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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

    marilyn

    Colleen Hayes is back in "Tie Die", which takes place not too long after "Vanishing in the Haight". Having been paid well for her work in the previous book, she's moved out of an old warehouse to a living space with all the amenities of an old San Francisco apartment.   Colleen has a new job, helping a former rock 'n roller to deliver the ransom for his kidnapped daughter. The rock 'n roller, Steve Cook, was a rising up the charts eighteen year old, twelve years ago, when a sixteen year old dead Colleen Hayes is back in "Tie Die", which takes place not too long after "Vanishing in the Haight". Having been paid well for her work in the previous book, she's moved out of an old warehouse to a living space with all the amenities of an old San Francisco apartment.   Colleen has a new job, helping a former rock 'n roller to deliver the ransom for his kidnapped daughter. The rock 'n roller, Steve Cook, was a rising up the charts eighteen year old, twelve years ago, when a sixteen year old dead girl was found in his bed and he escaped England and legal consequences. Since then Steve has married, become a father, moved to San Francisco, divorced and barely scrapes by financially. Now someone wants $20,000, money he doesn't have, for the safe return of his spoiled brat of a daughter. Colleen had a crush on Steve, from afar, twelve years ago and now she's getting to crush on him in person. Once again, we are treated to the vehicles, clothing, and music of the 60s and 70s. Colleen is as tough as ever, using all kinds of illegal maneuvers to get her job done but trying not to hurt innocent people along the way. Characters from the last story return and are proof that Colleen knows how to make friends, even if she's led a very hard life. I've gotten attached to Colleen, her humor and her outlook on life, even if I want to cover my eyes when she puts her life on the line, more often than not. Now I need to wait for book #3 so that I can read more about her. Publication date: September 8, 2020 Thank you to Oceanview Publishing/Independent Publishers Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    Colleen Hayes is back, and even more of a badass than I previously thought! The year is still 1978, and Colleen finally has some money to rent a legitimate apartment. A man named Steve Cook gets ahold of her when his 11-year old daughter is kidnapped. Steve was the lead singer of a popular band in London in the 60’s, and has his own reasons for going to a PI for help, as opposed to the police. Despite the fact that she’s still waiting for her PI License, Colleen takes the case...but soon realize Colleen Hayes is back, and even more of a badass than I previously thought! The year is still 1978, and Colleen finally has some money to rent a legitimate apartment. A man named Steve Cook gets ahold of her when his 11-year old daughter is kidnapped. Steve was the lead singer of a popular band in London in the 60’s, and has his own reasons for going to a PI for help, as opposed to the police. Despite the fact that she’s still waiting for her PI License, Colleen takes the case...but soon realizes there are many fishy elements that don’t add up. She also realizes what a dangerous situation she’s gotten herself into. I loved reading this back to back with THE VANISHING IN THE HAIGHT (the first Colleen Hayes mystery), and loved seeing the returning characters, as well as some new ones. Colleen is a tough cookie with a heart of gold. Everything I love about the first one is still relevant here: old school detective work, intriguing and suspenseful story, wonderfully written characters, atmospheric reading. I could go on and on...but I’ll try not to. It’s gritty and feels real...definitely not a warm and cozy story. I appreciate the humor that comes through in Colleen’s thoughts, and out loud. Ugh, I just love everything about this series. I’m (im)patiently awaiting book three in the series!

  3. 5 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a great romp! Beginning in the 60's rock-n-roll singer Steve has plenty of fans and a voice of gold. But when a young groupie ends up dead in his bed, he flees believing his life is over. Fast forward to 1968 and his ex-wife tells him their young daughter Melanie has been kidnapped and he must pay $20,000 to get her back so he hires Colleen an investigator he finds. But little does he know that she's an ex-con and a take-no-prisoners kind of sleuth who will stop at nothing to help him, This was a great romp! Beginning in the 60's rock-n-roll singer Steve has plenty of fans and a voice of gold. But when a young groupie ends up dead in his bed, he flees believing his life is over. Fast forward to 1968 and his ex-wife tells him their young daughter Melanie has been kidnapped and he must pay $20,000 to get her back so he hires Colleen an investigator he finds. But little does he know that she's an ex-con and a take-no-prisoners kind of sleuth who will stop at nothing to help him, recover Melanie, and find out the truth as things go awry. Of course things get dicey and there are many puzzles to solve but Colleen is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of this scandal. I eagerly await the next book in this series! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  7. 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

