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Freezer Burn (Peri Minneopa Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gayle Carline
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Book Description

Peri Minneopa has heard her name mangled a thousand ways and hates them all. What she likes are clean houses, and dirty martinis.
She recently traded in her housecleaning business for a P.I. license. Her timing seems perfect, when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring. The client, Benny Needles, is a Dean Martin fanatic who swears he’s innocent. But where there’s a hand, there’s a body, waiting to be found.
It’s a brand new world for Peri, and she has a lot to learn. Her first lesson is that investigating murder can be dangerous. Her boyfriend, Skip, a detective in the Placentia Police Department tries to warn Peri, but she can’t stop sticking her nose into the middle of things. In the middle of trying to solve the case, Peri takes on a surveillance job and finds that even surveillance isn’t always low risk.
As these two cases collide, will Peri learn the truth behind both of them? And more important, will she ever get that dirty martini?


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About the Author

Gayle Carline is a typical Californian, meaning that she was born somewhere else. She moved to Orange County from Illinois in 1978, and landed in Placentia a few years later. Her husband, Dale, bought her a laptop for Christmas in 1999 because she wanted to write. A year after that, he gave her horseback riding lessons. When she bought her first horse, she finally started writing. Gayle soon became a regular contributor to California Riding Magazine, and in March 2005, she began writing a humor column for her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. Every week, she entertains readers with stories of her life with Dale and their son, Marcus. Believing that she should experience reincarnation while she is still alive, Gayle has been a software engineer, a dancer, and even a flying angel for the Crystal Cathedral's Glory of Christmas. In her spare time, Gayle likes to sit down with friends and laugh over a glass of wine. And maybe plan a little murder and mayhem.

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985506008
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dancing Corgi Press; 3 edition (November 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZHVDN4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoo! September 25, 2009
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this book after good word-of-mouth, and I was not disappointed.
Peri Minneopa is a new private detective after years of being a housecleaner. She finds a frozen, severed hand in the freezer of one of her former housekeeping customers, a Dean Martin-worshipping man named Bennie Needles, and the adventure begins. With her best friend, Beebs, who works in the city morgue,and her boyfriend, Skip, a detective, she looks to solve a crime that involves nursing homes, old Hollywood, bookies, and other intriguing clues, all the while trying to take a pregnancy test that may change her entire life at 50. I give this book a Five Dirty Martini grade for a great read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and fresh read August 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
Gayle Carline is an Illinois girl who moved to California in 1978. She started writing and riding horses at about the same time, and the two loves quickly merged in the form of articles for the California Riding magazine. She moved on to a humor column in her local newspaper, the Placentia News Times. Mysteries soon followed.

Peri Minneopa (which sounds suspiciously similar to peri-menopause) is a newly minted private investigator, after years of running her own house cleaning business. Of course she has a handsome and vital policeman as her main squeeze, which comes in handy when things get rough. Her first case involves a mangled hand found in the freezer of one of her old housecleaning accounts. Benny Needles (who is described as a hyper obsessive-compulsive) now owns his mother's home and has turned it into a shrine to honor Dean Martin. Benny can't help constantly attracting police attention, due to his innate weirdness. The main question that emerges is...where is the body, and why are more bodies popping up?

"'Benny, what happened?' she asked him.

'Miss Peri,' he said. 'They think I killed him.'

'Killed who?' Peri looked past Benny to his yard. A body lay crumpled, in the overgrown grass.

'I don't know,' he replied. 'The guy who was sneaking.'

Per walked around to the fence, and ran into Officer Monroe.

'Who was it?'

'ID says David Waters,' he told her. 'Stabbed with a bread knife.'

'And what makes you think Benny did it?'

Officer Monroe shrugged. 'It was his knife.'"

Mysteries with missing bodies or body parts are generally very entertaining, and Ms. Carline capitalizes on this with her perky style of descriptive character names. The plot is a good one...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery December 8, 2010
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Great read. When cleaning out a friends old style freezer compartment in a refrigerator our favorite P.I., Peri finds a frozen hand with a beautiful ring still on the finger. The mystery unfolds when Peri is caught up in helping find out who the hand belongs too, the ring and the why and who of a delightful mystery. Great characters and descriptions of the scene help make this novel a hard to put down mystery. Very funny and never disappointing this is a highly recommended novel for readers of authors like Janet Evanovich and Joan Francis.
REggie Ridgway
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I LIKED THIS STORY AND PERI IS INTERESTING October 2, 2013
By Texanne
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Peri is 50 years old and starting a new career as a PI. She was a house cleaner - but is beginning a new phase of life. I like the fact she is not some sweet young thing with no brain.

