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  1. Grady Grady says:

    ‘Force of nature – fit Suzy like a fine suede glove’

    Arizona author Jeffrey Marshall earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his masters in Journalism from Northwestern. Having retired from a lauded career as a journalist, he now writes poetry, a business book on community reinvestment, and two novels – LITTLE MISS SURE SHOT and now UNDETECTED.

    Creating a solid suspense novel requires latching on to the reader’s attention within the initial pages. Jeffrey manages this with aplomb as he designs the central character of this story in the opening lines: ‘She could almost smell the inside of the motel before she went in. With its whitewash fading and the vacancy sign missing an “n”, it would have the scent of cheap disinfectant and perhaps a slight mustiness. Suzy Perry remembered that smell, but it had been years since she’d experienced it. She never thought she’d have to revisit it, but things were desperate now, she was on the run, and she had no choice. Enjoying the comforts of an upscale motel was out of the question. She had left Rye in mid-morning, steering the Mercedes was across the car-choked George Washington Bridge and into New Jersey…’ Offering this information that induces suspicion allows the background of the mystery to flow forward.

    One fine plot synopsis increases curiosity – ‘Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, NY, after being widowed not long before in Atlanta. Her new husband, Dean Perry, is besotted with her, but his son, Alex, and daughter-in-law Lisa are troubled by how little they know about her. Who is she? Little by little, clues and tidbits of information persuade Alex that he needs to know more. As the questions pile up, Alex, a journalist, elects to hire a private detective to probe Suzy’s past, without informing his father. Over time, it becomes clear that Suzy changed her name when she moved to Atlanta – and that she had been married for many years to a car dealer in Missouri who died suddenly shortly before she left. Is all this innocent, or something more sinister? Once circumstantial, the evidence becomes more concrete – and then Suzy is on the run.’

    Tightly spun and rich in character individualization and sculpting, UNDETECTED is a very fine new novel by an author who obviously understands the impact of journalistic precision in defining a ‘report’ – this one being a keen mystery. Jeffrey Marshall is a writer to watch, and this suspense thriller is one terrific evening’s read! Recommended.


  2. Didgeri Did Didgeri Did says:

    I'm reading in my comfy armchair with a hot totty and I feel calm in my home. The rainstorm isn't bothering me yet. But then I read about motels and walls that are whitewashed, describing despair and that's just in the first few sentences. I feel like I'm reading about a character less fortunate than I am and have a desire to share my earnings.

    I keep reading still feeling compassion towards a character I've just met, and I'm liking. Suzy is put together, independent and loves travel. The despair comes through in many scenes to show her upbringing and the backstory so readers can identify with her and her journey. Married once a large part of the novel describes a desperate woman who faced a series of choices that rattled her core.

    The character arc is strong believing in the magnitude of life and wondering if the past will follow. The first husband dies. I won't reveal the middle or how the story unfolds but Suzy finds herself married again in a posh new community with skeletons in their closet. Suzy Perry suspects there is a secret that needs uncovering with her stepmom.
    ... and now I've drank the last of my hot totty.

    Arizona author Jeffrey Marshall earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his masters in Journalism from Northwestern.


  3. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    : Undetected

    Author: Jeffrey Marshall

    Genre: thriller

    Pages:232

    August 6,2019 - all ready out to buy

    Netgalley ARC

    AUTHOR
    Jeffrey Marshall is a retired journalist and the author of three books, including Little Miss Sure Shot, a historical novel about Annie Oakley. He has been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, and was at various times a reporter, editor, feature writer, columnist and book reviewer.
    During his career, Marshall was involved with every medium in journalism except television - newspapers, magazines, radio, newsletters and journals. He was a winner or co-winner of numerous editorial awards for magazine writing and design. He wrote a book about community reinvestment in the banking industry and published a volume of collected poems, River Ice, in 2009. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife, Judy, and two dogs, Maggie and Blaze.



    UNDETECTED

    Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, NY, after being widowed not long before in Atlanta. Her new husband, Dean Perry, is besotted with her, but his son, Alex, and daughter-in-law Lisa are troubled by how little they know about her. Who is she?

    Little by little, clues and tidbits of information persuade Alex that he needs to know more. As the questions pile up, Alex, a journalist, elects to hire a private detective to probe Suzy's past, without informing his father. Over time, it becomes clear that Suzy changed her name when she moved to Atlanta - and that she had been married for many years to a car dealer in Missouri who died suddenly shortly before she left.

    Is all this innocent, or something more sinister? Once circumstantial, the evidence becomes more concrete - and then Suzy is on the run.


    My thoughts

    Rating:5

    Black Widow: highly venomous American spider which has a black body with red markings.

