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They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of th They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town. Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time?


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They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of th They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town. Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time?

30 review for Dead-End Detective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    4.5 stars Dead-End Detective is the first book in Amanda Flower's Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a quaint little town on Seneca Lake, we meet Darby Piper, a private investigator whose partner, Samantha, has just been killed in an accident. Except it wasn't an accident at all, someone deliberately ran her off the road and all signs point to Darby being the culprit. Still reeling from her friend's murder, she is shocked to learn that Samantha has left her share of the business 4.5 stars Dead-End Detective is the first book in Amanda Flower's Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a quaint little town on Seneca Lake, we meet Darby Piper, a private investigator whose partner, Samantha, has just been killed in an accident. Except it wasn't an accident at all, someone deliberately ran her off the road and all signs point to Darby being the culprit. Still reeling from her friend's murder, she is shocked to learn that Samantha has left her share of the business to her nephew, Tate. Although wary of each other, Darby and Tate team up to solve the murder. Amanda Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and when I saw she had a new series coming out with Hallmark, one of my favorite TV channels and publishers, of course, I was excited. I have never read a book by her that I didn't enjoy and this one was no exception. Dead-End Detective is an easy, delightful read, with great writing, a cozy small-town setting, and a plot that will hold your interest until the last page. The characters are engaging and the chemistry between Darby and Tate makes me excited to see how their relationship will develop in future books. The mystery is cleverly plotted, with enough red herrings and suspects to keep you guessing. I did manage to figure out the culprit's identity but wasn't sure of their motive. All in all, This was a classic cozy mystery and I really enjoyed it. I hope we won't have to wait too long for the second book. Thank you to NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Terrific! This is a new cozy series by Amanda Flower. Set in a small town by Seneca Lake, NY, our protagonist, Darby Piper is a private investigator. When her mentor and partner at Two Girl's Detective Agency died from a car "accident" all evidence suggested that Darby is a prime suspect.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Amanda Flower has made a start to another great series with the Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a small town on Seneca Lake, Darby Piper and her friend and partner, Samantha Porter, have run the Two Girls Detective Agency for ten years when Samantha is killed by another driver running her off the street on a hill into a ravine. All clues point to Darby and her ex boyfriend Austin Caster is the lead detective. Thinking she will inherit the business where it is a 60/40 ownershi Amanda Flower has made a start to another great series with the Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a small town on Seneca Lake, Darby Piper and her friend and partner, Samantha Porter, have run the Two Girls Detective Agency for ten years when Samantha is killed by another driver running her off the street on a hill into a ravine. All clues point to Darby and her ex boyfriend Austin Caster is the lead detective. Thinking she will inherit the business where it is a 60/40 ownership with Samantha owning the larger shares, it is a shock to find that Samantha left her portion to her nephew Tate Porter, former Army soldier, now drifter, who happened to be in town the night that she was killed. There are other people who are considered suspects in Samantha's death but it appears that someone has set Darby up for the fall. So, Darby and Tate wound up working together to find out who might want Samantha out of the picture. And it is a surprise to see who that person is. I am looking forward to reading more of this series with likable, interesting as well as quirky characters in a small town with a failing resort and a desperate owner. I am interested in seeing what happens in the way of a possible romance in the future as well. Lots of promise and fun reading. I received a complimentary ARC from Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ell