  8. 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...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    San Francisco, 1978. Premium gasoline costs almost 70 cents per gallon. Armistead Maupin’s pop culture phenomenon, TALES OF THE CITY, takes the country by storm. And novice, unlicensed private investigator Colleen Hayes takes on the case of kidnapped Melanie Cook, the 11-year-old daughter of former British teen rock star Steve Cook. The thing is, Cook can’t file a police report. He fled the UK 12 years before, leaving the nude body of underaged Brenda Pike in his hotel bed, dead from a drug overd San Francisco, 1978. Premium gasoline costs almost 70 cents per gallon. Armistead Maupin’s pop culture phenomenon, TALES OF THE CITY, takes the country by storm. And novice, unlicensed private investigator Colleen Hayes takes on the case of kidnapped Melanie Cook, the 11-year-old daughter of former British teen rock star Steve Cook. The thing is, Cook can’t file a police report. He fled the UK 12 years before, leaving the nude body of underaged Brenda Pike in his hotel bed, dead from a drug overdose. Moreover, quasi PI Hayes skirts legal boundaries, convicted of murdering her husband. He “had wound up with a screwdriver in his neck, on the kitchen floor, thanks to Colleen” --- a flashback eerily reminiscent of Stephen King’s DOLORES CLAIBORNE, in which the title character’s daughter, Selena, is abused by her father. (Selena’s repressed memory involves what she thought was a screwdriver in her dad’s pocket.) “It’s not easy to lie to an investigator.” Hayes discerns that Cook has “been set up like a bowling pin” by ex-wife Lynda and her father, Rex. Both are film and recording moguls. They scheme to exchange the $20,000 ransom demand for Cook’s song catalog, which is worth millions. Cook has “the ex from hell…a thoroughbred ratbag.” The payoff goes horribly wrong; Lynda is murdered in her home, and Melanie is missing. “What had been a hoax was now the real thing,” the ante upped an additional $30,000. The presumptive PI jets to London, where she unravels threads tied to Cook’s former manager, Sir Ian Ellis, and “roadie” Everett Cole --- and Brenda Pike’s recalcitrant parents. There are enough threads to knit a chain leading to the scoundrels who absconded with the ransom and Melanie. An explosive conclusion that rivals the shoot-’em-up scene from Gunfight at the O.K. Corral catapults Colleen Hayes into the PI Hall of Fame. As one character correctly assesses her...um, chutzpah: “Cojones, lady. You’ve certainly got ’em.” Plot twists that rival gnarled Joshua Tree branches will intrigue noir detective readers, and Kinsey Millhone fans will find this a thrilling mystery “tie die” for. In addition to the series launch, VANISHING IN THE HAIGHT, Max Tomlinson --- who was born in San Francisco --- has penned six novels, including those in the Sendero series; LETHAL DISPATCH, a stand-alone title; and the Agency series. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy

  10. 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”.

  11. 5 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**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana Kingsbury

    Stevie Cook was the lead singer of an up-and-coming band—The Lost Chords—living the high life with his bandmates and rubbing elbows with the likes of the Stones in London. All of eighteen years old, he’d been swept from a normal life, to a crazy whirlwind of swinging 1960s excess, with all the booze, drugs, fancy clothes and gear, and female companionship he could lay his hands on. Until one morning, that is, when he woke up, hung-over after a big show, with a naked young girl stone-cold dead in Stevie Cook was the lead singer of an up-and-coming band—The Lost Chords—living the high life with his bandmates and rubbing elbows with the likes of the Stones in London. All of eighteen years old, he’d been swept from a normal life, to a crazy whirlwind of swinging 1960s excess, with all the booze, drugs, fancy clothes and gear, and female companionship he could lay his hands on. Until one morning, that is, when he woke up, hung-over after a big show, with a naked young girl stone-cold dead in the bed next to him… and everything changed, again. Only this time, for the so-much-worse. Stevie fled Great Britain, fearing arrest, and vanished, and The Lost Chords disbanded, with only one album under their collective low-slung belts. Cut to more than a decade later, 1978 San Francisco. A new-to-the-job private investigator, one Colleen Haynes, gets a call from a prospective client, whose daughter has been kidnapped. After accepting the usual “don’t-tell-the-police-or-else” instructions, she agrees to meet, to see if she can be of help. Imagine her surprise when the father turns out to be none other than Steve Cook—the lead singer of a long-ago band (which mysteriously disbanded), whose music she briefly listened to during a rough patch in her long-ago marriage—all grown up. Colleen still feels strongly that the police should be involved, but both her younger self and her mid-30s, seen-it-all self feel compelled to help Steve, who turns out to be a pretty nice, regular (albeit waaaay down-on-his-luck) guy. And Colleen, well… she has a pretty dark secret of her own, in the past, that she’s none-too-anxious to share with her new client, either. After the first attempt at delivering the ransom money gets botched big-time, though, Colleen and Steve gradually come to realize it may not be possible for either of them to keep their secrets hidden from each other… because those very secrets could make the difference between a father ever seeing his eleven-year-old daughter again… or not. _______________ Tomlinson is a new author to me—and Colleen Hayes, a new character (although it turns out this is actually her second appearance, after his earlier Vanishing in the Haight, which I’ll definitely be going back to read, soon)—and, it turns out, a real find. I couldn’t put Tie Die down; it was that good. Full of delightful bits of color, I ate up Tomlinson’s depiction of both the rock scene in Swinging ‘60s London (before I was born, so really fun to read about), as well as 1978 San Francisco (and Los Angeles, which was an extra highlight for me). From the soundtrack he provides—well worth pausing one’s reading and YouTubing, at each mention—to the vivid descriptions of places, hairstyles, clothing, and cars (seriously, I have an ex who would be thrilled that Colleen drives a Torino), Tomlinson puts you in the moment and anchors you there… and it’s these touches that really take Tie Die to another level for me. Too often, stories set in the not-that-distant past read as more wistfully-nostalgic, than compelling, entertaining, and fresh; Tie Die definitely falls under the latter style, and is not to be missed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott Parsons

