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*** Want to try another mystery series by Renee Pawlish? For a limited time, get her starter library, the first two in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, plus two bonus stories, for free. Click here to find out more: http://tiny.cc/8oz71x (just copy and paste into your browser) *** The first two mysteries in the acclaimed Dewey Webb series: Web of Deceit and Murder in Fash *** Want to try another mystery series by Renee Pawlish? For a limited time, get her starter library, the first two in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, plus two bonus stories, for free. Click here to find out more: http://tiny.cc/8oz71x (just copy and paste into your browser) *** The first two mysteries in the acclaimed Dewey Webb series: Web of Deceit and Murder in Fashion. Meet Dewey Webb, a hard-boiled 1940s detective, a man of contradictions who gets down-and-dirty to get the job done. For a limited time, you can grab the first two full-length thrillers in this highly acclaimed historical mystery series, almost 600 pages, for just a little more than the price of one. Web of Deceit It's 1949. World War II is over, but it has a way of haunting people for years to come. Gordon Sandalwood suspects his wife Edith is hiding something from him, and he asks Denver private investigator Dewey Webb to find out what. Dewey, toughened by his own war experiences, reluctantly takes the case, certain it will lead to nothing. But when he sees Edith rendezvous with a mysterious man, Dewey realizes his assumptions might be wrong. As he digs deeper to identify the stranger, he turns up secrets that reach back into the war, and as he unravels a web of deceit, he discovers who has the most to gain, and the most to lose. Murder in Fashion In post-World War II Denver, the world of fashion can be murder. Herb Washburn has already been convicted of murdering his boss, Mel Templeton, owner of Templeton Fashion. And in a few days, Herb is headed to the Colorado state prison for a long stay in a decidedly unfashionable suit of clothes. Herb still claims he didn’t commit the crime and, as a last resort, his wife hires Denver private investigator Dewey Webb to find the real killer. During Dewey’s investigation into the personalities and workings of the world of design, he discovers clues that may exonerate Herb. At the same time, Dewey senses secrets and lies that cast serious doubt on Herb’s version of the events. And when Dewey realizes that someone is on his trail who doesn’t want the murder solved, he must act fast before he becomes fashion's next victim. These novels are hard-boiled, historical mysteries that are great for fans who love Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Dewey Webb first appeared in the Reed Ferguson mystery, Back Story. Pick up a copy of Back Story to find out more about this classic hard-boiled detective. The Dewey Webb historical mystery series: • Book 1: Web of Deceit • Book 2: Murder In Fashion • Book 3: Secrets and Lies • Book 4: Honor Among Thieves • Book 5: Trouble Finds Her • Short Story: Second Chance • Short Story: Double Cross ★★★★★ 'The world of Mr. Webb - lacking the Internet, relying on pay phones, demanding brain power instead of computers - is straight out of a black and white Bogie film. Dames in trouble, shady characters, the carefully researched clothing and scenes, Ms. Pawlish has the era down flat.' ★★★★★ 'Great mysteries with twists and turns almost around every corner.' ★★★★★ 'I will definitely read more from this author.' ★★★★★ 'Renee Pawlish is a first rate author! Well crafted stories, good character descriptions, good pacing. Difficult to put down.