    This is a sensational start to a brand new cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. I won't rehash the plot since you can read that in the book description. The characters are well-rounded. The story unravels remarkably. I absolutely love the fact that Darby is a Private Detective. As such, her actions make sense throughout the book. Time flies when you are reading Dead-End Detective. I am looking forward to many more in this series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Darby Piper and Samantha Porter are co-owners of Two Girls Detective Agency. Samantha, the owner with 60% ownership has decided to sell the business to a real estate organization against Darby's wishes. Darby will be left without a job, her business, or her home. Needless to say, the two are at loggerheads. When Samantha is killed in an auto accident a day later, Darby is horrified ... even more so when she learns that this was no accident. And the really scary thing is that Darby seems to be the Darby Piper and Samantha Porter are co-owners of Two Girls Detective Agency. Samantha, the owner with 60% ownership has decided to sell the business to a real estate organization against Darby's wishes. Darby will be left without a job, her business, or her home. Needless to say, the two are at loggerheads. When Samantha is killed in an auto accident a day later, Darby is horrified ... even more so when she learns that this was no accident. And the really scary thing is that Darby seems to be the prime suspect. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town. Her ex-boyfriend, a detective, advises Darby to get a lawyer ... a criminal lawyer since an arrest will be made shortly. She and Tate decide to investigate themselves ... and hopefully prove Darby's innocence. Rifling through Samantha's life, Darby unexpectedly finds that Samantha had secrets .... was this why she was killed? This is a well-written, highly enjoyable, cozy mystery. Darby and Tate are exceptional characters. Darby brings humor into the mix while Tate is a rather mysterious man. I love how that interact with each other. Maybe a budding romance? There are plenty of suspects to follow as the duo goes on the hunt for a killer. Many thanks to the author / Hallmark Pubishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of this delightful cozy mystery. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    Excellent new series! Darby knew there were going to be some uncomfortable situations working as a private eye when her ex long time boyfriend is a cop but when she becomes the prime suspect in a murder case it is beyond uncomfortable. A well woven mystery with a likable protagonist and a fun secondary character. I look forward to spending more time with Darby, her new partner Tate and even her ex Austin. Thanks to Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is the debut of A Piper and Porter Mystery series. We are transported to Herrington, New York on Seneca Lake where Samantha Porter and Darby Piper run Two Girls Detective Agency. Darby is upset because Samantha is talking about selling the business and a taking a job as head of security at Lake Waters Retreat. Samantha is then murdered, and someone has set up Darby to take the fall. Darby reluctantly teams up with Samantha’s nephew, Tate Porter to find the kil Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is the debut of A Piper and Porter Mystery series. We are transported to Herrington, New York on Seneca Lake where Samantha Porter and Darby Piper run Two Girls Detective Agency. Darby is upset because Samantha is talking about selling the business and a taking a job as head of security at Lake Waters Retreat. Samantha is then murdered, and someone has set up Darby to take the fall. Darby reluctantly teams up with Samantha’s nephew, Tate Porter to find the killer. I thought Dead-End Detective was well-written with interesting characters and a beautiful setting. I like that the author took the time to establish the setting and the main characters. Tate is still a bit of an enigma, but I am sure we will get to know him better in each subsequent book. He is a charmer and I like how kept popping up when Darby attempted to investigate on her own. I liked Darby’s mother who is the town librarian. The whodunit had several suspects, misdirection, and subtle clues. Someone worked hard to frame Darby. I like how it all came together, though, I did feel that Darby stumbled upon the solution. I would have preferred for Darby to solve the case since she is supposed to be such a good detective. I like how she questioned her various suspects and solved her open cases. There is humor in the story that mostly comes from the elderly Mrs. Berger and her spoiled cat, Romy. There is romance potential for Darby. There is her ex-boyfriend (who does not deserve her) and Tate. I loved the name of Darby’s cat, Gumshoe. There is a secondary storyline involving Matt Billows who owns Lake Waters Retreat. He is trying to buy Mrs. Berger’s land which she does not want to sell. Dead-End Detective is a good start to this new series, and I look forward to reading the next installment in A Piper and Porter Mystery series. Dead-End Detective is a charming cozy mystery with one dead detective, an itinerant nephew, a climbing cat, a tenacious nonagenarian, and a set-up sleuth.