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Check out my review on this hilarious murder mystery as well as a sneak peak into the mind of Claire DeNaro and a chance to win an amazing giveaway ❤
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Claire DeNardo is scared of a lot of things. Ordinary objects like roller coasters and men’s hairpieces make her knees knock loud enough to be a band’s rhythm section. Unfortunately, the only job Claire can find is working for her Uncle Gino in his seedy detective agency. Until now, her cases have all be middle-aged men with trophy wives who needed watching. But when Gino retires and leaves her in charge, Claire gets swept up in a murder case despite her fears. Both the client who hired her and the handsome police detective want her off the case. When the wrong person is charged, it’s up to the terrified detective to summon all the courage she can to find the true killer.
The blurb of this book makes it sound like a hilariously bumbling heroine who stumbles upon a mystery, but it ends up being so much more.
Told in Claire’s POV, who usually sprouts her Uncle Gino’s philosophy while handling his Private Investigation Agency, becomes one bumbling effort after the other to solve her first murder mystery. When Michael, a hot nerd walks into her agency to help him solve who is threatening his sister, her instincts honed by years of cautiousness screams at her to send him away, but her mouth works independent of her brain and she ends up accepting the case. Turns out to be the most intelligent decision she has ever made. NOT!
I loved Claire and her attempts to be a successful PI – though she comes off as an awkward lady, she hides a brain that is quite a keen observer – but does that mean she isn’t disparaging about herself and I adored that about her – for she became real to me because of that. As a character, she is as real as it gets – that awkward nerdiness, with insecurities and little bursts of confidence that does nothing to detract from her awesomeness.
As for the plot and the writing – it’s simple and definitely effective. It has enough turns and twists, to keep your head swimming, but not enough to be unrealistic. The mystery definitely plays out to be realistic like one of those crime dramas, that you never realize who is responsible for the murder nor the motive – and I absolutely laughed at the fact that the author was sneaky enough to make the ending of this book predictable – I definitely DID NOT see that one coming 😛
But what I would have also liked is, a POV of both Michael and Detective Corrigan – it definitely would have given this book more of a closure feeling – but then again, it would have also retracted from what this book is supposed to be – Claire’s Evolution as a PI 😀
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On the way over, I rehearsed how to back out of our contract. I was scared. Now that this case had morphed into a murder investigation, I wanted out. The police could handle Constance’s slaying. My role would be to offer my sincere condolences and a full refund.
Fearfulness was a familiar feeling. I come from a long line of anxious Italian women. My mother’s screams of “Don’t do that, you’ll hurt yourself,” still ring in my ears.
It might seem strange for someone as faint of heart as I am to be a PI, but my investigatory career started with me playing the part of an administrative assistant to my father’s second cousin, Gino Francini, who owned the PI firm. Later, Gino taught me how to take pictures of people in situations they shouldn’t have been in. Patience and a good long-range lens were the only things needed. That suited me fine.
Two years ago, Gino got tired of the harsh Cleveland winters and retired to Miami. He left the agency to me. Since my Master’s degree in Mass Communications didn’t put me high up on any employer’s list, I took it on. Not that it was much at that point. The profitable worker’s compensation cases had slipped through Gino’s fingers after he got into a fistfight with a deadbeat, claiming a back injury. Since I’d been the one photographing cheating spouses, it made sense for me to carry on the business. Despite some dry spells, it was enough for me to eke out a living without jeopardizing my life.
But staying on this case put me too near that line between making a living and getting killed. The most danger I cared to face was driving through the wild and busy intersection at W. 25th and Clark.
Then, one look at Michael convinced me resigning from his sister’s case just then would be cruel. Poor guy looked like someone took out his spine and left his body to flop about. Sort of like those balloon men snapping in the wind at grand openings of car dealerships. His red-rimmed eyes and drooping shoulders showed the depth of his sorrow. Sympathy tears sprang to my eyes and I blinked them back. I’m a hugger but this time I restrained myself. “Michael, please accept my condolences.”
Poor guy reminded me of Raymond, a kid in my third-grade class everyone picked on. That boy also wore thick glasses. I should have stood up for him. Before he climbed that tree to escape and fell. Fear stopped me, like it had so many times since. Maybe helping Michael Adler would be my chance at redemption.
The guy with Michael, looking every inch a police detective with his strong jaw and ‘sweat a confession out of them’ attitude, spoke up. “And you are?”
I peered into the bluest eyes I’d ever seen outside of a Paul Newman movie. Too bad their owner was staring at me over a dead body. Any other time I’d be batting my eyelashes for all they were worth. Better to play it straight. “Claire DeNardo. Mr. Adler hired me to protect his sister.”
I could’ve sworn he muttered, “Yeah, hell of a job.” The scowl on his face was loud and clear. “Don’t get in my way.” He flashed his badge. “Detective Corrigan, Cleveland PD. This is our investigation now.”
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Carole Fowkes is the author of the cozy mystery series, “The Terrified Detective.” She has also had stories in a number of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and other similar anthologies. She is a registered nurse and lives with her husband in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.