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Back in London’s swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnap Back in London’s swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgment for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to '70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.


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Back in London’s swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnap Back in London’s swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgment for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to '70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.

30 review for Tie Die

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Sex, booze and rock ‘n roll. It’s 1966, London, and 18 year old Steve Cook is riding the wave of stardom as the lead singer of a hot new band. Until a dead girl is found in his hotel room one morning after a gig. Steve is still drunk and cannot remember even going to bed the night before. He is still only a person of interest, not a murder suspect, but he flees the country regardless, his music career in tatters Fast forward to 1978, Steve is living in San Francisco and his daughter has just been Sex, booze and rock ‘n roll. It’s 1966, London, and 18 year old Steve Cook is riding the wave of stardom as the lead singer of a hot new band. Until a dead girl is found in his hotel room one morning after a gig. Steve is still drunk and cannot remember even going to bed the night before. He is still only a person of interest, not a murder suspect, but he flees the country regardless, his music career in tatters Fast forward to 1978, Steve is living in San Francisco and his daughter has just been kidnapped. He contacts Colleen Hayes, a private investigator, to find her. Colleen has a troubled past of her own. Pregnant and married at 16, she killed her husband 8 years later for abusing their daughter. After spending 9 years in prison she is now the sole owner and operator of Hayes Confidential (her PI agency). Steve gets a ransom demand but Colleen’s years in prison have taught her a lot. She believes something about the whole set-up smells fishy. She might be right! Then things get very complicated very quickly. This was a fun trip down memory lane. How quickly you forget there was a time before mobile (cell) phones and the internet. So there are no google searches to help Colleen. She must do things the old-fashioned way. The first half of the book was a bit pedestrian. I really enjoyed the second half though where things got dicey for both Colleen and Steve and where old secrets and enemies are unearthed to throw a dark pall over the present. I also really liked Colleen’s character, she is tough and fearless. I suppose hard time will do that to you. If the author starts the next book like he finished this one he will be onto a winner. 3 ½ stars rounded to 3.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    For those of us who were too young to experience adult life in the late 1970s, setting a series in San Francisco during this time period has a nice sense of nostalgia. I enjoyed the author’s first book in his Colleen Hayes mystery series (Vanishing in the Haight). I found private detective Colleen Hayes a very appealing and complicated character and was looking forward to the next book in the series. Tie Die, book #2, did not disappoint. Once again, Colleen uses her incredible street smarts to h For those of us who were too young to experience adult life in the late 1970s, setting a series in San Francisco during this time period has a nice sense of nostalgia. I enjoyed the author’s first book in his Colleen Hayes mystery series (Vanishing in the Haight). I found private detective Colleen Hayes a very appealing and complicated character and was looking forward to the next book in the series. Tie Die, book #2, did not disappoint. Once again, Colleen uses her incredible street smarts to help her client. Steve Cook, a rock star from the mid 60’s London music scene is now living in San Francisco. His once thriving career was cut short after a young fan was found dead in his hotel room after one of his concerts. While periodically singing in a dive bar, Steve’s days of glory are long gone. Now divorced, his eleven year old daughter has been kidnapped and he needs help but doesn’t want the police involved. Unlicensed PI Colleen, with an interesting backstory herself, is brought in to find his daughter. Turns out Colleen had been a big fan of Steve’s and had harbored a big crush on the former star. And this is not an ordinary abduction case. Tie Die is a good, old-fashioned style mystery which is authentic to the time period. Fast-paced and enjoyable from start to finish. You can read this book as a standalone but go back and read the first book too. Happy to have discovered the author and this series. Many thanks to Edelweiss, Oceanview Publishing and author Max Tomlinson for a copy of this atmospheric, gripping book. Ebook is available now. Hardcover book available Sept. 8, 2020. Rated 4.25 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    To begin with, I wondered if this would be a DNF (did not finish) for me. Why? The choppy writing style drove me to distraction. A knock on the door. Answered it. Sat down. Not a direct quote, but that type of thing. Thankfully, once I settled into the story, it became less noticeable. Colleen Hayes is one of my all-time favourite heroines. Although this is the first book I've read in the series, I believe it can be read as a standalone. With that said, I'm looking forward to backtracking to find To begin with, I wondered if this would be a DNF (did not finish) for me. Why? The choppy writing style drove me to distraction. A knock on the door. Answered it. Sat down. Not a direct quote, but that type of thing. Thankfully, once I settled into the story, it became less noticeable. Colleen Hayes is one of my all-time favourite heroines. Although this is the first book I've read in the series, I believe it can be read as a standalone. With that said, I'm looking forward to backtracking to find out more about our heroine. Steve's story was compelling, as was Colleen's amateur sleuthing. There was only one instant I questioned, and that was her need to find out what Steve had done all those years ago when his ex just had a rant stating as much...in Colleen's presence. Minor quibbles aside, I loved the era this story was set in. The '70s. The mention of a teen idol from that time, Leif Garret, brought back memories. If you enjoy a good mystery with leading characters you'll be rooting for, you can't go wrong here. Copy provided by the publisher, Ocean Publishing, via NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This is my favorite kind of mystery - crackling with action right out of the gate, with a literal rock star main character. Steve Cook is a character I liked immediately, and so is unlicensed PI Colleen Hayes. I loved the 70s San Francisco backdrop. This book was clearly written by someone who knows San Francisco rather than someone who just read a lot about the era. Colleen is a great character and I had a lot of fun reading a gritty Virginia Slim-smoking female PI novel set in SF in the 70s wi This is my favorite kind of mystery - crackling with action right out of the gate, with a literal rock star main character. Steve Cook is a character I liked immediately, and so is unlicensed PI Colleen Hayes. I loved the 70s San Francisco backdrop. This book was clearly written by someone who knows San Francisco rather than someone who just read a lot about the era. Colleen is a great character and I had a lot of fun reading a gritty Virginia Slim-smoking female PI novel set in SF in the 70s with a fun sense of humor about itself. (A random of $20,000 is described as “twice what most people make in a year.”) Having worked in criminal law in SF myself (though not in the 70s) I was very pleased that this book felt very authentic as well as fun. All the right elements are here at the right times: kidnapping, sex, murder, the hero who might be the killer...and yet it’s not predictable. If you like your crime novels dark and hard boiled and full of action, but also with a sense of humor, this is a great little find. Tomlinson’s book masters the hard boiled 70s detective style without ever feeling forced. You can tell he had as much fun writing it as I had reading it. will definitely be reading more Max Tomlinson books. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5! Thanks to NetGalley, Max Tomlinson and Oceanview Publishing for this fun read. I will read more of Colleen Hayes!

