A Case of Imagination: A Madeleine Maclin Mystery (Madeleine Maclin Series Book 1)

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We really don't see her do much investigating. On top of that, she takes evidence from a crime scene. We do get to see her eat, drive around, and moon over her friend Jerry who is some kind of con man and has an on-and-off girlfriend who is just bossy and pushy.

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I really liked this book because the author has put together a very good story. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a story that has a good plot and a good cast of characters. The author has written a very good story that will appeal to any one that likes to read a good mystery. I am looking forward to reading more stories by this author. One person found this helpful. A Case of Imagination is a light read. Perfect for a plane trip or while snuggling on the couch on a rainy day. It isn't super involved and remains lighthearted throughout.

The characters are enjoyable, if a tad neurotic. The mystery is not hard to unravel, but the book is worth the journey anyway. Harder to figure out than the mystery is why the heroine, Madeleine, would be so hung up on Jerry. Although nice and supportive, he is a flake of the highest order and kind of a weak sister to boot.

I guess you can't help who you love, but better her than me! A Case of Imagination is a different and well-written mystery involving an ex-beauty queen turned detective and a possible clairvoyant. The characters are unique, the plot different than most, and all in all, a very enjoyable read.

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I will be looking for more from Jane Tesh. She is an accomplished writer. I just finished this book and I'm going to pick up the next book in the series when I finish this review. I enjoyed reading about a mystery set in my back yard as it were. The characters were well defined and engaging. I found myself wondering who from a cast of suspects would prove to be the killer. I felt that there could have been further developement of other suspects as red herrings. And the suspense would have been greater if the variety of suspects had been evenly developed from the start.

However, it was a fun book to read and provided me with a pleasant afternoon of reading. A cross between a mystery and a romance. A very good beach read. Will try the rest in the series. What a sweet story! Great characters, great storyline. I wished it had been longer because I got so caught up in the title character who is very interesting and enjoyable. See all 71 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. I loved every wotd. I want to read them all. Published 1 year ago. Not a lot of depth, but a cute easy read with a little bit of comedy. Published on September 4, Published on July 28, Published on November 20, Published on July 10, Published on April 11, Published on October 24, Published on August 16, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Case of Imagination Madeline Maclin 1 3. He maintains no one will hire a former Miss Parkland as a serious PI. Mac has been friends forever with Jerry Fairweather. Jerry claims to be psychic and is, unlike his two brothers, somewhat screwy. And he refuses to claim a share in the Fairweather fortune.

But he shares some good news with Mac--his Uncle Val has died and left him a house. The two friends drive out to Celosia, a half hour away, where they discover a local beauty pageant in trouble and a house just perfect for setting up shop. The arrival of lawyer Olivia, Jerry's shark-like girlfriend, rouses both Mac's interest in the mystery at the pageant and the one in her own heart.

And then comes the first murder Paperback , pages. Published January 9th by Poisoned Pen Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Case of Imagination , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Case of Imagination. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 28, John Hutt rated it liked it.

Madeline Maclin Series

Formula lady PI tale. Former pageant winner turned detective and weird friend male arrive in small town and get mixed up in sinister happenings at the local pageant, culminating in murder. Pleasant tale, no great depth but whiles away the time. I thought this to be a lighthearted mystery. Not a lot of depth, but a cute easy read with a little bit of comedy I would say to young readers or those that are looking for for a little bit of mystery , comedy and romance. While I found these characters quaint and quirky, I found this first in the series simply okay. Aug 24, Tami rated it really liked it.

I'd like to know how this book got so many stars. The heroine is an ex-little girl beauty pageant winner, and soooo gorgeous that she cut her hair and wears no makeup so people will take her seriously as a private investigator. Is being unattractive a requirement for an investigator? I hadn't heard that one. And how did she get to be an investigator? I would think that a background in beauty pageants wasn't a qualification to just go and get your license and decide this is what you want I'd like to know how this book got so many stars. I would think that a background in beauty pageants wasn't a qualification to just go and get your license and decide this is what you want to do.

