Uneasy Prey

Uneasy Prey

by Annette Dashofy

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Overview

From USA TODAY bestselling author Annette Dashofy comes the latest in her multi-award-nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series. And it's another page-turner.

On the way to the emergency room, an elderly woman regains consciousness long enough to inform paramedic Zoe Chambers that her fall down the basement steps was no accident.

Before she can say more, she succumbs to her injuries, launching Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams into the investigation of a burglary ring targeting the area's vulnerable senior citizens.

Zoe--in spite of Pete's objections--takes it upon herself to act as protection detail after the con men, disguised as water company employees, set their sights on Zoe's beloved former landlady. It's a decision that eventually puts Zoe in harm's way.

With Zoe already recovering from one close call, Pete must race against time to stop the crime ring--and a dangerous killer--before they strike again.

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UNEASY PREY by Annette Dashofy | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158956300
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Zoe Chambers Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 112,777
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Annette Dashofy has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn’t roaming the family’s farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, she, her husband, and their spoiled cat, Kensi, live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy. Her Agatha-nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series includes Circle of Influence (also nominated for the David Award for Best Mystery), Lost Legacy, Bridges Burned, With A Vengeance, and No Way Home.

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UNEASY PREY 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This series gets better with each book. Zoe Chambers, EMT and deputy coroner, returns to her job as EMT after recuperating from knee injury. She immediately gets involved in incidents of elders being scammed and robbed in their rural community. When Zoe attends an incident of a senior falling down the stairs she is concerned about the woman. Before transporting her to the hospital she says, “Didn’t fall, I was pushed.” Zoe is not not only on the case of the scammer and thefts, but they are now murderers. Pete is also dealing with his father's move to an assisted living facility. His father has alzheimers and thinks someone at "the hotel he is staying in" is killing the guests. Is there something happening at the residence? Zoe is one of my favorite characters, smart, caring, and her actions always grounded in reality. She is an amateur sleuth to some degree, but with her job as deputy coroner, she is entitled to information. While the mystery is exceptionally good, the underlying framework of dealing with aging loved ones pushes it over the top. I did figure out who the perpetrator was, but did not know why or how some of the other suspects fit into the mystery. The ending was sad but tied all the loose ends together. The other characters, the police, EMTs, Zoe's cousin and the other residents of Mongahela County, are all realistic, small town friendly and people I would love to know. I highly recommend this book and series.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Cleverly crafted mystery. Good characters and an interesting mystery with amusing as well as tense moments. Well worth reading.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Uneasy Prey is absolutely one of the best books I've read all year. It deals with issues that are all too real, such as con artists taking advantage of the elderly in Monogahela County, Pennsylvania, and a parent with Alzheimer's, and it really hits home. I felt the same sense of urgency that Zoe and Pete share as they try to track down the elderly-preying criminals, as well as their outrage at their crimes. The story moves quickly, has several twists and a nail-biting ending. Annette Dashofy has created wonderful and interesting characters that the reader cares about and roots for throughout the book, especially Zoe. I recommend this book without reservation and think it is a definite must-read for anyone. Uneasy Prey is only the second one of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries that I have read, and I can't wait to read the ones that I have missed. Although the sixth book in the series, this book can definitely stand on its own. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I’ve enjoyed this series by Annette Dashofy. In this book (which is the sixth in the series), paramedic and deputy coroner, Zoe Chambers, is once again in the thick of a murder mystery. There is someone preying on the elderly in their town. They are posing as water department employees and are busy casing homes for burglaries. After a woman dies, the hunt is on. Zoe’s boyfriend, Police Chief, Pete Adams, is called in and is busy hunting down the murderers. Zoe gets in involved when her elderly friend appears to be the next target. Zoe moves in to help keep both Mr. and Mrs. Kroll safe from the unscrupulous criminals. With Zoe now in danger as well, Peter goes into overdrive to keep both Zoe and the elderly in their town safe. There are side plots in this story as well. Peter and his sister Nadine are at odds with how to treat their father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Zoe’s relationship with her mother is not good so when Mom shows up, the tension is palpable. The book can be read standalone but the characters have history which has been building slow and steadily throughout the six books. I highly recommend reading the series in order. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Barbara-Tobey More than 1 year ago
