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All six wonderfully wry and witty Bay Area adventures of Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente in one handy box set—PLUS A BONUS BOOK! NICE JEWISH COP TURNS PI... Ex-Chicago-cop (now unlicensed PI) Jake Samson is living the life of “an urban gentleman farmer” in laid-back Oakland, California, occasionally “handling discreet matters” to keep his cats, Tigris and Euphrates, in kitty t All six wonderfully wry and witty Bay Area adventures of Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente in one handy box set—PLUS A BONUS BOOK! NICE JEWISH COP TURNS PI... Ex-Chicago-cop (now unlicensed PI) Jake Samson is living the life of “an urban gentleman farmer” in laid-back Oakland, California, occasionally “handling discreet matters” to keep his cats, Tigris and Euphrates, in kitty treats. His lesbian BFF, Rosie the carpenter, and her justice-dispensing two-by-four are the perfect complements to his relaxed casual style – no room for macho posturing with this crew! Readers will love their easy, breezy relationship, and wish they had a friend like either one of them. SAMSON'S DEAL When an acquaintance is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder, Jake and Rosie go inside a radical right wing activist group to which the wife is connected. An assortment of Berkeley kooks and interesting plot twists keep things hopping till the very end. FREE DRAW Jake’s buddy and quasi-boss calls in a favor when his nephew is accused of murder. It's up to Jake and Rosie to find the real killer, and they've got a number of suspects: the victim's fellow executives at a questionable correspondence school, his divided and bitter family, and his quirky Marin County neighbors--a truly odd assortment of California woods dwellers. FULL HOUSE An ark in the middle of suburban Oakland is interesting but not strange by California standards. Even one built by peaceful cultists preparing for the coming flood. Until sometime private eye Jake Samson is hired to find Noah, their leader, who has disappeared with a lovely devotee and a quarter million in cash. The cult suspects foul play, but the police aren’t convinced. SPIT IN THE OCEAN The North Coast Sperm Bank in tiny Wheeler, California has been knocked over, and the perp’s tossed its assets in the ocean, leaving a religious-nut note of explanation. Just a prank, says Wheeler law enforcement. But the bank hires Jake Samson and his ever-sharp Watson, Rosie Vicente to find out who made the unauthorized withdrawal. As a storm brutalizes Wheeler, a bank employee slips in the mud and falls to her death. SUICIDE KING Jake's never been a big fan of politics, but Rosie invites him to a posh California fundraiser for an energetic gubernatorial candidate of the liberal underdog Vivo party, and Jake can't resist. It's all fun and political games until the candidate’s aide finds her boss in her backyard, hanging naked from an acacia tree. The police rule the death a suicide, but Jake and the aide suspect foul play, and she hires Jake to find the culprit. He finds campaign shenanigans, affairs, a possible German mafia connection, and more danger than our hero could possibly have imagined. ROYAL FLUSH Laid-back, unlicensed PI Jake Samson is understandably nervous about infiltrating a local Marin County neo-Nazi group called the Aryan Command.


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All six wonderfully wry and witty Bay Area adventures of Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente in one handy box set—PLUS A BONUS BOOK! NICE JEWISH COP TURNS PI... Ex-Chicago-cop (now unlicensed PI) Jake Samson is living the life of “an urban gentleman farmer” in laid-back Oakland, California, occasionally “handling discreet matters” to keep his cats, Tigris and Euphrates, in kitty t All six wonderfully wry and witty Bay Area adventures of Jake Samson and Rosie Vicente in one handy box set—PLUS A BONUS BOOK! NICE JEWISH COP TURNS PI... Ex-Chicago-cop (now unlicensed PI) Jake Samson is living the life of “an urban gentleman farmer” in laid-back Oakland, California, occasionally “handling discreet matters” to keep his cats, Tigris and Euphrates, in kitty treats. His lesbian BFF, Rosie the carpenter, and her justice-dispensing two-by-four are the perfect complements to his relaxed casual style – no room for macho posturing with this crew! Readers will love their easy, breezy relationship, and wish they had a friend like either one of them. SAMSON'S DEAL When an acquaintance is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder, Jake and Rosie go inside a radical right wing activist group to which the wife is connected. An assortment of Berkeley kooks and interesting plot twists keep things hopping till the very end. FREE DRAW Jake’s buddy and quasi-boss calls in a favor when his nephew is accused of murder. It's up to Jake and Rosie to find the real killer, and they've got a number of suspects: the victim's fellow executives at a questionable correspondence school, his divided and bitter family, and his quirky Marin County neighbors--a truly odd assortment of California woods dwellers. FULL HOUSE An ark in the middle of suburban Oakland is interesting but not strange by California standards. Even one built by peaceful cultists preparing for the coming flood. Until sometime private eye Jake Samson is hired to find Noah, their leader, who has disappeared with a lovely devotee and a quarter million in cash. The cult suspects foul play, but the police aren’t convinced. SPIT IN THE OCEAN The North Coast Sperm Bank in tiny Wheeler, California has been knocked over, and the perp’s tossed its assets in the ocean, leaving a religious-nut note of explanation. Just a prank, says Wheeler law enforcement. But the bank hires Jake Samson and his ever-sharp Watson, Rosie Vicente to find out who made the unauthorized withdrawal. As a storm brutalizes Wheeler, a bank employee slips in the mud and falls to her death. SUICIDE KING Jake's never been a big fan of politics, but Rosie invites him to a posh California fundraiser for an energetic gubernatorial candidate of the liberal underdog Vivo party, and Jake can't resist. It's all fun and political games until the candidate’s aide finds her boss in her backyard, hanging naked from an acacia tree. The police rule the death a suicide, but Jake and the aide suspect foul play, and she hires Jake to find the culprit. He finds campaign shenanigans, affairs, a possible German mafia connection, and more danger than our hero could possibly have imagined. ROYAL FLUSH Laid-back, unlicensed PI Jake Samson is understandably nervous about infiltrating a local Marin County neo-Nazi group called the Aryan Command.

