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When a young journalist goes missing in sunny San Diego, P.I. Madison Kelly learns the true price of knowing too much. It's a perfect San Diego fall--cool and crisp with bright blue skies. But not everything is right in the sunny idyll dubbed America's Finest City. Young journalist Barrett Brown has been missing for a week, and her boyfriend hires private investigator M When a young journalist goes missing in sunny San Diego, P.I. Madison Kelly learns the true price of knowing too much. It's a perfect San Diego fall--cool and crisp with bright blue skies. But not everything is right in the sunny idyll dubbed America's Finest City. Young journalist Barrett Brown has been missing for a week, and her boyfriend hires private investigator Madison Kelly to find her. Right away, Barrett reminds Madison of a younger version of herself: smart, ambitious, and a loner. As she launches her investigation, Madison realizes that Barrett's disappearance is connected to a big story she was chasing--and she sets out to walk in Barrett's footsteps to trace her whereabouts. As the trail grows colder, things begin to heat up between Madison and Barrett's boyfriend. But he doesn't seem to be telling everything he knows, and Madison gets the feeling that her every move is being watched. What dirty secrets lie at the heart of Barrett's big lead? If Madison can't get to the bottom of the case in time, she could be in line to become the next victim.


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When a young journalist goes missing in sunny San Diego, P.I. Madison Kelly learns the true price of knowing too much. It's a perfect San Diego fall--cool and crisp with bright blue skies. But not everything is right in the sunny idyll dubbed America's Finest City. Young journalist Barrett Brown has been missing for a week, and her boyfriend hires private investigator M When a young journalist goes missing in sunny San Diego, P.I. Madison Kelly learns the true price of knowing too much. It's a perfect San Diego fall--cool and crisp with bright blue skies. But not everything is right in the sunny idyll dubbed America's Finest City. Young journalist Barrett Brown has been missing for a week, and her boyfriend hires private investigator Madison Kelly to find her. Right away, Barrett reminds Madison of a younger version of herself: smart, ambitious, and a loner. As she launches her investigation, Madison realizes that Barrett's disappearance is connected to a big story she was chasing--and she sets out to walk in Barrett's footsteps to trace her whereabouts. As the trail grows colder, things begin to heat up between Madison and Barrett's boyfriend. But he doesn't seem to be telling everything he knows, and Madison gets the feeling that her every move is being watched. What dirty secrets lie at the heart of Barrett's big lead? If Madison can't get to the bottom of the case in time, she could be in line to become the next victim.

37 review for Double Take: A Madison Kelly Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grace Koshida

