Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Book Review: DEATH TURNS A TRICK The Rebecca Schwartz Series, Book 1 by Julie Smith



Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor?

Handsome Parker Phillips, Rebecca’s new beau and the most attractive man she’s met in ages, is arrested for the murder. (Worse, she suspects he might actually have done it.)

On the plus side, another very attractive man is following the case--reporter Rob Burns of the San Francisco Chronicle, a possible ally. And there are other possibilities.


A combination of murder and humor, and all the things that could go wrong for one basically conservative Jewish lawyer? True and motivated in part by Rebecca's serving as legal counsel to the madam of a high end bordello. Then there's Rebecca's more prudish upbringing and her issues with her mother and her father, and her relationships. 

The story moves along quickly, with twists and turns and comedic relief. Rebecca is an interesting and engaging character. She even surprises herself sometimes with her response to situations, not to mention to Parker and his sister. Rob Burns, the newspaper reporter, is likable as well. 

If you like quirky characters, humor, and a mystery, you might give this series a shot. Reader beware - Although not to excess, there is some adult content and language that some may find offensive. This is the first in the Rebecca Schwartz 5-book series. It is available in Audible as well as on kindle and print. A fun read while staying home. 

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