Loved it! As a senior citizen, it hit some issues. Of course, in my mind I can still identify with Zoe Chambers and follow her antics with trepidation. She is a capable woman, but she does push the boundaries. I am eager to read the next one in this engaging series. The publisher provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
UNEASY PREY by Annette Dashofy “Didn’t fall, I was pushed.” — and so begins a painful and frustrating search for those who take advantage of elders, “easy prey . . . or uneasy prey might be more accurate.” Lessons learned from this book include horse terms like “flake of hay” and “lunge her first to wear her down” — and important life lessons, don’t open doors to strangers, don’t judge hastily by appearances, and look out for each other. I love that Zoe cares about everyone, even those who don’t seem to deserve it, and that everyone in her circle, especially Pete, looks out for everyone else. I did not like that the pushy reporter delayed calling 911; I would not want her to “have my six.” 
People I love, a most intriguing plot, and writing that flows to a gripping ending made this a most satisfying book. Here’s a favorite bit of description, “Without wind to swirl the stuff, the snowfall created a translucent screen.” I’m sad that it’s over, though parts are still replaying in my mind, and I can hardly wait for the next one. All main points are resolved (important to me; I hate cliffhanger endings), but there are threads that will lead on. Will Zoe and her mom learn to be nice to each other? Will the farm get fixed up enough to work for horses and for Zoe? Has Pete’s dad (like son, like father, “you dog, you”) found a happy new home and lady friend? I hope so. I LIKE these people and wish them well. A part of me wants to move to Pennsylvania and keep horses. Thanks to this book, I can do so vicariously.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Someone is preying on senior citizens and Zoe isn’t going to stand for it, especially after one woman dies and her friend Sylvia Bassi may be their next target. Then she learns Mrs. Kroll has had a visit from the burglars too. Her boyfriend, Police Chief Pete Adams, wants Zoe to stay out of it but she moves out of his house and back in with Mrs. Kroll to keep her safe. Pete also has his hands full with his father who has Alzheimer’s. His sister, Nadine has decided it is time to move their dad into an assisted living facility. There is also a new newspaper reporter in town and she is not warmly welcomed by Zoe or Pete, but she keeps showing up everywhere they are. I love this series and these characters. The character development that has taken place over the six books is phenomenal. Zoe has just a warm heart and always tries to the right thing, even when the right thing puts her in danger. Pete loves her so much, but he has reason to worry about her. She has racked up quite a few injuries herself. He appreciates her intellect and the way she doesn’t give up. He loves her for her independence but has a hard time with some of her decisions. Like any real-life couple, they have their up and downs. They are surrounded by a strong supporting cast that makes these stories even more real. This time Ms. Dashofy has taken on some hot topics. Criminals do prey on the elderly. What happens in this story could happen in any town, anywhere. She also shines the light on a hard decision families must make when their parents and grandparents can no longer live a home. When Nadine faces the truth that she can no longer care for their father, Harry, and informs Pete about an appointment to visit an assisted living center, Pete is not happy. He doesn’t want to put his dad in a nursing home. When he visits the center he sees the difference between a nursing home and the type of center his sister has chosen for their dad he starts to see his dad’s future home in a new light. It does take a bit of time for Harry to get comfortable but he does make a friend right away. The two topics come together nicely. There is also a surprise visit from Zoe’s mother that made things very interesting and at times pretty funny. She arrives just in time to help Zoe handle a horsey situation. Uneasy Prey was a wonderful read. Well-written with a strong plot and supreme characters that kept me totally entertained start to finish.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Another great one! I met Zoe and Annette Dashofy last spring when I had the chance to read/review No Way Home. I loved book 5 in this series. I have not had the chance to read the earlier books. Book 6 is another page turner. I was engaged and captivated with page 1. (just like in book 5) UNEASY PREY was a totally different story/plot than the previous book. The characters are the same and of course a few new ones. The story revolves around the crimes committed to the elderly. And the drama and struggles families face as their loved ones need help and professional care. Zoe gets involved in investigating a burglary ring that is targeting the elderly. I totally got this one. While I could see this really happening as my mother is 94 and we have concerns about people taking advantage of her. She reminds me a bit of Zoe's mom so I have a little more empathy for her even though she's a bit of a piece of work (Zoe's mom). I couldn't help but turn the pages. The story/plot was not only interesting and entertaining. Zoe is a great gal always wanting to help and investigate even when she puts herself into danger. I'm still routing for Pete and hope that the romance sparks in the next book! I enjoyed reading UNEASY PREY and hope for the chance to read the remaining books in this series. I received a complimentary copy.