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on 21 August 2012
Three months previous to "Dead In Red", New York City based unemployed insurance investigator Jeff Resnick is on his way home from hanging with his buddies when he is viciously mugged and beaten, where he suffers a concussion, and both a broken head and a broken arm. His estranged half-brother, the wealthy Doctor Richard Alpert and his live in significant African-American other, Brenda, take him back to their home in Buffalo to recuperate. While there Jeff's innate, but unpredictable, psi abilities start to emerge. With this second novel both are recuperating, Jeff from his mugging, and Richard from being shot in the first book.

Feeling useless and needing to do something, Jeff has found himself hanging out the local sports bar "The Whole Nine Yards". Then one day one of the bartenders, Walt Kaplan is murdered, and Jeff is offered two jobs by the bar's owner, and Walt's cousin, Tom. The first job is to look into, and investigate Walt's death, and the other is to fill the bartending job that has now been left empty.

Meanwhile, Jeff is having flashbacks and dreams of his mugging and that of a red stiletto-healed shoe.

Deciding to take both jobs, the first reluctantly, the second not so much, he and his brother, who has become his Watson, begin to look into Walt's death. After arriving at the crime scene Jeff realizes that Walt wasn't murdered where his body was found, but was dumped at the Old Red Mill and that the mill houses a coffee shop by Cyn(thia) Lennox, nee Taggert, who is an old schoolmate of Richard's and who is actively hostile to Jeff.

While he is investigating Walt's death, Jeff's personal life is still in shambles. He resents the life his brother has led, irrational as he realizes his resentment is, so to release steam he still takes long walks where he still ends up at Sophie Leven's bakery; Sophie, a survivor of Buchenwald, who is also mildly psychic, and has become a form of mentor to Jeff.

And Jeff still wants to reignite his relationship with the red-haired upwardly mobile Maggie Brennan even if his last date with her was a mess, while she has conversely become Brenda's best friend.

Then the unexpected happens, Craig Buchanan, a homeless and unsympathetic schizophrenic, is arrested for Walt's murder, with the bloody murder weapon still in his possession. Even though the murder seems wrapped up, Jeff doesn't believe that Craig is the murderer, and feels that Richard's old schoolfriend Cynthia is somehow involved, although he can't tell his brother that part. Yet.

As the case now seems over Richard thinks that Jeff should just ignore his feelings and get on with his life, even though Brenda knows that Jeff can't, and supports his continuing investigation, as does the mysterious Sophie. And then Jeff and Richard find a key to Walt's storage unit, and what they find there will change the direction of the whole investigation.

Once again Bartlett does a crackerjack job of developing both Jeff and Richard and their relationship as brothers, as Jeff continues to struggle with his illogical resentment and issues with his brother. Situations that Richard really had nothing to do with, all while Jeff tries to keep from hurting Richard, because from the very beginning it becomes obvious that his old schoolmate is seriously involved in Walt's murder, and its unconventional circumstances. Bartlett also does a good job of detailing Jeff's struggle with his unpredictable feelings as they lead him to circumstances and conclusions that he'd rather not go to, or come to, as those involved would rather Walt and his unconventional sexual tastes just go away. All while struggling to work out his rocky relationship with Maggie. Once again, I think that the women of this series, Brenda and Maggie, both of whom are keystones in this series, are given short thrift in the character development department.

While I would recommend that you read the first book in this series, it's not really necessary as Bartlett does a good job in filling in the back story, still this book will be all the better for having read the first book in the series.

For this site I have also reviewed the following Jeff Resnick books:

Jeff Resnick #1: Murder on the Mind (Five Star Mystery).
Jeff Resnick #2: Dead in Red: A Jeff Resnick Mystery (Five Star First Edition Mystery).
Jeff Resnick #3: Cheated By Death (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries).
Jeff Resnick #4: Bound By Suggestion: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries: 4.

Jeff Resnick's first published case "Cold Case" can be found in this anthology: Mystery in Mind, and as a Kindle here Cold Case (A Jeff Resnick Mystery), although it also makes up the first chapter of "Bound By Suggestion", and he is also in the Kindle short stories Bah! Humbug (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries) and When The Spirit Moves You (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries).
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on 17 June 2008
For all Jeff Resnick lovers and those yet to discover this unique sleuth, L.L. Bartlett's second suspense mystery, DEAD IN RED brings back a loved set of characters to a new mystery territory, closer to home yet one that takes them to the darker sides of society and the dark secrets of individuals nearby. The psychic sleuth gives a nice twist to the unfolding mystery, but this Jeff Resnick mystery also has an extra dimension as L.L. Bartlett peers deeper into the relationship and tensions between Jeff and his brother.