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    This is the first book in Amanda Flower's new Piper and Porter Mystery series. Darby Piper and her partner, Samantha Porter own Two Girl's Detective Agency together. Samantha has decided to liquidate the business and take a job with a local exclusive resort. Darby is devastated by the news but even more so when Samantha dies in a car crash that does not look like an accident. Darby must clear her name as all the clues point to her. What an excellent start to a series! It's not often that I cry wi This is the first book in Amanda Flower's new Piper and Porter Mystery series. Darby Piper and her partner, Samantha Porter own Two Girl's Detective Agency together. Samantha has decided to liquidate the business and take a job with a local exclusive resort. Darby is devastated by the news but even more so when Samantha dies in a car crash that does not look like an accident. Darby must clear her name as all the clues point to her. What an excellent start to a series! It's not often that I cry within the first couple of chapters of a cozy, but his one had me in tears. So often the murder victim is so unlikable that there are multiple suspects. Samantha was well like by the community and Darby. So many clues point to Darby that she must find the true culprit to save herself and to have peace of mind over Samantha. The setting in upstate New York in the Seneca Lake region was lovely. The description of the town makes it very homey and the type of place i would like to visit. The characters are well written and believable. I love the cats! I know that Ms. Flower is owned by cats and it truly shows in her portrayal of Romy and Gumshoe. Romy is quite a rascal with his tree climbing and Darby's continued efforts to rescue him. My Maine Coon was a complete love bug but I could see one being this mischievous. The fact that they are huge cats makes the rescues funny. Gumshoe sounds like your typical Ragdoll. Such a sweet breed! The introduction of Tate, Samantha's nephew, throws a lot of kinks into the mix. I'm really interested to see where his relationship with Darby goes both personally and professionally. Austin is a bit of a wild card as well. Will he and Tate create the dreaded love triangle for Darby's attention. The murder plot was very well done. I had a number of suspects in mind as the story unfolded. I was a bit shocked at the revelation of the culprit. Such a sad situation that didn't need to end up the way it did. Overall, this was an excellent book that i would highly recommend. I was provided a copy of this book by NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I admit to stumbling through the first part of this book. It seemed slow. However, as I continued to read, the plot developed and I couldn't stop reading! Dead-End Detective is the first in a new series by Amanda Flower for Hallmark Publishing. It, of course, like all good cozy mysteries begins with a murder! The characters developed a little slow for my liking but the plot was great and, once the characters were developed, the story just flew on it's own! I'm looking forward to the second in th I admit to stumbling through the first part of this book. It seemed slow. However, as I continued to read, the plot developed and I couldn't stop reading! Dead-End Detective is the first in a new series by Amanda Flower for Hallmark Publishing. It, of course, like all good cozy mysteries begins with a murder! The characters developed a little slow for my liking but the plot was great and, once the characters were developed, the story just flew on it's own! I'm looking forward to the second in this series! Thank you to NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    What a great start to a series. This is the first book in the Piper and Porter series. Darby Piper co-owns a private investigative business with her long time friend Samantha Porter. Samantha is thinking of leaving the business which would put Darby out of a job since Samantha owned the majority of the business. Things change though when Samantha dies in a car crash under mysterious circumstances and leaves her portion of the business to her nephew, Tate. The police, which includes Darby's ex, t What a great start to a series. This is the first book in the Piper and Porter series. Darby Piper co-owns a private investigative business with her long time friend Samantha Porter. Samantha is thinking of leaving the business which would put Darby out of a job since Samantha owned the majority of the business. Things change though when Samantha dies in a car crash under mysterious circumstances and leaves her portion of the business to her nephew, Tate. The police, which includes Darby's ex, think Darby had something to do with Samantha's death. Both Darby and Tate want answers so they decide to look into the accident themselves. This was such a great book. I loved the characters. Darby was very relatable and fun and just so easy to connect with. I loved Darby's parents. I love that her mother is a librarian and helped with the case without being asked. I could definitely see the similarities between Darby and her mom. Tate was great. I wasn't sure about him when he first showed up but I grew to love him as the book went on. The mystery was well done. I started to suspect someone towards the end of the book but I was proven wrong and when the killer was revealed I had the same aha moment as Darby. I can't wait to read more about these characters. I received this book from net galley and Hallmark Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I have read several books in other series by this author and have enjoyed them, so I was excited to read this debut in a brand-new series. The premise of the book is interesting. Darby Piper’s partner in a private detective agency is murdered but instead of inheriting Samantha’s half of the business as expected, Samantha has left her share to her nephew. Darby finds herself as a suspect in Samantha’s death, so while