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In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overtime to clear his own name. As Reed untangles a complex trail of clues, he learns that Farrell had discovered something much more disturbing than the usual, run-of-the In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overtime to clear his own name. As Reed untangles a complex trail of clues, he learns that Farrell had discovered something much more disturbing than the usual, run-of-the-mill PI case and had attempted to contact Reed for help. Unfortunately, whoever murdered Farrell wants Reed dead, too. But can Reed find the killers before they get to him?


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In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overtime to clear his own name. As Reed untangles a complex trail of clues, he learns that Farrell had discovered something much more disturbing than the usual, run-of-the In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overtime to clear his own name. As Reed untangles a complex trail of clues, he learns that Farrell had discovered something much more disturbing than the usual, run-of-the-mill PI case and had attempted to contact Reed for help. Unfortunately, whoever murdered Farrell wants Reed dead, too. But can Reed find the killers before they get to him?

30 review for Sweet Smell of Sucrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Playing dumb of what happened wasn’t working either. Now they say I am a suspect in a murder. How to prove someone beat me up, poured drink down me, and my car went in the ditch. Having gotten a call from another PI with a plea to help him on a case. Reed middle name seems to be trouble, and this one was a big one. Detective Spillman wants answer, and only getting bits of it from him. Another good plot, as you try to figure out the tangled mess he has gotten into.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Benham

    Reed gets talked into a meeting with a PI he never met. The PI never showed up, but some thugs think he has information. Their attempt to kill him fails, but when the PI turns up dead, he is the prime suspect. Very good plot. Possibly my favorite Reed Ferguson so far. Certainly has the best ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    Good characters. Good series

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Another great read. Love this series, still waiting for the wedding. Like Willie, I too was saying "be careful" to Reed again and again. His hero Bogart wouldn't be caught almost naked, but in the last moment he's saved again. To clear his name got held from all his friends, even Willie helped. Humorous, very good story. Another great read. Love this series, still waiting for the wedding. Like Willie, I too was saying "be careful" to Reed again and again. His hero Bogart wouldn't be caught almost naked, but in the last moment he's saved again. To clear his name got held from all his friends, even Willie helped. Humorous, very good story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Do all detectives get left out in the cold?" When another privatre eye contacts Reed Ferguson and says he wants to talk, Ferguson is surprised - he doesn't know the man. But Noel Farrell doesn't show for their meet and very soon Ferguson is accused of a murder he didn't commit and forced, with a little help from his friends, to prove his innocence. But it was never going to be easy. There's a whole group of people determined not to be found out, and the intrepid detective d ( Format : Audiobook ) "Do all detectives get left out in the cold?" When another privatre eye contacts Reed Ferguson and says he wants to talk, Ferguson is surprised - he doesn't know the man. But Noel Farrell doesn't show for their meet and very soon Ferguson is accused of a murder he didn't commit and forced, with a little help from his friends, to prove his innocence. But it was never going to be easy. There's a whole group of people determined not to be found out, and the intrepid detective doesn't even know what the murder victim had wanted to tell him. This series of books by Renee Pawlish has long attracted this reader by the superb titles, all based on Hollywood noir. Ferguson is a lover and collector of memorabilia of the genre and frequent references are made to books and films as well as the actors and heroes of this period, like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Despite having several of the books in my to read library, however, that is where they have stayed. Until, that is, I saw that this story was not just in audio but also read by the excellent Johnny Peppers. His warm voice, nicely paced and perfect for Ferguson, really helps carry the story to it's dramatic ending. Sweet Smell of Sucrets is fast actions and simply written with the trademark staccato sentences, and attention is also paid to the characterisation of the main protagonists. Although the story itself is certainly lacking in credibility, it is still a good yarn, true to it noir roots and easy on the ears, thanks to the narration. It is fast, sometimes funny and overall, to be recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Flanagan