  5. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re looking for a classic summer page-turner. Max Tomlinson’s Tie Die (Oceanview) hits all the right notes as a fast-paced thriller with high stakes and explosive action, each red herring or next reveal perfectly timed to keep the reader rapt. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2020/06/search-f... It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re looking for a classic summer page-turner. Max Tomlinson’s Tie Die (Oceanview) hits all the right notes as a fast-paced thriller with high stakes and explosive action, each red herring or next reveal perfectly timed to keep the reader rapt. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2020/06/search-f...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Nicely done! Goodreads giveaway. Finished in one night. A very interesting plot with a somewhat predictable conclusion, but still an entertaining read. I kinda figured there’d be more to the story when the original plan was uncovered about halfway through. But it still left enough holes to fill to keep my interest. Would have liked to known more about Colleen’s past, but I suppose that was covered in Book 1. A true “good read”.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    A colorful location, a tantalizing puzzle, and an abundance of San Francisco lore. This will please a wide variety of mystery readers. I was hooked to this book the entire time. **Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    A good mystery, well written and gripping. I loved the well crafted plot and the excellent characters. The mystery is solid and kept me guessing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Cadigan

    I’m a big Harlan Coben fan.. and, after reading the first, and now 2nd of the Colleen Hayes series, I am also a big Max Tomlinson fan. The setting and the era adds to the allure of this story. This one is truly a page turner! Can’t wait for #3!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Paulson

    Tie Die, the second of the Colleen Hayes series, is as much of a page turner as the first in the series, Vanishing In The Haight. The author is descriptive of the locales and the time frames in a way that evokes memories of those places in the reader. Colleen’s character as well as the victims and villains are well developed and present as real people. My only complaint is that there is not a 3rd in the series I could pick up today and continue on with the adventures of Ms. Hayes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    *5 Stars* Copy kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a really good read with interesting characters. I was satisfied with what happened to some of the characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kritika Rag

    In 1966, 16yrs old Steve Cook, a ideal admired by all for his singing talent and his songs has been on the superhit charts for weeks. His world turns around when once in the morning after his performance, a girl is found dead in his bed. Being a teenager he get scared fleed away from London & settles in US. Now present it's 1978, Steve daughter Melina has been abducted and a high ransom pay is being demanded and after few days his ex-wife, Lynda is murdered and here again Steve is charged for the In 1966, 16yrs old Steve Cook, a ideal admired by all for his singing talent and his songs has been on the superhit charts for weeks. His world turns around when once in the morning after his performance, a girl is found dead in his bed. Being a teenager he get scared fleed away from London & settles in US. Now present it's 1978, Steve daughter Melina has been abducted and a high ransom pay is being demanded and after few days his ex-wife, Lynda is murdered and here again Steve is charged for the murder as the murdering weapon is found hidden in his house. Colleen Hayes, a private detective hired by Steve who herself happens to be his fan at a time is now looking after Melina's kidnapping & Lynda's murder case. She knows how it's like to on the accused side as she'd just got released from 10yrs in prison for murdering her ex. As through the case all present & past mysteries & their connections are opening up by layer while Colleen & Steve being in constant trouble with their lives. Okay I guess my main disappointment was that probably this novel is for people who know San Francisco very well. I mean being a non- U.S. resident, it was so hard to keep up the so much info like instead of writing she took left turn, there was an address which was seriously messing up. And the 2nd point the story was really slow & stretched out. Mysteries and thrillers were pretty good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katlyn Ulinski

    ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This premise sounded interesting, but I didn't realize that it was a sequel. The sentences are kind of choppy, which took me out of the story a lot of the time. I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more had I read the first one as I had a hard time connecting with Colleen in this book. I think I will go back and try the first book before reevaluating my assessment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I have been waiting for this sequel since the first Colleen Hayes book came out and I'm beyond irritated at how disappointing it is. She's suddenly not only NOT bisexual, she's openly fawning over a dude every time he calls her "love"?! At least once a page??? UGHHHHHHHH.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Interesting mystery novel - couple of twists, strong female PI who has realistic issues.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara McHugh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Reier

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Robinson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Oliver

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jane Shea

  21. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Holbrook

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terry Watkins

  23. 5 out of 5

    DDJ

  24. 4 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  26. 4 out of 5

    cyndi sinclair

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn A Keck

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wilma

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim Thomsen

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