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Deadly Legacy (A Carmedy & Garrett Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Bruce
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Even in the future, the past can kill you...

In 2018, rookie detective Kate Garrett lives in the shadow of her near-legendary father Joe. When Joe dies unexpectedly, he leaves Kate half interest in Garrett Investigations, his last case that ties to three murders, a partner she can't stand and a legacy to live up to.

Jake Carmedy has lost a partner, mentor and friend, but grief will come later. First, he has a case to solve, one that has detoured from a simple insurance case to a murder investigation. If that isn’t enough, Joe’s daughter seems to want to take her father’s place as his boss.

No matter how hard they try, Carmedy and Garrett can't avoid each other—and they might be next on a killer's list.


“Grips your attention from the first page...a treat for the senses.” —Garry Ryan, award-winning author of Malabarista

"A compelling story of loss, deception, and finding one's place in a world where change is fast and unwelcome." —Debra Purdy Kong, author of Deadly Accusations

"Bruce has woven an ingenious plot, defty delivered through the eyes of the newest detection pairing—Carmedy and Garrett." —Alison Bruce, author of The Calling

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About the Author

Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes.

Alison writes mysteries, romance, westerns and fantasy. Her novels include Under a Texas Star, a western romantic suspense, and Deadly Legacy, a suspense thriller. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity.

Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer in the past. She currently manages publications for Crime Writers Canada and is a volunteer with Action Read Family Literacy Center. A single mother, she lives in Guelph, Ontario with her two children, Kate and Sam.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1926997670
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm the Canadian Alison Bruce.

A funny thing happened a couple of years ago. I found out that there was another Alison Bruce writing mysteries. She also lived near Cambridge and had two children - just like me. One small difference, the Cambridge I live near is in Ontario, Canada. Our virtual paths crossed after a case of mistaken identity and we have since become friends. But even we get confused some days.

Copywriter and editor since 1992, I have also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer in the past. I am currently Publications Manager of Crime Writers Canada and Administrator of the Arthur Ellis Awards for excellence in Canadian mystery and crime writing.

I write genre blending novels, including a historical western romance/mystery and a noir-light detective mystery set in a Max Headroomish near future.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book of a new series. 2 Jan. 2013
By AnneDon
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This novel is set in 2018, so the world it describes is our world, with very slightly enhanced technology.

It is a very enjoyable book, which, I assume, is the first of a series. It starts with our leading lady being told her father has died, and plays out while she investigates what has happened. A large part of the book is taken up describing a large cast of characters who, I assume, will play a part in future books.

The character of the father dominates the book in his absence. His daughter, his partner and his former colleagues in the police force are used to build up a convincing picture of the man.

It's a very enjoyable book, with excellent dialogue and great characters. I look forward to the next in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Nov. 2014
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You can always tell how good a book is by how quickly you finish it. The DC Goodhew books usually take me 3-4 days. This took 3 weeks. It is boring with stereotypical characters and a predictable plodding plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars this is a good storyline ....NO SPOILERS 6 Sept. 2014
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This book starts with a death of a father the daughter starts to investigate and helps you understand all the characters... it's a ok read.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars good auther 3 May 2013
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I enjoyed reading the book it wasnt as good as some of the other authers i have read would recomend it
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing first episode of a new mystery series 3 Sept. 2012
By Corinne H. Smith - Published on
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Kate Garrett works as a police detective in a city in southwestern Ontario. She's in the midst of a drug-related homicide investigation when she gets the worst news possible: her father Joe has been hit by a car and killed. A retired police officer himself, Joe had since turned to running his own private investigation service. Was it his most recent case that put him in harm's way? Or was this merely a tragic accident?

While Kate and Joe's business partner Jake Carmedy grieve separately for their loss, they both begin to puzzle out what Joe had been working on. A tension from the past prevents them from working together, at first. But as additional deaths take place, both find too many threads that lead to the offices of Touchstone Insurance. With the backup of friends and professional colleagues in the local police department, Kate and Jake are able to collar the ultimate perpetrator in the end. Whether they will be able to work well as a team from this point on, is anyone's guess. The dynamic between the two could develop, change, and go in any number of different directions, as the pair takes on new cases.

