Karen Vaughan

A Review of Dead on Arrival by Karen Vaughan

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

Book cover for Dead on arrivalLaura Hamilton didn’t know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn’t finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man! Apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, he was currently adorning her living room carpet.

Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn’t quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she’s not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone’s out to get her.

Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura’s. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he’s sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.

No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dragged deeper into this ridiculous set of circumstances. When more dead bodies show up, she decides enough is enough. She and Gerry do what they can to help Inspector Gibbons find the killer.

Dead On Arrival is a wonderfully lighthearted mystery that moves at a lively pace. Vaughan’s humor adds an interesting dimension to her story, keeping it from being too grim. Her dialogue is sprightly, fleshing out the characters. Even minor players have very distinct personalities.

I enjoyed Laura and Gerry’s amateur sleuthing as they muddle through, trying to keep Laura safe while they figure out who’s trying to kill her and why.

Five Golden Acorns for Vaughan’s debut book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lighthearted mystery with plenty of intrigue.

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Character Quotes from Lone Wolf by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Marc, this all got weird really fast. Didn’t it?”

“Wil, it’s been weird. Are you just beginning to notice?”

“Yeah, well it’s weirder than I realized.” He told Marc about Miss Fulton’s call.

Marc exhaled slowly. “We’re twisting in the wind, old man.”

Wil hesitated a millisecond. “Not quite yet, my friend. I’ll see you at dinner. Tell the lady to wear something black. Loup Garou out.”

Taking the little foam box out of his pocket, he opened it up carefully, examining the artifact. “It’s gotten even weirder. I just don’t know how much.”

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Character Quotes from One Night in Daytona Beach by Dellani

character-quotes-imageHave dinner plans?” Draven asked.


“Want some?”

Jamie wiggled her ass against his firm cock and agonized balls. “You asking?”

“I am.” Ever so gently, he hooked his finger in her hair, raising it to his lips before brushing it back from her neck. By now, he didn’t care how many cameras snapped. He didn’t worry about angles or what the light was like behind him. This was all for her. His mouth dropped to the curve of neck where it met her shoulder, and hummed.

Shuddering, Jamie tilted her head to give him better access. “Are you trying to make yourself irresistible?”

“That’s the general idea. Is it working?” He licked and nipped her.


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Character Quotes from The Great Mandrake

character-quotes-image“I need one more lady for this to work properly,” he said. “Don’t leave me hanging, ladies. One more, to give me a brace of beauties. What about you, Miss?”

He held out his hand to an attractive redhead a few tables away. Walking over, he smiled down at her, looking hopeful.

“Would you kindly assist me with this?

“I don’t believe in magic,” she said somewhat stiffly.

“No need to believe for it to work,” he countered. “Please?”

The magician’s brilliantly blue eyes widened as he leaned forward, hand extended. The young woman’s breath caught in her throat as she accepted his invitation. He walked her to the stage, placing her between the other two women.

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Character Quotes from A Bride for Brodie by Dellani

character-quotes-imageElevators are trouble. I’m not talking about their mechanics, like they’re going to fall down the shaft at some inopportune time. I’m mean waiting for them to get me where I’m going. I hate being surrounded by a lot of smelly people early in the morning on the way to work.

I really resent having to wait for an elevator. I can stand in the middle of the foyer with banks of elevators on either side, eight in all and still wait ceaselessly for a ride up. I’ve gotten in the habit of mashing the buttons on all of them, standing poised in the middle of the foyer and sprinting for an open one the moment it arrives. This isn’t always the best approach, but it works better than standing in front of one and waiting, waiting, waiting…. Adds a bit of excitement, some spice, if you will, to the situation. A guy’s got to find some amusement somewhere in life, right?

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Character Quotes from Brand New Day by Dellani

character-quotes-image“What’s with you today?” One of her classmates from Mr. Whitmore’s class asked her. “That’s twice in one day.”

“I’ve got to learn when to shut up,” Janet said, folding her hands in front of her.

The boy nodded, grinning. He’d seen her at lunch with Diego. After class, he walked with her, stopping at the chorus room.

“So, you dating Diego?”

“Scotty, no. I mean, we’re going out Saturday….”

He nodded, a knowing smile on his lips. “Well, good luck with that.”

“What’s wrong with everyone today? Diego asked me to a movie. It’s not a date!”

“Um, I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s a date.”

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Among the Shine Clan – Part 6

among-the-shine-clan-coverFiddlestix, Kaz and Harmony agree to accompany General Scott and his men inside their fortress under the mountain. Part of the agreement includes them disarming, as well as neutralizing any cyber weapons. It’s not ideal, but they really have no other choice.

No one said anything until they were deep underground in a conference room. Deacon, Jasper and ten of their men took up one end of the table. Fiddlestix and her two men sat at the other. She waited for Deacon Scott to speak, but he just stared at her. Good at playing mind games herself, she stared back, letting her eyes travel over his body without expression. She lingered on his massive chest, her gaze drifting down to the tabletop, though one got the impression that wasn’t what she was looking at.

