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Why Casey Had to Die

(2006)
(The fourth book in the Harry Bronson series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Agatha Award Best Novel (nominee)
Newly retired police officer Harry Bronson has just one regret in his career: the murder he never solved. It was his first case as a rookie, and the only one he played strictly by the book. Perhaps that's why he still has the files with him more than twenty years later. And why he's ready when the killer that got away comes back, ready to resume the game.
Cryptic letters, along with an invitation to join a murder-mystery convention with an eerily familiar plot, lure him to Arizona - and another murder makes him realize he's up against a twisted mind intent on some kind of final showdown. When his faceless enemy strikes out by abducting Harry's wife, Carol, a desperate race across the desert is about to become a one-way trip where winner takes all, and the loser dies trying.
Why Casey Had to Die is an Agatha Finalist for Best Novel and a Pennsylvania Top 40 Pick. The hardcover, large print, and paperback editions are available, including through amazon.
Comments:
Holy Crap, Casey nearly killed me! I stayed up WAY past my bedtime because I had to finish L.C. Hayden's Why Casey Had to Die. God in heaven, my heart was hammering at the end. I was lying in bed, reading as fast as I could, checking the clock and knowing I was going to regret being up this late, but I could not stop until I found out what happened. The book is fast paced, the clues there, but difficult to interpret, and the solution more than satisfactory. It's a tight, fascinating mystery. I can't wait to read more by this author. I urge you to hunt for it - cause Why Casey Had to Die is a must read for sure. Sarah Bewley myspace.com

Hayden's knack for gripping the reader is undeniable. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Hayden is an excellent writer who keeps the suspense up, and well she should be nominated for an award (Agatha Best Novel Finalist). You'll enjoy!
Gay Toltl Kinman Crimespree Magazine

I liked the characters that Hayden has created - Bronson and his wife as well as his former coworkers who grant him many favors along the way. I am looking forward to more of Harry Bronson's detecting. Geocaching sounds like fun but not when used as a race to save a loved one.
Patricia Reid Mystery Gallore

Drawn in from the first page, I was reluctant to put the book down until the very end. In "Why Casey Had to Die," L. C. Hayden has created a suspenseful tale full of interesting characters that will keep readers guessing. Every twist and turn adds depth to this well crafted story. All fans of whodunit mysteries will find a new series to devour. I am already anxiously awaiting the next Harry Bronson mystery.
Lisa Kisner Reader Views V
This is a fascinating story, well written, with interestingly complex characters. The puzzle was compelling, and I found it interesting to learn about geocaching, something, I must admit, I would never do myself, but which sounds quite intriguing. This is a book that was suspenseful throughout, but particularly at the very end. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Eden Embler I Love a Mystery Newsletter

If you enjoy mysteries with twists and characters who will beckon you farther and farther along the road of intrigue, you will enjoy this tale by talented L. C. Hayden. An unexpected villain and twists in the plot offer a fun read to any mystery buff. This is a fresh, well plotted tale peopled with characters you will enjoy meeting, even the baddies. After reading this book, you will be looking for other tales by this talented author. I know I will. Anne K. Edwards Mystery and Mayham

    

Used availability for L C Hayden's Why Casey Had to Die

Hardback Editions

December 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Why Casey Had to Die: A Harry Bronson Mystery (Five Star First Edition Mystery)
Author(s): L C Hayden
ISBN: 1-59414-493-1 / 978-1-59414-493-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Five Star (ME)
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Paperback Editions

2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: WHY CASEY HAD TO DIE (A Harry Bronson Mystery) Edition: First
Author(s): L C HAYDEN
ISBN: 0-373-26663-4 / 978-0-373-26663-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: WORLDWIDE
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September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Why Casey Had to Die: A Harry Bronson Mystery (Wheeler Softcover)
Author(s): L C Hayden
ISBN: 1-59722-819-2 / 978-1-59722-819-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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Audio Editions

November 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Why Casey Had To Die by L.C. Hayden (Harry Bronson Series, Book 1) from Books In Motion.com
Author(s): L C Hayden
ISBN: 1-60548-576-4 / 978-1-60548-576-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books In Motion
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Kindle Editions

December 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Why Casey Had to Die (Harry Bronson Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): L C Hayden
Publisher:
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