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Darker By Degree (Maddie Pryce Mystery Series Book 1) by [Knutson, Keri]
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great promise for a new series. Worth a read! 19 Jun. 2012
By J. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reminds me of an early Sue Grafton or Marcia Muller mystery. All the right elements are there--a good lead character, an interesting setting, a complex and a nicely crafted plot. Knutson and Branham are good writers, too. I was immediately pulled into this languid, almost melancholy Los Angeles where Maddie Pryce hovers on the edge of fame, overshadowed by her brilliant actress mother.

I would give this book four stars for the sheer promise and skill the author shows, but although the elements are there, they don't quite fit together yet. The authors don't quite make the case, for me, for why Maddie does some of the dangerous things she does. The ending seems too drawn out, the relationship between Maddie and her new boyfriend, the police detective on the case, doesn't seem to have the edges it should have when two people are at odds over murder.

Grafton's A is for Alibi and Muller's Edwin of the Iron Shoes have the same kinds of problems and those two are among my favorite mystery writers. Don't let the 3 stars I'm giving this book keep you from reading it. It's exciting to see a new mystery series start out with this much promise. I'll read the next Maddie Pryce book, too, and look forward to what the authors are doing with the character five or six books from now.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 27 May 2015
By D. Zendel - Published on Amazon.com
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Maddie Pryce, theater usher by day, struggling actor by night, is looking for her big break and finds herself at the center of a series of seemingly unrelated crimes, including a possible murder. Soon she’s trading barbs – and sparks – with the homicide detective assigned to the murder case. She gets a shot at the big break, but it comes with a driven director, a playboy producer, and an unstable ingénue.

I thought this had a nice ring of authenticity. The plot was interesting, and the romance portion handled with a light hand, and I figured out whodunit just about the time Maddie did. Plus, Maddie’s roommates, a deaf cat, and a dog added a nice entertaining dimension to the plot. The conclusion was satisfying, and I liked that the loose ends were wrapped up at the finish and the ending was natural, not abrupt.

Checking online, it looks like there were only two books in this series. That’s kind of a bummer, because I could see this having potential for several books. I haven’t read book 2 yet, but I will.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 11 April 2017
By Nanci R - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Maddie and will continue with this series. There were a few typos and some problems with word choice, but they didn't detract much from a well-crafted story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's Darker Side. 21 Oct. 2014
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
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Madeline Pryce is the daughter of famous actors who works to break into the big screen world, while supporting her ambitions working in a small theater. She discovers Irene Shoffitt (the owner) wedged under a dumpster behind the theater. Irene had taken the place of family in her life as her parents, who died in an accident.
Maddie mets detective Kyle Knutson during the investigation, but the police do not move fast enough or follow the wrong paths. The chemistry is strong, but Maddie has contacts in the film world and she follows her own instincts.
An excellent read that explorers the dark side of Hollywood.
Nash Black, author of Cards of Death.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddie, Maddie, Maddie 24 Sept. 2012
By txstarkeeper - Published on Amazon.com
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Maddie just keeps stepping into more mystery, murder and mayhem than she knows what to do with...what else is an unemployed actress supposed to do to keep amused between jobs?

Loved this quick read...also, enjoy new authors that Amazon recommends to me. About to begin the second book in this series ... great job Keri and Susan.

The author info really surprised me when I found out that this Susan Branham is the very same cockeyedsusan I follow on Twitter!
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