I enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Charlie Parker, is a likeable character and I enjoyed reading about her adventures in her first foray as an investigator (she usually preferes to do the bookkeeping in her and her brother's PI agency). But, when her ex-best-friend needs her help, Charlie steps in. This book is written in the first person and I like that the character is "normal" with no excessive self-analysis, preoccupations, angst or whining. She's just a person doing a [good] job and gets that job done. The plot was Very engrossing and there were sufficient suspects to keep me wondering "whodunit" to the end. It was also a quick read with no parts that bogged down. This is not a new book/series, but it is new to me and I am glad to find another modern detective series.
Thanks to Connie Shelton's participation in e-book week, I downloaded this novel for free. Actually, during e-book week, the first three novels in the series were free, so I downloaded them all and I'm now halfway through the second. There are 10 in all, plus a holiday novella and a new one is coming out this summer.
In fact, I liked this first novel so much that I bought the remaining books as I think I'll continue to enjoy the series. So, great marketing strategy by the author: Offer well-written books for free to try to "hook" a [new] reader. :-) So, based on this first book, I willingly fell for this strategy ... and I think they are well worth the $4.99 Smashwords price.
So, Connie, if you are reading this: Great books and thanks for the gift of the first three books!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)