proving her innocence, she has to get to know the mysterious Tate Porter and fig I have read several books in other series by this author and have enjoyed them, so I was excited to read this debut in a brand-new series. The premise of the book is interesting. Darby Piper’s partner in a private detective agency is murdered but instead of inheriting Samantha’s half of the business as expected, Samantha has left her share to her nephew. Darby finds herself as a suspect in Samantha’s death, so while proving her innocence, she has to get to know the mysterious Tate Porter and figure out if the agency has a future. I enjoyed getting to know Darby, and it’s so nice to find a cozy mystery in which the main character has loving parents that support their daughter instead of trying to control them or disapproving of them. Darby’s mom even helps with the investigation! There are other interesting characters in the story which makes this a fun book to read. In this book, I was kept guessing as to who the murderer really was and how things would progress with the agency. After some interesting suspense that builds in the earlier chapters, things wrap up a little too quickly at the end, but I still like the way things turn out. “Dead End Detective” is a good start to a promising new cozy series by a talented author. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Hallmark Publishing. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I loved the two main characters in Amanda Flower's first Piper & Porter mystery, Dead-End Detective. And, I like a cozy mystery that features a detective agency. It's not quite as cozy as sone books. Best of all, it took me forever to figure out who was the killer, although there was a growing suspicion before the ah ha moment. Two terrific leads, plus two terrific cats. Does it get much better for readers of cozy mysteries? Darby Piper returns from her morning run, running a little late because I loved the two main characters in Amanda Flower's first Piper & Porter mystery, Dead-End Detective. And, I like a cozy mystery that features a detective agency. It's not quite as cozy as sone books. Best of all, it took me forever to figure out who was the killer, although there was a growing suspicion before the ah ha moment. Two terrific leads, plus two terrific cats. Does it get much better for readers of cozy mysteries? Darby Piper returns from her morning run, running a little late because of a cat, to find her business partner, Samantha Porter, escorting the owner of Lake Waters Retreat from their office. Darby has always viewed Samantha as a friend, and mentor, so she's stunned when Samantha tells her she's leaving Two Girls Detective Agency to be Head of Security at Lake Waters. What will happen to Darby, who's the junior partner with only a 40% share in the business and an apartment above the business? It's not a comfortable confrontation between the two women. When Darby's ex-boyfriend, Police Office Austin Caster, wakes her early the next morning, it's to tell her Samantha is dead. Where was Darby during the night? It doesn't take long for Darby to realize she's the number one suspect. She argued with Samantha. She inherits the business. And, Samantha was run off the road by a car, probably the white car that is missing from Darby's garage. Even she thinks she should be the primary suspect. But, Darby doesn't inherit the business. She's shocked to learn Samantha left her share to Tate Porter, her nephew. Tate's a veteran, a world traveler who never settled down. When he shows up in town the day after Samantha's death, Darby is suspicious. Where was Tate when his aunt was killed? But, if Tate can get past his suspicion of Darby, she needs to try to do the same. He's willing to work with her to investigate Samantha's murder. The more they dig, the more Darby fears she didn't know Samantha as well as she thought. Samantha became a private investigator to look into her father's murder when she was young. Did Samantha learn something that led to her own murder? Was she closing the business because she was on a trail that was too personal to share ? I loved the humor in the book. Darby, the daughter of a librarian, holds Tate "at bookpoint" when she unexpectedly finds him on a couch. But, it's the two cats, Romy and Gumshoe, who are the distractions. Romy is a neighbor's cat that Darby rescues repeatedly from a tree, and, then Tate has to rescue him. Gumshoe is Darby's Ragdoll with a slight attitude. But, they're cats. Not magical or talking or detective cats, just cats. Darby and Tate make an interesting pair of detectives. The two characters in their thirties bring their own flaws and baggage to their partnership. Tate's are a result of his years at war. Darby's might be owed to her years training as a dancer, and her long history with her ex-boyfriend. Dead-End Detective has so much potential because of those two characters. I'm wishing Amanda Flower good luck with this series. And, I wish the second mystery was already available