    Renee Pawlish is a gifted writer and grammarian as well. The Reed Ferguson books are excellent across the series; as others have noted, this is sufficiently unusual to make the books worthy of close scrutiny for no other reason, yet they each are compelling because of the care and — it must be said — devious efforts Ms Pawlish puts into her works: seemingly frivolous (and she makes clear her infatuation with the old masters like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but equally so with Franklin Renee Pawlish is a gifted writer and grammarian as well. The Reed Ferguson books are excellent across the series; as others have noted, this is sufficiently unusual to make the books worthy of close scrutiny for no other reason, yet they each are compelling because of the care and — it must be said — devious efforts Ms Pawlish puts into her works: seemingly frivolous (and she makes clear her infatuation with the old masters like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but equally so with Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene), she nevertheless weaves organized and deceptive plots that lull then surprise. Then distracts with segues into interfering episodes of conversations with a protective and intrusive mother or other distractions that keep detectives from seeming masterful. Altogether a very delightful read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Valorie Hunter

    Wow,Reed!!!!! 15 stars !!!!!! What a mess Reed got into this time, was a chin hair so close to being no more. There was kidnapping ,being beaten, accused of murder, breaking and entering, forced drunk driving and hitting a tree, a lot of stake outs, then organs being sold, and then an unwanted operation. Reed was in the middle of all of that. Ace, Cal and Willie helped with some stuff that wouldn't get them into trouble, because that's Reed's middle name. Detective Spillman, she was fit to be tied wit Wow,Reed!!!!! 15 stars !!!!!! What a mess Reed got into this time, was a chin hair so close to being no more. There was kidnapping ,being beaten, accused of murder, breaking and entering, forced drunk driving and hitting a tree, a lot of stake outs, then organs being sold, and then an unwanted operation. Reed was in the middle of all of that. Ace, Cal and Willie helped with some stuff that wouldn't get them into trouble, because that's Reed's middle name. Detective Spillman, she was fit to be tied with Reed, on what is going on. She keeps asking and he tells her only parts of the story, Willie has to save him AGAIN!!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. I LOVED IT!!!!! I didn't sleep much!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Reed Ferguson, a Denver PI is kidnapped and tortured and he has no idea why. Then he is framed for the murder of Noel Farrell, another PI that he was supposed to meet with on the day he was kidnapped. Now, Reed must ask for help from his girlfriend Willie, and friend Cal, a tech savvy recluse to clear his name. While Reed, Willie and Cal investigate two more connected people die. Reed is more determined to find the murderer(s) than ever when he uncovers the secret of a local doctor and the reason Reed Ferguson, a Denver PI is kidnapped and tortured and he has no idea why. Then he is framed for the murder of Noel Farrell, another PI that he was supposed to meet with on the day he was kidnapped. Now, Reed must ask for help from his girlfriend Willie, and friend Cal, a tech savvy recluse to clear his name. While Reed, Willie and Cal investigate two more connected people die. Reed is more determined to find the murderer(s) than ever when he uncovers the secret of a local doctor and the reason Farrell was murdered. This was a good mystery. Old fashioned gumshoe. I will read more in this series, eventually.

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.L. Rallios

    Entertaining noir detective story as usual from Renee Pawlish, in which Reed is framed for the murder of a fellow detective. He uncovers a syndicate of sorts in the process of clearing his name. My only complaint is that it stretched my suspension of disbelief that Reed is dumb enough to put himself into danger, when he is dealing with obviously dangerous people. Calling the police or thinking it through better than he did would have been logical and natural alternatives than what he did. I don' Entertaining noir detective story as usual from Renee Pawlish, in which Reed is framed for the murder of a fellow detective. He uncovers a syndicate of sorts in the process of clearing his name. My only complaint is that it stretched my suspension of disbelief that Reed is dumb enough to put himself into danger, when he is dealing with obviously dangerous people. Calling the police or thinking it through better than he did would have been logical and natural alternatives than what he did. I don't go into particulars because I don't like spoilers. Over all, though, it was very fun and worth the read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timothy VanderWall