30 review for The Complete Jake Samson Mystery Series Vol 1-6: With Bonus Book--Torch Song: A Dystopian Thriller!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

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  3. 5 out of 5

    moxieBK

    The Complete Jake Samson Mystery Series Vol 1-6: With Bonus Book—Torch Song: A Dystopian Thriller! — Shelley Singer (Aug 1-29, 2018) Per usual, brief descriptions here, full reviews in individual books; overall recap at end of brief reviews. Book 1: Samson’s Deal — 35 chapters (Aug 1-6, 2018) (original copyright 1983) Three stars. First book in the series, with a set up of main characters, including Rosie. He is asked to look into a woman’s death, via a lady friend and to clear the woman’s husband, The Complete Jake Samson Mystery Series Vol 1-6: With Bonus Book—Torch Song: A Dystopian Thriller! — Shelley Singer (Aug 1-29, 2018) Per usual, brief descriptions here, full reviews in individual books; overall recap at end of brief reviews. Book 1: Samson’s Deal — 35 chapters (Aug 1-6, 2018) (original copyright 1983) Three stars. First book in the series, with a set up of main characters, including Rosie. He is asked to look into a woman’s death, via a lady friend and to clear the woman’s husband, Harley of murder. Not being an official PI, but having some experience in his past, he reluctantly agrees. Quite a few implied sex scenes. Book 2: Free Draw — 34 chapters (August 7-10, 2018) (original copyright 1984) Three stars. Artie, his poker buddy and friend from way back, calls in a favor to clear his nephew’s name. Lots of twists and turns in this one, but not so much implied sex scenes. Reads faster towards end. Book 3: Full House — 27 chapters (August 11-14, 2018) Three stars. (Original copyright 1986) A group is building a “temporary” ship in a controversial empty lot has neighbors upset with the construction going late into the night. Jake is asked by his neighbor to approach them about stopping earlier. The leader of the temporary construction project, Arnold Wolfe, asks Jake for help when their spiritual leader disappears with a woman who is not his wife. Did he take his money and run away with her or is there more to the story. Book 4: Spit in the Ocean — 30 chapters (Aug 14-16, 2018) Three stars (Original copyright 1987) Jake’s friend Chloe asks him (and Rosie) to look into a sperm bank heist. Once there, a terrible storm breaks out and a woman who worked at the sperm bank dies. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Book 5: Suicide King — 30 chapters (August 16-18, 2018) Three stars (Original copyright 1988) Rosie gets Jake involved in a candidate’s election. When the candidate ends up dead, Jake is asked to looked into the apparent suicide. Book 6: Royal Flush — 28 chapters (August 18-21, 2018) Two stars. (Original copyright 1999) Written 11 years after last book and set 5 years in the future of last book. Jake and Rosie have had a falling out, but are back together, with Rosie now in charge of a PI firm. Jake becomes embroiled in helping Artie’s godfather’s boyfriend leave an Ayran Command gang before someone else gets killed. Book 7: Bonus book: Torch Song (August 21-29, 2018) Five stars. (Original copyright 2007) And now: for something completely different: In the future, after a great human loss, chiefs hire mercenaries to look into and resolve issues. Rica Marin is looking into a situation but finding herself getting closer to the people she is sent to watch. Is the chief corrupt or is there more going on? The first five books gradually get better as the series goes along, with the fifth book the best of the lot. Unfortunately, the six book was written ~11 years later and takes place 5 years after book five ends. While I appreciate that the author moves the character forward in time, it was off-putting. It's a disappointment because not only have the characters changed, the story feels a lot more preachier than the previous books. It was also harder for me to stay connected to the characters and the plot. After having read them all, I liked the first and fifth ones are the best. The first book meanders a lot and Jake has a lot of sexy bits, but it’s also very solid in plot. While the next books in the series are better written (although they still meander,) aside from the second book, they just didn’t keep my interest. I actually had to go back and skim book five to remember the plot. I did enjoy the relationship between Jake and Rosie, but I didn’t enjoy book six at all. It got too preachy and wasn’t as escapism as the others. Although I do realize people change and grow, I’d rather it stayed back in the past time. The bonus book. This was actually the first book I read by this author. I loved it then and I love it now. It had been so long ago that I read it, that I couldn’t remember the plot at all. But nice to re-read it and love it all over for the same reasons! It’s nice to see authors do different genres. However, I think Ms. Singer is way better at futuristic settings than the Jake Samson series. Then again, the Jake Samson series was written way back in the 80’s before iPhones and “plug ins” took over the world. Over all a solid three star series through book five. I kept wondering what happened after book five (it felt like a semi-cliffhanger that never got resolved,) the next book in series left me feeling like it was an entirely different series. Or like a reboot with new characters. The bonus book was phenomenal. But then it was written much later after the Jake Samson series. Most interesting is reading the progression of this author. I have a feeling that I would’ve read this book series entirely differently back then. And I would’ve either loved them and hated “Torch Song,” or visa versa. This book took me WAY longer to read than I had originally thought it would. At times, the writing and dialog were heavy. Every single book in the Jake and Rosie series sped up towards the end. Every. Single. One. But it was a slugfest at times getting to that yummy point. In one of the books, the ending just ended. (I think it was 4.) Three plus stars. (Four if the series ended with book five.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    1.Jake a laid back type of guy, poker and laying out of his patio, makes his time go by. A friend refers him to investigate a murder, he was a cop, for awhile. He takes the case, and uncovers more of what really was going on. The group his wife belong to, was there affairs. Laid back plot, but interesting, of how he does solve, 2.Artie calls, he wants me to come at once. Didn't want to, but he was an old friend, a pal, a poker buddy. His nephew panic, ran away screaming, so they thought he was gu 1.Jake a laid back type of guy, poker and laying out of his patio, makes his time go by. A friend refers him to investigate a murder, he was a cop, for awhile. He takes the case, and uncovers more of what really was going on. The group his wife belong to, was there affairs. Laid back plot, but interesting, of how he does solve, 2.Artie calls, he wants me to come at once. Didn't want to, but he was an old friend, a pal, a poker buddy. His nephew panic, ran away screaming, so they thought he was guilty.. There was a lot more reason why Alan ran. What was going on with the company Bright Future. Did Jake ever get paid for his time. Enjoyable, and easy to follow his way of getting clues. 3.Ark being built, close to were Jake lives, neighbors, want some peace and quiet. The cult ask for help their leader of the cult, Noah is missing. He left a note, with a woman, and money that was to be invested in the arks. Was Noah really gone, or was more going on with the guys building the arks. It was funny, the characters were good, enjoyable read. 4.

