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  1. says:

    325 starsI am familiar with Olson's urban fantasy stories But I like her writing so I decided to try this one I liked the mystery okay Lena's relationship with his young teenager client Nate was the highlight of this book for me Nate's story his reason of hiring Lena in the first place was pretty heartbreaking I felt so much for this kid and I was happy with how his story ended So I loved Nate and Lena's father most especiallyLena herself on the other hand well I truly didn't know what to make of her I was having a difficult time reading about her reaction of being pregnant keeping it a secret from her husband not taking care of her pregnancy she seemed to dismissing it out right I mean I sort of understand later on why she reacted that way but before reaching to that point it was uite a mess to read Then there was that moment where Toby view spoilergave her the ultimatum making her choose the baby or the job hide spoiler


  2. says:

    3 stars? 4 stars? I DON'T KNOW This was an impulse read I grabbed one night after seeing it on Melissa Olson's newsletter I haven't written up the second yet of course but I'm still liking her Scarlett Bernard trilogy a lot and the third is due out soon Things about it were really upsetting although not because they have any meaning for my own life now The main one is kind of huge both for book and for me not a spoiler really and it's that Lena finds out that she's pregnant and doesn't tell her husband though he very much wants to have kids She's also an ex cop forced out because she took on a thoroughly bad and well old boy system protected cop early on and she's tough and able to defend herself against a lot but just might take chances than are a great idea while pregnant It takes uite a long time to figure out what happened in her past that's left her where she is but as we're inside her head I trusted her in a limited way enough that I was pretty sure she wasn't just being a bit of a wagon for no good reason Which made me dislike her sister uite a bit and be unhappy with Lena's husband's reaction to the news with which I'd have been totally sympathetic normally It wasn't withholding info in an obnoxious way but seemed the result of how Lena'd been coping or partially coping over the years Still as married behaviour goes it wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy reading Meanwhile Lena's trying to help Nate whose case really is as heartbreaking as the blurb says and that was a whole other can of buttons as nobody to take care of your kids and you're dying? Worst nightmare I LOVED Lena's father though and was pretty sure that he was going to continue being uietly supportive in the best kind of way which he did The mystery element was fine although a bit swamped by all the emotional stuff going on but all in all this just worked for me I wouldn't be at all confident in recommending it to friends thoughFinally love to Olson for writing another great dog and avert your eyes if you want to keep up the suspense not going THERE with heroic sacrifice or anything


  3. says:

    I'm pretty confused about my own reaction to The Big Keep but then the book itself was somewhat confusing It's some kind of women's lit dressed as mystery book The story revolves around Lena and her reaction to being pregnant rather than the mystery You hear about her her family her husband and by the way I'm so team Cristina here I hate emphasis on kids ad no not all women want them She went overboard no doubt but her words on career were true tooThe so called mystery was really weak there wasn't much ground work and I am not sure if it made that much senseStill I enjoyed reading TBK even if my own eyebrows were often archedas I said I'm confused ;As long as you are not a mysterycrime aficionado this book is not bad Simply do not expect a murdersuspencemystery This is a book about a woman and her pregnancy Well mostly


  4. says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI haven't read a PI novel in ages Also that's the fist book of this author I've read I'm sure that it won't be my lastThe Big Keep is an entertaining story that kept me interested from the first to the last page I really liked the protagonist and all the other characters in the book I also liked the humour very much It made me laugh many times and that is a plus for meMelissa Olson has a natural writing style and the relationships between the characters were very believable I also enjoyed the many references to movies series songs and comic books I would recommend this book as I had a good times reading it I'll also read any other installments as the ending made me feel that there'll be a next book not that it didn't have closure


  5. says:

    I love mysteries with a strong female protagonist The cover alone on this book made me hopeful The Big Keep has all the elements of a grand contemporary mystery and Lena Dane is a fantastic heroine I love her backstory her family and the rough dynamic of her and other women's police job experience Dane's relationships are touching and vividly well drawn Dane's relationship with her client takes preeminence over her love relationship on the page and we are rewarded with a nuanced kind and respectful view I loved this story and truly hope the author continues with the seriesA good book friend of mine was reading it and had me intrigued I investigated and was delighted to see that the author was born and raised less than an hour from where I live in northern Wisconsin I find all of this humorous as the friend reading the book is in Hawaii Small world


  6. says:

    Melissa F Olson has a knack for writing strong compelling female protagonists and Selena Dane is certainly that Smart funny resourceful and than capable of kicking some ass even while pregnant It was interesting and refreshing to read a take on the Private Dick novel told from a female perspective The central mystery in the plot was compelling enough to keep me interested and Lena's family drama and backstory flowed well with the plot never once feeling like a distraction I hope to read of this character in the future


  7. says:

