For Sale in Palm Springs: A Henry Wright Mystery

Rated 3.94/5 based on 17 reviews
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.

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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. 06, 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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Review by: Denise Owens on July 15, 2011 :
This is a great mystery. I truly enjoyed reading it...twice.
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Review by: Polar Bear on June 03, 2011 :
There are a few errors with the writing in terms of grammar and composition. I don't normally notice such things but some of them just seem to stand out for me. There was one part where the things Henry and Tim said seemed to be mixed up. I agree with David Roth that certain phrases are used repeatedly.

For the story, it feels a bit far fetch as everybody is so willing to tell Henry everything and except for one person, everybody tells the truth. It feels like the whole story is made up of conversations between Henry and other people. There are several mentions of Henry being good at profiling people but I don't see any profiling being done on either the victim or the suspects.
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Review by: David Roth on May 27, 2011 :
What do a dead realtor, a sexy redhead, a missing photograph, a retired chief of police from Eagle River, Wisconsin, Palm Springs and a slew of mid-century tract homes that may or may not have been owned by movie stars have in common?
These are the key elements of For Sale in Palm Springs, a book by novelist Albert Simon (© 2004-2010 by at, ISBN 0-976200-34-1) a thoroughly delightful murder mystery that could have been, but sadly isn’t.
It’s too bad. The material is there. Everything you need to make for a good, stay up late, sit on the edge of the chair, page turning thriller. You have a lush setting. Likable characters. A few dead ends. A decent, likable protagonist in the retired cop turned consultant, and a few wacky comic relief characters. All that’s missing is the thread that stitches them all neatly together.
Good novels are good stories that are well told. Simon has a good story. The problem is that he doesn’t tell it well. It may be forgiven since his native written and spoken language is Nederlands (Dutch), and this is his first novel, although at 160 pages, ‘novel’ is a bit of a stretch by today’s standards.
Simon’s mistake is two-fold. Good writing ‘shows’ rather than tells. Simon tells rather than shows. And he is in desperate need of good editing, something I find to be a problem with many self-published writers. The best story in the world will fail to gather an audience if it is poorly edited.
The problems with this first attempt are legion. The dialogue sections are not only shaky – remember this is not his first language – but every single one of them is tagged. He said. She replied. He answered. She agreed. That just isn’t necessary. Now and then, yes, but not every spoken line. The dialogue isn’t believable. When characters interact, you have to believe they would speak the way they do. I didn’t.
Another problem has to do with things like describing an action the same way repeatedly. In one page and a half section, a character is twice described as “turning the same color s her hair”. The same description is used of the other character in the same scene: “It was his turn to turn the color of her hair.” This descriptive technique is used in other places as well, as if the writer ran out of ways to creatively not show the action.
For Sale in Palm Springs is the first of five Henry Wright mysteries, and perhaps they get better. The seed is there, but it needs more time to be harvested. 2 ½ stars out of five for this first attempt.
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Review by: Mark Kertok on Feb. 21, 2011 :
I agree with Doug. The punctuation, composition and grammar are horrible and make this book difficult to read. This author needs to take a basic english composition course before he attempts any more writing. I'm not even half way through the book and I will not be reading any more from this author, no matter how the book ends. It's just too much of a struggle.
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Review by: Susan Charpentier on July 18, 2010 :
I read mystery/thriller/horror stories all the time and I didn't see this ending coming.
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Review by: Doug Pardee on April 13, 2010 :
I gave up after two chapters, so I suppose there could be a good story here. All I know is that I can't deal with the writing any longer.

The blatantly ignorant misuse of commas was a major factor. Each paragraph averaged a half-dozen commas stuck in it that didn't belong there. I'm counting comma splices in that; I don't think that Mr. Simon has a clue what the proper ways to join two clauses together are.

And I thought that *everyone* knew that each person's speech gets its own paragraph. Putting an entire dialogue exchange into a single paragraph is confusing as heck.

The story-telling was also deadly. The first two chapters were almost entirely exposition and backstory. Not a hint of tension anywhere.

I recommend that you take a look through one of the 'View' links above and see what you think before you download this one.

Also, for some reason, the EPUB version of this wouldn't let me select the font to read it in. The only available font was a sans-serif.
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Review by: Lynn on Feb. 08, 2010 :
Enjoyed this mystery very much. I thought I had it figured out at times and then my thoughts would change. Great cozy type mystery. There is some corse language in parts for those that are bothered by it
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