Thursday, 22 September 2011

Death by Sarcasm - Dani Amore

Death by Sarcasm was on my radar for quite a while before I bought it, then it sat on my laptop a while before I read it. (I now have an e-mount TBR as well as a physical one.) I wish I hadn't left it so long! Dani Amore is a fine writer and she's treated us to a real page-turner with this book. At 99c/86p it's an absolute bargain and it's consistently ranking highly in the Mystery and Thrillers lists on Amazon (.com). Dani's second novel Dead Wood is also available and at the same bargain price (yes, I have it, but I haven't yet read it) and there's a follow-up to DbS featuring wise-cracking PI Mary Cooper on the horizon. Another one to look forward to.

What the publisher says
DEATH BY SARCASM introduces mystery readers to Mary Cooper, a Los Angeles area private detective who masks her true, caring nature with a razor-sharp, heavily sarcastic sense of humor.

In DEATH BY SARCASM, Mary learns that her uncle, a former stand-up comedian has been murdered. She is asked to assist in finding the killer by both the police and family members. Mary quickly discovers that her uncle’s death was just the opening act for a bloody rampage. As Mary investigates, she exposes a dark and deadly legacy with mysterious links to her own past.

DEATH BY SARCASM careens through Hollywood, Catalina Island and the exclusive enclave of Malibu, with nonstop action and unforgettable characters.

This is the first novel by Dani Amore, who can be found at her website,

My two penn'orth 
Death by Sarcasm is a terrific read: a brilliant cast of characters, great dialogue, biting wit, plenty of action … and revenge. What more could a reader want? Mary Cooper is a wonderful creation: spiky and acerbic, she wears her one-liners like armour and yet can’t disguise the fierce loyalty and vulnerability that are also elements of her nature. I hope this isn’t the only time we see her in action. Cooper is something special - mouthy, brash, intelligent, tenacious, brave and very, very funny. If there were sides to be picked, you’d want her on yours, even though she’d take the mickey out of you, mercilessly, from dawn ‘til dusk. What a gal!

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