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Pulled from her bed by an early morning phone call from her boss, local police reporter Annie Seymour finds herself at a crime scene staring at the naked body of a Yale student. Just the thing her bosses and readers don't want to know about - especially when Annie learns the girl was a student by day and a high priced escort by night. Stonewalled by her cop boyfriend and tPulled from her bed by an early morning phone call from her boss, local police reporter Annie Seymour finds herself at a crime scene staring at the naked body of a Yale student. Just the thing her bosses and readers don't want to know about - especially when Annie learns the girl was a student by day and a high priced escort by night. Stonewalled by her cop boyfriend and tailed by overeager but incompetent cub report Dick Whitfield, Annie stumbles onto a network of corruption that even her own mother seems to be involved in. But Annie isn't the only one investigating - a Frank Sinatra look-alike who used to be the biggest geek in Annie's high school is hot on the trail as well. And to top it all off, New Haven, Connecticut is being infiltrated by a parade of ceramic cows. Pulled off the story by her boss, Annie must discover the truth - before she becomes the next big headline....

Title : Sacred Cows
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ISBN : 9780446616850
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Sacred Cows Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-04-10 17:49

    While trying to manage her personal life, news reporter Annie Seymour tries to solve the murders of two female Yale students who moonlight as professional escorts. This is the first book in this series, and my first book by this author. Initially, I had a hard time getting into it, but I think that was due to distractions on my part. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. I like that the author gives you enough clues to figure some stuff out on your own. Other than a bit too much profanity for my taste, I liked this book. The second one is in my to-be-read pile.

  • Chris Wolak
    2019-04-14 10:46

    Fun read, set in New Haven.

  • Joanna
    2019-04-23 14:23

    Easy read, fun but not complicated mystery.

  • Celia
    2019-04-16 16:41

    Female students keep turning up dead, and crime reporter Annie uncovers a conspiracy as she tried to identify their killer. It's a kind of unnecessarily complicated conspiracy, though, and I became bored with Annie's attempt to solve it. An attractive private investigator is also involved (who used to be the geeky guy at Annie's high school, of course), and Annie falls for him. But she already has a boyfriend! What is a girl to do? Never mind, the boyfriend quickly and conveniently dumps her, with no hard feelings or broken hearts on either side (which makes you wonder why have the relationship there in the first place? I know she needs an inside source, but why not make that source her brother or something?). It was a patently false relationship, and it put me off the character. I just didn't like Annie that much as a crime solver - her methods irritated me, the way she kept going off and meeting people when they obviously were plotting to kidnap her or kill her - I just wanted her to get a grip and get on with things. It was a pretty run-of-the-mill crime novel, and I wasn't really enthused by it.

  • Kae Cheatham
    2019-04-09 10:29

    I borrowed the book from my PLThis book was the winner of the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award for first best Mystery. I'm not sure how the title really fits the story, but it was interesting and well done: protagonist Annie Seymour, a cop-beat journalist, gets sent to a crime scene of a murdered Yale co-ed, and her investigation leads her into a complicated intrigue; even her cop-boyfriend can't protect her from the dangers. Annie harangues constantly with everyone while overcoming the odds. That her obnoxious personality didn't have me closing the book is a tribute to good writing.There seemed to be a trend of brash, late-thirties, women in 2005 mystery lines. They usually have family issues--esp. with their moms or in-laws--and a really high libido. It's almost like a formula. I wonder of MWA handed out a list "This is what mysteries should look like in 2005." (Cover your Assets, Resurrection Road, Fear on Friday, and Hidden Depths were a few others I read back then).

  • Krystal
    2019-03-27 15:46

    I checked out 4 books in the library....I know shock, I actually went for a free book instead of massively hemmoraging money in the book store. I went armed with my list from goodreads, all the books I wanna read, and they either don't have the titles, or authors, or they were already checked out. I grabbed on the go, from genres, and this is the only book worth mentioning. It was actually pretty good, with the main character being some bitchy type journalist after a big story. I didn't get the title until like 3/4 of the way through, as it was an incidental thing throughout the book. That was the biggest complaint. Other than that, it was an okay book, and I'll definitely read more by this author.

