Book Review: Expired Listings by D.M. Barr 2


Expired Listings

by D.M. Barr



House up for sale?
When the lockbox goes on,
You won’t believe what these agents pull off …

Someone is ‘deactivating’ the Realtors in Rock Canyon and almost no one seems to care. Not the surviving brokers, who consider the serial killings a competitive boon. Not the town’s residents, who see the murders as a public service. In fact, the only person who’s even somewhat alarmed is Dana Black, a kinky, sharp-witted yet emotionally skittish Realtor who has no alibi for the crimes because during each, she was using her empty listings for games like Bondage Bingo with her sadistic lover, Dare. And yet, mysteriously, all clues are pointing her way.

Along with clearing her name and avoiding certain death at the hands of the ‘Realtor Retaliator,’ Dana has an even bigger problem: she’s inadvertently become a person of interest in more ways than one to Aidan Cummings, the sexy albeit vanilla detective investigating the case. While his attentions are tempting, Dana is torn—does she continue her ironically ‘safe’ but sterile BDSM relationship with Dare, or risk real intimacy with Aidan?

Kink, Suspense and Satire–Expired Listings masterfully combines all three while exploring the universal need for validation and the toxic nature of revenge.


My Rating:

4 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


I wanted something punny, something that would make people laugh, so I chose ‘This.’ That way I could enter chatrooms asking, ‘Does anyone want a piece of This?’ and take credit when people typed, ‘This is wonderful!’ or ‘This is the greatest thing since sliced bread.’


And let’s face it – with the name Reid Wright, the man was pigeonholed into a career as either a teacher, writer, or a floppy disk.


My Review:


Expired Listings was not at all what I was expecting. I had no idea Realtors were among the least respected and most hated of professions, apparently their level of despicability ranks close to used car salesmen and politicians. The story seems to be a hybrid of genres – crossing women’s fiction, family drama, suspense, and a serial killer murder mystery with an element of BDSM kink, and a dash of romance. Some of the characters were involved in the BDSM/sex club lifestyle – although the descriptions of their scenes were generally brief and limited to portions of their S&M play.   Some of the descriptions had me flinching and cringing, as I am not a fan of sadism in any form.

While there were no completed sex scenes depicted – sex was frequently mentioned and there were a few interrupted erotic scenes. I would classify the overriding genre as suspenseful women’s fiction with an extremely clever mystery and a cavalcade of heinous, odious, and abhorrent characters. The story was craftily erected, complicated, intricately detailed, and completely unpredictable. I enjoyed the clever humor, witty puns, intrigue and slippery storyline. D.M. Barr has to be a bit of a twisted sister to have come up with such a devious and cunning tale.

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About the Author:

By day, a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior shelter dogs, happily living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex, suspense and satire.

My background includes stints in travel marketing, travel journalism, meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they’re off doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they won’t friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy.

The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my characters. For example, as a real estate broker, I’ve never played Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings or offed one of my problem clients.

But that’s not to say I haven’t wanted to…

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Expired Listings by D.M. Barr

  1. Reply Curly Carla Sep 16,2016 6:39 am

    I just finished a mystery involving realtors too! Haha, this one looks great.

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