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Dead End Detective Piper & Porte, Book #1 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it t Dead End Detective Piper & Porte, Book #1 Amanda Flower 5 Stars Synopsis: They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead, and the other is suspected of murder. Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town. Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time? Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. Darby is hardworking and wants to see justice done. And when her partner is killed in a car accident, she really wants to see it served. It does not look as if it was an accident, it looks as if it was cold blooded murder. Tate, her partner’s nephew, does not belong in the PI business, but he is going to give it a shot and help Darby figure things out. Can Darby and him learn to get along and work together and figure out the killer? The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The author is also very talented in creating a cozy setting, and this helped the story have a comfortable down-home feeling. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. You will really need to put your detective’s hat on to solve this one, which is how I like my mysteries. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it is released. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Hallmark Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is a first time read by this writer for me. She was highly recommended by Natalia R. Thanks girl! Moves at a good pace. Likable characters. Interesting mystery & clever once you realize what the clues were & who did it. I do wonder though after reading all these cozy's what is the obsession with having cats? Negative: there's alot of info thrown out. (i would imagine it's b/c this is the first in a series so the writer is setting everything up but it was still alot all at once.) Overall, I like This is a first time read by this writer for me. She was highly recommended by Natalia R. Thanks girl! Moves at a good pace. Likable characters. Interesting mystery & clever once you realize what the clues were & who did it. I do wonder though after reading all these cozy's what is the obsession with having cats? Negative: there's alot of info thrown out. (i would imagine it's b/c this is the first in a series so the writer is setting everything up but it was still alot all at once.) Overall, I liked it. And I will read other books by this writer as she has many series to choose from.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcomi Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcoming books. Think of the old Remington Steele series, but the guy isn't a dashing playboy, but rather a dashing ex-military wanderer. The female a small, but mighty and intelligent female who has worked hard to get where she is.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    An interesting mystery with strong leads. When a detective is killed in a small town, the suspect list is short--mostly comprised of the woman who works with her in the detective agency. There seem to be a load of folks who didn't like Samantha, though, and Darby is sure they make better suspects than she does--so why's the town police chief so certain she did it? I enjoyed the read despite finding the ending rather weak and rushed; there's a lot of action but the denouement was very sudden. I lo An interesting mystery with strong leads. When a detective is killed in a small town, the suspect list is short--mostly comprised of the woman who works with her in the detective agency. There seem to be a load of folks who didn't like Samantha, though, and Darby is sure they make better suspects than she does--so why's the town police chief so certain she did it? I enjoyed the read despite finding the ending rather weak and rushed; there's a lot of action but the denouement was very sudden. I love a good twist, but this one felt more like Darby stumbled over it rather than figured it out...might just be me. I'll consider continuing the series but may not. Content: low quantity of profanity and swearing; a gay couple. No sex or graphic violence. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Harrington

    This is my first Amanda Flower Mystery and it won’t be the last. Darby Piper runs Two Girl Detective Agency with her partner Samatha. Samatha decides to close the agency and takes a job at the local celebrity resort. Darby is furious but is only a 40 percent stakeholder. Samatha is killed and Darby is being framed. Samatha’s only family a nephew is back in town and is now the new majority stakeholder of the company. Darby must find who ever is framing her to save her freedom and career. I loved This is my first Amanda Flower Mystery and it won’t be the last. Darby Piper runs Two Girl Detective Agency with her partner Samatha. Samatha decides to close the agency and takes a job at the local celebrity resort. Darby is furious but is only a 40 percent stakeholder. Samatha is killed and Darby is being framed. Samatha’s only family a nephew is back in town and is now the new majority stakeholder of the company. Darby must find who ever is framing her to save her freedom and career. I loved this first book. It was well written and easy to follow. It felt as though I have already read many books in the series. Characters are well developed and I am looking forward to learning more about their past. I am looking forward to the next adventure! #DeadEndDetective #NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    What an enjoyable cozy mystery! This book drew me in right from the first chapter and I didn't want to put it down. The setting sounds picturesque and the characters are all delightful. Mrs. Berger