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An avid mystery reader, I have been a closet mystery writer for years.
In the meantime, I've held a variety of jobs. Receptionist. Bookkeeper. Day care chef. Travel Agent. Building Manager.
I served as Treasurer (2010 & 2011) for Sisters-in-Crime, Chicagoland Chapter after serving as co-secretary in 2009.
I was a top ten finalist in the 2011 Golden Donut Contest.
The release of my first short story - Who Murdered the Ghost? - is the start of a dream come true.
on June 11, 2012 :
'The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style' by Ellie Oberth is a fun, straight-forward ride from beginning to end. First we meet Danby, a not-ready-to-retire investigator with a bum knee that everyone calls 'Gramps'. He gets saddled with a newbie, Elmo, and they start the search into a series of near-fatal 'accidents' of a Chicago businessman.
We meet a host of colorful characters that Oberth described with quick brushstrokes that keep the story moving forward until it's unusual end.
It's told in present tense, which I thought would be awkward to read but after the first few sentences, it flowed beautifully. Besides, by then I was sucked in by the old curmudgeon.
'The Hudson Agency-Chicago Style' is a must-read for Danby's first person narrative alone.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 14, 2012 :
Carl Danby has worked for the Hudson Agency as a private investigator for a long time. After suffering from a work-related injury, his boss is pushing for Danby’s retirement. However, Danby is not quite ready to oblige.
When a successful business man, Benjamin Porter, is convinced his life is in danger, he hires the Agency to find his attacker. Danby is on the job, but he’s not alone. His boss assigns a new recruit to assist him, much to Danby’s dismay. As Danby uses his knowledge and experience to solve this case, the newbie is looking for answers in other places. Danby does his best not to let the newbie get in the way before something deadly happens to their client.
It doesn’t take long for Danby to figure out the true mystery of this case, which is complete with a surprise ending.
This is a short story that can be read in just a couple of hours. While readers try to crack the case along with Danby, they will be treated to many humorous scenes and quite a few puzzles to figure out. Danby is a fun, gruff character who readers will find endearing. I hope there will be more stories in the future featuring Danby.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)