Death By Sarcasm

Death By Sarcasm

by Dan Ames

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Death By Sarcasm by Dan Ames


#1 Women Sleuths
#1 Hardboiled Mystery
#1 Police Procedural

Private Investigator Mary Cooper learns that her uncle, a former stand-up comedian, has been murdered. She is asked to assist in finding the killer by both the police and family members. Mary quickly discovers that her uncle's death was just the opening act for a bloody rampage. As Mary investigates, she exposes a dark and deadly legacy with mysterious links to her own past.

DEATH BY SARCASM is a rollicking, action-packed mystery, full of memorable characters who twist and turn their way through a minefield of murder and intrigue.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012204110
Publisher: Slogan Books
Publication date: 10/22/2014
Series: Mary Cooper Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 276,696
File size: 613 KB

About the Author

Dan Ames is an international bestselling author and winner of the Independent Book Award for Crime Fiction. You can learn more about him at

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Death by Sarcasm 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take Stephanie Plum, make her a little tougher, a little more sarcastic, throw in some crazy-ass Los Angeles nutjobs and you've got Death By Sarcasm. Wild, unpredictable and unique. If you're tired of the same old mystery clichés, this one will be right up your alley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like your crime fiction fast, furious, and full of smart-ass one-liners this book is for you. Mary Cooper is a private investigator in Los Angeles, looking into the murder of her uncle, a former stand-up comedian. The bullets fly as fast as the zingers, and Cooper is right in the middle of all of it. Two scenes stand out: the old ladies at the apartment complex who "shared" Mary's uncle for sex, and the assault on Mary by old men in Nixon masks. I rarely laugh out loud, but I had tears streaming down my face. This is a wild, funny, raunchy ride through the seedy entertainment scene of Los Angeles. 5-stars.
N_M_K More than 1 year ago
Initially it got on my nerves - all the scacasm and smart alec remarks. Either it toned down or it grew on me. Lots of good twists and turns. Look forward to more from this author.
WillZ More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I am not a book reader, but I was recommended this story by a friend and loved every minute of it, founding it hard to put down. Chock full of great characters and found myself looking forward to the twist and turns this quirky detective story took next. The twisted sense of humor of detective Mary Cooper was perfectly balanced by her analytical mind and tortured feelings on the case and life. Fantastic read and I would recommend it to readers and non-readers alike!
ChrisLaTray More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. A nearly perfect blend of humor, sleuthing, action and violence. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the LA setting; I've been there enough that I could relate to the places and neighborhoods visited by the characters, as well as the nods to the foibles of that bizarre city, to really get some extra grins from the circumstances that result. I also enjoyed the look at the underbelly of the LA comedy circuit, the seedy clubs, promoters, comics and groupies. Those details are the elements that can make or break a story like this, and the extra effort was definitely successful this time around. The personality of Mary, our hero, was equal parts grating and endearing. Dani Amore did a fine job of portraying her as a person who struggles to connect with people outside of her armor of sarcastic retorts and one-liners. Seeing other members of her family and their own similar foibles made it all the more believable. At times it teeters on the brink of being a little too much, but not to the extent that it took me out of the story. As an eBook release, I'd put this up against any of the traditional releases I've read in the last year within the genre. ANY of them. If you're not a fan of mysteries, this one won't change your mind. But if you like a whodunnit that leans more towards criminal mayhem than little old ladies solving puzzles over tea between cat feedings, then you'll dig this one. Frankly, I wouldn't even say I'm a fan of this branch of the crime genre . . . but I'm a fan of this book. Hey, a good story is a good story, and this one kept my attention from beginning to end. I'll be looking forward to Dani's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series who like their humor a tad darker will love DEATH BY SARCASM. Mary Cooper is a private eye in Los Angeles investigating the murder of her uncle, a former stand-up comedian. The bullets and one-liners fly fast and furious as Mary is dragged into the seedy underbelly of the comedy club circuit, as well as a horrific, decades-old unsolved crime. A great read, and at $2.99 an even better bargain. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! Full on sarcasm and not for the weak-kneed. A pretty good mystery wrapped up in there, too. Will definitely read more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - my ears were turning red as I read this book! The humor is fast, funny, mean-spirited and all-around red-hot. Mary Cooper, the private investigator/hero of the book, has cornered the market on sarcasm. A unique read in the mystery category. Highly recommended!
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I gave up about half way through. She had a good idea, could have been a good story, but the writing was not that good and her sarcasm was was not even close to funny. Will not buy any more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Dead Wood and really liked it so I tried this one...........didnt like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The attempts at "sarcasm" just came across as spiteful and mean, making this a thoroughly unlikeable main character. The plot was cumbersome, and the concept, while worth a try, was a miss. I had downloaded this to my nook, and will be deleting it.
surfdog99 More than 1 year ago
As the story progressed, so did the volumn of profanity, which did not add to the story. As the story continued, story content left me and so I left the book. I did not finish the book