I enjoyed “Don’t Call Me Baby” from the first page to the last, and it’s rare I find a book that both makes me smile and is a page-turner. Our heroine, Lola Hussey, lives with her mother, dejected that she can’t find a good job after college. She ends up as an assistant in a private investigator’s office and bumbles her way into a promotion. Her first job? To pose as a secretary at a corporation, investigating the death of Derek Lewis, a rich Australian who fell to his death under what the police insisted was an accident—but that his mother says is more suspicious.
She partners with the very handsome and serious Julian, who she’s immediately drawn to, but she also finds herself pulled to the “office Romeo,” Joe Junior. Both Julian and Joe aren’t exactly who they seem, and as Lola gets more deeply involved in the case she’s plunged into a mystery with a shocking twist of a conclusion—one that I definitely didn’t see coming.
As I said, I really liked this book—it reminded me of a British Stephanie Plum novel. Lola is spunky and funny; many of her observations and the situations in which she finds herself made me laugh out loud. Julian and Joe are also both sexy and appealing, and the supporting characters are well-drawn and memorable. “Don’t Cry Me Baby” is a good mix of suspense and humor; I would recommend it to readers who enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and romance.
(review of free book)