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From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author...enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... "In a panic I gasped for air, but there wasn't any. I tried to cry out, but I was alone. And in my hysteria it hit me: I had felt a similar feeling before - like my body was giving out on me, and I knew what it meant. I was dying." Enter the world of Sloane Monr From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author...enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... "In a panic I gasped for air, but there wasn't any. I tried to cry out, but I was alone. And in my hysteria it hit me: I had felt a similar feeling before - like my body was giving out on me, and I knew what it meant. I was dying." Enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... A SKIER CRASHES On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if wasn't? What if she was murdered? A SECOND BODY IS FOUND Just as Private Investigator Sloane Monroe feels she's close to solving the case, a second dead body is found. With the killer aware that Sloane will stop at nothing to find him, her life is in danger, her every move being tracked. Will Sloane uncover the truth before he strikes again?


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From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author...enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... "In a panic I gasped for air, but there wasn't any. I tried to cry out, but I was alone. And in my hysteria it hit me: I had felt a similar feeling before - like my body was giving out on me, and I knew what it meant. I was dying." Enter the world of Sloane Monr From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author...enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... "In a panic I gasped for air, but there wasn't any. I tried to cry out, but I was alone. And in my hysteria it hit me: I had felt a similar feeling before - like my body was giving out on me, and I knew what it meant. I was dying." Enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death... A SKIER CRASHES On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if wasn't? What if she was murdered? A SECOND BODY IS FOUND Just as Private Investigator Sloane Monroe feels she's close to solving the case, a second dead body is found. With the killer aware that Sloane will stop at nothing to find him, her life is in danger, her every move being tracked. Will Sloane uncover the truth before he strikes again?

30 review for Black Diamond Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw is book one of the Sloane Monroe series set in modern-day Park City Utah. I was attracted by the Park City setting, my love of skiing, and because “black diamond” is the trail marker for expert ski slopes. Unfortunately, after the prologue the book has nothing whatsoever to do with skiing. It doesn’t even need to be set in Park City, only somewhere with snow on the ground, so the author can illustrate how quirky her protagonist is (she wears flip-flops in t Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw is book one of the Sloane Monroe series set in modern-day Park City Utah. I was attracted by the Park City setting, my love of skiing, and because “black diamond” is the trail marker for expert ski slopes. Unfortunately, after the prologue the book has nothing whatsoever to do with skiing. It doesn’t even need to be set in Park City, only somewhere with snow on the ground, so the author can illustrate how quirky her protagonist is (she wears flip-flops in the snow). Sloane Monroe investigates a skier death because the skier’s sister insists it was no accident. The ski resort certainly does not want publicity, and the police don’t want a case, so Sloane faces opposition in her quest for information. She discovers a violent ex-fiancé, and the crime seems fairly obvious. However she has no proof. So she continues investigating and discovers other crimes plus a more likely suspect. The mystery is believable and the case progresses at a reasonable pace. Sloane’s boyfriend Nick is a policeman. I enjoyed the description of a cute trick Nick taught Sloane’s dog, Lord Berkeley: “Nick cocked his thumb and trigger finger and aimed straight at him. ‘Pow!’ Lord Berkeley fell to the ground. He tilted his head to the side and closed his eyes and gave up the ghost. He remained still for a few dramatic moments until Nick gave him the okay signal and then sprung back to life to claim his treat, a pint-sized bone of beef.” The book desperately needs editing. Awkward sentences stop the story flow completely. Words are used incorrectly. If grammar and style do not matter to you as a reader, skip the rest of this review and go ahead and try the book. “Sepia tone photographs adorned the walls of the Daily Mining Company circa 1890 and Historic Main Street before the fire scintillated in 1897 and destroyed over 200 business and homes.” The author is probably trying to tell us: 1. the walls of the ski resort were adorned with sepia photographs 2. the photographs depicted the Daily Mining Company and Historic Main Street , circa 1890 3. a fire in 1897 destroyed over 200 businesses and homes I never did figure out what the author meant by this: “In the corner of the room a fire beguiled me to absorb its warmth. I removed my gloves and stuck both hands inside.” Where did the protagonist stick her hands? “I allowed time for my fingers to thaw and then fell in line at the front desk.” I found this sentence really odd. I can relate to having cold hands entering a ski lodge, but I can’t imagine standing still to wait for my fingers to warm up –before– getting in line to wait (again) for service at the front desk. It would make more sense to say her fingers gradually thawed while she waited in line at the front desk. “I pushed though the entrance door and was met with a forceful tug that launched me forward and brought me up close and personal to a familiar face on the opposite end.” Does this mean someone she knew grabbed her as she came out the door? “The morning sun shone its rays through the trees and melted away pieces of fallen snow that had rested on its branches.” The sun doesn’t have branches. “In the summer month’s water skiers, boaters, and fisherman filled the lake, but in winter it turned solid white and was ensconced with snow.” Multiple problems: Wrong use of the possessive, singular should be plural, wrong use of ensconce. “I mulled it over for a few minutes before I constituted a response.” Constituted? I wonder what this slang phrase spoken by a waitress means? “Keep your alans on.” More odd phrasing: - “The check came and I stood, or tried to stand, and in the process I noticed my vision had changed since I first arrived.” - “It took a moment, but somewhere in Nick’s head a light went on.” - “My stomach twisted with disquietude and I watched through squinted eyes. Both outstretched hands launched their fingers in the air to protrude the ball forward and two seconds later, the Lakers were in control.” - “He shook his head and picked his drink back up and ingurgitated all of it.” - “The sun blazed down and its warmth coalesced on my skin.” “The next morning I exercised my options and phoned a friend.” The story is not referring to stock options, just saying the protagonist phoned a friend. No one I know says “I exercised my options” before telling me what they did. “I recognized the sound of Maddie chomping away on a piece of gum like a cow chewing its cud.” (mixed metaphors) “I filled her in on the details and got her up to speed.” (redundant) “I transferred the weight from one of my butt cheeks to the other. It didn’t help.” This paragraph is inserted into a description of a meeting with the ski resort owner. There is no previous mention of any condition that would possibly be alleviated by shifting weight in a chair. It’s a curious sentence, and pointless to include it in the story. The weird phrasing continues: “Marty’s eyes broadened. He leaned all the way back in his chair and hung there for a brief time before he moved his body forward again.” A more succinct and normal way to express this: “Marty reared back, eyes wide.” Wonder if “crin” was the intended word, and if so, what does it mean? “Zoey peeled back the corner of a crin red curtain and watched us approach.” Black Diamond Death was available free from Amazon in a Sloane Monroe trilogy: Black Diamond Death, Sinnerman, and I Have a Secret. I read Black Diamond Death all the way to the end because it meets the criteria for several reading challenges I’m in: e-book, first of a series, new author, colors, etc. Due to the lack of editing in Black Diamond Death, I do not plan to read more by the author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    RW Bennett