A special nuance to this story is that it takes place over the course of ten days in November 2018. Kate and her fellow officers therefore use better computer technology than we have now (in 2012) to gather and process information. Security measures in both private and public buildings have been stepped up a notch as well. Otherwise, this book that is set in the future -- for now -- is not overly "futuristic." After all: any such mystery and police procedural boils down to uncovering the vagaries of human behavior. That idea transcends time.

"Deadly Legacy" sets a good scene for further episodes in the series. Kate Garrett is a likable character who deserves to have more adventures. As mentioned above, her budding business relationship with Jake Carmedy is one that has potential. The author chooses not to name their city in this book. I believe it would help firm up the readers' imaginations if she did, and if we were told a bit more about the place. What with the various investigations and the wakes and funerals of all of the deceased, several more minor characters show up here than are probably necessary. Readers may have a tough time deciphering and remembering which ones are more important than others.

Overall, this book is an intriguing first episode that should have readers wishing and hoping for a quick sequel. We want to tag along with Kate and Jake on at least another outing.

[This review was based on seeing a paperback copy, compliments of the author, in exchange for a fair assessment of the work.]
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique non-partnership with plenty of potential 22 May 2012
By Gail M Baugniet, Author of For Every Action - Published on
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Deadly Legacy is an honest to goodness Mystery patterned after early mystery writers Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe. The story, however, is set on 21st century Canadian soil. Putting a finger on the genre is tricky: Mystery/Police Procedural/Sci-Fi/touch of Romance. Maybe.

The main characters, police detective Kate Garrett and private eye Jake Carmedy have one thing in common: Kate's father. Wait, two things - they don't much like each other. Or do they? Their working relationship reflects neither Scully & Mulder nor Bones & Booth. Theirs is a unique non-partnership, with plenty of potential.

This Police Procedural is written with attention to well-researched detail of law enforcement technique. The "whodunit" mystery portion of the novel is laid out with thought provoking precision. Evident throughout the story is author Alison Bruce's first hand knowledge of Canadian life and her artistic talent for storytelling.

As the story unfolds, Kate Garrett must guard her emotions while she determines the cause of her father's death. Did someone arrange to have him killed, or was police officer turned private investigator Joe Garrett's death an accident? Kate's investigation leads her to several potential suspects, a disturbing underground drug activity, and plenty of unanswered questions.

Joe Garrett's partner in Garrett Investigations is Jake Carmedy. With Joe dead, Jake's job is in limbo; he is now half-owner of a company that may have no future. He continues the investigation into three murders that Joe started and was working on the day he died. Jake's case holds clues to the investigation opened by Kate Garrett, who is the other half-owner of Garrett Investigations.

Deadly Legacy is another of those first-in-a-mystery-series novels I look forward to following.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When do coincidences become conspiracies? Loved the interactions. 3 May 2012
By Betty Gelean - Published on
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An intricate weaving of a celebration of life and the results of sudden death, this book with its intriguing characters is sure to pull the reader in like a whirlpool. With ingenious plotting, prickly relationships, futuristic technology and bodies dropping like flies, Alison Bruce has a knack for descriptive narrative that breathes life right into the scene. The landscape, streets, murder scenes and characters rich and poor, are all clearly established in the mind. Set in the winter of 2018, there is plenty of opportunity the author to play with technological possibilities.

From the opening scene in a cold muddy field with a rookie cop gathering evidence from the drugged vicious rape of a young girl in the hope of saving her life, to the sudden accidental death of Joe Garrett, the very popular retired ex-cop turned private investigator, and coincidentally the father of Kate, the rookie cop who was working in that muddy field, the story appears to go in many directions, but does it really?