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about Uneasy Prey. This novel deserves an award on its literary merit and for the issues that the book addresses; there are so many special outstanding elements throughout the novel. While I am especially drawn to characters, the plots in Uneasy Prey shine as unique and captivating and draw me as much as the amazing characters. With the ups and downs, joys and sorrows they experience, Zoe and her extended family feel true to life. The caring that they show draws me to their happiness and their pains and of course to this amazing series. I am so glad that Ms. Dashofy had the courage to once again include Pete's father who has Alzheimer's. Continuing with this story line has to be so hard for her but she manages to give us moments of happiness for him as well as sadness since so many of us know what is present his like and what his future holds. His move to assisted living, that is assisted living, not a nursing home, is one more reality that makes the books stand out. That repeated reminder, "not a nursing home" brings home our experience with a bit of a smile. I also appreciate that she took the time to help people understand that while the future is beyond grim, the living options do not have to be. This story line is built smoothly into the book and only gets such emphasis here because it matters so much to me. Zoe and Pete's romance has to take a back seat to her caring heart and his is so evident in his handling of the first death and the scam against the elderly. The Kroll's continued probably create new issues for Zoe to address and a visit from her mother once again fails to make her day. I was absolutely thrilled when I received notice that I was approved for an ARC of Uneasy Prey from and I was just as thrilled with the book! I will be sharing my love for this book every chance I get just as I have the earlier books in the series.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
SUSPENSEFUL FROM START TO FINISH! Uneasy Prey (A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 6) is a thrill-ride from start to finish! Dashofy has brilliantly woven a mystery full of danger, deception, depravity, destruction and death. There is also the thread of long term friendships, the hope of new friendships being formed and the all encompassing peace that comes from knowing that you are loved unconditionally. Dashofy’s characters are realistic and complex. Her descriptive word pictures will have you feeling as though you are a “participant” and not just an “observer.” A truly great book! I was provided an ARC by Henery Press and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Uneasy Prey (Zoe Chambers Mysteries #6) by Annette Dashofy is an eye-opening story that will leave the reader shaking their heads in amazement. For anyone with elderly relatives, the idea of them being conned is heartbreaking. Annette Dashofy takes the reader into the cruel world of conning- where young men are posing as utility workers to gain access into the homes of the elderly. When Zoe Chambers arrives on scene and the elderly neighbor whispers, " I was pushed...I didn't fall," Zoe can only use her common sense to try and find the answers, before it's too late. This story was so good, I didn't want to put it down. AS much as I wanted to keep reading, sleep invaded my reading time and I had to put it down. I am relatively new to this author and this series, but I am hooked on this series and enjoy the free flowing way the author writes. Her writing style seems effortless and when I meet up with Zoe and Pete, I feel a certain kinship to them. This is an exceptional story that will appeal to all readers of this genre. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the author and NetGalley.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe the author has written a book that is even better than the last. I love the series and Zoe has to be hands down one of the best characters I have read. She is stubborn, smart and very protective of her family and friends. I'm not sure how I feel about her mom though. She seems to be so unfeeling at times and selfish. She does add a bit of tension to the story which I found to be good. It is always interesting to read about family dynamics. Zoe, thankfully is nothing like her mother at all. This story in the series involves the elderly and I thought the story line was very realistic. We read in the paper or hear on the news about break ins where the victims are elderly people with no way to defend themselves. Zoe is very concerned because the people who are getting robbed are her friends. One of the robberies ends in a tragedy that sets off a series of almost hysteria in the small town. Is anyone safe from the burglars? Why would someone target the elderly? The author gives readers a story that goes from burglary to murder and reaches a heightened sense of danger. I love reading books by the author because she writes with accuracy and true to life stories. I love that she can make a story jump off the pages and keep you guessing to the end. I was so sure I had figured out what was going on, but I was way off base. That's the beauty of a well written story with twists that convince you that a certain person is guilty. I was quite intrigued by the news reporter in the story. She is one sneaky and crafty woman. I didn't trust her at all. She had this way of always knowing what was going on before others did. Where was she getting her information? Could she somehow be involved in the crimes going on? The tension between her and Zoe is very evident and I felt chills every time they came in contact. Once again Pete has his hands full trying to keep Zoe from investigating what is going on. He is such a good man and I love the patience he has with Zoe. Will Zoe find herself in danger as she stubbornly continue to help investigate the rash of burglaries? Can Pete and his officers solve the crime before more elderly people are robbed or hurt? It's a race against the clock as the story reaches an unexpected turn of events. This one is a real page turner and unexpected surprises that ends with a bang. