Author: D.M. Barr
Publisher: Punctuated Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: What if people were dying around you and you weren’t absolutely sure you weren’t their murderer? 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 believes 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?
Sex, Suspense and Satire–Expired Listings masterfully combines all three while exploring the universal need for validation and the toxic nature of revenge.
Review: Oh Lord, this story was so funny and sexy! Add in all kinds of realtor puns and it’s laugh out loud hilarious. I really enjoyed it and some of the quirks the author brought to the main character really made trying to figure out what the heck was going on hard.
I’ve never read such a satirical book about Realtors–in fact, I really don’t think about that profession much at all. But I was totally missing out because Ms. Barr not only seems to have had a great time creating this–I had a great time reading it. Using a tongue in cheek, self-deprecating tone, she made me really feel like I knew the narrator/main character. But trust her?
Not in this lifetime…
It’s almost like icing on the cake when you add in the BDSM lifestyle Dana is leading. While Realtors’ bodies are piling up, she’s concerned about her attraction to the sexy detective who’s working the case. Can a sexy sub make it work with Mr. Vanilla?
This was a great mystery as well as having enough distractions to keep me guessing to the very end. I totally recommend this funny, engaging mystery and can’t wait to read more from this author.