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When I first started reading this book I thought I would be giving it a 4-5 star rating. But then as I got to the second half of the book it fell to a 1-2 star rating. The second half was slow and repetitive. And the ending was very disappointing. Since this book was written by two authors (either each took half of the book or they collaborated though the book - I don't know), I would be interested to know who wrote what.
Very confusing start and frustrating switch between story and characters in the middle of chapters, but as the story progressed (beyond the first 50 pages) it got better and better.
I stopped reading after a few chapters. Not sure why, it just didn't grab me -- I wasn't sure where the author was going with two different points of view. Your results may differ.
I first read this excellent novel in 2007 but at that time never wrote up my opinions. Now, with fresh eyes, I can honestly say that this re-read is still a five star debut novel. What a delightfully written solid mystery novel. The Authors asked me if I had read it...'Yes' with pleasure.We have a recently licensed Private Investigator, Maczenzie Sullivan, his trusty partner, Irish Wolfhound, Whiskey as they are fully involved in a stake-out. The coincidences begin. The person being staked-out i...
I'll admit it...I'm enough of a dog person to buy books because they deal with dogs. Of course, I also enjoy a good mystery. Murder Off the Books flung investigator Mac Sullivan and his Irish Wolfhound, Whisky, into the path of a ruthless killer trying to make good on the theft of half a million dollars while continuing to leave bodies along the trail. Despite being hired to locate the money, Sullivan is unable to separate the theft and subsequent murders, as the same suspect is sought for the c...
It was a good start for a series. There were a couple places where you were wondering why Mac the PI didn't pick up on clues that his Irish Wolfhound was giving when at other times he seemed practically telepathic with the dog. SPOILER ALERT: For instance, when Rachel's brother was in the kitchen and Rachel broke a cup because the brother startled her. She went back into the living room and practically pushed Mac and Whiskey out the door. Whiskey was whining and looking at the kitchen door but M...
This book was so much fun to read! It's got humor, action, mystery, suspense, and a 125-pound dog named Whiskey. Can you ask for anything more?The characters are well-formed and instantly likable. (Wait until you meet the scooter-riding Edger!)I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable read.
Murder off The books, was a face paced great read. Filled with humor,twists & turns. It was a perfect who-dun-it. I anticpate Murder takes the cake this spring!
First book in a series. Not a bad foundation. There are some tropes that will get old fast but also lots of potential. We'll see which way it veers in book 2.
Mac Sullivan is a former cop and now a private detective. Financially he is not a huge success, in fact with no car, he borrows vehicles from his friend the entrepreneur/funeral director Jeff. Mac also has Whiskey. Whiskey is an Irish Wolfhound and she is a wonderful dog. She is smart, choosy about who becomes her friend, and will eat anything in her path.Rachel Brenner is a new employee at the funeral home. She is divorced, has a son in college and a brother who may be an embezzler and murderer...
Mackenzie "Mac" Sullivan is a retired DC cop. He is now a private investigator and takes his Irish Wolfhound Whiskey on many stakeouts.Mac uses the numerous vehicles his buddy Jeff has. Jeff runs the local funeral home, but on the side he has an assortment of vehicles, including a pest control van and taxis.Mac is trying to find a half-million dollars that has been embezzled. He is employed by the insurance company, but is soon hired by some teenagers to find Dan, the person the police believe i...
This is one of those books that keeps you reading and reading.It is a combination of mystery/thriller and police procedural with just the slightest hint of a romance.Mackenzie "Mac" Sullivan discovered he had a lot to learn about being a detective. His current case finds him needing some of the services his best friend has to offer. He also meets an interesting bunch of characters along the way. Not the least of which is the sister of the person who is suspected of embezzlement at a local colleg...
