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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Brady Narrator: Carrington MacDuffi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Emily Locke Mysteries Release Date:
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Single mom Emily Locke is building a new life with her daughter. Hoping to spend more time at home, she’s put her career on hold to work part time for her private investigator friend, Richard Cole. It’s a nice balance between work and family until Emily finds out she’s been working for the attorney that defended her husband’s killer.

The discovery nearly destroys her friendship with Richard, but Emily resists abandoning his client, the socialite Claire Gaston, who awaits trial for the murder of a local plastic surgeon. The threat of losing her children to a self serving ex husband terrifies Claire  more than the thought of a life behind bars. Sympathetic to a mother’s fears and unconvinced of Claire’s guilt, Emily resolves to stick with the case despite her growing concerns about Richard and the dubious attorney who hired him.

A mysterious note leads her into a daring undercover ruse at a highbrow ladies health club. Impervious to fashion trends and uninterested in beauty treatments, Emily fakes conformity with Houston’s elite debutantes and trophy wives in a surreal fitness subculture where things, and people, are seldom what they seem. At this gym, “killer workout” has a whole new meaning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A winner! Clever, contemporary, and oh-so-savvy—Emily Locke is genuinely charming! Her brains, her humor and her heart make Dead Lift another fast-paced page-turner.”

    Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-winning author of Prime Time

  •  “Dead Lift has everything a mystery should have: a smart sleuth, a puzzling mystery, a vivid setting, and an exciting resolution. But what makes it special is the way real life—and real emotions—are blended into the story. Protagonist Emily Locke is someone you’ll want to spend time with.”

    Toni L. P. Kelner, Agatha-winning author

  • Dead Lift goes down like a shot of something smooth and smoky. Rachel Brady’s new book is even better than Final Approach, and Emily Locke is on her way to being one of PI fiction’s most interesting detectives. I loved it, and Brady is here to stay.”

    Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong

  • “Brady’s wry look at fashionista spa life and the spirited, down-to-earth Emily mark this as a series to watch.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 12/4/2013

    " My first mystery in months and it was a good one. I was won over by the Houston setting. It's a book club read and tonight we'll meet and discuss the book and eat with the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gaildb | 4/4/2013

    " Easy read. Interesting characters. Believable relationships. Little tired of mysteries where the protagonist nearly gets killed in the last few pages, and saves the day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alix Taylor | 2/3/2013

    " Read Full review HERE Plot bait and switch leads to reader frustration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason | 11/28/2012

    " With only 2 books in this series, Ms. Brady has managed to make indelible characters who are a joy to visit with. Creative plot and lots of twists and turns keep the reader glued to each page and the pay off if well worth it. "

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About the Author
Author Rachel Brady

Rachel Brady enjoys a career in biomedical engineering in addition to the time she spends writing mystery and suspense fiction. She lives near Houston, Texas, with her husband and their three children.