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categories: Book, Court Reporter, Detective, Court, Florida, Humor, Christmas, Foreign Student, Romantic Suspense


Jody E. Lebel

Author Jody E. Lebelabout this book: A fun read, full of court humor, suspense and a little romance. Renee, a court reporter, had been married some years ago to a cop. She found being married to law enforcement much like getting a bikini wax; it starts out hot, quickly turns painful, and you end up crying. Vowing to never get involved with police again, Renee managed very well until her best friend received an e-mail from a dead man. Smelling a scam, the women reported it to the police. When Detective Anthony Graciano showed up on their doorstep, Renee was dismayed to find her long protected libido being hauled out of dry dock. They say when one door closes, another opens, often to a plate of warm cookies. Could Det. Graciano be Renee's warm cookie?

It has been said that you should write what you know. This is true with Playing Dead. Jody Lebel, currently an award winning author, had been a criminal court reporter in Florida dealing with murderers, rapists and theives for nearly 16 years. She brings all that experience in through the eyes of her characters, along with the black humor associated with police and court work.

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Alicia Dean

by author Alicia Dean

I loved Playing Dead. I loved the rumpled, funny, endearing hero, Anthony, and the heroine, Renee, who is also funny, and admirable, and sounds like someone I would love to hang out with in real life. Playing Dead is well written, with a great mystery and a fantastic cast of characters. What's not to love?

 Playing Dead by Jody E. Lebel

Playing Dead will wake you up! The fast-paced, snappy action and dialogue keep this plot moving from beginning to end. The protagonists and antagonists grab your attention so you need to keep reading. I totally believed Renee's occupation because the author made the interactions, etc., realistic. A quick read that is worth your while. [by Laurie]

 Suspense at its best

It is readily apparent that the author has spent a lifetime working in the criminal justice system from her obvious grasp at how the criminal mind works. Having a degree as a criminologists, I was quickly taken back to my own years of working in "the system."

It was a tough book to set aside as the suspense kept building as one turned the pages ... at times keeping me on the edge of my seat. While reading the characters as their personality traits unfolded, I felt as though I knew them as well as my closest friends. A highly recommended novel for those who like to be fully engaged in suspense/criminal stories. [by Michael Jennings]

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