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tours. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe the author has written a book that is even better than the last. I love the series and Zoe has to be hands down one of the best characters I have read. She is stubborn, smart and very protective of her family and friends. I'm not sure how I feel about her mom though. She seems to be so unfeeling at times and selfish. She does add a bit of tension to the story which I found to be good. It is always interesting to read about family dynamics. Zoe, thankfully is nothing like her mother at all. This story in the series involves the elderly and I thought the story line was very realistic. We read in the paper or hear on the news about break ins where the victims are elderly people with no way to defend themselves. Zoe is very concerned because the people who are getting robbed are her friends. One of the robberies ends in a tragedy that sets off a series of almost hysteria in the small town. Is anyone safe from the burglars? Why would someone target the elderly? The author gives readers a story that goes from burglary to murder and reaches a heightened sense of danger. I love reading books by the author because she writes with accuracy and true to life stories. I love that she can make a story jump off the pages and keep you guessing to the end. I was so sure I had figured out what was going on, but I was way off base. That's the beauty of a well written story with twists that convince you that a certain person is guilty. I was quite intrigued by the news reporter in the story. She is one sneaky and crafty woman. I didn't trust her at all. She had this way of always knowing what was going on before others did. Where was she getting her information? Could she somehow be involved in the crimes going on? The tension between her and Zoe is very evident and I felt chills every time they came in contact. Once again Pete has his hands full trying to keep Zoe from investigating what is going on. He is such a good man and I love the patience he has with Zoe. Will Zoe find herself in danger as she stubbornly continue to help investigate the rash of burglaries? Can Pete and his officers solve the crime before more elderly people are robbed or hurt? It's a race against the clock as the story reaches an unexpected turn of events. This one is a real page turner and unexpected surprises that ends with a bang. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tours. The review is my own opinion.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
This was the first Zoe Chambers book I had read, and hopefully will not be the last. Although there are several references to events in previous stories, this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, as the knowledge needed is quickly and skilfully woven into the narrative. Zoe Chambers is a paramedic, and while on a call-out to an elderly lady, who was found collapsed in the basement, discovers that 1) the old lady did not fall and 2) that con men, posing as water company employees, are targeting the local elderly. As more and more elderly are robbed and traumatised, including some of her close friends, Zoe and her boyfriend, Police Chief Pete Adams, set about trying to catch the con men before any more old people are hurt. Unlike many crime novels today, there are no serial or depraved killers and no salacious descriptions, but the crimes and their effects on their victims are more poignant, because you can clearly imagine them taking place in your neighbourhood, and to people that you know and care about. The book is fast paced and keeps your interest throughout, as the criminals always seem to be one step ahead of the police and show no sign of slowing down their crime wave. There are little side stories too, that add to the idea of this being a normal, every-day, believable community: bullying at school, difficulties of lone parenting, finding and paying for suitable care for elderly relatives (and horses), Alzheimer’s, bereavement, intra-familial conflict; suspicions aroused by new people in town …Each of these may – or may not – be relevant to solving the crimes, but all add to your interest in the characters and the world of the story. The book has a full complement of elderly characters: there are the fiercely independent; those that rely totally on relatives; those looking for a second chance at love and/or companionship; those still in love; some actually with fading mental faculties – and some just pretending; those wanting to stay in their own home regardless of the wisdom of doing so – and those ready to move on; the lonely and the gregarious. They all seemed so familiar to me. I feel the author, must really enjoy being around old people, to be able to depict them with such empathy and authenticity. I loved the quote from one elder: “All you kids look young to me. I could swear my doctor can’t be more than twelve.” I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime novel, and particularly to those who either are, or have friends that are, in advanced years. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review