I certainly wouldn't hire someone who didn't have SOME sort of background in criminal law. It doesn't take, anyway. Everyone tells her she's gorgeous all the time. And when she was older she entered another beauty pageant she won because she "needed the money". So after not competing for many years, she just decides to enter and win. She must have some great talent not that I ever find out, at least as far I read , or the judges were just blown away by her 'gorgeous' looks. FYI, I've seen gorgeous women without makeup and no one would call them gorgeous like they do this girl.

How much money do local pageants pay, anyway? Not only that, almost everyone in the book is beautiful. I slogged through a third of this book before I gave up and just turned to the end to find out "whodunit".

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I gave it two stars because maybe it would have improved if I had read the entire thing - but I just couldn't. Jul 12, Carl Brookins rated it liked it. Madeline Maclin, an ex-beauty queen, opens an investigations agency. She does it in an office building practically next door to her landlord—who also runs an investigations agency.

He constantly hits on her. He has plenty of business, she has none. Madeline has a friend, a sort of free spirit, who claims to be a psychic. His name is Jerry Fairweather! Jerry has a girl friend, a lawyer named Olivia. Mostly she seems to be ill-tempered and she pouts. Jerry and Madeline drive to a nearby town where the annual beauty pageant is about to go onstage, regardless of some local protests. There are several other characters, of course, a murder and various acts of chicanery. Some of it is extremely inventive.

A lot of the dialogue is predictable and pedestrian. The author clearly has some talent and the principal characters are likeable. This was a very nice, fairly quick read. I think it was this wonderfully delightful and refreshing mix of characters that really made the book stand out. A real PI who knew what she was doing, and no This was a very nice, fairly quick read.

A real PI who knew what she was doing, and not the same old run of the mill cozy character who just happens to stumble into a case. Well, OK, so Madeline did just stumble into this one—but the point is that she IS a detective…not a armchair one. Mar 29, Shirley Worley rated it liked it. Madeline Maclin Mac , former beauty queen turned PI, follows her best friend Jerry to the small town of Celosia, where he has inherited a house from a reclusive uncle. Struggling in her business, Mac is asked to discover who is trying to sabotage the pageant when the most promising contestant is mur Madeline Maclin Mac , former beauty queen turned PI, follows her best friend Jerry to the small town of Celosia, where he has inherited a house from a reclusive uncle.


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Struggling in her business, Mac is asked to discover who is trying to sabotage the pageant when the most promising contestant is murdered. While she constantly battles her feelings for Jerry, Mac is also distracted by a local charm. Between Jerry's psychic dabbling and Mac's search for clues, their loyalty and friendship never waver, although friendship is not exactly what Mac is wanting.

Apr 15, Nikki rated it it was ok. For a mystery novel, this one was an easy to figure out plot. I liked the novel, but was a little aggitated with the writing style. The way the romance was placed within the story line didnt flow well and the story took a few off the wall, wild turns.

I will say it was an alright read as a time passer. For me, I wont throughly search for the next book in the series, but I will read it if I come across it.

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Mostly out of curiousity to see how the author has grown in their style of writing. All in For a mystery novel, this one was an easy to figure out plot. All in all, I have to say the characters are likeable enough, but overall the book was pieced together with no real pattern or flow. If you happen to like beauty queen mysterys or unconventional detective series, you'll probably like this one. Oct 20, April rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty good start to the Madeline Maclin series. Ex beauty pageant Madeline moves to a small town in North Carolina with her old college buddy Jerry, a small time con artist who has inherited a house from his uncle.

Going as far from pageantry as she can get, she wants to become a private detective, but Madeline finds it hard going. I enjoyed the characters of Madeline, a no-nonsense private eye trying more or less successfully to live down her past and Jerry, her best friend who is being dated Pretty good start to the Madeline Maclin series. I enjoyed the characters of Madeline, a no-nonsense private eye trying more or less successfully to live down her past and Jerry, her best friend who is being dated by a goldigger after the fortune he has renounced.

Sometimes the flow of the sentences seems a bit sparse for the type of book it is, but I look forward to seeing the characters grow. Jun 09, Jim rated it it was amazing. Most books should receive three stars, by definition most books are average. A few deserve four starts if they're really good. Five few books deserve.