    2nd meaning:woman who kills her husband or lover, especially one who kills multiple husbands or lovers.

    Do we really knew the people in our lives as well as we think we do, after reading this I would say not so much, and after reading this I'm going to be a lot more safer when letting new people in , because after reading this I can definitely say this Don't ever let Suzy (or what ever her new name is ) into your live because you might be welcoming a surprise that you wasn't looking for , in fact run the other way because she's like a praying mantis who killed their mate after getting what she wants all the time thinking she's the one that's been wronged and she's the innocent party. I do have to say that it was the cover that got me to pick up the book and this is the first time I've ever read a thriller where the main character is a black widow , in fact I don't think I've ever read one that has that in it,which made this so different from other thrillers I've read, and it was so easy to get lost into the story . I especially felt sorry for her new husband because he was a lovesick fool .With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinio


  4. Linda Strong Linda Strong says:


    Dean Perry has recently married Suzy Perry. The family doesn't know much about her, as she's very secretive about her life before. Dean's son and daughter are becoming troubled and concerned about their father.

    Suzy unknowingly lets a few little things drop and Alex, Dean's son, gets that little feeling in his gut that something is seriously wrong. Being a journalist, he listens to his gut ...and then hires a private investigator to look into her past.

    What he discovers does not put him at ease.

    When it comes to crime fiction, I always look for at least some credibility in the story telling. Sadly, I found none here. The ending was convoluted and I felt the author didn't quite know how to end it .. so it just hangs there. I was hoping for more and it just didn't quite make the cut. It was a great start .. but fizzled.

    Many thanks to the author / Dog Ear Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of UNDETECTED. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.


  5. Bonnye Reed Bonnye Reed says:

    I received a free electronic ARC of this mystery from Netgalley, Jeffery Marshall, and Dog Ear Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this mystery of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend Undetected to friends and family. It is a quirky tale, partly southern, that is a fast, compelling read.

    Suzy is a well-kept, wealthy older woman setting up house in New York with her latest husband. Dean Perry is aware of the death of Suzy's former husband in the Atlanta area, but he is enchanted with Suzy. His deceased spouse died after a long bout with Alzheimers and dementia - the future looks much brighter now with Suzy by his side. Dean has a couple of grown kids and some grandkids, Suzy has a couple of step-kids, also grown and on their own, and the world is honestly their oyster. There is nothing that can hold them back. Except for the possible murder of her late husband... husbands?
    pub date August 9, 2019
    received August 26, 2019
    Dog Ear Publishing
    Reviewed on December 19, 2019, on Goodreads, Netgalley, AmazonSmile, Barnes&Noble, BookBub, Kobo, and GooglePlay.


  6. Red Apple Red Apple says:

    Tina/Suzy is one femme fatale you don’t want to mess with... She’s cunning, she’s slick, and she’s bad, bad, bad. She has married twice before, all to men with hefty sums at the bank and such. Who can blame these men? She’s gorgeous, she’s refined, and she’s got the skills of a great partner in marriage. Her third husband, Dean, is unsuspecting and a kind man who is also endowed with the dollar signs that she often looks for in a potential husband. But not to Dean’s son Alex and his wife Lisa and two children. To them, Suzy is artificial and seems to be hiding something from all of them. Her moves are calculated and her past is mysterious. Only when Alex starts an investigation and hires a professional detective to look into Suzy’s past that they all realize this new woman in their lives is not who she claims to be.

    I enjoyed this quick read a lot. Having grown up on thrilling teen reads from authors like R.L. Stine and Diane Hoh and having watched a gazillion similar movies on the dramatic Lifetime channel, I found this book to be quite a joyriding experience. It is fast-paced and the reading level is very simple and easy to navigate. I likened Suzy to the Black Widow character of all films and books where the wife murders her husbands for their money. Suzy grew up in a dysfunctional family and she has a lot of sexual encounters with teenage boys in her youth as well as having been deflowered by her very own father. I felt bad for her and at the same time I was hoping for her to be admonished for her sins, give her the punishment she deserves for being a ruthless man-killer. This book has raised fears such as what if the stepmother your father is married to is really a killer because no one knows where she came from and where he picked her up from after mom died a time ago. I am not in that situation but I am wondering about those who are…anyway, this book is just what it is, a fictional tale written from the imagination of another human being just like you or me. All I am going to say for now is that it was a good book and I will not provide any more spoiler alerts because then I might ruin its appealing suspense.


  7. Re:Views Re:Views says:

    There is something strange about his new stepmother Suzy Perry and Alex is determined to find out what it is. Dean, his father is in awe of his new wife, but Alex and his sister Lisa are perplexed at how this widow from Atlanta has suddenly implanted herself right in the centre of their lives in New York. As a journalist, Alex's natural investigative instincts kick in and after a few remarks from his new stepmother don't add up, he hires a private investigator to look into her past. When he discovers her first husband died suddenly and mysteriously, Alex's concern for his father grows. Is Suzy Perry a black widow ready to take her next victim, or is Alex worried over nothing?

