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Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Book 2) by [Ann Charles, C.S. Kunkle]

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"... mystery, humor, romance, and fun all wrapped up in a great book." ~BooksRUs Reviews

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Dear Reader,
I have an itchy case of gold fever. I came down with it decades ago when I first traveled through the Deadwood area. I'm not talking about a hunger for shiny treasures, rather a need to know all about the people and places from which the shiny pieces are unearthed.

When it comes to the Black Hills, one town reaches out to scratch my gold-fever itch--the city of Lead (pronounced
Leed). While Deadwood was busy leaving its mark on the history books with tales of Wild Bill Hickok and Seth Bullock, Lead was busy staking its claim on the land. The Open Cut mine in the middle of Lead brings its industrious past front and center.

The Open Cut has always fascinated me. I have studied "before" and "after" pictures, read all about its creation (at the Black Hills Mining Museum), and stared at the geological timeline in its walls through the Homestake Visitor Center's chain-link fence. Why am I so fascinated with a big hole in the ground? Because it reveals a history full of hard work, spent lives, and change. It intrigues me how people adapt to these changes.

Over the years, I've met several Homestake miners. I've listened to their stories of what it was like to work deep inside the Earth. At the butcher in King's Grocery, I stood in line with their wives and kids. These days, Homestake is no longer an operating gold mine; most of the drifts and shafts below the town are filled with water rather than men. But Lead's industrious spirit is still alive, its down-to-earth hardiness still apparent.

I'd always planned to incorporate Lead into the Deadwood Mystery series. The two towns are like sisters, each enchanting with separate but entangled histories. Before I began writing this second book, I cruised the back streets of Lead, along Sunnyhill Road, from East Summit Street to West, and down Gold Street, searching to see how life off the main drag had changed since Homestake stopped digging for gold. I took my kids to the little park on Miners Avenue and the big park next to the Open Cut. I climbed the steep hill on Mill Street, retracing the going-to-work route of many miners. I located the exact piece of land next to the Open Cut where I'd place the house that would play center stage in the story--the Carhart house.

I hope you get a kick out of reading
Optical Delusions in Deadwood. While I enjoyed introducing Violet and her friends in the first book of the series, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, this second book allowed me to shed light on the kaleidoscope of colorful characters and historical settings.

Most of you reading this have already dipped a toe into Violet's world. Thank you for returning for more Deadwood fun.

Grab your boots, because the water is getting deeper.
Welcome back to Deadwood ... and Lead.
Ann Charles
Award-winning author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005007HQ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ann Charles (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 16, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2749 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839 ratings

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Ann Charles is a USA Today Best-Selling author who writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else sounds fun.

Currently, she has many fiction books available:

From her ongoing multi-award winning Deadwood Mystery Series:

NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD (book 1--multiple award-winning book for both mystery and romance/mystery);


DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD (book 3-one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2012 books);


AN EX TO GRIND IN DEADWOOD (book 5--Grand Prize winner in Chanticleer Review's Paranormal category;

MEANWHILE, BACK IN DEADWOOD (book 6--one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2015 books);

A WILD FRIGHT IN DEADWOOD (book 7--one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2016 books);






Also available from Ann are the first five books in her Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series: DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS (book 1), JACKRABBIT JUNCTION JITTERS (book 2), THE GREAT JACKALOPE STAMPEDE (book 3), THE ROWDY COYOTE RUMBLE (book 4), a Thanksgiving novella titled, THE WILD TURKEY TANGO (book 4.5), a Christmas novella titled, JACKRABBIT JINGLE BALLS, and IN CAHOOTS WITH THE PRICKLY PEAR POSSE (book 5).

LOOK WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN (book 1) and MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT (book 2), the first two books in her Dig Site Mystery-Archaeology series set in the Maya jungle, are available on Amazon, too. These books star Quint Parker, the brother of Violet Parker--the heroine in her Deadwood Mystery series. They are filled with mystery, humor, adventure, and a plenty of heat.

She has a western paranormal Deadwood Undertaker Series in process that is co-written with Sam Lucky--LIFE AT THE COFFIN JOINT (book 1), A LONG WAY FROM ORDINARY (book 2), CAN'T RIDE AROUND IT (book 3), and CATAWAMPUS CHRISTMAS CAROL (book 3.5).

She has several short stories as well--DEADWOOD SHORTS: SEEING TROUBLE (book 1.5), BOOT POINTS (book 4.5), COLD FLAME (book 6.5), TEQUILA & TIME (book 8.5), and FATAL TRADITIONS (book 10.5). These are all short stories from her Deadwood Mystery Series. Also, she has THE OLD MAN'S BACK IN TOWN, a short story from her future Goldwash Mystery Series.

In addition, Ann has two books in the AC Silly Circus Co. Mystery series: FERAL-LY FUNNY FREAKSHOW and A BUNCH OF MONKEY MALARKEY.

Stay tuned for more new books by Ann coming soon!

Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Western Writers of America. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and a book in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at, on Facebook as Ann Charles, or as AnnWCharles on Twitter.

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