In her debut mystery, MURDER ON THE MIND, L.L. Bartlett introduced Jeff Resnick. Divorced and having just lost his job as an insurance investigator, Jeff is mugged. The attack leaves him brain damaged and psychic. His brother Richard, a doctor, and Richard's girlfriend Brenda care for him. Frustrated at his sudden incapacity and reliance on Richard, Jeff investigates the brutal death of a banker.

In DEAD IN RED, Jeff Resnick turns his eyes from a high society positioned victim to a murder closer to home. Tom Links, the owner of his favorite bar and hang out, The Whole Nine Yards, asks Jeff to look into the murder of bartender Walt Kaplan. Jeff sees a vision of a high heeled red sequined shoe, a shoe that leads him to investigate a friend from his brother's past, theater groups, foot fetishes and even the haunts of the Buffalo's drag queens, but not even a psychic vision can prepare him for the scenes that will unfold before him. As the clues and a new vision lead him closer to answers, Jeff must race to save an unknown person. Although fear and guilt haunt him, Jeff knows he can only save this person by solving the crime.

Humorous, fast-paced and full of surprises and emotion. Jeff Resnick is a great flawed sleuth. Although psychic, his vision does not make things simple or easy, not one bit! Psychic answers are no substitute or short cut to investigation. His visions give him an inside to the crimes that the police do not have but they can also lead him into dangerous paths that risk not only his life but the lives of those around him.

Jeff's relationship to his brother Richard chafes. As a half-brother, Richard had all the benefits that Jeff never had. Forced to rely on his brother as an adult, he recalls the past and yet the present circumstances forge a bond between the two. L.L. Bartlett gives the reader new insights into Richard, adding humor and spunk to his character. L.L. Bartlett's portrayal of family adds a richness to her Jeff Resnick mysteries. Dead in Red raises the level as Jeff and Richard must work together once more, adding a new glimpse of family in the midst of the dark mystery Jeff uncovers through his psychic vision.

DEAD IN RED takes the reader to the darker side of town and the darker regions of the mind. In DEAD IN RED, L.L. Bartlett give mystery and suspense readers a unique eclectic mix of hard-edged characters and scenarios mixed with intimate, tender family moments. There is no guaranteed easy resolution or happily-ever-after summation but wow, what a wonderful ending! Now --- when is the next Jeff Resnick mystery out? I'm hooked!
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on 4 February 2017
The book jogs along quite nicely. But the ending is I've with far too quickly. It seems that the author didn`t quite know how to end it so grabbed at the first available solution jotted down a few notes and that was it.
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on 8 June 2012
This is the third book I have read that has been written by L L Bartlett and I have enjoyed
every one of them. They all stick to the plot. Smooth reading.
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on 8 December 2015
I could count on my one hand the number of books I have read in my lifetime but have been recently given a Kindle and i am reading more books now than at any other time in my life. I have been reading the L L Bartlett Jeff Resnick series and I am really enjoying them. This is the third book in the series that I am reading and they have all been brilliant.
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on 5 March 2015
It was okay. I enjoyed the first one more than this and then the price jumped up after the first book (kindle editions) so I'm not sure I will read them all. Although I do like the characters and watching their relationships grow, I feel the plot was a little thin if I'm honest. A lot of repeated chapters covering the same ground as though the author 'thinks me a bit thick an that'. I want more mystery and plots that cover many possibilities. I'm not complaining too much though, it did 'kill' a bit of time
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on 16 December 2014
Love the characters described in the Jeff Resnick series.L.L.Bartlett writes with great affection for the siblings,and is brilliant at writing crime novels with a psychic undertone,which although is totally enthralling,is never too deep to make the plot complicated.I have now read all six books in the series,and eagerly await a 7th??
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on 28 January 2015
I am in the middle of this at the moment, i am enjoying it and am working my way through the searies. Please not the Jeff Resnick looks not marked as book 1,2 , 3, 4 realy need to be read last that this the mistake I made. very good wook remomend to any fiction crime fan
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on 7 July 2014
After receiving head injuries during a mugging, Jeff has developed a psychic ability to zone in on some people's emotions. This is the second one of the series, and I am enjoying them immensely. I have also read the 1st & 3rd in the series, where the 'whodunnit' is pretty complicated and gets quite thrilling towards the end. I'm looking forward to the 4th one.
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on 4 October 2011
After reading LL Bartlett's first book 'Murder on the Mind' I promptly bought this one. The plots are quite simple and easy to follow but still keep me turning the pages. I enjoy this series of books and will buy more.
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