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The Last Place You Look
The Last Place You Look: A Novel | Kristen Lepionka
Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stocktonblack and from the wrong side of the trackswas convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though hes maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah. Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isnt doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her fathers unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers whove turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this casehers included.
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Pamwurtzler
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This series caught my eye from a @bookriot email and @Matilda was right- this looks to be a great mystery series.

Matilda I love it! Especially watching the hot mess lead slowly try to get herself and life in better order. 1mo
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jenniferw88
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Thank you so much for all of this @Ddzmini - I love it all and can't wait to dig into the books and chocolate! #mysterymessageswap. I feel well and truly spoilt! Also thanks to @TheReadingMermaid for hosting.

Ddzmini I‘m so sorry I wanted to write in the cards and I completely had a brain 🧠 miss on that 🙄 but otherwise I‘m so happy you liked it 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😋📖 3mo
gradcat Lots of lovely things here—is that a scarf? 3mo
jenniferw88 @gradcat if you're talking about the middle picture it's a tote bag! 3mo
gradcat Oh! It‘s really nice! ♥️ 3mo
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Amie
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I really liked this mystery. The main character is Roxane, a female PI in Columbus, OH, and she takes a job trying to locate a witness in order to free a man who's scheduled to be executed for a murder he didn't commit. It reminded me a little of the Kinsey Millhone series, but a little darker. Still a quick, easy read, though. I will continue reading this series, although there's only 1 or 2 more books so far.

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Amie
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Starting a new book and have to say I'm intrigued by this introduction to the main character, who is a PI. It's a local author and setting, which is also interesting. So far, I'm getting Kinsey Millhone vibes, which is a compliment.

rretzler The large print reminds me of my mother and the Kindle I got her. She claims that because she turns the pages faster since there are so few words on the page that she is reading the book faster. 😂 (Somehow in looking at what I wrote it doesn‘t seem as funny as it does when she says it.) 🤣 4mo
rubyslippersreads This looks interesting. 4mo
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knotmagick
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Just got sucked in here and lost an hour and a half. Whoops. Should I go work on one of my novels or just plow through the last 90 pages?

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MicheleinPhilly
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YES! I‘ve been dying to start this series. #KindleDailyDeals #KindleDeal

TrishB Not looking, not looking..... 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I need another series like I need a hole in the head. 6mo
TrishB Think there should be an official addiction ‘first in series‘ 6mo
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YasmiNova
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Brilliant! It has all the ingredients of a good thriller, I barely put it down than i wanted to pick it up again. Has lots in common with Swierczynski's Revolver (cold case, female lead, cop father, dysfunctional family, drinking and more drinking) but this one felt like an easier read.

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YasmiNova

Have signed up to the #Booked2019 challenge (too ambitious with two little ones at home?) Starting with The Last Place You Look for the #femaledetective one.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage (did i tag everyone?)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! Give it a try and have fun with whatever you can do. We‘re the low-stress, all-fun challenge! And, you got us all tagged. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 8mo
YasmiNova Thanks Barbara! 8mo
Cinfhen You‘re off to an excellent start ❣️❣️❣️ 8mo
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NicoleCeBallos
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The last book of 2018 ended on a high note. This thriller was great. It kept my attention all the way through, I couldn't put it down, and the ending was actually realistic. #thriller #mystery

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Quippe
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Kristen Lepionka‘s crime novel (the first in a series) has a PI heroine who hits a lot of the detective cliches (an alcoholic whose private life is a mess) but puts enough of a spin on them to keep me interested (notably her bisexuality and the love triangle with femme fatale Catherine and Tom, her dad‘s old partner) while the mystery unfolds at a decent pace and had enough twists and turns to hold my interest, such that I‘d check out the sequel.

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charl08
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Enjoyed this dark, blackly comic PI crime fiction. Roxane (the spelling is a plot point) takes no prisoners, and has good reason for the troubled home life.

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Phantasma.Maddie
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Finished this suspense mystery all in one day, which attests to the mood it created. I enjoyed the ride this story took me on, even the times I was saying “No! Don‘t do that!!” to the main character. I enjoyed her as a flawed person, even if some of her flaws seemed very stereotypical, and her bi-rep was really well done without being over the top. Overall I‘m willing to check out the second in the series. #TheLastPlaceYouLook #KristenLepionka

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cariashley
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This was an excellent crime novel with a great protagonist. Roxane is a PI with her own issues to work through while she tries to get to the bottom of what was supposedly a cold case. Plus she‘s bisexual which is some refreshing representation. The narrator does a particularly fine job of capturing Roxane‘s bone dry tone and I‘ll definitely be listening to the next one.

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jojobean218
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I‘m only about fifty pages in, but have already been thoroughly sucked in and taken by Roxane‘s sharp charm. And she is bisexual! This makes me so happy. I love meeting my fellow bisexuals in fiction. #bisexualbooks #queerbooks

KateFulfordAuthor If you like this style.... If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A fabulous and assured debut mystery novel! Roxane Weary is a bisexual PI who's been drinking too much while grieving the death of her cop father, who she had a complicated relationship with. A new case, which starts off as a missing person sighting related to an old murder case, becomes more complex the more Roxane investigates. Amazing, messy, authentic characterization and relationships plus some beautiful understated writing. #BisexualBooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Here are three of my favourite quotes so far:

"Catherine tasted how she always tasted, like the beginning of everything."

"Librarians, were, in my experience, some of life's finer human beings."