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*** Want to try another mystery series by Renee Pawlish? For a limited time, get her starter library, the first two in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, plus two bonus stories, for free. Click here to find out more: http://tiny.cc/8oz71x (just copy and paste into your browser) *** The first two mysteries in the acclaimed Dewey Webb series: Web of Deceit and Murder in Fash *** Want to try another mystery series by Renee Pawlish? For a limited time, get her starter library, the first two in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, plus two bonus stories, for free. Click here to find out more: http://tiny.cc/8oz71x (just copy and paste into your browser) *** The first two mysteries in the acclaimed Dewey Webb series: Web of Deceit and Murder in Fashion. Meet Dewey Webb, a hard-boiled 1940s detective, a man of contradictions who gets down-and-dirty to get the job done. For a limited time, you can grab the first two full-length thrillers in this highly acclaimed historical mystery series, almost 600 pages, for just a little more than the price of one. Web of Deceit It's 1949. World War II is over, but it has a way of haunting people for years to come. Gordon Sandalwood suspects his wife Edith is hiding something from him, and he asks Denver private investigator Dewey Webb to find out what. Dewey, toughened by his own war experiences, reluctantly takes the case, certain it will lead to nothing. But when he sees Edith rendezvous with a mysterious man, Dewey realizes his assumptions might be wrong. As he digs deeper to identify the stranger, he turns up secrets that reach back into the war, and as he unravels a web of deceit, he discovers who has the most to gain, and the most to lose. Murder in Fashion In post-World War II Denver, the world of fashion can be murder. Herb Washburn has already been convicted of murdering his boss, Mel Templeton, owner of Templeton Fashion. And in a few days, Herb is headed to the Colorado state prison for a long stay in a decidedly unfashionable suit of clothes. Herb still claims he didn’t commit the crime and, as a last resort, his wife hires Denver private investigator Dewey Webb to find the real killer. During Dewey’s investigation into the personalities and workings of the world of design, he discovers clues that may exonerate Herb. At the same time, Dewey senses secrets and lies that cast serious doubt on Herb’s version of the events. And when Dewey realizes that someone is on his trail who doesn’t want the murder solved, he must act fast before he becomes fashion's next victim. These novels are hard-boiled, historical mysteries that are great for fans who love Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Dewey Webb first appeared in the Reed Ferguson mystery, Back Story. Pick up a copy of Back Story to find out more about this classic hard-boiled detective. The Dewey Webb historical mystery series: • Book 1: Web of Deceit • Book 2: Murder In Fashion • Book 3: Secrets and Lies • Book 4: Honor Among Thieves • Book 5: Trouble Finds Her • Short Story: Second Chance • Short Story: Double Cross ★★★★★ 'The world of Mr. Webb - lacking the Internet, relying on pay phones, demanding brain power instead of computers - is straight out of a black and white Bogie film. Dames in trouble, shady characters, the carefully researched clothing and scenes, Ms. Pawlish has the era down flat.' ★★★★★ 'Great mysteries with twists and turns almost around every corner.' ★★★★★ 'I will definitely read more from this author.' ★★★★★ 'Renee Pawlish is a first rate author! Well crafted stories, good character descriptions, good pacing. Difficult to put down.

30 review for The Dewey Webb Series: Books 1 and 2 (The Dewey Webb Historical Mystery Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shayla Markham

    The Dewey Webb Series Books 1 and 2 I grew up in the 40s and 50s when evening entertainment often included listening to wonderful radio shows such as Gang Busters and Inner Sanctum!! Author Renee Pawlish has a tremendous feel for bringing that compelling writing style back to us in the Yr2000s ! I really enjoy her books! Great characters, twists and turns, and surprise endings await the reader. Don't miss this great series! The Dewey Webb Series Books 1 and 2 I grew up in the 40s and 50s when evening entertainment often included listening to wonderful radio shows such as Gang Busters and Inner Sanctum!! Author Renee Pawlish has a tremendous feel for bringing that compelling writing style back to us in the Yr2000s ! I really enjoy her books! Great characters, twists and turns, and surprise endings await the reader. Don't miss this great series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nikmaack

    I only read the first book (Web of Deceit). I'm not bothering with the second. There's a kind of art that I do not like. Picture an air brushed person, photo realistic, but without pores. Smooth, almost creamy, no blemishes. Almost inhuman in that "uncanny valley" way. That's this book. The writing is so simple as to be nearly childish. There are no errors or typos. It's competent. Once I got into the rhythm of it, there was some pleasure in that. But it can't sustain the pace. Eventually it's dul I only read the first book (Web of Deceit). I'm not bothering with the second. There's a kind of art that I do not like. Picture an air brushed person, photo realistic, but without pores. Smooth, almost creamy, no blemishes. Almost inhuman in that "uncanny valley" way. That's this book. The writing is so simple as to be nearly childish. There are no errors or typos. It's competent. Once I got into the rhythm of it, there was some pleasure in that. But it can't sustain the pace. Eventually it's dull. It's all porridge. There are no risks taken. All the characters are cartoons and the hero is unbelievable and kind. No poetry in the prose. It's mechanical and assembled. Well put together, but doesn't accomplish much. Characters have dialogue and deliver information. Occasionally there is description between sentences that serves as little more than filler. For example: "Edith put her gloves in her lap and took a cup, but she didn't drink from it. Ruby sat down, smoothed the front of her dress, and then picked up the last cup. She blew on the steaming coffee for a second, then took a tentative sip." There's a lot of filler description like this. No emotional charge. No meaning. It's just kind of there. It's almost as if the author said something has to happen between the dialogue so let's put something there. But that something adds zero to the story. The author is going for that pulp hardboiled vibe. But when that's done well, it's nowhere near as smooth and emotionless as this writing is. Where is the fire? I kind of wonder why the author wrote the book. Maybe she loves hardboiled writing and wants to write those kind of books. But this feels like someone who saw a painting and decided to make a copy. The brush strokes mimic the style, but there's no purpose to the painting. It's a bowl of fruit and you can tell the fruit is made of wax. All of this genuinely pains me. I was pulled in by the opening, hoping for some kind of build, but there really isn't one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael R. Zuelke