    Sloane Monroe, the private detective in Cheryl Bradshaw's series is a fully developed, complicated character. She hates the cold, but lives in a ski town. She craves love and affection (who doesn't?), but can't commit. The loss of her sister is a major motivator in her life. When a skier crashes and dies, the police rule the death as an accident. A suspicious sister hires Sloane to investigate. Sloane discovers the death to be a murder and the game is on. Monroe is more bulldog than brilliant, an Sloane Monroe, the private detective in Cheryl Bradshaw's series is a fully developed, complicated character. She hates the cold, but lives in a ski town. She craves love and affection (who doesn't?), but can't commit. The loss of her sister is a major motivator in her life. When a skier crashes and dies, the police rule the death as an accident. A suspicious sister hires Sloane to investigate. Sloane discovers the death to be a murder and the game is on. Monroe is more bulldog than brilliant, and most of the clues come to her. That's ok. Bradshaw spins a good story with solid characters and pacing. If you enjoy a good cozy, give Bradshaw a try.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    In Black Diamond Death, Sloane Monroe #1, by Cheryl Bradshaw, Charlotte Halliwell dies on a ski slope. She was an exceptional skier, however, and her sister Audrey doesn't believe it was an accident. While it is obviously true that skiing accidents do happen, Audrey feels as if her sister was just too skilled. She hires Sloane Monroe, P.I., to investigate. From the very beginning, Sloane agrees with Audrey. Now she begins the daunting task of exposing the killer. All the while, Sloane knocks head In Black Diamond Death, Sloane Monroe #1, by Cheryl Bradshaw, Charlotte Halliwell dies on a ski slope. She was an exceptional skier, however, and her sister Audrey doesn't believe it was an accident. While it is obviously true that skiing accidents do happen, Audrey feels as if her sister was just too skilled. She hires Sloane Monroe, P.I., to investigate. From the very beginning, Sloane agrees with Audrey. Now she begins the daunting task of exposing the killer. All the while, Sloane knocks heads with Detective Drake Cooper. He truly believes that it was an accident, and he doesn’t want Sloane nosing around. It helps that Sloane is dating Detective Nick Calhoun, as he helps to smooth things over with Detective Cooper. So Sloane barges forward, and searches out possible suspects. The most likely suspect is Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend. He has a bad reputation with women, and Sloane is determined to pin the murder on him. But she is a consummate professional, and investigates other possible suspects, as well as all angles. This story kept me guessing until the very end. Nothing was quite as it seemed, leading to a surprising conclusion. I am looking forward to reading all of the books in the series. As a matter of fact, I purchased the remaining books and I’m about to dive into Book 2.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    2.5* My thoughts: This was an okay mystery but not one in which there are clues for the reader. I felt that the personal life of the narrator took up too much of the story and Sloane came across more as opinionated than headstrong to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    A skier dies on the slopes at Park City, Utah and a female PI gets involved. She kind of reminded me of Grace Hanadarko from the tv show Saving Grace. Well written story, with you feeling like you are in the cold enviroment. I loved the twists and turns to the story and was surprised as to who did it and the ending was a surprise twist too. Would love to read more stories with Sloane Monroe the female PI!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ANNESANGINE