It's been a very difficult and emotional day for Kate and there are many decisions for her to make, not the least of which is whether to remain with the police force or to take over her father's business, as his will splits ownership between Kate and Jake Carmedy, Joe's business partner. Unfortunately, Kate and Jake do not get along, but a hidden undercurrent they aren't aware of seems to promise a hot romance in the future. In the meantime Kate is going to have to take over the current case Joe was working on, as well as pursuing the police case of the now declared murdered girl.

Alison Bruce's writing almost takes on a life of its own as it weaves in and out of these relationships and cases. The murdered girl died of prescription drugs, Joe died from a car accident, while following a man for his protection, a man who claimed he had been threatened. But why was this man threatened? It didn't make sense. Yet bodies and coincidences begin to pile up even while both police and family friends are mourning Joe's death.

When do coincidences become conspiracies? Joe's death seems unrelated, but why do the murders appear to have commonalities? The action is rapid-paced, the suspects are many and unusual, and the story is compelling as it gets deeper into the mystery. It all comes down to a perfectly Agatha Christie-esque finish with all suspects in one room. Yet we are left with the question, are Kate and Jake going to be able to put aside their antagonism? Will they? won't they? Can they make this partnership work? With the ultimately odd backdrop of the Santa Claus parade going by, surely anything can happen!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Procedural Set in a Near Future Canada 4 Feb. 2013
By Sires - Published on
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The story opens with Detective Kate Garrett searching through an overgrown industrial lot. It's November 20, 2018. A neo-goth look is described as conservative and the universal geek look is a fashion statement "complete with black-rimmed glasses and pocket protector." One can buy marriage insurance and society has gone to a great deal of trouble to keep drinks and food from being tampered with.

As the story continues there are moments when it seems the story could be happening in the present, then something will pop up and make the reader do a double take. The author's near future world is good extrapolation from the present, although it's important to remember that it is set in Canada and not the US.

Kate Garrett's father is Joe Garrett, former police detective, invalided out into the life of Private Investigator. Joe's unexpected death-- accidental or intentional?-- and the death of the head of one of his firm's biggest clients, Delano Gage of Touchstone Insurance from a questionable drug interaction, are just too coincidental. Joe Garrett's partner, Jake Carmedy, and Joe's daughter set out to investigate the two deaths as Joe's friends and family go through the funeral rites.

Not particularly violent or bloody, this is a procedural story rather than a thriller. The characters tended to be interesting. I did lose a bit of interest in Jake after he put on his uniform for the funeral and became a standard issue ex-soldier future love interest for a while. His problem with getting along with Kate resolved itself in all too easy a fashion after a few minutes of thought and conversation.

However, I am interested enough to consider another book in what appears to be a series.

The publisher Imajin Books is a small press in Alberta who seems to publish mainly genre books. If this is an example of their work, I'm pleased. I only had a couple of jarring moments that included the word "treaded" used instead of "trod". Both seem to be words but "treaded" does not sound right to me. I would be a happy person if my main complaint in all ebooks was that simple.

Recommended as a light read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alison Bruce delivers 20 Sept. 2012
By cori67 - Published on
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Deadly Legacy is the story of relationships, intrigue and unexpected deaths. Kate is in the middle of an investigation when she is informed her father, a former police officer and now a private investigator is dead. His death is an accident, but events that take place immediately before and after may not be so accidental. Coincidence or not? It's up to Kate, her fellow officers and her father's partner Jack Carmedy to figure out.

The setting is a city in Ontario Canada in 2018. Technology is integral to the investigation, but good old detective work and deductive reasoning win the day. The future theme is not overplayed and is not unrealistic from today's (2012) standpoint. There were times when I paused in my reading to think back 6 years to see how far technology has or has not come. Bruce has made some good technological decisions in this novel.

The ending of the novel had elements of an Agatha Christie story. Not that that is bad - it was strangely comforting. That style of writing works, and it worked here.

This is a strong piece of work. The story line was cohesive, believable and compelling. I loved the 'getting inside the mind' aspects of Jack's and Kate's uneasy relationship/partnership. I'm pretty sure all of us have been in that kind of situation and wondered what we can do to rectify it.

I look forward to seeing more work by Alison Bruce.
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