If you love a fast read for a mystery, then you'll enjoy the Sullivan Investigation series by Evelyn David. Mac Sullivan is a retired cop who's now a PI and has Whiskey, his faithful Irish wolfhound. He's on the case of an embezzlement at Concordia College, when a murder's taking place at the clock tower. And all fingers points to Rachel Brenner's brother, Dan Thayer, who's in hiding and suspicious. But she believes he's innocent and being framed--so does Rachel's son Sam and his friends Carrie
Publisher's Note:If you love a mystery that isn't full of near perfect characters that can do no wrong, you won't want to miss this debut novel. This book, the first in the Sullivan's Investigations Mystery series, is a hoot!With a cast of characters that will leave you breathless from their reality, to a mystery that will keep you guessing, this book has something for everyone. People who love humor and people who love dogs, will especially enjoy this whodunit.And if you don't believe me, ask t...
My mother-in-law, Marian Borden, is one half of the writing team that makes up Evelyn David. I am really impressed with this book, because it's very much of its genre, serial mysteries, a genre that I never read, yet I really enjoyed both the story and the writing. Marian gave me a copy of Agatha Christie's At Betram's Hotel and I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Murder off the Books. If this book is better than "old Aunt Agatha," what more is there to say. I am very much awaiting the arrival of...
Sullivan is a retired cop, now a private detective. His partner is an Irish Wolfhound named Whiskey. He's been hired to locate the subordinate of a murdered college comptroller who might know where the money is. His investigation collides with the murder investigation. He is staking out the man's sister, recently divorced Rachel. This is quirky with possibilities. The characters are likeable and that's what kept me reading. The narrative switches back and forth between Rachel and Sullivan mostly...
I liked this book a lot - from the retired cop/current P.I. and his Irish Wolfhound Whiskey to the constantly befuddled and bedeviled Rachel who finds herself in the middle of three murders. Her brother is the main suspect and her son and friends are determined to help clear his name. This is a wild and fun ride from beginning to end.
From the backcover:"A retired Irish Cop and a fast-food loving Irish Wolfhound search for the campus murderer while dealing with a scooter-riding senior citizen with dreams of trench coat adventures, a crazed exterminator looking for his ride, and a makeup artist whose mid-life crisis isn't any the less stressful because her clients never complain."
I enjoyed this book. Not high lit by any means, but a good solid mystery. The characters were well written and I really loved the interaction between Mac and his lovely dog Whiskey. The story was convoluted enough to keep me interested and the ending was a bit of a surprise. I hope to read more about Mac and Whiskey solving mysteries and saving the day. (And maybe even getting the girl?)
"Murder Off the Books" is another wonderful Sullivan Investigations Mystery by Evelyn David and I highly recommend it.The plot is intriguing and will keep you guessing until the very end but what I enjoyed most about the book was the cast of unique and likeable characters. This is definitely a book - and a series - that you won't want to miss!
I really enjoyed this book because I could read alittle bit, set it down and pick it up again and not have to reread to remember what was going on. The fact that it had Warrenton VA settings made it more enjoyable-I have lived in that area and still have family there.
This is a great mystery for any time of year. Characters are full of life. There is enough action to keep you intrigued. Humor always a part of this authors writing was enough but not over the top. Highly recommend for cozy mystery lovers.
Highly unusual: a cozy mystery featuring a male rather than a female. Mac Sullivan is a retired police detective who now works as a private detective. He and his dog Whiskey are trying to identify an embezzler but run up against murder along the way.
I LOVE THIS BOOK
Its a fast paced murder mystery with a lot of plot twists and turns. with a retired irish cop and and his fast food loving irish wolf hound. trying to solve a murder at the local college.
looking forward to the next installment!
A good first book in a series. it was well written and I enjoyed it.
Very cute. I was confused as to who the main character was but it was well written.
sort of a romp, campus murder, ex-cop PI with dog sidekick, good plot. funny.
I enjoyed the characters, especially Whiskey the Irish wolf hound, the PI, the twists and turns and how it was all put together! Will look for more by Evelyn David!