    Lena Dane is a private investigator who finds out she’s pregnant right around the same time she agrees to take on a case from a 14 year old boy looking for his biological father It’s not a dangerous case so there is no reason she shouldn’t take it Right?I really liked this book but action wise it has a bit of a slow start but it picks up about half way through enough so that I didn’t want to put it down I’ve read the author’s Scarlett Bernard series which has a paranormal aspect and really enjoyed those books which is what made me pick this one up The writing is just as good and definitely worth readingAs Lena gets further into the case of Nate’s missing father she realizes there is to this case than either of them thought It isn’t just a simple case of finding Nate’s missing father While investigating she ruffles a few feathers and puts herself and her unborn baby in danger as she tries to piece the puzzle togetherIt was refreshing to read a book where the lead character is already in a relationship with the love of her life There is no gushing or agonizing triangle stuff Of course they have their moments where things aren’t going so well and there is a little bit of drama but the story isn’t centered around the relationshipThe relationship dynamic is really between Lena and Nate her 14 year old client Nate’s mother died years ago and his step father is dying of cancer So Lena takes him under her wing and kind of becomes like an older sister She wants to find his father desperately If she doesn’t he’ll probably be put into foster care and she can’t bear to see that happen Which is why she doesn’t give up the case even when it’s not safe any and even when her husband asks her to drop itWhile trying to solve the case Lena goes through a lot of self doubt regarding the pregnancy Would she have to change who she is? Get a different job? Or be a stay home mom? She spends a lot of time in denial about the pregnancy Not that she doesn’t want a baby eventually but the anxiety and inadeuacy a woman feels when she finds out she’s going to be bringing a child into this world is legitimate Why would she want to bring a child a child she knows she can’t keep 100% safe into this world? Especially given her career choice which she is not ready to give upThe book didn’t end the way I expected as far as the killer was concerned which is good since I like a surpriseI definitely recommend it and I hope there will be books in the Lena Dane series


  8. says:

    I give this book four out of five stars for depth of characters an entertaining hard to put down read and a plot that had my mind wrapped up in it when I wasn’t reading the bookWhat I liked about the book1 The plot In The Big Keep the author drops you into Lena’s life and it is uirky and real in all the right ways As a private investigator Lena takes on a missing person’s case that turns into something unanticipated The mystery twists and turns as does her personal life during the reunion of a tragedy that changed her life five years before2 The characters I liked them all From the protagonist to the minor characters each one is brought to life in a way that is real and interesting Olson has a talent for the subtleties and the natural flow of human interactions This is apparent in the first chapter of the book and it is not lost as the book progresses 3 The dialog was sincere and related the relationships between the characters without the narrative ever having to do so Each character had a uniue and clear voiceWhat I didn’t like about the book1 There were some things an editor should have caught There were random typo’s throughout the work Most glaring was the war’s a certain bad guy fought in did not correspond to the wars his bad guy partner fought in There is a large gap in time between someone fighting three tours in Vietnam and three tours in Ira West Point graduates officers not snipers This might seem like a nit picky detail to some but these things matter a lot to others It would be a shame for a paragraph to discredit the total work which I happened to really enjoy If the book is revised in the future I recommend just taking that paragraph out 2 There were two scenes that hit hard against my wall of suspended disbelief While I liked the scene where Lena faces one of her demons it was a little far fetched for me If she was going to do it I don’t think she would have left her insurance box of evidence rolling around on his steps I also don’t think she would have ever been granted access to a “notorious prisoner” in a federal facility If she had I don’t think the conversation would have gone that well Lena Dane is one of the best female cop characters I have encountered Ms Olson you have won a new fan in me and I can’t thank you enough for bringing a real woman law enforcement professional to life


  9. says:

    I'm a huge fan of Olson's Scarlett Bernard series so I snatched up The Big Keep just because Olson wrote it I was not disappointedLena is a PI She became one after leaving the police force because of a terrible tragedy Her husband Toby as a show of support also left the police force and became a lawyerAt the beginning of the book Lena finds out she's pregnant She doesn't feel very maternal and she fears she will have to stop doing the job she loves So her solution is to keep it a secret from Toby for as long as possibleLena has a habit of getting too emotionally involved with her clients and her new one is no different Nate is a fourteen year old boy desperate to find his biological father Lena takes on the case and from there I was hooked in the searchI loved all of the characters Nate was a great kid I probably would have gone above and beyond for him just as Lena did I liked Lena's relationship with her dad and sister Lena made me angry sometimes with the chances she took but it all worked outI loved the ending There was a hint at cases to come but this one was wrapped up nice and tidy Well done


  10. says:

    I really liked this I don't normally dig on mysteries but I like Melissa F Olson's supernatural series and so I figured I would give this a shot I really enjoyed it I like her female characters that are multi dimensional and Lena Dane is the best example You can be feminine and hardcore you can be a badass but still a basket case That's what is missing in many female lead action novels but Lena delivers


