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A Shot in the Dark by [Morgan, Mackenzie]
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3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Print Length: 364 pages
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  • Language: English
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This mystery has most all of the things I like in a good read. The plot moves along at a quick pace. There are numerous characters (suspects). The clues are plentiful and intriguing. It also avoids most of the things I dislike in mysteries. There is no overt violence or foul language. The main character does not find herself in mortal jeopardy on every other page (in fact, she never really is in jeopardy at all--remarkable!). The whole story treats the reader as a participant in the crime-solving--a wonderful way to feel when reading a mystery.

The tale starts out quickly with the murder of a local woman who works at a convenience store. The police soon arrest a young man seen exiting the store with her on the surveillance tape. The young man, it turns out, is a college student and volunteer at a campus rape crisis center which is run by Tracy, also a college professor--and the book's protagonist. Tracy cannot believe that the young man (Eric) could commit such a horrendous crime and she quickly enlists the aid of her friends and a local lawyer to assist in his defense. The lawyer agrees to take the case only if Tracy and company will assist with the investigation, believing that the only way to exonnerate Eric is to prove who really killed the woman. The rest of the book details their efforts in tracking down the killer and the reader gets to follow their efforts.

I was completely engaged in the investigation conducted by Tracy and her friends. The clues are judiciously placed and clever. The suspects are plentiful and all have realistic motives (the victim was not a nice person). Probably the only critique I have is that Tracy's role as a college professor is presented in a rather unbelievable fashion.
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I stayed with this book until the end, although there were pages that I skipped, especially chapter 25 when two or more pages are devoted to a character sorting and packing away documents ( which are nothing to do with the plot) before having to leave the office. Too much time is spent in describing the preparation of food, making coffee and consuming it; too much of the mundane day-to-day routine of life.

The basic plot is good. A group of friends working together to clear another of a murder charge. However in the telling of this there is no tension or excitment. No one is ever in any danger from the real murderer. I have to say that I will probably not read another novel by this author, until the writing tightens up considerably.
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Tried really hard to stay with this but gave up reading it after about a third .

painful, too much repetition.
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I came across this book by chance and was glad I did.
A splendid read from start to finish.
Who did it?
You will be kept in sispence till the end.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a fun mystery to read 29 Mar. 2012
By N. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a few details in the book that bugged me a little bit. For example people are ALWAYS making and drinking coffee. At all hours of the day. Maybe some people do that in real life, but not necessary to read it over and over again. Another example is that the author seems to think that text messages and e-mails are one and the same. Then there's an instance where one of the characters needs driving directions so she looks it up on Rand McNally's website. Who does that? Doesn't everyone use google maps or yahoo maps or mapquest? Maybe that's just me. Also, everyone refers to a purse as a pocketbook. I don't know if this is a southern thing or a generational thing. It just seemed odd to me.

But that's just nitpicking on my part. The truth is that it was a really fun read. The characters were interesting. The plot moved along easily. The mystery gets solved in a satisfying way.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery With Lots of Suspects 10 Jan. 2011
By Patricia A. Rockwell - Published on Amazon.com
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This mystery has most all of the things I like in a good read. The plot moves along at a quick pace. There are numerous characters (suspects). The clues are plentiful and intriguing. It also avoids most of the things I dislike in mysteries. There is no overt violence or foul language. The main character does not find herself in mortal jeopardy on every other page (in fact, she never really is in jeopardy at all--remarkable!). The whole story treats the reader as a participant in the crime-solving--a wonderful way to feel when reading a mystery.

The tale starts out quickly with the murder of a local woman who works at a convenience store. The police soon arrest a young man seen exiting the store with her on the surveillance tape. The young man, it turns out, is a college student and volunteer at a campus rape crisis center which is run by Tracy, also a college professor--and the book's protagonist. Tracy cannot believe that the young man (Eric) could commit such a horrendous crime and she quickly enlists the aid of her friends and a local lawyer to assist in his defense. The lawyer agrees to take the case only if Tracy and company will assist with the investigation, believing that the only way to exonnerate Eric is to prove who really killed the woman. The rest of the book details their efforts in tracking down the killer and the reader gets to follow their efforts.

I was completely engaged in the investigation conducted by Tracy and her friends. The clues are judiciously placed and clever. The suspects are plentiful and all have realistic motives (the victim was not a nice person). Probably the only critique I have is that Tracy's role as a college professor is presented in a rather unbelievable fashion. She spends an inordinate amount of time grading papers compared to the amount of time she spends actually teaching. Although she is a full professor (it seems) she apparently has no job security at all(tenure) and fears losing her job because of her involvement with the investigation (highly unlikely). I'm guessing the author just arbitrarily chose "college professor" as an occupation for Tracy because it seemed to fit with her volunteer role as a rape counsellor. However, I was able to overlook these deficiencies because the rest of the book was so gripping and reads so well.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Shot In The Dark 5 Nov. 2012
By A. Bond - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Tracy Forrester, a college professor, is looking forward to her summer break when she receives a call that one of her students is arrested for murder. She believes the student is innocent, and assembles a team to help her find the real killer. But, the victim's family will stop at nothing to hide the truth about the victim. Will Dr. Forrester lose her job and risk her future to find the truth? This adult mystery has many suspects and clues that keep the reader involved. The ending was satisfying and compelling. The drawback: some of the scenes and dialogue seemed repetitive. For example, Tracy would go to a suspect's house to discuss the murder. Afterwards, she would attend a meeting and rehash everything that we, the readers, just learned. It slowed the story down.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book. 12 May 2013
By Oregon Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems that a lot of the reviewers felt this book was too predictable and that there was not enough action. If you are into fast paced thrillers, then I suppose that could be true. On the other hand - the realistic presentation makes one wonder and realize that this could easily happen in real life.
The author did a good job of connecting the thoughts and emotions of the characters to the reader. I felt this was very well done and made me feel like I was actually there with the group. I enjoyed the book a lot and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Author's Best 16 April 2012
By Ann de Vries - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this author's "Terah" books and gave them 5 stars. For that reason, I expected to like "A Shot In The Dark", but didn't. The writing mechanics were excellent and the plot was interesting and had a lot of possibilities. Nevertheless, the book did not live up to its potential.

There was too much boring repetition in the book. As another reviewer noted, there were a lot of repetitive actions, like making coffee, that did nothing to further character development or plot. The characters seemed dull, flat and lifeless. There was no real sense of of passion, suspense or tension that pulled one in and kept one reading. I finished the book, but I could as easily have walked away from it. In the "Terah" series, character development was excellent, and the action, tension and suspense drew the reader in. Those books were page turners, impossible to put down. With the "Terah" books, Mackenzie Morgan proved that she is first rate author.

I don't know if "A Shot In The Dark" is the author's first book, but it doesn't stand up well in comparison to the "Terah" books. Had I read "A Shot In The Dark" first, I would not have put Ms. Morgan on my 'must read' list, which would have been my loss.

This was not a bad book, but it just did not capture my imagination or appeal to me. For anyone wanting a light, clean mystery, this might be a good choice. I would give it two and a half stars, but since I can't, I'm giving it 2.
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