is a hoot, as is her cat Romy. The mystery itself was realistic and not far-fetched considering it takes place in a small town. The only question I had in the end was what illness Darby's dad actually has as I didn't find the answer within the pages of the story (perhaps I missed it somehow?). I look What an enjoyable cozy mystery! This book drew me in right from the first chapter and I didn't want to put it down. The setting sounds picturesque and the characters are all delightful. Mrs. Berger is a hoot, as is her cat Romy. The mystery itself was realistic and not far-fetched considering it takes place in a small town. The only question I had in the end was what illness Darby's dad actually has as I didn't find the answer within the pages of the story (perhaps I missed it somehow?). I look forward to seeing additional installments in this series. Disclaimer: I know that some of my followers are looking for certain criteria when reading. And given the recent turmoil over Hallmark being inclusive in their movies, I feel the need to point out that there is a gay couple that appears in this book. That being said, they are side characters who do not appear often or for long on the page. While their part of the story did not revolve around their romance, if that sort of relationship being depicted in a story upsets you, perhaps look for a different cozy mystery.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is her newest cozy mystery series and was an engaging story. Darby Piper and Samantha Porter were friends and business partners at Two Girls Detective Agency and then Samantha was killed in a car crash. The police's number one suspect is Darby and she is determined to find out who really did the deed. There is also a cold case murder mystery that involves Samantha's father that Darby wants to solve as well. Darby struck me as a little naive' regarding her being Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is her newest cozy mystery series and was an engaging story. Darby Piper and Samantha Porter were friends and business partners at Two Girls Detective Agency and then Samantha was killed in a car crash. The police's number one suspect is Darby and she is determined to find out who really did the deed. There is also a cold case murder mystery that involves Samantha's father that Darby wants to solve as well. Darby struck me as a little naive' regarding her being the number one suspect through most of the story. Tate Porter is an intriguing character that I look forward to getting to know better as the series progresses. A smoothly paced plot, twists and turns and a surprising reveal will keep readers turning the pages. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    I enjoyed Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower. This first in a new series called A Piper and Porter Mystery is from Hallmark Publishing. Reading it felt like watching one of my favorite Hallmark Movie Mysteries. Darby is one of the two detectives at Two Girls Detective Agency when her partner Samantha dies, Darby joins forces with Samantha’s nephew Tate to solve her friend and partner’s murder and clear her own name. This book has all the classic cozy markers: cute small town, involved family an I enjoyed Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower. This first in a new series called A Piper and Porter Mystery is from Hallmark Publishing. Reading it felt like watching one of my favorite Hallmark Movie Mysteries. Darby is one of the two detectives at Two Girls Detective Agency when her partner Samantha dies, Darby joins forces with Samantha’s nephew Tate to solve her friend and partner’s murder and clear her own name. This book has all the classic cozy markers: cute small town, involved family and adorable cats. I enjoyed seeing Darby work other cases and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    DEAD-END DETECTIVE kicks the Piper and Porter Mystery Series off to a good start. The characters are nicely drawn, and the smart mystery unfolds at a brisk pace. Since Darby is the prime suspect, I felt quite invested in the story as she tried to clear her name. Several other suspects and plenty of clues and red herrings kept me guessing for most of the book. My only quibble is that the ending seemed a bit rushed, but this did not deter my enjoyment of the book. I cannot wait to read more of Dar DEAD-END DETECTIVE kicks the Piper and Porter Mystery Series off to a good start. The characters are nicely drawn, and the smart mystery unfolds at a brisk pace. Since Darby is the prime suspect, I felt quite invested in the story as she tried to clear her name. Several other suspects and plenty of clues and red herrings kept me guessing for most of the book. My only quibble is that the ending seemed a bit rushed, but this did not deter my enjoyment of the book. I cannot wait to read more of Darby and Tate’s adventures. Highly recommended. I received an ARC from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I'm in love with Tate. He is my favorite character in this book, which I just LOVED, btw. I love his sense of humor, his wit, his wanting to protect Darby. I just loved the chemistry between those two. The friendly banter. I enjoyed the character of Mrs. Berger. She is a hoot! This was a very intriguing mystery. I really didn't know for sure who the murderer was until right before Darby figured it out. I am very much looking forward to book #2 in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    Dead-End Detective is a departure from Flower's usual Amish fare. Still a mystery, the book introduces us to Darby Piper, half of the Two Girls Detective Agency. Without giving away who gets murdered and why, let's just say that I would highly recommend this book that has newly developed characters, along with a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader wanting the book to never end. Hopefully, book two is not too far behind, because I can't wait to read it. