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Dead In Red (A Jeff Resnick Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

L.L. Bartlett
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Sometimes it seems like murder and mayhem follow Jeff Resnick, challenging his psychic "sixth sense" to solve crimes. Since the vicious mugging that changed his life, he's tried to keep his unwanted gift in check. But when a bartender at his favorite watering hole is murdered, visions of a sparkling red woman's high-heeled shoe and a pair of bloody hands linger in his mind--and hit too close to home. When Jeff's older brother, Richard, last helped him with an investigation, it nearly cost him his life. Still, Richard is determined to tag along as Jeff is drawn into the seamy world of fetishes and drag queens to find a murderer before another life is taken.

Praise for DEAD IN RED:

"DEAD IN RED is an engaging paranormal amateur sleuth starring a likable protagonist and his brother and brother's girlfriend who want him safe. The story line is fast-paced as Jeff seeks the dazzling red shoe that he believes will lead them to the culprit. Although the whodunit is well written and fun, as is Jeff's talent that seems to place them in trouble not keep them out of trouble, it is the relationship between the siblings that make this a special whodunit."

--Midwest Book Review

" If you like your murder served up with a touch of the unknown, Jeff Resnick will take you there."

-- Feathered Quill Reviews

"The brothers' complicated interactions carry the novel in this entertaining and lively mystery that contains sprinklings of the paranormal."

--No-Name Café

"Dead and Red takes the reader to the darker side of town and the darker regions of the mind. L.L. Bartlett gives mystery and suspense readers a unique eclectic mix of hard-edged characters and scenarios mixed with intimate, tender family moments. There is no guaranteed easy resolution or happily-ever-after summation but wow, what a wonderful ending! Now --- when is the next Jeff Resnick mystery out? I'm hooked."

--Book Illuminations

"Dead in Red succeeds as both an engrossing crime novel, and a story of a complicated relationship."


"Bartlett's hero is complicated and mesmerizing, making for a gripping and energizing mystery."


"Bartlett has a deft touch and makes psychic abilities very real."

~ Library Journal

About the Author: L.L. Bartlett has done it all--from drilling holes for NASA to typing scripts in Hollywood. She writes the Jeff Resnick mysteries. Bartlett also writes traditional mysteries under the name Lorraine Bartlett (The Victoria Square Mysteries--A Crafty Killing) and the New York Times bestselling (and Agatha-nominated) Booktown Mysteries as Lorna Barrett.

Dead In Red was originally published by Five Star/Cengage in 2008.

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The Jeff Resnick Mystery Novels:

Murder On The Mind

Dead In Red

Room At The Inn
Cheated By Death

Bound By Suggestion

Dark Waters

Other Jeff Resnick stories:

Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
When The Spirit Moves You

Bah! Humbug

Cold Case

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461010985
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Polaris Press (26 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0GAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Three months previous to "Dead In Red", New York City based unemployed insurance investigator Jeff Resnick is on his way home from hanging with his buddies when he is viciously mugged and beaten, where he suffers a concussion, and both a broken head and a broken arm. His estranged half-brother, the wealthy Doctor Richard Alpert and his live in significant African-American other, Brenda, take him back to their home in Buffalo to recuperate. While there Jeff's innate, but unpredictable, psi abilities start to emerge. With this second novel both are recuperating, Jeff from his mugging, and Richard from being shot in the first book.

Feeling useless and needing to do something, Jeff has found himself hanging out the local sports bar "The Whole Nine Yards". Then one day one of the bartenders, Walt Kaplan is murdered, and Jeff is offered two jobs by the bar's owner, and Walt's cousin, Tom. The first job is to look into, and investigate Walt's death, and the other is to fill the bartending job that has now been left empty.

Meanwhile, Jeff is having flashbacks and dreams of his mugging and that of a red stiletto-healed shoe.

Deciding to take both jobs, the first reluctantly, the second not so much, he and his brother, who has become his Watson, begin to look into Walt's death. After arriving at the crime scene Jeff realizes that Walt wasn't murdered where his body was found, but was dumped at the Old Red Mill and that the mill houses a coffee shop by Cyn(thia) Lennox, nee Taggert, who is an old schoolmate of Richard's and who is actively hostile to Jeff.

While he is investigating Walt's death, Jeff's personal life is still in shambles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For all Jeff Resnick lovers and those yet to discover this unique sleuth, L.L. Bartlett's second suspense mystery, DEAD IN RED brings back a loved set of characters to a new mystery territory, closer to home yet one that takes them to the darker sides of society and the dark secrets of individuals nearby. The psychic sleuth gives a nice twist to the unfolding mystery, but this Jeff Resnick mystery also has an extra dimension as L.L. Bartlett peers deeper into the relationship and tensions between Jeff and his brother.

In her debut mystery, MURDER ON THE MIND, L.L. Bartlett introduced Jeff Resnick. Divorced and having just lost his job as an insurance investigator, Jeff is mugged. The attack leaves him brain damaged and psychic. His brother Richard, a doctor, and Richard's girlfriend Brenda care for him. Frustrated at his sudden incapacity and reliance on Richard, Jeff investigates the brutal death of a banker.

In DEAD IN RED, Jeff Resnick turns his eyes from a high society positioned victim to a murder closer to home. Tom Links, the owner of his favorite bar and hang out, The Whole Nine Yards, asks Jeff to look into the murder of bartender Walt Kaplan. Jeff sees a vision of a high heeled red sequined shoe, a shoe that leads him to investigate a friend from his brother's past, theater groups, foot fetishes and even the haunts of the Buffalo's drag queens, but not even a psychic vision can prepare him for the scenes that will unfold before him. As the clues and a new vision lead him closer to answers, Jeff must race to save an unknown person. Although fear and guilt haunt him, Jeff knows he can only save this person by solving the crime.

Humorous, fast-paced and full of surprises and emotion. Jeff Resnick is a great flawed sleuth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cracker. 8 Jun. 2012
By Pete
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This is the third book I have read that has been written by L L Bartlett and I have enjoyed
every one of them. They all stick to the plot. Smooth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read 4 Oct. 2011
By Maria T
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After reading LL Bartlett's first book 'Murder on the Mind' I promptly bought this one. The plots are quite simple and easy to follow but still keep me turning the pages. I enjoy this series of books and will buy more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read with a few twists. 28 July 2011
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There is a quality about the Jeff Resnick series that really keeps you reading. They are not the most complex of plots but definately make for a good read.
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It was okay. I enjoyed the first one more than this and then the price jumped up after the first book (kindle editions) so I'm not sure I will read them all. Although I do like the characters and watching their relationships grow, I feel the plot was a little thin if I'm honest. A lot of repeated chapters covering the same ground as though the author 'thinks me a bit thick an that'. I want more mystery and plots that cover many possibilities. I'm not complaining too much though, it did 'kill' a bit of time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and different! 7 July 2014
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After receiving head injuries during a mugging, Jeff has developed a psychic ability to zone in on some people's emotions. This is the second one of the series, and I am enjoying them immensely. I have also read the 1st & 3rd in the series, where the 'whodunnit' is pretty complicated and gets quite thrilling towards the end. I'm looking forward to the 4th one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 16 Dec. 2014
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Love the characters described in the Jeff Resnick series.L.L.Bartlett writes with great affection for the siblings,and is brilliant at writing crime novels with a psychic undertone,which although is totally enthralling,is never too deep to make the plot complicated.I have now read all six books in the series,and eagerly await a 7th??
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