Deadly Gamble – Connie Shelton

This is book #1 of the Charlie Parker Mysteries. I randomly came upon it while searching through books on Amazon.

Deadly Gamble Cover Image

Charlie Parker is an accountant who shares office space with her brother, who is a private investigator. While her brother is out of town, she decides to take on a case for her ex-best friend (the best friend who married her fiancé), and a missing watch turns into a murder investigation.

I loved the idea of this story, but I could not finish it. There were so many plot holes that I could not handle it any more. I literally spent as much time rereading to see if I missed something, as I spent actually reading it the first time around.

On page 12 she talks about using her inheritance to help open the business with her brother. What inheritance? Who left her money? Why was her brother not left money? Yes, I get it could have been a husband that died, friend, etc. But come to find out later, it was her parents. The same exact parents as her brother. But we don’t know what her brother did with his money.

Another plot hole? Her part time secretary asks who was just in the office. Charlie states “A friend from school but you wouldn’t know her and there is a good reason why.” End of conversation. A bit further ahead, Charlie and her secretary are deep in discussion about this ex-friend and all the horrible things she did, but she hasn’t yet told the secretary any of this.

Minor issues? Maybe. But when I am engrossed in a story, and all the sudden read something that has me saying…. “Well where in the hell did that come from?”… I go back rereading what I read only to see I did not miss any information; it was never there.

So there you have it. I see there are several books in this series, and I hope this issue was due to it being a first book.

If you’ve read this series and love it please let me know!

9 thoughts on “Deadly Gamble – Connie Shelton

  1. iArtichokeu November 17, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Yeah I do that too, haha. When something makes me wonder where it came from, out of nowhere… I go crazy thinking I missed something!

    • Angela November 17, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      LOL! After the 4th time I was like …. “I’m done!” Any other book, and I could have had the whole thing read by then!

      • iArtichokeu November 17, 2017 / 2:55 pm

        So understandable! xD

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  3. Cozynookbks November 23, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Nope, I’ve actually never heard of this series. Thanks for reviewing.

  4. tryingtostayalive17 November 27, 2017 / 7:09 am

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  5. Maria H. December 3, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of this series and it sounds pretty disappointing!

    Thank you for stopping by my book review blog earlier and liking my review of “A Court of Mist and Fury.”

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