Raked Over

Raked Over

by Linda Seals
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Raked Over by Linda Seals

Discount a 50-something woman as just a “pathetic old hag,” and see where that gets you. The arrogant young boyfriend of a former employee of Lily Raffenport, a mellow but irreverent Colorado garden designer, finds out when he dismisses everything about Lily as he trowels on the story of his girlfriend’s drunken suicide. That write-off spurs the reluctant sleuth Lily into action, and danger.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044408500
Publisher: Linda Seals
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 205,613
File size: 685 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Seals is a writer and garden designer living in northern Colorado. She’s been writing most of her life but didn’t turn her attention to fiction until, early one winter morning, a chatty and amusing character danced out of a dream with stories to tell. Inevitably, Linda was compelled to give voice to fellow gardener and reluctant sleuth Lily Raffenport. She found they both feel much of life is humorous.A baby boomer from Dallas “raised up” in Oklahoma, Linda is a born storyteller, eager collector of the details of life, and grounded in a love of the land, giving her stories a true sense of place, and bringing her experiences in the Southwest evocatively to the page.Linda has also worked in the publishing and newspaper industries as an art director; owned a graphic design firm; and been a warehouse worker packaging seeds until she found her calling in the plants and dirt of gardening that led to the words and world of writing.Linda continues her work as a professional gardener as she happily writes the next Lily Raffenport mystery, Paid in Spades.

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Raked Over 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. I especialy like that Lily is older and not a professional sleuth. Plot was interesting with lots of twists. Only negative is that there are no more books available on Nook by this author. Hope this changes soon.
lcwiltshire More than 1 year ago
While it did have a lot of references to music and the main character is a lesbian, who cares! Raked Over was still a great book. It had humor and kept me turning the page to find out what happens next. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest, a little slow at the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realy enjoyrd this book. Would highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Raked Over" is a treat! The plot grabbed me--couldn't put it down--and the interesting characters kept me involved to the end. Loved the details of the music and landscape, and want more of the main character, Lily Raffenport!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book! Interesting characters, clever little plot twists, inviting descriptions, and funny. It was hard to put down because it kept me involved in the story and characters, and I wanted to see who done it. Now I want to buy the soundtrack, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was way too long, lot of repetition, lots of obscure music refrences, too many characters to keep track of.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read for enjoyment not to read about politics - also I don't knowingly buy books with gay/lesbians - not my cup of tea, no matter how much it is forced on all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot. Unfortunately, author promoted lots of political agendas throughout ( immigration, NRA are only two of many.) What was the point of anti NRA since characters who saved key character has guns? Lesbian warning altho no sex, however, it's bantered about with excessive rough language, violence, and rambling. It took me a while to slog through due to rambling. Unfortunately, key clues were hidden within the ramble, plus i figured out the clues way in advance. Some nice twists tho. Good Southwest imagery and interesting landscape references. Did like the fact that female work nemesis was eventually reaping payback rewards. The LGBT stuff, tho mild, wasn't really necessary and seemed surfacey as the author tried to make it all appear folksy and andy of mayberryish. Men were portrayed as ridiculous with "shoot em in the privates" references. (my phraseology - the book's were of course crude) Lots of inconsequential characters. Reminded me of an inexperienced Rita Mae Brown in some ways (the pets, smart older characters).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about 590 pages long. The grammer is horrific. The punctuation isn't much better. The main character, Lily is a lesbian. She is a fiftyish, overweight woman, who owns her own landscape business. This book seemed to focus on the music preferences of the characters more than anything else. I got tired of reading about what was playing on the radio, cds, or stereo, now or in the past. If references to music, name calling and cursing were left out, this book would be about a hundred pages shorter. This book has a lot of characters. If you read it, mske a list of who's who, you will need it to keep everyone straight. There is a lot of violence in this novel. Some of it is very descriptive. There is no sex. A lot of the characters are gay. The plot is convoluted. It was easy to figure out whodunit, not so easy to figure out why. For adult readers of both sexes. This book was hard to get into and did not hold my attention very well. It is set in Colorado, but the heroine, Lily, drives drives all over the place including New Mexico, trying to find clues to her friend's death. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to a light-hearted mystery with Raked Over, but was disappointed to find it laced with petty anti-Christian & anti-conservative jabs. Lily went from describing the preacher as “a sweating man in a shiny tan suit…” to stating “the man started going on about GOD-dah and Our Lord-dah and how everyone’s a sinner… I couldn’t stand it. I needed air.” A few chapters later, Hannah states. “Seriously, Lily, that preacher guy had me convinced I was sitting in hell that very moment.” Later, she visited the dead girl’s great aunt, Bernice. Bernice is described as a whacky church-goer who collects plastic knickknacks. When speaking with her, Lily thinks, “I thought I’d try one more tactic to stop the Jesus tirade.” Bernice’s “crotchety” neighbor, from whom Lily is trying to get info, enthusiastically voices his support for a congressional candidate who’s “too right wing” for Lily. Then she stereotypes conservatives in describing the candidate (even though this is a total diversion from the mystery) with, “One way he sought political power was by demonizing immigrants and stirring up xenophobic fear. His idea of supporting his rights usually meant stepping on others’ rights.” Whether or not one agrees with these derogatory sentiments is irrelevant. The fact that these “preachy” comments (pun intended) are there is distracting and does nothing to further the mystery. Such comments only serve to diss half her readership. It’s quite a shame because the mystery portion has me intrigued. I’ve managed to get through a scant ¼ of the book, but don’t think I will continue to force myself to bear with the distorted, hateful stereotypes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to ad for the heads up that this book is about gays. I wish bn would put a disclaimer on the overview about this. This type of book is offensive is some.