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You ever hear the phrase embrace the suck? Trent once told me that it’s an old Army saying that means make the best out of a bad situation—which is how I find myself clinking a metal can against jailhouse bars and wondering if Elvis Presley had to put up with scratchy wool blankets when he sang Jailhouse Rock.

I’m accused of killing someone, but that can’t be because I was busy nursing my granny back to health.

With the Dangerous Dames scattered far and wide and Trent refusing to answer my calls, what am I to do other than to shout Attica and hope for the best. I need to find the real killer and fast.

My name is Shelby Whitmore and before my inconvenient incarceration I was a reporter for the San Diego Metro News but now it looks like I’m going up the river for murder one.

Too bad I didn’t do it . . .

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NICUnurse’s Review of Dead and Deceived by Jennifer Rebecca

I stumbled upon Jennifer Rebecca’s books with her Claire Goodnite series. If you’ve read any of my reviews, it’s no secret that romantic suspense is my top subgenre of the romance genre. And Tell Me A Story (book 1) sucked me right in, and kept me there until the bitter end. And it was a bittersweet ending. So, when I found out she had a romantic suspense series that was a mix of suspense and sarcastic romantic comedy, I was IN! And that’s how I ended up here, reviewing Dead and Deceived. 

I guess this book could technically be called a standalone book, but really…to get the full effect of the Dangerous Dames and all their hilarious shenanigans, you have to read the entire series, and I highly recommend the Murder on Ice series as the characters do a LOT of crossover with the Funerals and Obituaries series. 

OK! On to the review! 

While the first two books of this series had a lot more lighthearted fun and mystery to them, this book took a pretty radical turn. While there are several laugh out loud moments and some sexy times, it’s a bit more serious, a LOT more angsty, and a good bit more emotional. And I don’t think I truly saw all of that coming when I dove into the book. So…be forewarned. I’ll be honest, there were several moments in the story that I nearly unfriended and unfollowed Jennifer Rebecca on social media because I was that upset for our favorite obit writer. In the end, though, I was glad no rash decisions on that front were made because she totally redeemed herself to me by The End

NICUnurse’s Rating: Honestly, I was so thrown off course for a good 90 percent of this book that I had it in my head to knock off a star or two because I could NOT believe where she was taking this story. But alas, I preach and preach that reviews should be based on writing and story content, so I shall refrain from that impulse, as well! Despite the very different way this story played out, it was still a well-written whodunnit. As much as I was upset at first, after much thought and deliberation, I came to the conclusion that it’s a brilliant strategy of this author’s to keep us readers fully invested in these characters’ lives and to look forward to the next however many books she decides to take this series to. I give Dead and Deceived by Jennifer Rebecca 4.5 out of 5 propellers!

Catch up on the series:


Dead and Buried (Book 1) Amazon Kindle

Dead and Buried (Book 1) Amazon Paperback

Dead and Buried (Book 1) Apple Books

Dead and Buried (Book 1) B&N Nook

Dead and Buried (Book 1) Kobo


Dead and Gone (Book 2) Amazon Kindle

Dead and Gone (Book 2) Amazon Paperback

Dead and Gone (Book 2) Apple Books

Dead and Gone (Book 2) B&N Nook

Dead and Gone (Book 2) Kobo





About the Author


Jennifer is a thirty-something lover of words, all words: the written, the spoken, the sung (even poorly), the sweet, the funny, and even the four-letter variety. She is a native of San Diego, California where she grew up reading the Brownings and Rebecca with her mother and Clifford and the Dog who Glowed in the Dark with her dad, much to her mother’s dismay.

Jennifer is a graduate of California State University San Marcos where she studied Criminology and Justice Studies. She is also a member of Alpha Xi Delta.

13 years ago, she was swept off her feet by her very own sailor. Today, they are happily married and the parents of a 10-year-old and 8-year-old twins. She lives in East Texas where she can often be found on the soccer fields, drawing with her children, or reading. Jennifer is convinced that if she puts her Fitbit on one of the dogs, she might finally make her step goals.

She loves a great romance, an alpha hero, and lots and lots of laughter.

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