  • Joanne
    2019-04-15 11:25

    Thought this was a good book, not a great book. While it started off good – a murdered Yalie, an escort service, lawyers, cops, city corruption and investment scandal it ended quickly and flat. So many books tie in the murders and romance between the characters to make it light reading. What I did enjoy if you are local to New Haven, CT are references to real businesses, streets, locations and of course NH’s specialty – pizza! The Wooster Street area is well known for its Italian banquet. Side note: While the idea of a cow parade is fictitious to New Haven – Catskill, NY boasts Catting Around Catskill and Cairo, NY has the Bears and Butterfly themes. Both fun to enjoy!

  • Deane
    2019-03-24 10:20

    Not a bad story but for awhile, I was getting mixed up with Janet Evanovich's characters....the female sleuths in each story have an on-going affair with a policeman or detective while also having some kind of affair with a sexy, hard-to-resist scoundrel of a private investigator who miraculously is always there to rescue her. Even the name 'Vinnie' was appears in both series; one as a private eye; the other is Stephanie Plum's rather sleazy boss. It was fun reading about the 'cows' since I have seen some of those 'decorated' animals on display in the US. Fast-moving book with an easy-to-follow plot....will search out #2 in the series.

  • Marla
    2019-03-27 10:42

    I really liked the main character Annie. She is a no-nonesense reporter who gets caught up in a story, to the point where she could potentially become the next victim. She said what she thought and if she wanted to tell someone to go "f" off...she did. There is the potential for a love triangle in the sequeal with a private investigator and his fiance. My only problem with the book is that Annie dresses crappy and never does her laundry. Why do so many of these female mystery characters (Stephanie Plum and Kinsey) have issues with doing laundry and not dressing like a slob.

  • Lee
    2019-03-26 15:49

    I found Karen Olson to be a "not so good" Janet Evanovich clone. The book was okay. The character mouthy and brash, ready to take chances no one else would consider (and getting herself in trouble because of it). I found the frequent use of the "f" word somewhat disconcerting and out of place. It often didn't fit the context in which it was used, giving me the impression that she was trying too hard to be with-it.

  • Mike
    2019-03-28 13:34

    A fun read with a new character. This time it is a female news reporter, Annie Seymore, who can hold her own in a sailor's bar, who can go toe-to-toe with the roughest characters, gets caught up in investigating a murder, but still has a gentle enough side to think about romance. Karen E. Olson first novel is a funny, entertaining and engaging murder mystery that should prove to be the start of a good series for her. Well worth the time to read it.

  • Joelle Anthony
    2019-04-23 17:33

    Normally I only add books to GR if I can give them 4 or 5 stars, but this one probably could've had 4 except for one glaring error. Right at the end, she goes into the and gets something out of her safe deposit box and she doesn't have her purse...or her keys...or her ID. Last time I checked, they kind wanted you to have your key and ID. No mention of either or a problem though. Super annoying. Overall, a fun and fast read though. Not sure if I'd read the next one, but I like her new series.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-27 17:25

    This was a fantastic first book! I cannot wait to read the next novel in this series!Annie is definitely not what you expect from a heroine, but that is what makes her such a great protagonist!I really hope that she and Vinny find a way to be together eventually, they seem so right for one another in this novel...

  • Gerry
    2019-04-23 17:38

    I enjoyed this new author.I have a friend who went to Yale, so I thought of her as I read this mystery. Though I don't think she would have been involved in the work of these particular Yale students!I enjoyed the cranky personality of the journalist and will read more in the series if it continues (I haven't checked yet)

  • Huihan
    2019-03-27 14:29

    This book should be categorized as a thriller instead of a mystery. Exciting, but lacks the meat to be a decent detective novel. You would think that it'd do better with the main characters being a cop reporter, a cop, and a private detective... (Another minor minus - it's punctuated with racy bits that doesn't add to the story.)