    Editing Needed a good editor for grammar, spelling and continuity. Too obvious that Vicki was guilty because she was always described as unattractive

  7. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Book #1, in the Sloane Monreo Mystery This is a refreshing and original mystery that has a good balance between action and detective work. The theme of this novel surrounds the real estate business and most of the players are one way or the other involved in the business or are in law enforcement. The main character, Sloane Monroe, is a private investigator and we follow her through this simple but captivating case as she pokes her nose into other people’s business… I was captivated by this easy a Book #1, in the Sloane Monreo Mystery This is a refreshing and original mystery that has a good balance between action and detective work. The theme of this novel surrounds the real estate business and most of the players are one way or the other involved in the business or are in law enforcement. The main character, Sloane Monroe, is a private investigator and we follow her through this simple but captivating case as she pokes her nose into other people’s business… I was captivated by this easy and fast moving saga where Sloane is hired to find who may have wanted Charlotte Halliwell dead. The investigators deemed her death accidental, one of the many accidents seen on the slopes of a ski resort. But Charlotte’s sister says otherwise and wants Sloane to get to the bottom and find the killer. This mystery kept me guessing till the end where the truth was uncovered. This story is not taxing. The language is simple yet well done and to the point. I enjoyed passing time reading how Sloane did her investigating. Nothing is what it seemed and with the twists that kept derailing her at every turn, determined Sloane kept going. She is one feisty P.I. that will get her man or woman….. and along the way will give us hours of entertainment. Ms. Bradshaw spins a good story with good characterization. Enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Rallios

    Granted it was an entertaining mystery over all, but it fell short in many ways for me. The romance part was pretty lame. I couldn't identify with Sloane's reluctance - or rather, the story failed to capture my sympathy of her reluctance to "shack up" with her boyfriend -- how romantic (sarcasm)! Everybody seems to think that living together before marriage is just okay, but really it's just a norm before marriage. So it is realistic, but it doesn't capture my empathy for the characters, but of Granted it was an entertaining mystery over all, but it fell short in many ways for me. The romance part was pretty lame. I couldn't identify with Sloane's reluctance - or rather, the story failed to capture my sympathy of her reluctance to "shack up" with her boyfriend -- how romantic (sarcasm)! Everybody seems to think that living together before marriage is just okay, but really it's just a norm before marriage. So it is realistic, but it doesn't capture my empathy for the characters, but of course that is just based on my point of views and a morality that most everybody sadly seems to think out-of-date. I also didn't care for the profanity, which I admit was pretty sparse by comparison to other stories out there. Anyway, enough of my complaints on the moral (or lack of) issues, the story itself lacked description so I rarely felt like I was there. The dialogue and pacing were good, while some of the wording could've used more editing. The mystery was okay, nothing very special or very surprising.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    A private investigator finds that there is more to an accident on a ski slope. A realtor and experienced skier inexplicably collides with a tree on a slope causing her death. Although dismissed as an accident, doubts about the incident lead the decedent's sister to hire Sloane, the PI. Sloane soon finds intrigue including a wealthy, violent cad of an ex, and competition at the victim's realty office. But will she be able to nab the killer before the death toll rises? I found this book dull and pr A private investigator finds that there is more to an accident on a ski slope. A realtor and experienced skier inexplicably collides with a tree on a slope causing her death. Although dismissed as an accident, doubts about the incident lead the decedent's sister to hire Sloane, the PI. Sloane soon finds intrigue including a wealthy, violent cad of an ex, and competition at the victim's realty office. But will she be able to nab the killer before the death toll rises? I found this book dull and predictable. The writing is far from sterling and the characters are superficial at best. Sloane's own personal tragedy is not fully explained. Although she plays the strong independent commitment-phobe it helps to have a hunky detective boyfriend, the chief of police and a burly investigator as surrogate father figures. The read was far from riveting and the killer's motivation was shaky at best. Not impressed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Selaya Morton

