Optical Delusions In Deadwood

Optical Delusions In Deadwood

by Ann Charles
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Optical Delusions In Deadwood by Ann Charles

From the Award-winning Author of Nearly Departed in Deadwood!

"What a voice! Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful. This fresh and feisty mystery will instantly win your heart. Loved it!" --HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity winning author

Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks.

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act, murder-suicide tragedy.

Ghost or no ghost, Violet knows this can't be as bad as the last house of horrors she tried to sell, but sexy Doc Nyce has serious doubts. Her only hope of hanging on to her job is to prove that the so-called, ghostly sightings are merely the eccentric owner's optical delusions.

But someone--or something--in the house wants Violet stopped...dead.

"A smart, sassy, sexy and wonderfully resourceful heroine. Move over Stephanie Plum--Vi Parker is here!" --JOHN KLAWITTER, award-winning Tinseltown writer/director, and author of the award-winning Hollywood Havoc action thriller novels

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ISBN-13: 9780983256830
Publisher: Corvallis Press
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Series: Deadwood Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

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Optical Delusions in Deadwood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no question but that this book would be rated NC-17 if it were a movie. It includes a fairly thin plot to tie together endless references to and extremely explicit descriptions of sex. The humor almost entirely regards sex. Though there are those who look for this element when selecting reading material, I am not one of them. It's too bad the author follows this route because the heroine truly has potential for being a likeable character, and in the first book of the series there were moments completely unrelated to sex which were not only funny, but quite hilarious. Unfortunately, the author chooses not to hone her skills at genuine humor, but, rather to follow the easy path of sexual humor found so often today. Ann Charles follows this path virtually to infinity and beyond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Charles has captured me as a reader. The Deadwood series is fun to read, never a dull moment and I love Violet Parker....she's a hoot!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles, opens just about a week after the close of the first book. There are still plenty of unsolved mysteries going on from the first book, and we can't help but wonder what will happen. Luckily, Ms. Charles doesn't leave us hanging long, and we dive right into another mystery.  This one concerns a house in Lead (pronounced Leed), that Violet has been asked to list. She is specifically singled out because the house is rumored to be haunted and Violet has become known as the Realtor who talks to ghosts. At first, Violet has no intention of taking the listing, but upon viewing the house and getting to know a little bit about the women living there, she decides to take it on.  Violet is still in an iffy relationship with Doc and dodging letting her best friend Nathalie know that they are possibly an item. Jeff Wymonds is still working on getting Violet to see him as a potential suitor and now she is working on selling the local detective's and Harvey nephew, Cooper's house. Cooper thinks that Violet is sticking her nose into places it doesn't belong and has no problem telling her this. Doc keeps getting upset that Violet is withholding information from him, Addy keeps trying to set Violet up with Jeff while Layne, Violet's son and Addy's twin, keeps insisting that they don't need another man around the house, he is doing the job fine.  This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and this review is late because I had to dive right into the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the crazy adventures of Violet & the hot,steamy love scenes. Always enjoyed the paranormal, ghosts etc., and it is done very well . The mystery is good & it's fun to read about the West. Very entertaining writing, find myself laughing along with Violet's shenanigans. Keep the stories coming, I'm loving every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great murder mystery series! Bought and read the first one and had to have more. Be sure to read them in order. The writer keeps you wanting to come back for more. Definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down... Love the characters and the story. Read this book!!
ArtGirl42 More than 1 year ago
Violet Parker has not learned her lesson when it comes to selling haunted houses...or when it comes to Doc Nyce! Welcome back to Deadwood where ghosts still haunt the real estate and Doc still haunts Violet's (steamy) dreams. In Optical Delusions, Violet meets the meek mannered Millie who is desperate to sell the family home, but there's one small problem - the house is supposedly haunted and Vi already as a "ghost whisperer" reputation. To complicate matters, a sexy vixen and sleazy womanizer also have an interest in the house...and in getting Violet out of the picture! All this and the usual cast of characters - Old man Harvey, Aunt Zoe, and Detective Cooper - add a little extra spice to book 2 this delicious series. Ann - we are ready for book #3, please!!
coyote569 More than 1 year ago
Ms Charles takes the locale and characters from Nearly Departed in Deadwood and serves up an even better book. Violet is showing signs of being much more than a sexy mom and struggling realtor. She makes it clear that she is tough, smart, and resourceful while surviving relationships, wicked foes, and, of course, things paranormal. After reading this, you will find yourself hungering for the next installment.
LindsayLavender More than 1 year ago
Ann Charles debut book, Dearly Departed in Deadwood, had me wanting more as soon as I was finished. Good thing Optical Delusions in Deadwood was released soon after. This book kept me up on my "school" nights obsessing over Violet and her gang with what was coming next. The groggy next morning was well worth it and I can't wait to get my hands on more of what Ann's amazingly creative mind comes up with. Violet is as sassy as ever and her steamy relationship with Doc had me smiling every time. Violet is truly a character you root for and her adventures are getting better and better. Thanks for another knockout Ann! Can't wait for more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am loving this mystery series...there's witty dialogue, well written characters, and some delicious romance. I can't wait to read the next in the series! I also highly recommend the Jackrabbit Junction mystery series...love Ms. Charles' cast of characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Charles style is like Janet Evanovitch, humor,teasing romance, mystery, some danger and a heroine that is down to earth. I am really enjoying these reads. I'll be sad when I've read rhrough them all and I'll have to wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. The only thing bothering me is Violet not having that heart to heart with Natalie- yet! Having a dear old friend since childhood myself well, it just bugs me. Enough said. .............................................................................................................
vikingkim More than 1 year ago
Am going through these Deadwood mysteries at a fast clip. Loving them! I went to college in the area, so it is familiar to me, and I appreciate the local authenticity. I have had to read them back and forth between Nook and a free Kindle app - wondering why all 5 aren't just on Nook? As to those who are put off by the sex, guess what? These aren't young adult books or children's books. Sheesh, have fun with them. If you're such a prude that Doc's fingers running up Violet's lace bind you into a fit, don't read them, church ladies! Leave these great character mysteries to the rest of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding series and storytelling!
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Just when you think you can't find another great series to add to your repertoire, you stumble across one of the most funniest and hilarious mysterious witty and sexy series in a long time! To only adds and succesful right we're booked 1 left off. What I love about this book in the last, is that I truly have difficulty putting it down. I love the characters I'm a big fan the first person writing in this book has everything I think I enjoy and spending my time waiting. Do not hesitate to read this book. If you love paranormal comedy suspense and romance, then you will love this!
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Some reviewers have referred to this as a cozy - it is not. A "cozy" does not involve vulgarity, cheap explicit sex, and immaturity. This gal could be a really good author if she could come out of the slime...it would be much more cute and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so hooked on this story! Fun read. Love Viloet's sarcasim. Can't wait for the next one.