    A Riveting Trip down Memory Lane Colleen Hayes is the sole proprietor of a PI agency in San Francisco. The story is set in the late 70s with flashbacks to the music scene in London in the 1960s. Steven Cooke, who had been a rising music star in 60s London, fled London after a dead fan was found in his hotel room after a performance one might. He ended up in South America and subsequently ended up in San Francisco, doing singing gigs around town. When the story opens Steve contacts Colleen Hayes be A Riveting Trip down Memory Lane Colleen Hayes is the sole proprietor of a PI agency in San Francisco. The story is set in the late 70s with flashbacks to the music scene in London in the 1960s. Steven Cooke, who had been a rising music star in 60s London, fled London after a dead fan was found in his hotel room after a performance one might. He ended up in South America and subsequently ended up in San Francisco, doing singing gigs around town. When the story opens Steve contacts Colleen Hayes because his daughter has been abducted. After meeting him she agrees to take on the case. A ransom demand has been made. Colleen, having spent several years in prison, is suspicious and and probes into the backstory of Steve and his ex-wife who is the daughter of a music producer. A ransom drop is arranged, supposedly the daughter in exchange for the money. Against her instincts Colleen decides to handle the drop which goes off the rails as the money is snatched from her but the daughter is not there. A trip to London and interviews with some of Steve's band members reveal that he was set up to take the fall for the dead fan in his room. Colleen discovers a connection between Steve's former manager and and the music industry in California. Eventually Colleen unravels that the abduction is a scam. This leads her on a path to rescue the "kidnapped" daughter. This was my first encounter with Max Tomlinson and Colleen Hayes. I am cueing up the first book to learn more about Colleen's background. A very promising new PI series. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this novel which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    R J Mckay

    I received this book from GoodReads for an honest review. Tie Die’s mystery story blasts back from the past. Being old enough to remember the 70’s, I vividly recall the clothing, cars, and music, so I amusingly relate to Colleen Hayes on many levels. The multiple references and descriptions created laughter and head shakes that lasted for hours. With my viewpoint established, I thoroughly enjoyed Tie Die. The plot twists and history were perfect. Colleen is a private investigator with a regrettab I received this book from GoodReads for an honest review. Tie Die’s mystery story blasts back from the past. Being old enough to remember the 70’s, I vividly recall the clothing, cars, and music, so I amusingly relate to Colleen Hayes on many levels. The multiple references and descriptions created laughter and head shakes that lasted for hours. With my viewpoint established, I thoroughly enjoyed Tie Die. The plot twists and history were perfect. Colleen is a private investigator with a regrettable past. She is hired to find a kidnapped girl but discovers that it’s all a plot to steal a song he wrote 10 years earlier. Lots of plot twists and history uncover a dangerous man who will do anything to get what he wants. Kudos to Max for a good story, well written and perfectly placed in time. (When I finished Tie Die, I immediately started reading Vanishing in the Haight.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Steve and Colleen both had it all (at least in the eyes of others) and lost it all (again, at least in the eye of others). He was a 1960s rock idol until a young woman was found dead in his bed. Colleen killed her abusive husband. They've both remade their lives in 1970s San Francisco, except someone thinks Steve still has a lot of money. His 11 year old daughter Melanie has been kidnapped for $20,000 ransom. He hires Colleen, who was a fan, to find her. Tomlinson takes the reader on a tour of 7 Steve and Colleen both had it all (at least in the eyes of others) and lost it all (again, at least in the eye of others). He was a 1960s rock idol until a young woman was found dead in his bed. Colleen killed her abusive husband. They've both remade their lives in 1970s San Francisco, except someone thinks Steve still has a lot of money. His 11 year old daughter Melanie has been kidnapped for $20,000 ransom. He hires Colleen, who was a fan, to find her. Tomlinson takes the reader on a tour of 70s San Francisco, complete with grit and noir. Not everything is as it seems (except Colleen, who is one though and thoughtful PI). No spoilers from me. Don't worry if you didn't read the first one- you'll get enough of the back story (but not too much for those who did). Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. A good read.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 4 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.