She didn’t appear to be impressed, but her mind was dancing around, singing a song of great appreciation. Deacon Scott exuded sexual virility. Like a scent, it surrounded her, burrowing deep inside. Never in her life had she been so attracted to a man. It really irritated her, because he was one of the most arrogant, annoying, hard edged, coldhearted men it had ever been her bad luck to encounter. He was a walking, talking contradiction from whom she got mixed signals. Priding herself on her ability to size up an adversary, she couldn’t get a handle on General Scott. She quit trying, waiting for him to speak. He seemed bent on the same thing. It was a silent standoff.

Fidgeting nervously, Jasper Scott nudged his brother. He didn’t play the silent game like Deacon did. It wasn’t that he couldn’t, he just thought it was a waste of time. He wanted answers as much as his brother, but he was willing to go about it differently. Given the need, Jasper could extract information from even the most reticent. Clearing his throat, he nudged his brother again. Deacon broke eye contact with Fiddlestix long enough to glare at his brother.

He didn’t say a word, but his eyes asked a question, “What?”

Jasper raised an eyebrow asking a question of his own. Deacon blinked, cutting his eyes at the three at the end of the table as if giving permission. Jasper leaned forward, laying his forearms and palms on the table in front of him. His dark hair flowed around him like molten chocolate. He too wore a thin, red tied braid.

“Miss Braun,” he started.

“Master Sergeant,” Kaz corrected automatically. Reddening, his lips snapped shut and he deemed it wise not to talk again.

“Beg pardon, ma’am. Master Sergeant. I’m sure you can understand our hesitation in accepting what you say.”

Fiddlestix nodded. “But you’ve had trouble at your north gate. I’d say, if it’s a well populated area, you’ve lost close to fifty people since they broke through. Probably took them roughly twenty-five hours to get in, now you can’t get them out. Am I close?”

The brothers exchanged a look that she couldn’t interpret. Deacon nodded ever so slightly.

“Twenty-four and a half to be precise,” Jasper said quietly. “Upwards of forty people. Mostly soldiers but a few civilians too.”

“Look….” She sighed heavily, running her fingers through her short blond hair. “I didn’t want to come in like this. I asked my commanding officer, General McLain, to contact you. He knew about your father, he knew this location.”

“How would he know that?” Jasper was incredulous.

“He didn’t share that with me, Jasper.”

She had no idea what his rank was. The Shine Clan wore identical uniforms but no insignia.

“General McLain?” Deacon frowned deeply. “Thomas McLain?”

Fiddlestix thought for a moment. Did she know the general’s first name. She visualized the nameplate on his desk. General T. H. McLain.

“Could be. I don’t know the general that well,” she smirked. “Not like the old man and I are on a first name basis. His initials are T.H.”

For the first time, Deacon’s eyes twinkled. His face remained stony, but there was a glimmer of something in his eyes.

“If it’s Thomas McLain, it would explain a lot. Short guy, bad attitude, sort of exudes this aura of….” He hesitated for a word that wouldn’t offend a lady.

“Abject stupidity?” She nodded. “That’s our general. Dumbest son-of-a-bitch I ever met.”

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Character Quotes from Analysis of Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageI come from a huge family.”

Yeah, so?”

So, they run heavily to girls. I have six sisters and….”

Twenty-five girl cousins. I know. Your sisters are all a lot older and married.”

But not all my cousins. You’re the greatest guy I know. My cousins could do a lot worse for themselves—and have. But I don’t think they could do any better. I would happily see you with any one of them, because I know you’d treat them right. And they’d treat you right. You both come with the Boyd Seal of Approval. It’s win-win.”

Why do I suddenly feel like the roast pig at the luau?”

You are a cynical man, Quaid Jennings. A sad and cynical man.”

And you, Boyd Stanton, are a persistent pain in my ass.”

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Character Quotes from Food Truck Hero by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I’ll come get you to clean and then I’ll take you to the VA. Maybe I’ll hang out and sell some stuff while I wait.”

He laughed, slurping his coffee. “I been bragging to the staff about your food. You might ought to. Bet you’d make good money. They’ve got a cafeteria, but that food ain’t worth a nickle—and they charge a dime.”

Jake has a lot of interesting expressions. I’m not sure where he’s from, or how he ended up here, but he’s not a local. I can’t pin down his accent, but it’s somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. Wherever he’s from, he’s good people and I’m proud to count him among my friends.

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Character Quotes from He Needed Killin’ by Dellani

character-quotes-image“You need to put some weight on,” another waitress, Vivian said. She was probably old enough to be his grandmother. Short, plump and gray haired, she had sparkling blue eyes and a sunny smile.

“If I eat like this too much, I’ll blimp out.”

She giggled, pinching his cheek. “Women like a man with some meat on him.”

“Oh, I’ve got meat,” Dill said. When he realized what he’d said and how it could be interpreted, he blushed.

Viv patted his cheek and went off giggling.

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