    'Undetected' by Jeffrey Marshall is a fast-paced thriller with compelling characters, no more so than Suzy Perry. She is so hard to figure out, you will be wondering just like Alex, what her motives are. You will be kept guessing, right up until the ending. A very engaging and engrossing read.


  8. Tara Phillips Tara Phillips says:

    I'm reading in my comfy armchair with a hot totty and I feel calm in my home. The rainstorm isn't bothering me yet. But then I read about motels and walls that are whitewashed, describing despair and that's just in the first few sentences. I feel like I'm reading about a character less fortunate than I am and have a desire to share my earnings.

    I keep reading still feeling compassion towards a character I've just met, and I'm liking. Suzy is put together, independent and loves travel. The despair comes through in many scenes to show her upbringing and the backstory so readers can identify with her and her journey. Married once a large part of the novel describes a desperate woman who faced a series of choices that rattled her core.

    The character arc is strong believing in the magnitude of life and wondering if the past will follow. The first husband dies. I won't reveal the middle or how the story unfolds but Suzy finds herself married again in a posh new community with skeletons in their closet. Suzy Perry suspects there is a secret that needs uncovering with her stepmom.
    ... and now I've drank the last of my hot totty.

    Arizona author Jeffrey Marshall earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his masters in Journalism from Northwestern.


  9. Stephen R. Stephen R. says:

    Undetected by Jeffrey Marshall is a thrilling crime mystery novel that grabs you in the opening few pages and refuses to let go until it's reached its thrilling conclusion.

    Marshall expertly begins to ramp up the tension and the mystery as the novel’s central plot unfolds and you will find yourself unable to put the book down. The book’s opening is particularly absorbing as Marshall sets up the rest of the novel perfectly.

    His complex and well-developed characters are what really keep the book going though and they only get more interesting as the novel goes on. The pacing of the book is perfect and he unwraps all of the central mysteries perfectly, leaving you guessing until the very end of the book.

    The book is ideal for those who enjoy romantic crime novels, especially books like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkin’s Girl on the Train. The book’s page-turning narrative makes it the perfect book for a weekend getaway.


  10. Jill Jill says:

    2 -2.5 stars
    Is this the first in a series?? If not, do not read this book! There is utterly no ending. I have never been so conflicted by a book. I would say this rates about 2 to 3 stars.at the very best.
    This started off as a 5-star book but I am giving it 2.5 stars just because the beginning was so good yet the end was so beyond tragic. The beginning of the book is utterly absorbing and I was very quickly drawn into the story. This is the first book by this author I have ever read and was loving every page and then it all just fell apart.
    The author made some took some bizarre turns with the story; for example, when Suzy went on the run, she uses credit cards that easily could have been traced, she used her best friends name yet another item that any detective worth his salt could have traced. She uses her cell phone yet no cop thinks to ping it? Seriously? How did none of this happen? Why was there literally no ending? I even checked to make sure the book downloaded properly. This book needed at least another 50 pages to wrap up the story. Seriously, I do not recommend.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.


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Undetected [Read] ➱ Undetected By Jeffrey Marshall – Thomashillier.co.uk UNDETECTED
Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, NY, after being widowed not long before in Atlanta Her new husband, Dean Perry, is Undetected Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, NY, after being widowed not long before in Atlanta Her new husband, Dean Perry, is besotted with her, but his son, Alex, and daughterinlaw Lisa are troubled by how little they know about her Who is she? Little by little, clues and tidbits of information persuade Alex that he needs to know As the questions pile up, Alex, a journalist, elects to hire a private detective to probe Suzy's past, without informing his father Over time, it becomes clear that Suzy changed her name when she moved to Atlantaand that she had been married for many years to a car dealer in Missouri who died suddenly shortly before she left Is all this innocent, or something sinister? Once circumstantial, the evidence becomes concreteand then Suzy is on the runAUTHOR Jeffrey Marshall is a retired journalist and the author of three books, including Little Miss Sure Shot, a historical novel about Annie Oakley He has been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, and was at various times a reporter, editor, feature writer, columnist and book reviewer During his career, Marshall was involved with every medium in journalism except televisionnewspapers, magazines, radio, newsletters and journals He was a winner or cowinner of numerous editorial awards for magazine writing and design He wrote a book about community reinvestment in the banking industry and published a volume of collected poems, River Ice, inHe lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife, Judy, and two dogs, Maggie and Blaze.