    Reed Furguson. "detective noir" par excellence (not), does it again! Responding to a plea from a fellow detective, Reed heads out to help with a case and promptly gets suspected of that detective's murder. In his inimitable, bumbling way, Reed (with the help of his friends) finally gets to the bottom of the mystery, but nearly gets himself killed in the process. Renee Pawlish has never failed to entertain me with her detective series. This story is yet one more enjoyable "noir" yarn. Reed Furguson. "detective noir" par excellence (not), does it again! Responding to a plea from a fellow detective, Reed heads out to help with a case and promptly gets suspected of that detective's murder. In his inimitable, bumbling way, Reed (with the help of his friends) finally gets to the bottom of the mystery, but nearly gets himself killed in the process. Renee Pawlish has never failed to entertain me with her detective series. This story is yet one more enjoyable "noir" yarn.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This is my favorite title of the Ferguson series so far. How can you read that and not laugh? or read it and not be curious the idea behind it? This is the first one I've read where Reed is the suspect. Will he clear his name? Will he get killed investigating? Will the goofball brothers ask Reed if he wants to go play pool? Definitely! This is a keeper, don't miss it. This is my favorite title of the Ferguson series so far. How can you read that and not laugh? or read it and not be curious the idea behind it? This is the first one I've read where Reed is the suspect. Will he clear his name? Will he get killed investigating? Will the goofball brothers ask Reed if he wants to go play pool? Definitely! This is a keeper, don't miss it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carlton Phelps

    Another fun read by Renee Pawlish. The main character, Reed Ferguson, solves another strange murder case in Denver. All the while maintaining a love life with his girlfriend Willie. His friends the Goofball brothers and Call are always around to help out. Grab a copy and enjoy the summer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rita Hebert

    Good plot A good plot free of unwanted violence and unnecessary foul language. It’s nice to read a book where a writer is good at using the tools of her craft...which are words and not expletives.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dewey Carroll Brackett

    Great book! This was a very good book. It was a little slow at first but the climax at the end made up for it. Reed could really get into scrapes, some of them comical, some downright dangerous.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Estella

    Another good one I enjoyed reading another Reed Ferguson mystery. There's humor and the character Ferguson is so real, some of the things he does are just plain nuts. The story keeps you interested and you have to find out what he's up to next. Another good one I enjoyed reading another Reed Ferguson mystery. There's humor and the character Ferguson is so real, some of the things he does are just plain nuts. The story keeps you interested and you have to find out what he's up to next.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Hetzel

    The story line just never grabbed my interest, hence my rating is lower than many. I finished the book and was glad it was over. I doubt I will be revisiting this series. The detective just wasn’t up to par.

  17. 4 out of 5

    A Michael Stevens

    A continuity error only exacerbated a pedantic plot in this disappointing edition of an otherwise enjoyable series of Reed Ferguson mysteries.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Maganza

    Good story. Like the story taking place in and near Denver. I like Reed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joan Cameron

    Enjoyable Read Likeable characters. Interesting story line. Good descriptions of scenery around Denver. Looking forward to reading more stories by this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Hanan

    Another fast-paced, Reed Ferguson story, as much fun as all the others. I highly recommend this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rick Lacy

    Pseudo Noir fun Well written, entertaining plot. I read it all night. Not recommended for people who need their sleep. Worth the time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Chick

    Excellent read; a real page-turner. Reed Ferguson is the kind of PI you love but, wonder how he survives. And, he almost didn't this time. Excellent read; a real page-turner. Reed Ferguson is the kind of PI you love but, wonder how he survives. And, he almost didn't this time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Marlene Sanders-Jones

    This series is delightful, often hilarious, and often predictable. I enjoy the characters and the main character's take on his predicaments. This series is delightful, often hilarious, and often predictable. I enjoy the characters and the main character's take on his predicaments.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Roach,

    Another excellent story from this top author

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Its amazing what Reed gets involved with. This time it surely was not his fault and he had to clear his self. Very exciting read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Helene

    an OK entry in the series. Still like Reed and his pals the Goofball brothers - girlfriend Willie had a bigger role but still on the sideline.

