For Sale in Palm Springs: A Henry Wright Mystery

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A murdered real estate agent. Unsatisfied home buyers. A possible celebrity scam. A secret society! Join retired police chief Henry Wright in figuring out who killed Palm Springs real estate mogul Rex Thornbird in this page turning thriller that will keep you guessing. This first book in the Henry Wright Mystery Series takes our detective from Palm Springs to the Silicon Valley. Newly revised!
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About Albert Simon

Albert Simon has been writing most of his life, creating and illustrating his first book in his native Dutch at the age of seven.

His success with the Henry Wright Mysteries continue to win praises from his readers.

His writings are available as eBooks for all major eReaders.

Simon's short essays have been published in the local newspapers, and he has written a number of short stories.

Henry Wright, who Simon created for the current mystery series, allows him to be creative and have fun with his fictional characters' personalities and adventures.

He is a member of the California Writers Club and was a frequent reader at Open Mic Night hosted by the Peninsula Chapter. He is involved with the founding of a Mother Lode branch of the CWC.

Albert and his wife have four daughters and live in Palm Springs, California with their two miniature Dachshunds.

About the Series: Henry Wright Mysteries
Henry Wright is a retired Chief of Police from rural Wisconsin. He now makes his home in Palm Springs, California. Henry assists his old law enforcement friends in solving the mysterious crimes that seem difficult to figure out.

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Review by: Eunice Korczak on Aug. 25, 2014 :
A very good story - but lacking. Many of the characters need more rounding and the ending was too abrupt - left me flat. The editor in me was unhappy several times during the course of the story. A few errors I can understand - too many and I feel the author doesn't care about his readers. Still, as I said, it is a good story and worth the read.
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Review by: Susan Larsen on Jan. 11, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book (great ending!) and will now download the rest of the series. As to the comments about the editing of the book, I'm an editor and I didn't notice more than a couple of errors.
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Review by: Blaine Zaid on July 16, 2013 :
A good "clean" detective murder who dunnit. Not of the raw edgy style, more Leave it to Beaverish. The story is good though and kept me interested. I liked the view into the main character's (Ex police chief Henry) life dilemmas in retirement. Being from Southern California, I also enjoyed the discussion about Palm Springs, the setting of the novel. I would definitely rate it as an excellent value at the current price!
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Review by: Clair Roxanna on Jan. 17, 2013 :
At ten percent the story was full of back story and excessive details. At fifteen percent it hadn't changed except to be repetitious. The editing isn't terrible, but is a long way from good. I quit at fifteen percent.
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Review by: Anca S on Aug. 26, 2012 :
Great characters in this book! , This book was a great read! Have downloaded the rest from this series!
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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Nov. 6, 2011 :
Overall score: 2.75

Disclosure: I added half a star back on when I discovered that the author is not a native English speaker. This would certainly explain some of the awkward construction and grammar gaffes, so I was inclined to be forgiving. All the same, this book would have been far better if professionally edited. Lots of run-on sentences, awkward phrasing and so on could have been corrected.

This could have been a really outstanding murder mystery. Our protagonist, Henry, is a retired police officer from Wisconsin. He's moved to Palm Springs for the improved weather (one presumes). He's been widowed for a while, as we learn over the course of the tale.

The book does start off with a literal bang; a somewhat shady Palm Springs realtor is bumped off in one of the properties he's trying to sell. The local sheriff asks Henry's help in investigating the matter, as Henry is apparently a freelance profiler for the FBI. Never mind that Henry doesn't seem to know things that a profiler would (e.g., the difference between a pedophile and an ephebephile), and that he seems to do an awful lot of blabbing about this investigation to people who are not involved. Never mind that the local sheriff talks about destroying evidence in an ongoing case ("It's been cataloged and is on its way for destruction" is a direct quote) and other improbabilities.

Throw in that it was unfortunately easy to figure out whodunnit and you'll get my overall disappointment. I will hand it to Mr. Simon; he definitely knows his Coachella Valley geography, although he falls a little flat in terms of other places like Palo Alto and Los Altos ("there's not much there" came as a surprise to me, having been to Los Altos on many occasions).

So, yes ... there was a great framework here that could have resulted in an outstanding tale. It just fell very flat for me.
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Review by: Bryant Mosby on Oct. 24, 2011 :
This was a very good read the author was able to take his readers turn by turn on the streets of Palm Spring. He kept me interest in he story from beginning to end - even though I was able to fgure out the end :) Great story will look for more from this author!
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Review by: RJ Parker on Aug. 12, 2011 :
I just downloaded the next 5 books anyone know when Missing from Mel Avenue comes out?
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Review by: RJ Parker on Aug. 12, 2011 :
I stumbled across this ebook and I'm so glad I did. I compare Henry Wright to the Robert Crais character Elvis Cole. And, I only just realized this is the 1st of 6 books so I most certainly will be downloading the others right away. Awesome book and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
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