    It's been a while since I read a pure mystery, seeing as how I like to hang out with elves, dragons, witches and assorted other Fae beings, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this novel. Honestly, I am always a little doubtful of stories that start off - or end up - with a lead character describing their own death (think of the movie "Legend" from 2015). Straight-up though: I liked it immensely. I think it is because I feel that I can identify, just a little, with the character of Sloan It's been a while since I read a pure mystery, seeing as how I like to hang out with elves, dragons, witches and assorted other Fae beings, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this novel. Honestly, I am always a little doubtful of stories that start off - or end up - with a lead character describing their own death (think of the movie "Legend" from 2015). Straight-up though: I liked it immensely. I think it is because I feel that I can identify, just a little, with the character of Sloane. No, I'm not a P.I. but there are certain similarities between our chosen careers. We both need to be objective, forthright and analytical while also maintaining a measure of compassion for our clients. Just like Sloane, I have been "charitably" described as stubborn but find that sometimes you need that quality to get things done! I'll definitely be back for more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    The 1st book of the series introduces the main character Sloan and recurring characters which will show up in future stories. This story started out with the accidental death of a skier. Sloan is hired to investigate this death by the skier's sister who does not believe that it was accidental. The Police have defined it as an accident and are not pursuing it any farther. When Sloan requests assistance by Maddie to have an autopsy performed, the cause of death was through poisoning. Sloan, against The 1st book of the series introduces the main character Sloan and recurring characters which will show up in future stories. This story started out with the accidental death of a skier. Sloan is hired to investigate this death by the skier's sister who does not believe that it was accidental. The Police have defined it as an accident and are not pursuing it any farther. When Sloan requests assistance by Maddie to have an autopsy performed, the cause of death was through poisoning. Sloan, against the advice of the Police Chief, looks to find any clues to help her find the killer. With dogged persistence, she is able to find out who killed the skier, and along the way, there are other killings which she also brings resolution to. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who like a good mystery/thriller.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The story was good, a solid mystery with decent characters, but there were so many punctuation errors throughout the book that I knocked off a star. I had a hard time overlooking them. Correct use of apostrophes and question marks really isn't that difficult. I wanted to get out a red pen, but that wouldn't work so well on the Kindle. I was also annoyed by the main character's body snarking on other women. Comparing one to a small elephant, really?! The story was good, a solid mystery with decent characters, but there were so many punctuation errors throughout the book that I knocked off a star. I had a hard time overlooking them. Correct use of apostrophes and question marks really isn't that difficult. I wanted to get out a red pen, but that wouldn't work so well on the Kindle. I was also annoyed by the main character's body snarking on other women. Comparing one to a small elephant, really?!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Cheryl Bradshaw gives us an entertaining tale set in Park City, Utah. However the writing is somewhat predictable -> the author seeming more content to be a competent technician rather than a creative risk taker. I enjoy reading crime fiction novels set in the U.S. west states where I grew up; the best of these books provide geographic flavor about the novel’s venue. Reading Black Diamond Death didn’t give me any insight about Park City.

