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Kit Forbes left her job as a high-powered forensic accountant in Seattle to beat the bottle and start fresh in the sleepy Oregon seaside town of Newport. She's contented with a quiet life baking scones in a local cafe -- until the murder of one of the cafe's regulars draws her into a chilling mystery involving the tarot, false identities and a commune of hippies whose trag Kit Forbes left her job as a high-powered forensic accountant in Seattle to beat the bottle and start fresh in the sleepy Oregon seaside town of Newport. She's contented with a quiet life baking scones in a local cafe -- until the murder of one of the cafe's regulars draws her into a chilling mystery involving the tarot, false identities and a commune of hippies whose tragedies extend all the way from the sixties into present day. Kit's investigative instincts kick into high gear as she begins to uncover the sinister undertones beneath the surface of Newport's idyllic charms -- leading her to butt heads, and other body parts, with Newport Police Detective Patrick Munro. But when Kit becomes target of death threats from someone calling himself The Hanged Man, Patrick calls off their budding romance to focus on protecting her. Ignoring Patrick's edict to stop playing amateur detective, Kit delves still deeper into the town's secrets in search of the murderer, circling ever closer to the truth -- and to The Hanged Man's noose.


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Kit Forbes left her job as a high-powered forensic accountant in Seattle to beat the bottle and start fresh in the sleepy Oregon seaside town of Newport. She's contented with a quiet life baking scones in a local cafe -- until the murder of one of the cafe's regulars draws her into a chilling mystery involving the tarot, false identities and a commune of hippies whose trag Kit Forbes left her job as a high-powered forensic accountant in Seattle to beat the bottle and start fresh in the sleepy Oregon seaside town of Newport. She's contented with a quiet life baking scones in a local cafe -- until the murder of one of the cafe's regulars draws her into a chilling mystery involving the tarot, false identities and a commune of hippies whose tragedies extend all the way from the sixties into present day. Kit's investigative instincts kick into high gear as she begins to uncover the sinister undertones beneath the surface of Newport's idyllic charms -- leading her to butt heads, and other body parts, with Newport Police Detective Patrick Munro. But when Kit becomes target of death threats from someone calling himself The Hanged Man, Patrick calls off their budding romance to focus on protecting her. Ignoring Patrick's edict to stop playing amateur detective, Kit delves still deeper into the town's secrets in search of the murderer, circling ever closer to the truth -- and to The Hanged Man's noose.

31 review for The Hanged Man (The Kit Forbes Mysteries)

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OK - I'll admit it. I'm a mystery snob. I expect the mysteries I read to be good on their own merit. By that, I mean that the plot needs to be good without adding unnecessary diversions to sell the book. What do I mean by that? Sex. Sex is not necessary in a good mystery. I feel (my opinion) that the authors who do this only do so to make sure their books sell. This book started well enough: A man is murdered, and a woman who knew him decides to investigate the murder. A well-used idea. After tha OK - I'll admit it. I'm a mystery snob. I expect the mysteries I read to be good on their own merit. By that, I mean that the plot needs to be good without adding unnecessary diversions to sell the book. What do I mean by that? Sex. Sex is not necessary in a good mystery. I feel (my opinion) that the authors who do this only do so to make sure their books sell. This book started well enough: A man is murdered, and a woman who knew him decides to investigate the murder. A well-used idea. After that, the plot fell apart. Why did she decide to investigate? According to Kit (the woman), she barely knew the murdered man. Well, we all investigate murders of people who are mere acquaintances, don't we? (Insert sarcasm). So, the homicide detective (Patrick), who is investigating the case is a "real hunk". Naturally, she is drawn to him. Naturally, they clash almost immediately. He tells her to leave the case to him, but later on he 'thinks' - and there is a reason I am using that word - that he will let her investigate on her own to see what she will come up with, and then, when things start happening, he gets mad at her for not telling the police. Huh? (He decides to let her investigate, figuring she'll share with him, but never tells her this). Here's another thing: The book is narrated by both Kit and Patrick. When it is Kit, she is talking in first person: "I spoke with Nancy"; when Patrick is talking, it is third: "He liked the way she looked." That in itself bothered me. It was as if the author decided if she didn't define it this way then her reader was too stupid to figure out who was narrating (I could be wrong; again, only my opinion). At any rate, it began to grate on me. PLEASE use one or the other form of speaking; not throw them back and forth. Quite annoying. So, back to the sex: They meet, they clash, and less than a couple of days later they're having hot and heavy sex (with descriptions). All the while she says she doesn't want him to think that 'she's his for the taking'. Last I knew, jumping in bed that fast pretty much IS his for the taking. After they sleep together, Patrick decides that because she's involved in the murder investigation, they can't get involved. (A little late to be thinking that). Plus, since it is the only sex scene in the book, I assume it is thrown in there for no reason except to keep people interested in the book. How naive of me - it was thrown in because the true plot was the relationship between Kit and Patrick, not the murder. Also, with the exception of the two main characters, there is no depth to anyone else. They are all cardboard; and I really didn't care about any of them. Example: her landlord, Walter, shows up, is described as pretty much hating people; a few pages later Kit and he have words, he has a heart attack, is taken to the hospital, murdered while there - and I didn't even care. He didn't seem real, and neither did anyone else. Just people she could get information from, and it appeared that was the only reason they were IN the book. Even the murderer only appeared for a few pages in the book, and it seemed that he was only thrown in toward the end because the author didn't know who to blame the murders on. Practically the entire book was taken up with the emphasis on the "non-relationship" and misunderstandings between Kit and Patrick (while they were both trying to find out the murderer). When the plot was finally revealed, it seemed contrived. The "secret" really didn't need to be a secret at all. Now I think I'll read a real mystery. Maybe Agatha Christie.....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I enjoyed this book. Maybe not the best mystery I have ever read, but it was fun and entertaining. I liked the main character, Kit. I liked her budding relationship with Patrick, the detective. I like reading about psychics and tarot cards, so I was happy to see them in the story. Even though the murderer was leaving tarot cards at the murders, I still wish the tarot had been featured more in the story. Kit's landlord, Walter, owns a bookstore, that Kit lives above. I love reading and love going I enjoyed this book. Maybe not the best mystery I have ever read, but it was fun and entertaining. I liked the main character, Kit. I liked her budding relationship with Patrick, the detective. I like reading about psychics and tarot cards, so I was happy to see them in the story. Even though the murderer was leaving tarot cards at the murders, I still wish the tarot had been featured more in the story. Kit's landlord, Walter, owns a bookstore, that Kit lives above. I love reading and love going into bookstores, so I also wish it had been featured more in the story. However, I felt the writing style was good, and held my interest throughout the entire book. I would recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries. I was able to download this one to my kindle for free and I am happy that I did.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Read a few months ago, never got around to reviewing, just thought of it today. While I felt that Stewart's portrayal of addiction was poignant and well-drawn, the mystery was lacking. This is one of those books where you know whodunit because it's the character who has no other reason to be in the story. Read a few months ago, never got around to reviewing, just thought of it today. While I felt that Stewart's portrayal of addiction was poignant and well-drawn, the mystery was lacking. This is one of those books where you know whodunit because it's the character who has no other reason to be in the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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    Tiffany

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    Fantasy Literature

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

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    Stephanie Wnetrzak

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    Linda Frost

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    Julie

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    BookishDreamer

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    BeachLove20

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    Jean

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    Lisa

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    Beth Roberts

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Karimullah

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    Jennifer

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    Chris

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    Renée Williams

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    Elizabeth

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    Booklover

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    JoJoPNW

  30. 4 out of 5

    A Lynn

  31. 5 out of 5

    Polly

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