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Ianti a fourteen year old boy in search of his biological father Jason Jason’s disappearance isn’t as clear cut as everyone had thought and Lena will need to follow his path of destruction halfway across the country to find Nate some answ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI haven't read a PI novel in ages Also that's the fist book of this author I've read I'm sure that it won't be my lastThe Big Keep is an entertaining story that kept me interested from the first to the last page I really liked the protagonist and all the other characters in the book I also liked the humour very much It made me laugh many times and that is a plus for meMelissa Olson has a natural writing style and the relationships between the characters were very believable I also enjoyed the many references to movies series songs and comic books I would recommend this book as I had a good times reading it I'll also read any other installments as the ending made me feel that there'll be a next book not that it didn't have closure Geometric Dimensioning And Tolerancing: Self Study Workbook path of destruction halfway across the country to find Nate some answ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI haven't read a PI novel in ages Also that's the fist book of this author I've read I'm sure that it won't be my lastThe Big Keep is an entertaining story that kept me interested from the first to the last Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics & the Visionary Experience page I really liked the Breaking into Information Security: Learning the Ropes 101 protagonist and all the other characters in the book I also liked the humour very much It made me laugh many times and that is a Men in Kilts plus for meMelissa Olson has a natural writing style and the relationships between the characters were very believable I also enjoyed the many references to movies series songs and comic books I would recommend this book as I had a good times reading it I'll also read any other installments as the ending made me feel that there'll be a next book not that it didn't have closure

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Ers Along the way however Lena attracts the attention of a killer who’s willing to stalk her all the way back to Chicago to make sure she drops Nate’s case To protect the boy the baby and herself Lena must find the killer – or die tryin I'm a huge fan of Olson's Scarlett Bernard series so I snatched up The Big Keep just because Olson wrote it I was not disappointedLena is a PI She became one after leaving the police force because of a terrible tragedy Her husband Toby as a show of support also left the police force and became a lawyerAt the beginning of the book Lena finds out she's pregnant She doesn't feel very maternal and she fears she will have to stop doing the job she loves So her solution is to keep it a secret from Toby for as long as possibleLena has a habit of getting too emotionally involved with her clients and her new one is no different Nate is a fourteen year old boy desperate to find his biological father Lena takes on the case and from there I was hooked in the searchI loved all of the characters Nate was a great kid I probably would have gone above and beyond for him just as Lena did I liked Lena's relationship with her dad and sister Lena made me angry sometimes with the chances she took but it all worked outI loved the ending There was a hint at cases to come but this one was wrapped up nice and tidy Well done Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything protect the boy the baby and herself Lena must find the killer – or die tryin I'm a huge fan of Olson's Scarlett Bernard series so I snatched up The Big Keep just because Olson wrote it I was not disappointedLena is a PI She became one after leaving the Discordia police force because of a terrible tragedy Her husband Toby as a show of support also left the Stage Mum police force and became a lawyerAt the beginning of the book Lena finds out she's A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, pregnant She doesn't feel very maternal and she fears she will have to stop doing the job she loves So her solution is to keep it a secret from Toby for as long as Sweet Mandarin possibleLena has a habit of getting too emotionally involved with her clients and her new one is no different Nate is a fourteen year old boy desperate to find his biological father Lena takes on the case and from there I was hooked in the searchI loved all of the characters Nate was a great kid I Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West probably would have gone above and beyond for him just as Lena did I liked Lena's relationship with her dad and sister Lena made me angry sometimes with the chances she took but it all worked outI loved the ending There was a hint at cases to come but this one was wrapped up nice and tidy Well done

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Former Chicago cop Selena “Lena” Dane has been going through the motions at her private investigation agency for years now But then Lena learns that she’s unexpectedly pregnant just as she takes on a heartbreaking new client Nate Christ 3 stars 4 stars I DON'T KNOW This was an impulse read I grabbed one night after seeing it on Melissa Olson's newsletter I haven't written up the second yet of course but I'm still liking her Scarlett Bernard trilogy a lot and the third is due out soon Things about it were really upsetting although not because they have any meaning for my own life now The main one is kind of huge both for book and for me not a spoiler really and it's that Lena finds out that she's pregnant and doesn't tell her husband though he very much wants to have kids She's also an ex cop forced out because she took on a thoroughly bad and well old boy system protected cop early on and she's tough and able to defend herself against a lot but just might take chances than are a great idea while pregnant It takes uite a long time to figure out what happened in her past that's left her where she is but as we're inside her head I trusted her in a limited way enough that I was pretty sure she wasn't just being a bit of a wagon for no good reason Which made me dislike her sister uite a bit and be unhappy with Lena's husband's reaction to the news with which I'd have been totally sympathetic normally It wasn't withholding info in an obnoxious way but seemed the result of how Lena'd been coping or partially coping over the years Still as married behaviour goes it wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy reading Meanwhile Lena's trying to help Nate whose case really is as heartbreaking as the blurb says and that was a whole other can of buttons as nobody to take care of your kids and you're dying Worst nightmare I LOVED Lena's father though and was pretty sure that he was going to continue being uietly supportive in the best kind of way which he did The mystery element was fine although a bit swamped by all the emotional stuff going on but all in all this just worked for me I wouldn't be at all confident in recommending it to friends thoughFinally love to Olson for writing another great dog and avert your eyes if you want to keep up the suspense not going THERE with heroic sacrifice or anything