybe she had been a law enforcement person herself because, as the story progresses, we get drug running, money laundering, and the connection between business and the Boston mob scene. I found her ability to evoke innocent people uncovering shady operations a very handy narrative technique. Negatives: There was really only one negative for me. Avram Solomon, one of the obvious villains of the story, is a gross caricature. Identified as a "sociopath" and drawn from central casting, I was increasingly irritated with how he was drawn for the reader. I think it is hard to create a villain that is not a caricature, but it can be done. There are two types of detective stories. There is the "police procedural" such as CSI, Law and Order, or any other program of that sort. The story is quite literally the effort to find the guilty party and the reader/audience is along for the ride, discovering the perpetrator along with the protagonist. The second type is the "gumshoe" story such as Philip Marlow, Columbo. or Sherlock Holmes. In these stories, the reader knows more than the detective and it is the progression of the story as the detective comes to know the whole story. "Castle Cay" is of this latter type. The reader realizes who the villains are fairly early in the story, though one of the perpetrators is exposed by an admission that jumped out about 70% through the story, though how it ties in is the final piece of the puzzle. I strongly recommend the story and will be getting "Swan Song," the second book by this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This started okay but towards the end seemed very rushed and incomplete. I didn't care for this and was disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a Harlequin Romance book. So predictable. I couldn't read any more after halfway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I figured the what was coming long before it happened. It was an okay book, some language and too much same sex relationships to my liking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gay themes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only is this a great read, I can't wait to find and read more of her books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this novel very much. There were 2 pages that were left out , though. Look forward to more novels by this writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Kept me interested. Enough of a plot that I really enjoyed it. I'd call it a beach book. That's good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an egde of your seat book thats all im gonna say
suzanne69 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this free book especially not a lot of sex written into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and the plot good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. You never knew what was going to happennext. Kept me in suspense. Lots of interestting characters some you will like and some you will not. 238 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page burner and delightfully written. Good story and good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Would love to read more by this author. I got very attached to the characters. Ready for more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but did I miss what happened yo Rolly. It never explained why he disappeared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I liked this book, but I do have a couple of criticisms. The plot itself was a good one, a nice little who-done-it, but several places were just too contrived or convenient, almost brief. The dialogue was ok but often I found it to be a little amateur. If the dialogue was improved and the plot was given more depth, this little murder mystery could morph from cute to gripping and well-written. I liked it as a free read, but I won't be spending any money on another book from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marilyn's review Apr 09, 12 Read from April 02 to 09, 2012 This book was Lee Hanson's, (Julie O'Hara mystery series) first novel. To me, it was a book worth reading. Julie O'Hara is a body language expert. When she finds out her best friend has died and is told it was a suicide, she doesn't believe it. She goes on to prove that it was murder. The story got my attention from the beginning. It was my type of mystery. I look forward to reading her second novel, Swan Song.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book was very good. Even though you knew who the villain was it was still a good book. KathyWeekly
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it. Want to read the next one!
Anonymous 6 months ago