Private Detective Claire DeNardo is afraid of everything. Simple things like balloons, roller coasters, and 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 been middle-aged men with trophy wives who needed watching. But Claire gets swept up in a murder case despite being afraid of conflict, bodily harm, and hurting anyone’s feelings. She enlists a jaded security guard, Ed, to help her. But when Ed is attacked and left comatose, Claire must stumble along by herself. 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.
Claire is well out of her league, and even recalling her Uncle Gino's warnings or creating her own to meet the situation doesn't stop her from getting too involved with her client. His sister is dead, her aunt loves him, and he cooks and bakes the best creations. The handsome detective isn't so sure and Claire isn't to sure what signals he's sending. Then there's the security guard who wants to get paid for information that may help identify the killer and is willing to accept $17.95 as a down payment - a lay-away plan for the snitch.
This is an engaging cozy mystery with a steady pace and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Claire has a good heart and strong desire to avoid a career at the family bakery with spreading hips. She's trying to make it on her own as the killer makes it clear he or she knows where Claire is, her sense of family kicks in. A good read, and I look forward to reading KILLER CANNOLI and BAKE ME A MURDER.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About This Author
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’s a registered nurse and lives with her husband in Dallas, Texas.
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