  27. 4 out of 5

    carolyn atkinson

    Liked it Fun book. Quick read when little else to do. Recommend for a beach read while listening to the waves hit the shore.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terrance L.Jakes

    Great read 4 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited or else was on a freebie day, going thru all of them again to make sure included the novellas but especially the 5 set of short shories {1 which is only available in the set, only listed on amazon not goodreads as set, all but the one available on amazon to read separately} In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overt Kindle Unlimited or else was on a freebie day, going thru all of them again to make sure included the novellas but especially the 5 set of short shories {1 which is only available in the set, only listed on amazon not goodreads as set, all but the one available on amazon to read separately} In a nightmarish turn of events, Reed finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of Denver private investigator Noel Farrell. Wrongly accused but unable to provide a convincing alibi, Reed has to work overtime to clear his own name. As Reed untangles a complex trail of clues, he learns that Farrell had discovered something much more disturbing than the usual, run-of-the-mill PI case and had attempted to contact Reed for help. Unfortunately, whoever murdered Farrell wants Reed dead, too. But can Reed find the killers before they get to him? The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series This Doesn't Happen In The Movies 1 - Reel Estate Rip-off 2 - The Maltese Felon 3 - Farewell, My Deuce - Elvis and the Sports Card Cheat 3.5 {SS} - 4 Out of the Past 5 - Torch Scene 6 - The Lady Who Sang High 7 - Sweet Smell of Sucrets 8 - The Third Fan 9 - Back Story 10 - Night of the Hunted 11 - The Postman Always Brings Dice 12 - Walk Softly, Danger 12.5 {N} - Road Blocked 13 - A Gun For Hire 13.5 {SS} - Small Town Focus 14 - Ace In the Hole 14.5 {N} - Nightmare Sally 15 - Cool Alibi 15.5 {SS} - The Damned Don't Die 16 - The Big Steal 16.5 {SS} - The Wrong Woman 16.6 {SS} - Double Iniquity 17 The Reed Ferguson Series: Box Set 1-3 {Elvis and the Sports Card Cheat in 1 version set & is 3.5} The Reed Ferguson Series: Books 4-6 The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series Boxset NOVELLA: Walk Softly, Danger {12.5} NOVELLA: Ace in the Hole {14.5} • short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat {3.5} • short story: A Gun For Hire {13.5} • short story: Cool Alibi {15.5} • short story: The Big Steal {16.5} • short story: The Wrong Woman {16.6} Reed Ferguson Stories: Five Mystery Short Tales (The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    I have just 1 Reed Ferguson book left to read, then what will I do? I know I've said it in reviews of Pawlish's earlier works, but Renée Pawlish just keeps getting better & better. Pawlish's continuing development of her lead character, This time Reed's life is on the line from the opening page. Suspected of murder when his gun is used to kill someone, Reed work's his tail off to find the real killer. Will our intrepid hero wed the lovely Willie? You won't find out here, buy the book, read the b I have just 1 Reed Ferguson book left to read, then what will I do? I know I've said it in reviews of Pawlish's earlier works, but Renée Pawlish just keeps getting better & better. Pawlish's continuing development of her lead character, This time Reed's life is on the line from the opening page. Suspected of murder when his gun is used to kill someone, Reed work's his tail off to find the real killer. Will our intrepid hero wed the lovely Willie? You won't find out here, buy the book, read the book, get hooked on Renee Pawlish as I have. The Reed Ferguson mystery series: • Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies • Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off • Book 3: The Maltese Felon • short story: Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat • Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce • Book 5: Out Of The Past • Book 6: Torch Scene • Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High • Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets • Book 9: The Third Fan • Book 10:Night of the Hunted

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