Author: Karen MacInerney
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Mystery Novel in Series
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Blurb: Things aren’t going well for private investigator and mom Margie Peterson. Her husband, Blake, is claiming his taste for drag queens is “just a phase.” Her first-grade daughter isn’t fitting in at her new posh elementary school, Holy Oaks Catholic School. And her hippie mother has swept into town and replaced the family’s store of processed foods with seaweed snacks. To top it all off, a late-night phone call from her boss, Peaches Barlowe, has pulled Margie into a very strange murder case, one that involves the Holy Oaks headmaster, George Cavendish. Poor man—he just happened to die in a dominatrix’s pink vinyl wading pool while wearing nothing but Aquaman tights and goggles.
As it turns out, there are a lot of people who might have wanted Mr. Cavendish dead, from his bereaved, betrayed widow to the shady owners of the local strip joint. Not even Margie’s best friend, whose daughter didn’t get into Holy Oaks, is above suspicion. Can the overtaxed PI solve the case before things get even weirder?
Review: This is a really funny mystery with a whole lot of local color. The characters were kooky but they matched the story line to a tee, and I had more than one laugh out loud moment while reading it.
As a private investigator, Peaches and Margie are a little unorthodox, even for quirky Austin. Destined to always find herself part of the investigation, Maggie is unfortunately more than intimately involved in this one. As in she helped move the body…
I’m guessing when your investigation starts out at a strip joint called the Sweet Shop and returns there, it’s pretty obnoxious that there’s going to be some slapstick humor involved…ok, a lot. Throw in an office in a waxing establishment, whipped cream wrestling, a husband with a fondness for the ladies–transvestite ladies–a daughter who pretends to be a dog and a pregnant pig-napping, and you only crack the cover on this wry mystery slash life story.
While I really liked it and it was a fast read, I’m looking forward to the addition of a romantic interest for Margie. While I didn’t mind being with her at her meeting for fifties housewives, I think the allure of a new relationship for her will add a spark to the series that I’ll enjoy seeing. Otherwise, keep the laughs coming! I’ll go back and read the previous so I’ll be caught up.