Skip is a detective - also 50 - and in love with Peri. He is a very patient man who seems to be willing to allow Peri to have access to anything in the police department....that is not realistic at all. He appears to be nice but not as observant as Peri.

The plot is different - there are murders, attempted murders and a one of a kind historic ring. There is a man who is obsessed with Dean Martin and lives his life collecting memorabilia. There are quite a few secondary characters, some of them give good color to the story.

I like the writing - I like the plot - I enjoyed getting to know the characters.

I figured out the murder pretty early in the story. I am going to give the next book in the series a try and see how that goes.

If you are a mystery fan and would enjoy a plot and characters who are not the cookie cutter ones you find in some stories, this will be a book you will enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peri the PI August 13, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. Peri use to clean houses for a living until she got her PI's license. She does small work at the moment with insurance companies etc until Benny Needles calls on Peri to help get an artifact out of his freezer as he is a big Dean Martin's fan. Peri comes across a severed hand with a big expensive ring and the fun begins when all sorts of shady characters come out and play. With so many interesting characters in this book, it keeps you guessing right up till the very end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking November 19, 2009
By J. Karl
Format:Paperback
Fun & funny read with enough twists & turns to keep the pages turning. The play on words for the various characters is clever. As is the name of the town where the story unfolds. You'll just have to read it to see what I mean.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freezer Burn August 17, 2013
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Peri has just started her Private Detective business and is determined to succeed in her new venture. She is not the usual young, beautiful private detective; she is 50 and changing careers in middle age. Her new case gets her into dangerous situations, including being shot by an irate husband. This is a fun, easy read and I am looking forward to reading other books in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly funny and a great read
Thoroughly funny and a great read. I read Freezer Burn and liked it so much that I could not wait to read Hit or Missus. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 5 days ago by debbie_b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read. Very entertaining and engaging. Will read books by this author, Gayle Carline, again.
Published 2 months ago by K. Irwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun who dun-it
Peri has a degree she could not find a career that fit, so for years she cleaned houses part time and did has she pleased the rest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L.L.Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars Freezer Burn very good
This book was very suspenseful, exciting and adventurous. I've always liked this type of story and especially when the PI is a woman. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and still keeps you guessing
An enjoyable and easy book to read that still keeps you guessing right till the end. I easily read it over a weekend. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Read-R
4.0 out of 5 stars Put your gloves on and start reading.....
An enjoyable book that moves along at a nice pace. The characters are believable and draw you into their lives. If you enjoy traditional mysteries, you'll enjoy this story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D H Tillir
5.0 out of 5 stars freezer burn
I love her books...no matter what she can keep me interested in the story like no one else....love her...hoping for more to read soon,.....
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good and entertaining....
Published 6 months ago by R Mazur
5.0 out of 5 stars A new slightly dingy P.I.
Meet Perl, she's no longer cleaning houses, she's now got her new private investigator's license.

So what should fall in her lap but a murder. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I enjoyed the story very much. There were some good chuckles and it was a good "who-dun-it".
Published 7 months ago by Sixties
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More About the Author

Gayle Carline is a typical Californian, meaning that she was born somewhere else. She moved to Orange County from Illinois in 1978, and landed in Placentia a few years later.

Her husband, Dale, bought her a laptop for Christmas in 1999 because she wanted to write. A year after that, he gave her horseback riding lessons. When she bought her first horse, she finally started writing.

Gayle began writing journalistic pieces for California Riding Magazine, then quickly added "humor columnist" to her resume with a weekly column in her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. What she really wanted to do was write mysteries, however, so in 2009 she crossed that off her list with the first of her Peri Minneopa mysteries.

Never at a loss for words or stories, she will continue to write as long as the ideas keep popping into her head. In her spare time, Gayle likes to sit down with friends and laugh over a glass of wine. And maybe plan a little murder and mayhem for the next novel.

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