    I have been a fan of detective novels set in the 1940's and 50'. I guess it is because I remember those days well and find the little details of character and place settings to trigger fond and not so fond memories. I have found these first two Dewey Webb mysteries to be well written with good character development. There were enough "red herrings" to keep me thinking and guessing about the character who would emerge as the true perpetrator of the crime. The ending of both books were a feeling o I have been a fan of detective novels set in the 1940's and 50'. I guess it is because I remember those days well and find the little details of character and place settings to trigger fond and not so fond memories. I have found these first two Dewey Webb mysteries to be well written with good character development. There were enough "red herrings" to keep me thinking and guessing about the character who would emerge as the true perpetrator of the crime. The ending of both books were a feeling of surprise - "I never thought about that character". Being in a sense "fooled" by the author keeps my interest and makes me want to keep reading. I recommend these first two novels highly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick Minecci

    I saw this series and decided to give it a read because I haven't read many in the genre. I am so glad I did! The conclusion of both books took my by surprise and that was a welcome and fun change, and the writing is clear and light, like tuning into an old 1950s TV show. The world building is wonderful and Dewey Webb himself is tough but not overly so, and I enjoyed the aspects of his marriage and his not becoming romantically involved with someone every case. A fun and very hard to put down re I saw this series and decided to give it a read because I haven't read many in the genre. I am so glad I did! The conclusion of both books took my by surprise and that was a welcome and fun change, and the writing is clear and light, like tuning into an old 1950s TV show. The world building is wonderful and Dewey Webb himself is tough but not overly so, and I enjoyed the aspects of his marriage and his not becoming romantically involved with someone every case. A fun and very hard to put down read, nothing but enjoyable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LeAnne

    Dewey is a good guy. I enjoy following him through his day. I read all three stories non-stop. (I actually read a later box set of the first 3 stories in the Dewey Webb series. I couldn't get that picture to come up.) Very good books, interesting characters on both sides of the law. It is set in the late 40s - early 50s in Denver, Colorado. WW2 is over, Dewey is trying to forget his Army experiences in Germany, life is beginning to be normal again. He has a wife and a baby son now, and he is work Dewey is a good guy. I enjoy following him through his day. I read all three stories non-stop. (I actually read a later box set of the first 3 stories in the Dewey Webb series. I couldn't get that picture to come up.) Very good books, interesting characters on both sides of the law. It is set in the late 40s - early 50s in Denver, Colorado. WW2 is over, Dewey is trying to forget his Army experiences in Germany, life is beginning to be normal again. He has a wife and a baby son now, and he is working on his on as a private investigator. Never a dull moment for him or for the reader.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Shearer

    The Dewey Webb Series (1+2) This was a good read, the stories were set in an old fashioned setting which made it easier to manipulate the characters. Mostly people who have lived in that time period will get a kick out of these stories. Others may learn something they weren't familiar with. The Dewey Webb Series (1+2) This was a good read, the stories were set in an old fashioned setting which made it easier to manipulate the characters. Mostly people who have lived in that time period will get a kick out of these stories. Others may learn something they weren't familiar with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    M.B.

    Worth a read if you like noir The writing could be a little more polished, but the main character is likeable and I think the author has the historical details right. No sex scenes and I don't recall any swearing, if that's a issue for some people. Not graphically violent. But it isn't goody-two-shoes, either. I enjoyed both novels in the set. Worth a read if you like noir The writing could be a little more polished, but the main character is likeable and I think the author has the historical details right. No sex scenes and I don't recall any swearing, if that's a issue for some people. Not graphically violent. But it isn't goody-two-shoes, either. I enjoyed both novels in the set.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Wood

    I reside in Colorado, so all of the mentioned locations either I know or know of them where they are. It is true about Loveland Colorado, in the past there was a Great Western sugar factory, over the years that too has been demolished to the ground leaving for subdivisions. Today the Richthofen Castle is vacant selling at the price of $35.7 million dollars, has 35 rooms with rich details.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Moulton

