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Black Diamond Death (Sloane Monroe Book 1) by [Bradshaw, Cheryl]
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Book 1 of 7 in Sloane Monroe (7 Book Series)

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About the Author

Cheryl Bradshaw is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Bradshaw wrote Black Diamond Death (Book One: Sloane Monroe series). Within six weeks it entered the top 100 in two different categories and remained in the top 100 for over a year. Since that time, Bradshaw has written four additional novels in the series, and is busy penning two additional novels this year. In 2013, Bradshaw introduced a new paranormal thriller series: Addison Lockhart, the first book titled Grayson Manor Haunting. Bradshaw is the founder of IWU on Facebook, a writers group with over 2,000 members. In August 2012, Bradshaw was named one of Twitter's seven best authors to follow. In 2013, Bradshaw's novel, Stranger in Town, was chosen as a Shamus Award finalist in the category of best P.I. novel of the year. She was the only female nominated in her category. Cheryl Bradshaw's Novels: Sloane Monroe Series: Black Diamond Death (#1) Murder in Mind (#2) I Have a Secret (#3) Stranger in Town (#4) Bed of Bones (#5) Addison Lockhart Series: Grayson Manor Haunting (#1) Till Death do us Part Novella Murder Series: Whispers of Murder (#1) Echoes of Murder (#2) COMING SOON! For information and updates about Cheryl Bradshaw, visit her at www.cherylbradshaw.com, find her on Facebook on her Cheryl Bradshaw Author Page and follow her on Twitter @cherylbradshaw.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pixie Publishing (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCNW2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had this sitting in my TBR list for a while and kept skipping over it as it had the sound of a cozy mystery. I’m really happy I loaded this up and started reading though because this definitely is not cozy. The main character, Sloane Monroe, is a private investigator who isn’t afraid to get into the middle of an investigation. She is the granddaughter of an FBI agent and goes everywhere with her trusty gun. And even though she has a tough cop boyfriend, she certainly doesn’t want him taking care of her. I was pleasantly surprised as I read along and got to know the character of Sloane that she definitely a woman with a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to give people a piece of it.

The book starts out with what looks like a fluke skiing accident. Only the sister of the deceased doesn’t believe it was an accident and hires Sloane to investigate. Intending only to put her client’s mind at ease, Sloane takes the case. Who knew in their little town she would uncover a murder, and now Sloane has caught the eye of the murderer. With so many suspects to look into, Sloane has a dangerous job ahead of her, all while trying to avoid becoming the next victim.

This is a great beginning to the Sloane Monroe series. Sometimes the story dragged a bit, but I enjoyed the dialogue and the characters. Again, Sloane is very likeable and intelligent. I went right into the next book, Sinnerman, which I especially liked (5 stars on that one!). As long as the storylines stay as good as this and Sloane stays true to her character as she has started out, I can see myself finishing off the rest of the series in no time at all. Great stuff!
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I am always delighted when I come across a new writer of crime mysteries. I was hooked from the beginning of the book to the point that halfway through the first book I bought the next 2 in the series!
The premise of the book is that a skier dies on the slopes but the police think it is an accident. As readers we already know from the start that all is not what it seems but it is not until PI Sloane Monroe starts investigating on behalf of the victim's sister that the police change their opinion.
The characters are well written, especially Sloane, who could come across as unlikeable, but Cheryl Bradshaw has made her seem ballsy whilst still being feminine.
The romance angle was, whilst seeming typical in this type of story, well developed and even in that part of the story not quite what it seems.
For those of us who enjoy Janet Evanovich, Sara Paretsky or G.A. McKevett this series is one to read!
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This is not the normal type of book I usually read but must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It moves at a fast pace and I was very quickly drawn into the book and it's characters. What appears to be a skiing accident is investigated by Sloane Monroe after being contacted by the sister of the deceased. I was kept guessing who the murderer was until the end of the book. Brilliant.
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Black Diamond Death is Cheryl Bradshaws first Sloane Monroe Book. This is a great story with the Sloane Monroe Character that definitely comes alive. I don't want to spoil the story so I can't say too much. Indeed the title itself strongly suggests.... An enjoyable read.
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A good first edition in the Sloane Monroe series, nicely paced with an interesting location and an engaging heroine. Not a novel which will redefine the genre of PI crime fiction, but an entertaining read before bed which kept me interested from the first page
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Since receiving my kindle as a present off my husband, I have enjoyed so many new authors, Cheryl Bradshaw is one of them. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a suspense crime/thriller
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Cheryl Bradshaw has crafted a fast-paced thriller that draws the reader in with its easy, flowing prose. The character of Sloane Monroe is our protagonist and narrator - as with any first person narrative, having a well-developed voice is key here as otherwise discrepancies between a character's actions and how they 'talk' to the reader can stick out. There are no such discrepancies here - Sloane Monroe's character and narrative voice are seamless. She is likeable and open yet it becomes clear she has hidden depths that intrigue the reader. She can be soft and strong, adapting to the characters and situations she encounters as you would expect a private detective to be able to do. There is also a sense of history to Sloane and her compatriots which creates a very effective sense of continuity, you feel like you are walking into a world that has been ticking along for a good long while, even though this is the first of Sloane's stories. Again, this is key for a debut that is also the beginning of a series - the familiarity of a murder mystery narrative allows for the author to steadily build up emotional complexities as the plot goes through its twists and turns so that, by the end, not only do we know what happened and why, we have also made a new friend in Sloane Monroe and we are looking forward to joining her in the next adventure.
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Black Diamond Death was not too bad for a rainy Sunday afternoon. It was a bit implausible in certain parts but I stuck with it.
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