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher & th Dead-End Detective is a departure from Flower's usual Amish fare. Still a mystery, the book introduces us to Darby Piper, half of the Two Girls Detective Agency. Without giving away who gets murdered and why, let's just say that I would highly recommend this book that has newly developed characters, along with a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader wanting the book to never end. Hopefully, book two is not too far behind, because I can't wait to read it. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher & the author for a copy of this digital ARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @netgalley for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. I absolutely love all of the cozy mysteries by Amanda Flower and jumped at the chance to read the first book in this new series. It’s full of great characters and a very intriguing mystery. Darby is a wonderful protagonist. I loved her strong personality and sassy attitude. Since the murder revolves around her dear friend and business partner, I feel like I really got to know and understand her personality quickly. She’s gri Thank you @netgalley for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. I absolutely love all of the cozy mysteries by Amanda Flower and jumped at the chance to read the first book in this new series. It’s full of great characters and a very intriguing mystery. Darby is a wonderful protagonist. I loved her strong personality and sassy attitude. Since the murder revolves around her dear friend and business partner, I feel like I really got to know and understand her personality quickly. She’s grieving, but also highly aware that she is being framed during this investigation so you get to witness her range of feelings, thoughts and emotions. I like that she not a typical armature sleuth since she is a licensed PI. It makes her actions more believable. She needs to get over her ex quickly because I’m already a fan of the new love interest, Tate. He’s perfectly mysterious, witty and quite charming. I loved their scenes together full of fun, flirty banter. Flower’s always includes good humor and memorable animals in her stories. Mrs. Berger might be 90, but she is sharp as a tack and full of personality. Her moody Maine Coon, Romy, was a great comic relief. I giggled every single scene when Darby or Tate had to rescue him from a tree. I also adored Darby’s bestie, Maelynn. Everyone needs that friend who will stand up for you no matter what. The mystery was really great. I ended up figuring out the culprit half way through, but still enjoyed watching the story progress as they worked through the clues and explained the reasoning behind such a hateful act. There were plenty of red herrings and side stories to try to throw you off track. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for a sequel!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Author Amanda Flower begins her "Piper and Porter Mystery Series" with "Dead-End Detective", an entertaining cozy mystery with an appealing female lead. Darby Piper and Samantha Porter had been good friends and partners in the "Two Girls Detective Agency" for over ten years. Samantha held the larger share of the agency, and when she suddenly decides to sell the business, Darby is at a loss. The agency is not only Darby's livelihood, it's her home--she lives upstairs above the office. Her shock b Author Amanda Flower begins her "Piper and Porter Mystery Series" with "Dead-End Detective", an entertaining cozy mystery with an appealing female lead. Darby Piper and Samantha Porter had been good friends and partners in the "Two Girls Detective Agency" for over ten years. Samantha held the larger share of the agency, and when she suddenly decides to sell the business, Darby is at a loss. The agency is not only Darby's livelihood, it's her home--she lives upstairs above the office. Her shock becomes true heartache when Samantha is killed in a car accident and suspicion is cast upon Darby. Another unsettling surprise is the fact that Samantha had left her share of the business to her nephew, Tate Porter, who returns to the beautiful lakeside community of Herrington, New York to find out the truth about his beloved aunt's death. Tate, an army veteran, and a man with an air of mystery all his own, is now technically Darby's boss. Interest grows between Darby and Tate as they work together to solve the case. All along the way, Darby must deal with cantankerous cats, her ex-boyfriend, policeman Austin Caster, and her super-organized librarian mother. I enjoyed "Dead-End Detective", and I look forward to more mystery adventures with "Piper and Porter". Book Copy Gratis Hallmark Publishing

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jaymie

