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Any Meat In That Soup? (Sam Darling Mystery Book 2) by [Dufresne, Jerilyn]
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Any Meat In That Soup? (Sam Darling Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition

3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in Sam Darling Mystery (7 Book Series)

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About the Author

Best-selling author Jerilyn Bozarth Dufresne is the oldest in a family of nine children, which is where she got the inspiration for the Darling Family—although her siblings fight a lot more and have cornered the market on sarcasm. She returned to her hometown of Quincy, Illinois after having lived a nomadic life in her middle years. Jerilyn currently works as an outpatient therapist at a local mental health clinic and teaches at Quincy University. She and her dog Gus live with, and are tolerated by, two cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3825 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eFitzgerald Publishing; 3 edition (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HH14PAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #508,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another good story in the series.

This time Sam investigates a series of deaths at the local ER, where one of her sisters happens to be on the suspect list. At the same time animals are being poisoned, is there a link.

Sams relationship difficulties grow, she falls for 1 of the men in her life, will it be George or Michael?

Clancy is put in danger, and Gus helps save the day.

A little formulaic but still a good read.
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Not enough interest tyo keep me going past chapter three.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 79 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and I'm only half way through! 4 Feb. 2014
By Gloria Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes! I never did this before. I put the book down--not easy with a Jerilyn Dufresne mystery which cries out for continued reading--because I couldn't wait to tell you what a good time I'm having. First, I wish Sam Darling were a living being so we could meet for lunch at least once a month. I love her wit, her sibllngs (as one of four I know how much fun brothers and sisters can be), her dog Clancy who really listens to Sam and thinks about what was said to her. We know this because Sam shares those thoughts with us and I believe her. When she tells Clancy she has to wait ten minutes for her walk, Clancy drops her leash and waits...exactly ten minutes. I appreciate the author's attention to detail that is never boring and I love learning about the inner workings of the ER, its staff, the break room, the minds of detectives, the vet's office. When fiction adds facts I didn't know about, it's another dimension of pleasure. And then there are the murders, the poisonings, the romance, the loving or angry remarks, all adding to the fun and I can't wait for the third Sam Darling mystery. But wait! I have to get back to the second so I can continue to ponder who did what to whom...and why! I spend every minute I can with my Kindle and my friend Sam Darling, and I've already spent too many minutes here when I could, and should, be there!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Murder With Romance 24 Mar. 2017
By J & L Rigod - Published on Amazon.com
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Sam Darling has a job and an old/new boyfriend in this second novel of the murder series involving a mental social worker, her dog, Clancy, and murder mysteries in the small town of Quincy, Illinois.

The title comes from shared memories of Sam and her High School boyfriend, George. George is now the Homicide Detective and tries to keep Sam from being too nosy around crime scenes. Although both are in their mid-forties, they have found each other again. A gentle romance.

However, when bodies start mounting up at the hospital and even doggies are being poisoned, including Clancy, there is no way to keep Sam out of the thick of it. Michael, Quincy's new Private Investigator gets Sam a part time job as a 'Crisis Interventionist' at the hospital so that she has a cover, but, Sam is not too adroit at being 'undercover.'

There is humor in this novel but cozy is a bit more predictable than the first. I truly enjoyed it though and will be reading the third soon.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, everyday people, humor, dog, romance, what more can you ask for 21 April 2014
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
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I may have to get my husband to hide my Kindle so I can get some sleep!
I really like this book. It has a little bit of everything in it. It is well written. It flows smoothly and is easy to understand.
It's about a middle age woman, which I like. No sex. No curse words.

Sam is a social worker and would be crime solver. She is fiesty, funny and smart. There has been a series of murders in Quincy. Sam's sister Jen is under suspicion. Sam can't take that and decides to find the real murderer. There are a trio of other suspects. Among other animals that have been poisoned Sam's dog is poisoned too. This is too close to home for Sam and she increases her efforts to find the murderer.

I do recommend this book to all ages. Enjoy your book folks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered... 12 Jan. 2014
By Luv to read - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really enjoying these cozy mysteries. I have to admit I'm not easily attracted to the plots in "cozies", however, the cover of the first book in this series caught my eye and I'm grateful it did. Jerilyn Dufresne's picture-book covers depict her stories perfectly; quaint town; neighborly people, yet not without their own challenges.
DuFresne has an easy, unique style that make the words fly by as you try to figure out "whodunnit." I have not been right in either book, so the twists make me want to turn to the back page, but the characters are so fun to get to know I couldn't...no wouldn't... let myself spoil the surprise..
Sam Darling - well, just start with the name - how can anyone resist a name like hers with an added bonus of getting to know her brothers and sisters.
One of the things that pulled me into this series is Clancy - Sam's dog. Sam not only talks to Clancy, but bounces theories and ideas off her beloved pet- as I do with my two furry canines. From one book to the next, Clancy is there beside Sam ready for the next adventure.
I can actually envision this series as a sitcom as who wouldn't enjoy a bit of "meat" that includes a few upbeat, comical situations?
Everyone will be able to identify with Sam Darling - from wanting to solve a murder, to making some difficult choices.
Recommended for all ages, and am looking forward to the next book is this delightful series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable read 23 Jun. 2015
By D. Zendel - Published on Amazon.com
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Samantha Darling is a 40-something, mother of two young adults, vegetarian in a family of meat lovers, social worker by day and a fledgling PI by night. The book opens with a man falling at her feet, which she finds pretty entertaining – until she realizes he’s actually dead, and her sister may be a prime suspect.

Michael, the PI that Sam works for (and has a sort-of crush on) hires her to gather intelligence at the ER. She’d snoop for free if she could, so actually getting paid to do it makes her think she’s died and gone to heaven. Michael’s not sure he can trust her to be impartial, but she convinces him to let her gather information, which she promises to immediately turn over to him. She knows deep in her soul that her sister, a charge nurse in an ER, is not guilty, so she’s motivated find other suspects.

Sam is assisted in her sleuthing by her elderly landlord, George, and her beloved dog, Clancy. She and Clancy understand each other in a way no one else can. It’s almost like they can read each other’s thoughts. Clancy falls victim to a wily poisoner, and Sam rushes her to the vet to get help. The events with Clancy ultimately lead to Sam solving the crime.

There is a nice subplot involving her feelings for Michael, as well as for her high school boyfriend George, now a cop, who stood her up on Prom Night, and whom she’s never forgiven. Sam’s parents died when she was barely 18, but she was able to keep the family together and they play a prominent role in this story. The dialogue is entertaining, and the supporting characters are well-drawn.

I did not know until part way in that this was book 2 in this series. I was a little bit lost regarding references to events in the first book, but not enough to put me off reading this one. I enjoyed going along for the ride, and when I was done, I purchased books 1, 3, and 4. This is a light, entertaining, and easy-to-read series I will enjoy following.
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