"It was all too easy to forget that the best anyone could hope to be was a character in a dream she had about herself."

#Mystery

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Woke up quite sick this morning and had to call in sick to work, but at least I get to read my mystery novel with a great bisexual PI in bed? #BisexualBooks

Lindy Get well soon. 🌻 1y
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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And now for something completely different! I've been reading a lot of romance lately and the next one up on the TBR is a dark mystery with a troubled bisexual P.I. I've heard really good things about this one, which is the first in a series, so I'm very excited! #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks #Mystery

kidamy This is going to sound insane, but I've come across so few books with bisexual characters. I really need to fix that. 🤔 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @kidamy Hopefully the #BisexualBooks tag is a good starting point! 1y
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brennahawleycraig
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I‘m spending most of this long weekend finally cleaning up the new house. We are still a ways away (no couch yet) but vast improvement. This is our Kansas wall in our bedroom. I did finish this book in less than 24 hours; I read it on a recommendation from @Liberty on All the Books. It‘s a great mystery/thriller and I immediately ordered the next one!

Reviewsbylola Love this 😍😍 1y
brennahawleycraig @Reviewsbylola thank you!!! We have infinitely more wall space in the new place and it‘s life-changing to be able to put up so much! (edited) 1y
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irksit
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Really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me guessing and turning pages! Can‘t wait to get my hands on the second in the series.

sree08 Ahha! Looks interesting 1y
sree08 @irksit A mystery series is what i want...thanks👍 1y
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quietjenn
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I've been doing chores all day and there's still lots more to do, but stealing a few minutes for egg salad and this, which is excellent this far.

cherinium I just had egg salad, too! 🥚 1y
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Christy2318
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“Be nice but not too fucking nice.” Hard boiled #feminist crime fiction. PI novel with #noir elements. I really liked this one. ⚖️⚖️⚖️⚖️

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nomadreader
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This book isn't perfect (I think the title is a spoiler and the protagonist is annoyingly single-minded at times), but I loved it. The resolution, even when suspected, is still awesome. And if I had to pick a favorite microgenre, it would be feminist crime fiction featuring a hard-drinking, bisexual female protagonist, so this book is clearly my jam. So excited for #2 next year!

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nomadreader

"...through which I could see the source of the construction equipment--an apartment complex was going up over there, one of those big, impersonal ones with names like The District." ??I love when crime novels make me laugh!

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nomadreader
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Happy hour: a lemon sage martini and a newly recommended mystery #booksandbooze

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Cberbs
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Even though he is asleep, after reading this book I don't know when I will sleep again. It gave me so much to think about and a great ending. I'm so glad it's number one in a series.

bio_chem06 The reviews for this book look great. I just got it from the library and can't wait to read it! I didn't know it was the start of a series. 2y
Cberbs I really enjoyed it. It‘s on my list of series to continue reading. 2y
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Cberbs
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I'm liking this a lot so far. I hope the second half holds up. Also, I'm listening to Lip Sync Battle with Anne Hathaway and Emily Blount. What else is there?

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TirzahPrice
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A very engaging, twisty mystery with a tough and vulnerable bisexual lady PI protagonist! Where do I sign up for more?!?

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Liberty
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Lunch reading, on @Matilda 's recommendation. 🤘🏻🤘🏻

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Bette
Last Place You Look | Kristen Lepionka
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#Birthdayspace
I'm not very far but Lepionka had me from the first paragraph when Roxane answers her phone, hung over, from beneath her desk when she is drawn into this case, mostly because she needs the money. Roxane is an interesting character: world weary, smart, stubborn. I wish I could call in sick just so I could read this book. (Kris, pay no attention to that last sentence.) 🙄😬😆

librariankris @Bette Don't even think about it! 😂 2y
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Audrey
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This was an excellent first mystery. Strong, hardboiled female PI. Gripping mystery that veered towards the thriller, this was a complete fun read. Looking forward to the next Roxane (with one N) Weary book.

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Bette
Last Place You Look | Kristen Lepionka
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Don't let the cover distract and be "the last place you look"...also really wanted to share the Despicable nails of a coworker. And I can't wait to start this book! ??

Alfoster It's good!😍 2y
aeeklund OMG THOSE NAILS!!! 2y
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guinsgirlreads
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Good stuff. I don't have a review on me right now, long day 😘

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Second book in a row with a Marilyn reference ! 👄❤️

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guinsgirlreads
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#currentread 👍🏻😊

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BookishDevices
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One of the best thrillers Jennifer has read in a while.
http://bookishdevices.com/2017/06/26/last-place-you-look-lepionka/

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Matilda
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Bisexual characters in books seem pretty rare, even more so in the mystery genre. Not only does this mystery have a bi P.I. it doesn't take the path I thought it would and starts as a mystery and ends as a thriller--with plenty of suspects. Perfect if you're looking for a beach read.

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Matilda
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Project read every book continues.

vivastory I fully endorse this project 👍 2y
Notafraidofwords I'm joining this project 😀 2y
melbeautyandbooks This looks like a good one. Stacked it. 2y
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Matilda
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katelizabee
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Loved this one so much! Great layered mystery that kept me guessing, and I loved Roxane, our broken but tenacious narrator.

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katelizabee
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when it rains, it pours! another great #bookmail day! thanks for letting me read an arc @kmlwrites and thanks for sharing it with me @KellyeGarrett

KellyeGarrett Yay! Hope you love it as much as I do. 2y
kmlwrites Hope you enjoy!! 2y
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