Picked Off

Picked Off

by Linda Lovely

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BN ID: 2940159053138
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: A Brie Hooker Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 136,305
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Linda Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. Linda writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying, plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her newest series offers good-natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. She’s an enthusiastic Sisters in Crime member and helps organize the popular Writers’ Police Academy. When not writing or reading, Linda takes long walks with her husband, swims, gardens, and plays tennis.

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PICKED OFF 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Brie Hooker series. Brie is a vegan chef who has returned back to her home farm roots. None of her family and friends are vegans and, while she stays true to her foodstuff, she still has to be able to work and live with those who eat meat. Brie is now living with and working with her aunt at Udderly Kidding Dairy, a goat farm. She has decided to stay put for a while and even start working on her special plan of a vegan bed and breakfast establishment. The only problem is that murders keep happening and she keeps stumbling over them. She tries to keep her distance but then, a sleuth has to do what a sleuth has to do. She is aided not only by her aunt but also by a somewhat ditsy new age girlfriend. Then too, there are the two now in her life. One is a good guy veterinarian and the other is a bit of a bad boy moonshine distiller. Brie can’t make up her mind about which man to date. This makes up the only plot point that I’m not thrilled about. She should know her own mind and be willing to let one of these men go. I hope the author does not continue with this as, the further it goes, the more unpleasant it becomes. Apart from that, the book is humorous and a quick read. I do wish that some of the great sounding vegan dishes had recipes included in the book. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this second book of the series we meet Carol who is Eva's friend and a state senator. Carol is running for governor and Brie along with her Aunt are getting the farm ready for a get together where she will speak about her running points. Brie along with Andy and Paint are setting up the Udderly Haunted Barn of Horrors to help raise money to put towards Carols campaign. Carols famous footballer player son, Zack, will be joining the party to help promote his mother and catch up with old friends. When Zack is found in the Barn of Horrors knocked out and stabbed it doesn't look good. Follow along as Brie and her friends delve into who would want to hurt Zack and why. When Carol goes missing things seem to go from bad to worse. Is Carol alive? Why was she taken? Will they be able to find her? Is what happen to Zack and Carol connected? With long ago issues, a reporter who is always out to make the family look bad, and a security duo on the take will Brie be able to sort through it all? This was a great read that I couldn't put down and had me laughing the whole way through. I had my suspicions on who the culprit was but was surprised in the end. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The South Carolina Governor’s race is heating up and Udderly Kidding Dairy Farm is hosting a fundraiser for Senator Carol Strong. A Halloween themed costume party has been set up on the grounds and people have come from all over. The Senator’s son has even flown in from Las Vegas. Zack is the starting quarterback for the Aces. Brie who has told Paint and Andy she values their friendship too much to date them decides she may like to get to know Zack a little better. Before she has the chance he is attacked by someone with a pitchfork in the barn. He survives his injuries but has a long recovery ahead of him. Since it happened on at Udderly and Eva and Carol are best friends, Eva decides Brie needs to find the culprit that brought the party to a complete halt. Was it someone from nearby or did someone follow him from Vegas to make sure the quarterback has thrown his last pass? This is a very exciting story. Gambling, greed, fame, revenge, jealousy, all play a part in the wonderfully written tale. The first victim is just seriously hurt, then another victim is kidnapped, and then a murder is uncovered. Twists, turns, spins, this story has it all. The attack of pro quarterback Zack Stone brings not only a lot of press to the area but it also brings the owners of his team, extra security, and his back up quarterback to town. These additional characters take the story in an unexpected direction and really add dimension to the story. Brie, Eva, Mollye, Andy, and Paint have their hands full taking care of some and avoiding others as they all piece together the clues to find out who did what and why. A certain animal plays a pivotal role in one scene that had me both on the edge of my seat and laughing out loud. I will say everyone seems to be worried about Brie’s love life including Brie. I was excited to see at one point it looked like she had made a huge decision only to backtrack herself a few chapters later. I know romantic triangles are a big part of cozy mysteries, but this one needs to be decided soon. I don’t think the idea Andy and Paint have come up with is tenable for long in the future. I do appreciate the friendship all the core characters have. It is very believable and real. Linda Lovely’s plot takes on a serious issue in a very entertaining way. As with the first book, I enjoy the author’s writing style. Her descriptions create fantastic imagery of time and place. The dialogue is spot on. Brie’s meat and cheese curse words always make me smile. Aunt Eva’s cursing is a little stronger, but she is a strong woman. A huge heart but I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. I had a great time reading the story. Another perfect escape from this author. I can’t wait for book #3!!
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Get ready for another madcap adventure with Brie Hooker and her Aunt Eva at the goat farm! It’s close to Halloween and the gang’s been working on a scary haunted barn. Brie is still being courted by best friends, Paint and Andy, and trying to decide who she likes best. Senator Carol Strong’s son, Zack, a pro-quarterback for the Las Vegas Aces, comes home to visit and is attacked and badly injured during the haunted barn event. The sheriff, Brie, Aunt Eva, and Sala Lemmon, owner of the Aces, aim to find out who hurt him and why! The exciting plot deals with the seriousness of gambling addiction. Author Linda Lovely has some surprises for readers and the story is a swift, humorous read! Note: Contains mild adult language. I reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and Henery Press.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
There is trouble at Udderly Kidding Dairy when someone is assaulted during a Halloween themed campaign fundraiser. Brie Hooker thinks the key to the assault may be the victims cell phone but things become a lot more complicated when the victim's mother disappears and Brie and her friends discover an interesting video on the cell phone. Although this is a cozy mystery it is also full of humor and it will have you chuckling over vegan Brie's wit and her meat and cheese curses such as wiener warts and hairy pork rinds. This is the second book in the Brie Hooker Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to NetGalley and Henery Press for an ARC in exchange for a fair review.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
There is trouble at Udderly Kidding Dairy when someone is assaulted during a Halloween themed campaign fundraiser. Brie Hooker thinks the key to the assault may be the victims cell phone but things become a lot more complicated when the victim's mother disappears and Brie and her friends discover an interesting video on the cell phone. Although this is a cozy mystery it is also full of humor and it will have you chuckling over vegan Brie's wit and her meat and cheese curses such as wiener warts and hairy pork rinds. This is the second book in the Brie Hooker Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to NetGalley and Henery Press for an ARC in exchange for a fair review.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Picked Off (A Brie Hooker Mystery) by Linda Lovely in exchange for an honest review. Brie Hooker and her Aunt Eva are hosting a Halloween themed campaign fundraiser for friend Carol Strong, who is running for governor. At the fundraiser, the gubernatorial candidate’s famous son, Zack Strong, is viciously attacked. Goons soon pop up around town menacing Carol, Brie, and others. Then, Carol disappears. Who has it in for the Strongs? Are the crimes motivated by politics, money, or something else? The beginning of the story drops you right into the action in the most hilarious way. The story flows well and is entertaining. #HeneryPress #NetGalley