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General Information

Name:  Frederick Lee Brooke  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Frederick Lee Brooke on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Frederick was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frederick Lee Brooke has worked as an English teacher, language school manager and small business owner and has travelled extensively in Italy, the setting of part of Zombie Candy.Brooke currently resides in Europe and visits Chicago regularly.

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Titles At Your Library

Doing Max Vinyl (An Annie Ogden Mystery) (Volume 1)
ISBN: 0615469493

Frederick Lee Brooke. 2012

Product Description

From Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
"I have read a great many Indie books recently and every once in a while you find a true gem. DOING MAX VINYL is one of those gems"

"Read this book--you won't be disappointed. BTW, I may just add Annie Ogden to my five-top-people-to-have-lunch-with list!"

"I particularly enjoyed two of the male characters, Ike and Tranny, a couple of ex-cons that work for Max Vinyl. The way that they fought like an old married couple as they dealt with the plot's unexpected twists had me in stitches throughout the book."

"Like Hiassen, who writes from an abiding affection for South Florida, Brooke's satire of reckless polluting is rooted in a love and knowledge of Chicago and Lake Michigan."

"Annie Ogden, a war veteran home after 3 tours of duty in Iraq, is trying to find her place in life. A self-sufficient, strong willed woman, she takes matters into her own hands to see justice achieved. The topic of returning veterans and their struggle to fit back into society is handled in a genuine, unique and passionate way."

Discover why Doing Max Vinyl (An Annie Ogden Mystery) currently ranks 1 on Goodreads Best Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense Novels of 2011!

Doing Max Vinyl (An Annie Ogden Mystery)

Max Vinyl is on his way to easy street with his computer recycling company, that is, until the day Tris, his receptionist (and lover) finds out he's been cutting corners on the environmental regs. Her attack with pinking shears gets his attention, but the pepper spray makes him mad. And that's just the beginning ...

Meanwhile Annie Ogden gets wind of Max Vinyl deceptive practices when two of his thugs thrreaten her sister. For Annie, this is personal. No one treats her sister that way. Annie knows she has to take Max Vinyl down. Only thing is, ever since she got back from Iraq, Annie has found the simplest challenges difficult. More difficult tasks are suddenly proving impossible.

Enter Max Vinyl's ex-wife, Ginger, who has been missing the regular alimony checks for some months now. Will three wronged women, each more vicious than the last, pack enough smarts to bring down Max Vinyl? Sit back and enjoy a totally unconventional comedy, with absurd characters drawn straight from real-life, introducing the sensitive, flawed and lovable Iraq War veteran and heroine of Frederick Lee Brooke's three-book series, Annie Ogden.

Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden Mystery 2)
ISBN: 1477491406

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

If you wouldn't dream of ever reading a zombie book, Zombie Candy might be for you. Did you ever get the feeling your partner changed overnight with no warning? Research shows this befalls women much more often than men. You stand there thinking, I have to spend the next thirty years with this moron? Fact is, there are 10 sure signs you're married to a zombie.

    He gives short guttural answers like "I dunno," or "Unh uh," when you'd like to have a conversation.
    The TV is more important to him than listening to you. MUCH more important.
    He consults his iPhone repeatedly during meals.
    When he gets home from work, too tired to talk, he just wants a beer.
    He doesn't come home from work till late, and claims his phone was dead.
    He criticizes your cooking by putting cilantro (or hot sauce, or pepper) on everything you serve.
    He falls asleep during lovemaking, just when you're about to start feeling something.
    If you want to watch a movie together, you have to sit through his zombie movies. He thinks it's normal to watch them again and again.
    He flatly refuses to watch romantic movies.
    He doesn't even notice your new clothes, shoes or hairstyle, much less say anything nice about them.
Zombie Candy is a case study of the modern zombified husband. Note to zombie freaks: there are NO REAL ZOMBIES in this book. Note to lovers of a good satire, with elements of mystery, and the romance of a vacation in beautiful Tuscany, you will be entertained.

As a professional cook who gives cooking classes, Candace is highly offended when her husband Larry sprinkles fresh cilantro on her culinary creations. But that's nothing compared to Candace's shock at finding a small black bra while unpacking a suitcase from Larry's last business trip. A bra that's far too small to be hers. It turns out Larry's a serial cheater.

Candace confronts Larry and deals with his betrayal in a uniquely creative way, using his fixation with zombies. Aided by her best friend, Annie Ogden, Candace sets up the ruse of the century in a picturesque hilltop town in Italy, luring Larry there and torturing him in a way that's a tad juvenile and cruel, but wickedly SATISFYING.

The solution to all the problems listed above is to sit down and talk together, but if he's so far gone he won't talk despite all your begging and pleading? The way Candace handles it might not be every woman's cup of tea, but it ultimately cures Larry. Might be worth looking into ... ZOMBIE CANDY

Praise for Zombie Candy

"With action that takes us from the suburbs of Chicago to the forests of Tuscany, and lessons in Italian cooking and zombie movies along the way, Zombie Candy is a recipe for delicious fun. Just go easy on the cilantro."
Chris Jay Becker
Author of Death in the Fast Lane (A King Leary Crime Novel)

"Zombie Candy is a tasty morsel of revenge, regret, renewal, friendship and love with a zombie invasion that's as good and fun as a box of Good & Plenty."
Lynn Messina
Author of The Girl's Guide to Dating Zombies

"This book has all the ingredients of a perfect noir comedy - well formed characters, international locations, a fast moving plot with no brakes, and of course zombies. Revenge is a dish best served cold - and as a betrayed wife, master chef and cookery instructor, Candace cooks up the perfect recipe for the ultimate gazpacho."
Emma Calin
Author of Knockout (A Passionate Police Romance)

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