    San Diego PI Madison Kelly is hired by Travis to find his missing girlfriend Barrett Brown. Barrett works for a small local newspaper and Madison soon suspects that her disappearance is linked to the recent deaths of 3 young couples. Death certificates, a hinky lawyer specializing in living trusts and some unknown charities have Madison's antenna raised. Madison also notices that she is being followed and watched by several cars. Who is so interested in her movements and why? Madison then catches San Diego PI Madison Kelly is hired by Travis to find his missing girlfriend Barrett Brown. Barrett works for a small local newspaper and Madison soon suspects that her disappearance is linked to the recent deaths of 3 young couples. Death certificates, a hinky lawyer specializing in living trusts and some unknown charities have Madison's antenna raised. Madison also notices that she is being followed and watched by several cars. Who is so interested in her movements and why? Madison then catches Travis out in a bunch of lies: he is married with two kids, he never reported Barrett missing to the police. As Madison continues to follow Barrett's investigative trail, she uncovers a multi-million dollar insurance fraud and figures that Barrett has been killed. But after finding Barrett's boss breaking into and searching the missing woman's apartment, Madison follows him to an abandoned building and makes a startling discovery. But then Madison and Barrett are snatched by some thugs and it will take all their wits to free themselves from their captors and stay alive. This was a thrilling read in the Madison Kelly PI series. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I know all private investigators in crime fiction have some baggage. But, Elizabeth Breck’s second Madison Kelly mystery, Double Take, piles it on for the PI. Not only does she identify with the woman she’s searching for, but she’s a cancer survivor facing a possible recurrence. With her fears, she’s a basket case at times, and tends to cry. Those may be triggers for some readers. Madison Kelly is just trying to make a difference in the world. She tends to take cases that involve missing people, I know all private investigators in crime fiction have some baggage. But, Elizabeth Breck’s second Madison Kelly mystery, Double Take, piles it on for the PI. Not only does she identify with the woman she’s searching for, but she’s a cancer survivor facing a possible recurrence. With her fears, she’s a basket case at times, and tends to cry. Those may be triggers for some readers. Madison Kelly is just trying to make a difference in the world. She tends to take cases that involve missing people, ones she hopes to bring home to their families. She just returned to La Jolla after finding a missing girl, when a desperate man asks for help. Travis Moore says his girlfriend, a reporter named Barrett Brown, has been missing for five days, and the police don’t seem to be looking for her. He doesn’t know what story she might have been investigating for her job, but he’s worried. Madison is worried, too, when she hears a tall blond that resembles Madison hasn’t been heard from in five days. Madison investigates by tracking Barrett’s recent steps. The missing woman’s apartment has been trashed, and it’s obvious someone was searching for something. It’s only when she asks at the small newspaper, The HIllcrest Holler, that she finds something she can use. Barrett was asking questions at the county administration building, and she was looking at death certificates. How did three couples die in accidents one month after another with death certificates signed by the same person and the same lawyer involved? As she follows Barrett’s trail, Madison uncovers a scheme making millions for someone. She suspects Barrett might be dead, but she’s determined to find answers. It’s too bad everyone is lying to her. While the case itself is fascinating, I had a hard time with Madison. I know some of her tears and over-the-top emotions come from her worry about the recurrence of her cancer. Double Take could have used a little tighter editing. There was too much emotional handwringing as Madison insists she has to look for Barrett. Over and over, she says she has to find Barrett. I get it. She’s searching for Barrett. The author also uses one of my least favorite tropes that usually occurs in cozy mysteries, not in PI novels. Here’s a PI with a friend on the police force who wants his help, but won’t tell him what she’s working on because she’s afraid the police will take over her case. That always irritates me. Then there’s Dave, the surfer Madison loves although she refuses to call him her boyfriend. What’s with that? I also had a hard time with the scene when she’s apologizing to a tree. I understand the author herself is a licensed PI in California, so I”m sure the investigating parts are right, from the stakeouts to the document searches. But, I still had problems with the writing of the book. In other words, Double Take has an intriguing story, but I felt it could have been handled better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Double Take is the second book with Madison Kelly as the main character. This can be a stand alone book. Madison Kelly is hired by the boyfriend to find a missing reporter for a small newspaper. Barrett has disappeared and no one seems to have any idea where she is. As she gets to know Barrett she discovers things that make her seem like an old friend, someone she could be friends with. Madison quickly observes she is being followed, which brings more questions to the case. This is really good st Double Take is the second book with Madison Kelly as the main character. This can be a stand alone book. Madison Kelly is hired by the boyfriend to find a missing reporter for a small newspaper. Barrett has disappeared and no one seems to have any idea where she is. As she gets to know Barrett she discovers things that make her seem like an old friend, someone she could be friends with. Madison quickly observes she is being followed, which brings more questions to the case. This is really good story. The characters are well written and easy to like. Madison is a smart, resourceful, and a strong woman with flaws. As she deals with her health she still fights to solve the mystery of missing Barrett Brown. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan M.

    Double Take, the 2nd book in Madison Kelly mystery P. I. series by Elizabeth Breck, had me doing double-takes at the plot twists & kept me gripped from the first sentence until the very end. When Barrett Brown, a journalist, goes missing, P.I. Madison Kelly is determined to find her despite the obstacles thrown her way. Breck’s real life P.I. experience makes the story authentic. I loved Anonymous, the first book in this series, & Double Take had me equally enthralled. I can’t wait for the next Double Take, the 2nd book in Madison Kelly mystery P. I. series by Elizabeth Breck, had me doing double-takes at the plot twists & kept me gripped from the first sentence until the very end. When Barrett Brown, a journalist, goes missing, P.I. Madison Kelly is determined to find her despite the obstacles thrown her way. Breck’s real life P.I. experience makes the story authentic. I loved Anonymous, the first book in this series, & Double Take had me equally enthralled. I can’t wait for the next Madison Kelly book! She’s now my favorite heroine. I was given an advanced copy in exchange for a review with my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dani O'Brien

    Another great book by Elizabeth Breck! I was on the edge of my seat reading this one. Madison is a very relatable character going through struggles that really hit home. I couldn't put this one down! Another great book by Elizabeth Breck! I was on the edge of my seat reading this one. Madison is a very relatable character going through struggles that really hit home. I couldn't put this one down!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Brown

    I loved this book. I loved all the characters, and especially Madison. I hope there is a third book in the series. It's always so exciting to find a new series to love! Read this, you won't be disappointed. I loved this book. I loved all the characters, and especially Madison. I hope there is a third book in the series. It's always so exciting to find a new series to love! Read this, you won't be disappointed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ana Lawson