  5. 4 out of 5

    mzbeastle

    Fun mysteries, easy reads, like that I was able to get a box set. Enjoyed the setting - back in the 1980s - cell-phone free, more face to face interactions with characters I liked, and mysteries complex enough to keep my interest. Wasn't able to appreciate the add-on dystopian story after the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    Jake Sampson, not as dumb as he seems to think he is Certainly not a big ego guy ... “she recommended me for a guy with no brains”. I thing he sells himself a little short. All in all it’s a good read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joan Cameron

    Engaging Colorful characters with intriguing story line. Very disappointed about the lack of description of Lake Tahoe 's beautiful scenery ( grew up there). Other books also have wonderful characters, great dialogue and humor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denis La Force

    Not necessarily Jake, series. I got hooked on Shelly Singer with the New Orleans series. This series is nothing akin. But....I am hooked again with her writing, but more so her mind. Do not read this series with expectations and open your mind to the concept of, what would I do? 0

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    Most were superb Jake and.Rosie make.a.nice team of detectives. Storylines.are unique and exciting. The last one with Ricah and futuristic militia was filled.with tedious moment by moment action and unclear relationships and plot lines. Had to make myself finish it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Sande

    Enjoyable Bundle The first six books were fun reads with lots of mystery, great characters, many funny lines. And the fact that they took place in the Bay Area made them that much better. The 7th book wasn't my favorite genre, but it was well-written and held my interest.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dr.Kerrie,PhD

    Totally reads like Columbo! #5, Royal Fusion, is a good scare of the direction USA is heading in if certain politicians and their small percentage of groupies have their way. #6 is not part of the first 5, unfortunately, so quit there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    chereese

    Good read I enjoyed them all! Love getting free books and when I get a good one it’s a bonus for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Getzinger

    Shouldn't this count as 6 books?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Was not a fan of Torch Song but not really my preferred genre.

  15. 4 out of 5

    tim. aspell

    Shelley does another great read Characters were well developed, the story line was easy to follow and a fast read. Very enjoyable. Overall a very good book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Rollicking fun read A really good story, great beginning, lots of twists, great characters, well written. I hope there’s a sequel. Great fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Newman

    I didn’t really finish, just not my cup of tea.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marian Evans

    All books were very good but the last one. The last one was a total disconnect to the others and had more unnecessary verbiage. The price was right.

  19. 4 out of 5

    helen banting

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stanley Price

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terry Lane

  22. 5 out of 5

    cindy mayhle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Siebert

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Martin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kath Durbridge

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn S. Woods

  28. 4 out of 5

    Doris L. Naughton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steven J. McLean

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Lomsdalen

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