    I should mention up front, that I love reading crime set in times where the latest technology doesn't exist to see detective work as it used to be. Clues initially relying on the evidence provided at the scene. Dewy Web, isn't a policeman, he is a private eye, and so he doesn't view the scene, he relies on what he's told, usually by the accused or a relative. He then has to weed out what's true and what is the belief I thoroughly enjoyed delving into life post war, in the 40s-50s. An easy read of I should mention up front, that I love reading crime set in times where the latest technology doesn't exist to see detective work as it used to be. Clues initially relying on the evidence provided at the scene. Dewy Web, isn't a policeman, he is a private eye, and so he doesn't view the scene, he relies on what he's told, usually by the accused or a relative. He then has to weed out what's true and what is the belief I thoroughly enjoyed delving into life post war, in the 40s-50s. An easy read of a simple tale, told in an entertaining way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Olson

    Great stories I loved Dewey and both of these stories. The author does a great job of writing as if these were actual stories from the days of the 1920's Private Eye. I esp. Like that there was no foul language or explicit sex. It is hard to find books that are written without relying on that trash to carry a story. Great stories I loved Dewey and both of these stories. The author does a great job of writing as if these were actual stories from the days of the 1920's Private Eye. I esp. Like that there was no foul language or explicit sex. It is hard to find books that are written without relying on that trash to carry a story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma Sotillo

    Could not put these books down, loved the details Great prose, appealing characters, engaging plot, exciting twists... these books have it all. I enjoyed reading them and recommend them dearly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barry Edstene

    Renee Pawlish has moved up to be one of my favorite writers. It is great to read books that have good Grammer and great editing. Add to this a great story with charecters you can identify with and it just does not get better. I must say that I love her work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Lyster

    Great mystery series I enjoy reading the c!assic , hard-boiled detective books. The fact Dewey Webb was married made him even more interesting because Ms. Pawlish established a very human person who is easy to relate to. I will be looking for more of her books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Golik

    Enjoyable 1940 to 1950 detective mystery. They were returning soldiers from The war. A simpler life the woman stayed home and cared for the children. It reminded me of my parents. No internet just pay phones ,phone books,talking to people to solve your crime.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Decent Noir Detective Rendering WWII vet with a wife and baby strikes out on his own as a private investigator in post-war Colorado, running across cheaters, murderers, blackmailers and others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Cacek

    Good read Good story, realistic characters. Different plot, convoluted tale, intrigue and deceptions throughout. The finalization plan was different than expected and finished up the good plot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    janice mcdonald

    Historical? What historical period is this? History of a detective?, Or a town?, Or of women in lives of ordinary working, struggling people. Good story, but I couldn't classify it as historical. Historical? What historical period is this? History of a detective?, Or a town?, Or of women in lives of ordinary working, struggling people. Good story, but I couldn't classify it as historical.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy A. Witherspoon

    To the past Grrow? Growing up in this timeframe and having spent time in Colorado made this an especially enjoyable read. Two interesting mysteries.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    This reminds a person of sitting around a radio to listen to programs, in the 40-50 era. The News, the war, and a few programs. Very well done, for the memories of that time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Well written and set in late 40's after WW 2. Likable characters. Well written and set in late 40's after WW 2. Likable characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Layle Rogers

    Entertaining read. Enjoyed the '40's scenario. Entertaining read. Enjoyed the '40's scenario.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    Really enjoyed the books. The book is an easy read and has a great old fashioned mystery air. I could almost hear the music from old movies and 50's TV shows. Really enjoyed the books. The book is an easy read and has a great old fashioned mystery air. I could almost hear the music from old movies and 50's TV shows.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Burrows

    It was way back then The story kept me guessing. I became hot and tired too. A lot of characters to remember. I never did guess who...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Conner

    Enjoyable read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dr. John P. Schaefer

    Interesting reads Not great literature but an interesting character and decent plots. Reminiscent of times past when the world seemed to be a lot simpler.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phil Ellenberger

    God memories A detective story that is clever and reminds me of those magic 40's. A the of innocence mixed with crime and war. God memories A detective story that is clever and reminds me of those magic 40's. A the of innocence mixed with crime and war.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky Hanne

    Good solid murder mysteries I like the characters and the way the author writes. I also like the time period. There are plenty of nuances throughout the books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Sneary

    I liked the story line and the writing style of this Dewey Webb Historical Mysteries. It keeps you guessing who's the murderer. Do recommend this series and writer. I liked the story line and the writing style of this Dewey Webb Historical Mysteries. It keeps you guessing who's the murderer. Do recommend this series and writer.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Really liked these 2 books. I liked the main character, the time period, lack of sensationalist writing, good plot. Good stuff.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Winkler

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