    WOW I didn't think she could top Anonymous, but she did it. I am she excited to have a new series where I get to look forward to the next book coming out. There were so many twists and turns and the ending is so thrilling I started crying! Can't wait for the next one! WOW I didn't think she could top Anonymous, but she did it. I am she excited to have a new series where I get to look forward to the next book coming out. There were so many twists and turns and the ending is so thrilling I started crying! Can't wait for the next one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    I loved this book with all of its familiar landmarks. This was an intense story of greed, murder and, eventually, justice. I read the first Madisen Kelly book and I LOVE this author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    DOUBLE TAKE, the follow-up to Elizabeth Breck's debut novel ANONYMOUS, is the second in her Madison Kelly series and it is one humdinger of an exciting P.I. novel! When I read ANONYMOUS last year, it was so good that I ended up spotlighting it as part of my contribution to Mystery Scene magazine's Fave Raves of 2020 article (I also reviewed the book for the magazine as well). It should come as no surprise that Breck ups the ante with this new book. After finding a serial killer in the previous boo DOUBLE TAKE, the follow-up to Elizabeth Breck's debut novel ANONYMOUS, is the second in her Madison Kelly series and it is one humdinger of an exciting P.I. novel! When I read ANONYMOUS last year, it was so good that I ended up spotlighting it as part of my contribution to Mystery Scene magazine's Fave Raves of 2020 article (I also reviewed the book for the magazine as well). It should come as no surprise that Breck ups the ante with this new book. After finding a serial killer in the previous book, Madison Kelly has found herself doing more cases outside of the insurance investigations she had specialized in beforehand. But after returning from a trying case of a kidnapped and trafficked girl, she finds herself immediately plunged into a new case that will test her resolve like never before. Barrett Brown, a reporter for a small local newspaper, has disappeared. Her boyfriend is looking to find out what happened to her and hires Madison. But as our intrepid PI begins to work on the case she uncovers the missing reporter's phone in the park where she was last supposed to be. The case immediately takes a dark turn because no reporter would be caught dead without their phone in this day and age. Barrett is indeed a missing person and it doesn't look good for her. But as Madison continues her investigation she discovers that the police aren't looking for the woman, her client has told her some lies and potential witnesses are less than reliable. Throw in the fact that there's a surveillance team shadowing Madison's every move and suddenly there is a lot more at stake than simply finding a missing reporter. Madison is forced by circumstance to follow Barrett's footsteps before she disappeared and what she uncovers through this avenue of investigation is a conspiracy that lands her squarely in the sights of a killer that will do anything to stop their crimes from being revealed. It's up to Madison to track down Barrett and bring her home while staving off a killer who will have no qualms killing someone in their way. As I said, I loved the first book in the series and DOUBLE TAKE is just as riveting. The story's narrative is compelling and the various twists and turns of the investigation will keep readers glued to the page. Given Elizabeth Breck's own life as a PI, it should come as no surprise that her Madison Kelly comes off as such an authentic character in her own right. Madison is both fearless and flawed, forthright and fallible. All of these traits are on display throughout DOUBLE TAKE. And for me, that's what makes her such a fun read. Okay sure, the way she pushes and pulls in her personal life with her surfer boyfriend-that's-not-a-boyfriend would be annoying in real life if I was living through it myself, but again the flaws on the page is what makes her such a draw to me as a reader. When you add in the personal subplot dealing with her cancer survivor status, you get a deeper understanding of why she sets herself up as a lone wolf. Ironically, given that lone wolf designation, she does tend to have a great, eclectic supporting cast. There's the flirty police detective, her computer geek friend and her attorney friend Haley. And then there's that surfer boyfriend Dave. In some ways, they are both passive aggressive with their actions towards each other regarding labeling their relationship. But he's always there for her in whatever way she might eventually need him to be. It's intriguing to watch as Madison vacillates back and forth with her desire for him and the need to remain totally independent at the same time. All that said, what it really boils down to is this: DOUBLE TAKE is not just a follow-up novel to a fantastic debut. Rather, it is a thrillingly dark and complex mystery that stands on its own in establishing that the Madison Kelly series one of the best new series on the market and Elizabeth Breck is one of mystery's bright new lights! (Full Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my always brutally honest review.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  13. 4 out of 5

    Celestemcolon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Mickiewicz

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leal

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Farley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Civille

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bailey S.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Hosein

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kye Cantey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Silvanna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Adams

  31. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Maki

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    Brian Hart

  33. 4 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gerhart

  35. 5 out of 5

    Maude

  36. 5 out of 5

    Amy Wigand

  37. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

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