    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 4 stars = Great - might re-read Fun series kickoff from one of my favorite mystery authors. It's a great new mystery from Hallmark Publishing. I definitely could see this one being turned into a movie. It plays out just right for one of their Movies and Mysteries series. I enjoyed Darby and Tate as the stars of the book. There are still things for readers to learn about Tate [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 4 stars = Great - might re-read Fun series kickoff from one of my favorite mystery authors. It's a great new mystery from Hallmark Publishing. I definitely could see this one being turned into a movie. It plays out just right for one of their Movies and Mysteries series. I enjoyed Darby and Tate as the stars of the book. There are still things for readers to learn about Tate, but we are given enough to start in this book while keeping a bit of mystery. There are hints at a love triangle, too, but I hope this doesn't head that direction. The mystery is great. I was able to pick out the killer about halfway through, but I needed Darby to work out the details on the motive. I liked that blend. I could feel triumphant as an armchair sleuth, while still enjoying the story, and needing the book to fill in the blanks for me. Cozy fans, Amanda Flower fans, and Hallmark mystery fans should be sure to pick this one up!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcomi Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcoming books. Think of the old Remington Steele series, but the guy isn't a dashing playboy, but rather a dashing ex-military wanderer. The female a small, but mighty and intelligent female who has worked hard to get where she is.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Darby Piper loves being a P.I. and is part owner in Two Girls Detective Agency along with friend and colleague Samantha Porter. She can't understand why Samantha wants to suddenly give it all up and for a less exciting job. When Samantha is murdered and all the evidence points to Darby her world is turned upside down, especially when she finds out Samantha left her part of the business to her nephew Tate Porter. Even though Tate isn't a P.I. He wants to help Darby look for his Aunt's killer. The Darby Piper loves being a P.I. and is part owner in Two Girls Detective Agency along with friend and colleague Samantha Porter. She can't understand why Samantha wants to suddenly give it all up and for a less exciting job. When Samantha is murdered and all the evidence points to Darby her world is turned upside down, especially when she finds out Samantha left her part of the business to her nephew Tate Porter. Even though Tate isn't a P.I. He wants to help Darby look for his Aunt's killer. The two team up and soon learns that Samantha was hiding secrets from both of them. Follow along as these two dig into the past to find a murderer, will they be able to work together or will this be the end of Two Girls Detective Agency?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is the first book in an enjoyable new cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. With a truly funny opening scene of Darby Piper trying to coax a reluctant cat down out of a tree, the story moves forward to the tragic death of Darby’s partner in their Two Girls Detective Agency. And as if coping with the death wasn’t bad enough, Darby learns that she is the prime suspect. Can she clear her name, with or without the help of her partner’s nephew, Tate. I liked the development of a relationship be This is the first book in an enjoyable new cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. With a truly funny opening scene of Darby Piper trying to coax a reluctant cat down out of a tree, the story moves forward to the tragic death of Darby’s partner in their Two Girls Detective Agency. And as if coping with the death wasn’t bad enough, Darby learns that she is the prime suspect. Can she clear her name, with or without the help of her partner’s nephew, Tate. I liked the development of a relationship between Darby and Tate. The mystery also kept one guessing til the end. And the supporting characters, including Mrs. Berger and her cat, Romy, were great fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    It was the start of a very bad week for Darby. First she finds out that her best friend and business partner of over ten years has sold the business out from under her. Then said friend is dead, Darby is chief suspect, then finds out that their earlier agreement on passage of ownership goes to the nephew, and it was absolutely stunning. What more could go wrong?! Great characters and plot twists made this a really fun read that kept me guessing to the end. Loved it! I requested and received a fre It was the start of a very bad week for Darby. First she finds out that her best friend and business partner of over ten years has sold the business out from under her. Then said friend is dead, Darby is chief suspect, then finds out that their earlier agreement on passage of ownership goes to the nephew, and it was absolutely stunning. What more could go wrong?! Great characters and plot twists made this a really fun read that kept me guessing to the end. Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you!

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