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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank gives a former TV star one more shot at fame - and it proves to be a killer comeback...

Ten years ago, Summer Butler was television's most popular teenage sleuth. Since then, she's hit - what gossip sites just love to call - the gutter. Nearly bankrupt, betrayed, estranged from her greedy mother, and just about unemployable, she's coaxed into that desperate haven for has-beens: reality TV.

Winging it as a faux PI, she'll solve off-the-cuff mysteries in her hometown of Sweet Briar, Alabama. For added drama, there's police chief Luke Montgomery, inconveniently Summer's first and only love.

It's when Summer stumbles upon a very real corpse that Darling Investigations takes an unexpected twist. The growing list of suspects is a big draw to viewers, but the reality is that Summer doesn't know whom she can trust. Someone has written this killer new scene especially for her, and unless Summer gives the role everything she's got, it could be her last...

©2018 Denise Grover Swank (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Laura
  • 23-02-2018

Loved it!!

Denise Grover Swank has done it again!! I was completely absorbed in Summer’s world from the beginning of the book. A page turner, filled with drama, comedy, and suspense. I absolutely LOVE this series and cannot wait for Blazing Summer!! So anxious to read it and see what kind of trouble Summer and Dixie can get into.

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 28-02-2018

Delayed homecoming for Summer

Financially, Summer has almost hit bottom. The commitment to pay for the family farm, a promise she made with her grandfather before he died accidentally has consumed her meager earnings. In desperation, she agrees to star in a reality show as a detective.

Returning to her hometown, fraught with anxiety and dread, she runs into her old boyfriend, the Chief of Police. Throw in 2 murders, a bag of cash, and a bully for a series director and her life becomes only more complicated.

The book has a fairly complex storyline with many well developed characters. The mystery element was fast-paced and fun to listen to. The book was NOT naughty, as described by a previous review. No sexual scenes or descriptions, just intention and wishful thinking.

Narrator Megan Tusing was good, but will improve with more differentiation of voices between characters.

Easy, fun listen.

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  • WINONA R LYONS
  • 07-08-2018

Fun read

Deadly Summer is a fun summer read that does not take itself to serious. Looking forward to book two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2018

Cute, fun listen

This is a cute and fun series so far! Easy listen for summertime - I hope there are more coming!

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  • KatieQuinn00
  • 06-08-2018

Another great series by DGS!

Denise Grover Swank does it again! As a huge fan of all Denise's books, this new Darling Investigations series featuring Summer Butler certainly lives up to the hype. I would describe Summer as a mix of Rose Gardner and Magnolia Steele (and for those of you who are still mourning the end of Magnolia's era, this new series will help ease your heartbreak.) Reality TV turns real life deadly when Summer Butler, a has-been child actress is coaxed home to Sweet Briar, Alabama to reclaim her acting career. By going back to her hometown years later, she reunites with her estranged family in hopes to help them through a difficult time on the family farm. (Denise throws in some references of past book characters that I found quite endearing!) This book is filled with lots of mystery, small town gossip, and southern charm that you are sure to fall in love with!

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  • Sheryl
  • 06-08-2018

Good but not great

This book was good but not nearly as good as I had hoped it would be. The audiobook sample started off so strong but it petered out after that for me. The book lacked something, though I’m not quite sure what. I never really connected with Summer or the other characters. I figured out whodunnit early on, which isn’t normally a problem for me if the journey is solid, but here it was just ok. I was left feeling underwhelmed. Very good narration on the audiobook but I’m not sure I will pick up the next in the series.

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  • Lish71
  • 05-08-2018

loved it

i loved it. great narrator. good storyline. great characters. moving on to the next one.

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  • Me
  • 20-07-2018

Reminds me of Evanovich's books

Another clueless female protagonist way in over her head whom can solve crime and avoid death thru sheer serendipity.

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  • Farrell
  • 18-07-2018

Cute

Nothing special, but a fun listen. Never quite understood the producers motive for such a bad show.

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  • The Book Slut
  • 11-07-2018

Denise knocks another one out of the park!

First let me say that the narrator of this book was on point. Kudos to Megan Tusing for her ability to intone the emotions that were playing out in this book.
Second, I am a fan of Denise Grover Swank. There, I said it, and I'm allowing my Swank Flag to fly high and proud. Unlike the Rose Gardner series, this book had a lot more humor involved with the suspense. I still love the Rose Gardner series, but as that series has a bit more melodrama, this series has sass and a kickass heroine. (plus an arch-nemesis who I want to punch in the ovaries),
There is romance, and it's sweet and a little salty due to the fact that the male lead needs to smacked upside the head. I'm not sure if the romance is going to lead anywhere, but it's nice for right now.

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  • Laila Nelke
  • 24-06-2018

Incredibly good

Another fantastic book done in audible, Amazing storyline and perfect narrator's performance . I really enjoyed it and loved!