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Coded for Murder

"LOVED IT: If you like a good, suspenseful read, this book is for you. I appreciate the fact that it is a clean book without gratuitous cursing and sex. Yes, it can be done! Another plus - "giggle worthy" humor!" Posted on Amazon by Nancy

"GREAT MYSTERY: This is a great mystery that captures your attention right from the first and keeps you guessing until the end. The author is well acquainted with the locality of her story which adds a very believable element to the story." Posted on Amazon by Nancy V. James

"DIANNE MADE MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN SEEM REAL: Loved this book! Suspenseful, humorous and well written. Stayed up all night to finish it." Posted on Amazon by Lynn Lee

Death on Paradise Creek

"ENJOYABLE GREAT READ: Starts off as a western which I totally loved. Then moves to modern day. So much is contained in this book, Great storyline, lots of subplots, I loved this gem of a book. Romance, murder mystery, hidden treasure, it has it all. Entertaining well written debut book by Dianne Smithwick-Braden." Posted on Amazon by Woody 

"SURPRISE ENDING: I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It did have a very surprising ending though. I can figure out most of the who done it at the beginning of a book, this one is so well written, you don't even figure it out at the end."  Posted on Amazon Ruth McCurry 

"INTRIGUING: Intriguing, captures the interest of the reader. I couldn't wait to find out who the culprit was. Very enjoyable story." Posted on Amazon by J Seglund 

Death under a Full Moon

"A BOOK ONE CANNOT PUT DOWN! : I just couldn't put it down. Wilbarger county is where my husband and I grew up and so the setting is very familiar to me. I love mysteries and she has done a very nice job of keeping the suspense until the very end of the book. I look forward to her next book." Posted on Amazon by Linda Price 

"JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON NOW: I read her first book and loved it. Read the second and found a writer even more in charge of her craft; the characters I grew to know in the first book are more fully developed. The plot is not gimmicky or twisty but mature and thoughtful but still unpredictable. Smithwick-Braden is one of those mystery writers that next year, we'll all be saying, I discovered her first, she's mine." Posted on Amazon by Mark D. Williams

"READERS WILL BE KEPT GUESSING: Smithwick-Braden brings back her core characters, but plenty of new, colorful, and memorable ones are added-in to keep readers entertained and guessing about who is the murderer and what might be the motive – there are LOTS of possibilities for both." Posted on Amazon by Hall Ways

Flames of Wilbarger County

"LIKED THE PLOT AND CHARACTERS FROM BEGINNING TO END: Mysteries are my favorite reads and Smithwick-Braden keeps you guessing all the while throwing in historical tidbits about the area. I have read her first two books in this series and love the way each book flows into the other." Posted on Amazon by Nancy V. James

"A FUN READ THAT ENDS WITH SURPRISE: Smithwick-Braden continues to develop the characters, while introducing new characters and twists and turns. A fun read that ends with the surprise that mysteries should." Posted on Amazon by Joyce

"SO VERY GOOD. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN: I read the book a couple of weeks ago. It was so very good. Couldn't put it down.  I so hope there is another book in the future to this series." Posted on Amazon by Linda Price

Gambling with Murder

"ONE OF SMITHWICK-BRADEN'S BEST: Get ready for a wild ride from Las Vegas to Wilbarger county. Gambling With Murder is well thought out and has well developed characters. Smithwick-Braden always has a strong family connection. Many surprises throughout and an intriguing read." Posted on Amazon by Renee Shackelford

"VERY GOOD!!: I was so excited to have to opportunity to read an early copy of this book and it was so good! There was lots of action and intrigue. I loved the characters and their interactions. Very well written and just a really good book!! Posted on Amazon by D. Smith

"VERY SUSPENSEFUL AND WELL WRITTEN: This one is full of exciting suspense. You won’t know who did it till the end!" Posted on Barnes and Noble by Terry B.

General Reviews

"I’ve read all of Smithwick-Braden’s books and am anxiously awaiting for the latest to be released. I grew up near Wilbarger County and her decryptions of the place’s in this area are spot on because she lived there and experienced life in that area. Her character development has grown with each book. I love the main cast in their growth and new ones that are brought in for each story. She has a unique twist and turn in each book to keep the reader happily guessing the identity of the guild one.” Submitted by Joyce R. 08/01/22