  19. 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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This is my first novel to read by Max Tomlinson, and I am already looking to pick up more! The story is well rounded, enthralling, and so very well articulated on the page! The characters all came to life and I felt each and every emotion while reading! I could not put this down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    Enjoy this series...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Once upon a time Steve Cook had it all before him...hit singles and rock stardom . Then one morning he woke up In the U.K. with an underage girl in his bed, dead. Fleeing to the U.S., he stayed out of jail but the elusive career disappeared. Flash forward to 1978 and his 11-year old daughter, Melanie, has gone missing, reportedly kidnapped He reaches out to Colleen Hayes, a badass P.I. For help. Her search for his daughter leads her into the morass of record corruption and back to that fateful n Once upon a time Steve Cook had it all before him...hit singles and rock stardom . Then one morning he woke up In the U.K. with an underage girl in his bed, dead. Fleeing to the U.S., he stayed out of jail but the elusive career disappeared. Flash forward to 1978 and his 11-year old daughter, Melanie, has gone missing, reportedly kidnapped He reaches out to Colleen Hayes, a badass P.I. For help. Her search for his daughter leads her into the morass of record corruption and back to that fateful night. Interesting time period and protagonist and an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tim C

    Sign Me Up! I am a lifetime hard-boiled noir-mystery fan. These Colleen Hayes stories “flow with grit” - super fast! Such a pleasant discovery! A soft-hearted, hard-edged, ex-con 30-something single Mom P.I., chasing down the perps and her past. Can you say “grade-A-bad ass”? Oh, and San Fran in the 70’s: the Gods of Noir are smiling. Signed, Waiting For Book 3

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Robinson

    Thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to Max Tomlinson's Vanishing in the Haight. The characters are believable and well crafted, with the twists in the mystery keeping the action moving whil engaging the reader. Looking forward to more int he Colleen Hayes' series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    This is an entertaining, quick read. It’s the 1960’s in London, MC Steve Cook was a rock star, but it changed when a 16 yr old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve was arrested and dumped by his record company. Years later in San Francisco, Steve works construction, dreaming of a comeback until his own daughter is kidnapped. Thanks to Oceanview for an ebook ARC copy. This is my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue F