  14. 4 out of 5

    rebecca O. webber

    I really wanted to find a new series with a strong female detective. So, I really wanted to like the first book in the Sloane Monroe series. The problem is there’s not much “there” there. It was weak by my standards. That said, I have read several authors who improved as they progressed. I will read the next book and continue to assess the quality of plot and characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Wow This is a great murder mystery. She's a P. I. dating a detective. Still hasn't gotten over her sisters death 2 years earlier. But her new client sister was just murdered and doesn't believe it an accident. Didn't know real estate equals murder. Wow This is a great murder mystery. She's a P. I. dating a detective. Still hasn't gotten over her sisters death 2 years earlier. But her new client sister was just murdered and doesn't believe it an accident. Didn't know real estate equals murder.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Boring Boring and Boring I usually read one to two books a week. In three weeks I only managed to get through 26 chapters. I just couldn't stay awake nor try any longer. Not my cup of tea. Boring Boring and Boring I usually read one to two books a week. In three weeks I only managed to get through 26 chapters. I just couldn't stay awake nor try any longer. Not my cup of tea.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Good story Many twisted things go on in this book but it does keep your interest right from the beginning. You'll enjoy the twist of what really happens and may also entice you to read the next. Good story Many twisted things go on in this book but it does keep your interest right from the beginning. You'll enjoy the twist of what really happens and may also entice you to read the next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Calabrese

    Slow G This is my first book by this author and I found it to be slow and not very exciting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannie

    Wow! Had me guessing until the end! Love! Great start to a new series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was a free ebook that I read very sporadically on my phone. I enjoyed the story, it was nicely written and had a convoluted plot. The characters were likeable, except for the main suspect of course, who was a cad. It is a wonder why ladies stay with men who treat them so badly, but they do. Sloane tries to persuade against this behavior in this case, but the suspect is just too charming, at times. But one must guard against the obvious suspects and those less conspicuous. Sloane keeps after th This was a free ebook that I read very sporadically on my phone. I enjoyed the story, it was nicely written and had a convoluted plot. The characters were likeable, except for the main suspect of course, who was a cad. It is a wonder why ladies stay with men who treat them so badly, but they do. Sloane tries to persuade against this behavior in this case, but the suspect is just too charming, at times. But one must guard against the obvious suspects and those less conspicuous. Sloane keeps after the investigation and finds the real killer. I am interested in reading more about these characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    I have read quite a few books by Cheryl Bradshaw and they have all been really good. This one was no exception and I really enjoyed it. It is one of the Sloane Monroe series and I really like her character. Actually this is the first in the Sloane series. There are a total of 14. A SKIER CRASHES On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if wasn't? What if she was murdered? A SECOND BODY IS FOUND Just I have read quite a few books by Cheryl Bradshaw and they have all been really good. This one was no exception and I really enjoyed it. It is one of the Sloane Monroe series and I really like her character. Actually this is the first in the Sloane series. There are a total of 14. A SKIER CRASHES On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if wasn't? What if she was murdered? A SECOND BODY IS FOUND Just as Private Investigator Sloane Monroe feels she's close to solving the case, a second dead body is found. With the killer aware that Sloane will stop at nothing to find him, her life is in danger, her every move being tracked. Will Sloane uncover the truth before he strikes again?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Off to a good start This book ticks off a lot of the mental list of things to have in a series opener: interesting location, interesting manner of death, characters that have depth and potential to grow and change, steady pacing, and a pinch of the special factor I call heart that makes me want to stick with this world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I wouldn’t continue the series This book was ok. It did keep me wondering who the killer was,but I really didn’t care for the main character. Her boyfriend and best friend both seemed like cardboard cutouts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Bennett

    I couldn't put this book down! Loved it. Bradshaw reminds me of Catherine Coulter. I was hooked from the first page and I am looking forward to reading more of her books. I enjoyed the unexpected twist at the end. I couldn't put this book down! Loved it. Bradshaw reminds me of Catherine Coulter. I was hooked from the first page and I am looking forward to reading more of her books. I enjoyed the unexpected twist at the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    E.A. Briginshaw

    Pretty good, although somewhat predictable story. The writing is okay but I would have liked more character development.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eric Msttson

    I could not put it down!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    jeremy c hecht

    I could not put it down!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    This is the first book I've read of Ms. Bradshaw and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading more. This is the first book I've read of Ms. Bradshaw and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ksb Nh

    A quick read but an interesting one.

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