  • Patty
    2019-03-31 16:25

    This is another mystery that I picked up because of Route 1 Reads which you can find here: don't know if it was the storyline or the fact that I have a lot going on, but I had trouble caring about the characters in this mystery. I will admit that I found the sacred cows to be a hoot. Otherwise this was just okay.

  • Glenda L
    2019-03-27 12:34

    This was an older book on my shelf ... I normally don't like mysteries, but this one was a fun quick read. A Yale coed is murdered, and the trail leads to crime reporter Annie Seymour. The author is an award winning author and actually does quite a nice job. It is a beautifully plotted story. I think I will read the next book that this author wrote.

  • Deana
    2019-03-27 13:48

    Not sure what to say about this book. It was a bit of a detective story, with some suspense and romance thrown in. The cows are not that important to the story, so I found the choice of title strange. I guess it's just to attract attention. It was alright for a mass-produced detective story, but nothing I'd read over and over again.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-17 16:21

    Oh, darn, another series I really ended up liking! I found the mystery very intriguing and fast-paced; didn't figure out the murderer until I was supposed to close to the end. I very much liked Annie and Vinny and hope Vinny is in the next book too. Some very laugh out loud moments with the CowParade.

  • Chris Rhatigan
    2019-04-02 09:23

    This is a really fun read about a reporter who gets tied up in a murder investigation. The main character, Annie Seymour, is very real, likeable and funny. Many of the side characters are quirky and entertaining. As a former resident of New Haven, I can vouch for the accuracy with which Karen captures the mood of this unusual city. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

  • Tracy
    2019-03-31 10:44

    Stereotypes of yore are rampant in this novel. The gumshoe who's a tough talking, hard livin' broad with no desire to connect with others is something torn from a black and white 1940s American film. It's a pity that the tale is set in present day New Haven. The first time author of the book is the travel editor at the New Haven Register. Hopefully she's a star at her day job.

  • Felicity
    2019-04-08 15:30

    So I enjoyed this crime novel more than most...even if, at times, the plot seemed to border a little on the ludicrous. There was just something about the female protagonist, Annie Seymour--and her string of male admirers--that you had to like. I'd definitely be interested in reading more of Annie's adventures...

  • Ronn
    2019-04-16 14:26

    I cant remember why I picked up this book in the first place, but I'm glad I did. It is rare that I can read a first mystery and find that the conclusions I reached by page 75 turn out to be completely erroneous.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-08 17:29

    This book was very entertaining, but I didn't enjoy the main character much. Annie's thoughts would often stray to the men around her, it was annoying. I did enjoy the book enough to tackle more of this series.NL 2011 February Group Read

  • Marsha
    2019-03-31 09:33

    A mystery set in New Haven with an independent female reporter for the New Haven Herald as the main character. Enjoyed her pursuit for the truth and the typical New Haven characters along the way. I'd read more of Karen Olson books.

  • K. East
    2019-04-02 15:44

    Second book I've read by this author. I like her characterization and the pacing of her plots. This was her very first novel and it showed, but the Goodread review ratings steadily improve as her novels progress, so I'll continue with her work.

  • Christine
    2019-04-12 13:45

    A fast read; female romances--or is romanced by--a cop. The heroine is an independent woman who manages to get herself involved in a murder (murders, to be correct), gets into trouble, needs rescuing. Pretty standard plot, but not a bad read.

  • Blake
    2019-03-27 12:20

    Why can't I read anything ? Please helpe :( =3

  • Jackie
    2019-03-25 16:41

    While I liked this much better than the second in the series as it was much better written, I still found the main character unsympathetic and the supporting characters to be boring.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-10 15:26

    This characters in this book made me think a little about the stephanie plum series. But it was a good summer read.