    I really liked the first title in Max Tomlinson’s Colleen Hayes series so I was happy to receive an ARC of the second title in the series, Tie Die, to read in exchange for my honest review. And, I really liked this book too. I think it’s better than the first one. First off, the writing in Tie Die is just as crisp and evocative of a by-gone era as it was in Vanishing in the Haight. That was a nice start. It was fun to see Colleen get to move around a bit more than in the first book, including mo I really liked the first title in Max Tomlinson’s Colleen Hayes series so I was happy to receive an ARC of the second title in the series, Tie Die, to read in exchange for my honest review. And, I really liked this book too. I think it’s better than the first one. First off, the writing in Tie Die is just as crisp and evocative of a by-gone era as it was in Vanishing in the Haight. That was a nice start. It was fun to see Colleen get to move around a bit more than in the first book, including more of California and a trip to London. On a side note, I wish there had been a bit more description of the trip to London itself, just for atmosphere, especially since I made my first trip to London myself around that time. But that wouldn’t have added anything to the story, I suspect. And the descriptions of London of that era definitely brought back memories for me that I really enjoyed. Then there’s the kidnapping - or is it a kidnapping? Colleen has to figure out what’s going on and why, while hoping the whole time that the young girl who’s missing is okay. I don’t want to say too much about that, to avoid being spoiler-ish, but suffice it to say that it’s not as straightforward as it seems at first. I think the thing I liked most about this book as compared to the first in the series though, is that it was a little bit more hopeful. It’s not that all of Colleen’s personal problems are fixed, and the finish isn’t a 100 percent happy ending for her client. After all, in a noir-ish book/series, a happy ending is just not going to happen. But still I came away with a feeling that things are looking up just a little more for Colleen, and that felt right. I had a lot of trouble figuring out how many stars to give this book. I’m on record in my review of the first book as saying I would have given it 4 ½ stars if I could. On the other hand, I try to fight “star-flation” a little bit, so I give most books 4 stars, and reserve 5 stars for a very few absolute favorite books that I am going to read and re-read again and again. But, since I said the first one deserved 4 ½ stars, and since I like this one better, I think I’m going to have to break in favor of giving this one 5 stars. And I hope Tomlinson writes another in this series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Tie Die takes readers into the past, with a story about the often corrupt world of rock 'n roll in the late '60s and "current day" in the late '70s. Steve Cook was the teen-aged lead singer of a hot British band living the dream until his life fell apart. Drunk, with no memory of how he even got to bed after the concert, he wakes one day to find an under-age girl dead in his bed. He's arrested, dropped by his record label and soon fades from the public eye. Fast forward to San Francisco in 1978. S Tie Die takes readers into the past, with a story about the often corrupt world of rock 'n roll in the late '60s and "current day" in the late '70s. Steve Cook was the teen-aged lead singer of a hot British band living the dream until his life fell apart. Drunk, with no memory of how he even got to bed after the concert, he wakes one day to find an under-age girl dead in his bed. He's arrested, dropped by his record label and soon fades from the public eye. Fast forward to San Francisco in 1978. Steve is working construction and sometimes singing with a no-name band in a local bar. When his 11 year-old daughter, Melanie, is kidnapped he calls Colleen Hayes, a private investigator who started her own firm Hayes Confidential, for help. It doesn't take long for Colleen to determine that something about the kidnapping doesn't ring true. Colleen is a strong female lead and I enjoyed her character. Tough and confident, she is skilled at uncovering leads and is not afraid to follow up on them. I look forward to reading more about her and the cases she is given to solve. The book held my interest about 65% of the way through. At that point, even though Colleen was working her game well, the whole thing just started to drag for me and I found myself looking forward to it being over. I give it 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishers for allowing me to read a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Although I enjoyed the first book in this series, this entry fell flat for me. The plot was serviceable but the writing was choppy. I know it sounds authentic but the constant raw language plucked at my last nerve. As a woman I think the "c" word should be as out-of-bounds as racial epithets are. I love female detectives, particularly those in the Bay Area like Sharon McCone and Jeri Howard, but I don't love the crude pseudo hard boiled story that relies more on vulgar grit than gripping language Although I enjoyed the first book in this series, this entry fell flat for me. The plot was serviceable but the writing was choppy. I know it sounds authentic but the constant raw language plucked at my last nerve. As a woman I think the "c" word should be as out-of-bounds as racial epithets are. I love female detectives, particularly those in the Bay Area like Sharon McCone and Jeri Howard, but I don't love the crude pseudo hard boiled story that relies more on vulgar grit than gripping language. I could tell this book was written by a man and I missed some of the charm of the previous book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pegeen

    Set in San Francisco and swinging London , with an interesting plot , and fully developed characters. Bleary Rock Stars and bar grunge bands. Quick fun read, so much better written than most of the Kindle deals. “ Vanishing in the Haight” was more polished and cohesive than this one . Having Colleen Hayes the PI go gaga over Steve Cook was a sour note in this. Missed Alex, who was in it early and then done. Ending was rushed. Nonetheless the SF ambiance and even the LA Hollywood taste made it fu Set in San Francisco and swinging London , with an interesting plot , and fully developed characters. Bleary Rock Stars and bar grunge bands. Quick fun read, so much better written than most of the Kindle deals. “ Vanishing in the Haight” was more polished and cohesive than this one . Having Colleen Hayes the PI go gaga over Steve Cook was a sour note in this. Missed Alex, who was in it early and then done. Ending was rushed. Nonetheless the SF ambiance and even the LA Hollywood taste made it fun to read. Recommended.

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