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"Surprisingly intense characterization propels Brod's likable sequel to Getting Sassy." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440531951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440531958
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kae on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm not a fan of first person stories, but I must say this one was handled well, with no dips into third/omniscient point of view. I also like authors who have a good command of the English language (and how to write it); DC Brod does that well.

I'm really a fan of well-paced mysteries with intriguing, well-thought-out plots. Alas, Getting Lucky didn't measure up. Slow, with a lot of detail but not much action, it bounced around, with protagonist Robyn Guthrie's comments on everything and everyone. The hit and run death of fellow reporter Clair seemed to set up one type of story, but quickly jerked to another track after way too many pages on the deceased and her family. Too many coincidences, too: mostly that Robyn's boyfriend has useful connections for anything/everything that could be a possible problem. Also a lot of information was given that was never essential in the wrap of the story, such as the price of the land deal vs the price paid. Since Robyn's thought of scamming the bad guys included repurchase of the land. What price was paid? And the congressman--asked to help out with the scam, but it's never shown that his involvement was a help (all it took was one or two sentences.)The editor of the newspaper is totally lost by the end of the book after being prominent in the beginning. There's a "shady character" who isn't so shady, but the telling of Robyn's first meeting with him was useless and a waste of pages.

I haven't read other books in the Robyn Guthrie series, but from the book pages, I see the stories are driven by the interaction between Robyn and her mom. This is good and often funny, but what's with Mom being 84? I realize there's a bit of dementia here (which can occur at any age), but Robyn is only in her 40s.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Etier VINE VOICE on December 11, 2011
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Robyn Guthrie is a post-forty, single freelance writer whose life is complicated by a mother with increasing dementia, a boyfriend who thinks he should date other women because he may want children (Robyn doesn't), and an assignment in which she's not particularly interested for a local paper. She is also the central character in Getting Lucky by DC Brod, a green murder mystery.

Robyn gets the unappealing assignment--coverage of a new "green" housing development in which moderately-priced duplexes, both environmentally- and family-friendly, are being built--when the reporter who was covering it is struck by a car and dies. Although the reporter's death is classified as a hit and run, Robyn starts to uncover information that causes her to wonder if the young woman had been murdered deliberately. As if that wasn't enough to think about, her boyfriend is listening to his biological clock ticking and her seriously-irritating-and-sometimes-"hazy" mother decides it would be an excellent idea for she and Robyn to buy a house together.

Soon Robyn is unhappily reunited with a high school nemesis, followed by a menacing man in a Mini Cooper, visiting a psychic with her mother to see what her dead father thinks about them moving in together, moving a corpse, and mixing with mobsters. Brod's breezy style unites these elements into a fast moving story that isn't too violent or dark. In creating Robyn, she's delivered a character to whom women can relate: she's not more beautiful than we are, she doesn't dress better than we do, she doesn't live in a nicer place than we, and she can't always get people to take her seriously. The one thing that Robyn may have that we don't is unflagging luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NurseMare VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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The book was an unexpected treat. I expected it to be an ordinary reporter-uncovers-story tale, but it was more than that.

Robyn Guthrie takes over the case load of a coworker who is killed in a hit-and-run accident. She finds one story intriguing enough to throw herself into it wholeheartedly, uncovering things below the surface that form the remainder of this story. I don't want to say more as it would spoil the plot for perceptive readers of this review.

Written in first person point of view, we see the entire story only from Robyn's point of view. Fortunately, her point of view is an entertaining one. Robyn is witty and sarcastic, seeing the humorous side of things. She is an entirely likable character paired up with others in the story who are so well created that they come alive in the story; they are utterly believable.

This was a well written entertaining tale. It's apparently part of a series of books featuring Robyn Guthrie, but you can read this as a stand alone - no need to start with book one.
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D.C. Brod lives in St. Charles, Illinois, has been published almost 25 years, and author of the contemporary Arthurian thriller (Heartstone, 2005) and the Quint McCauley private detective series also set in Chicago (available in kindle in 2011)
* Murder In Store 1989
* Error in Judgement 1990
* Masquerade in Blue 1991
* Brothers in Blood 1993
* Paid in Full 2000

We first meet fortyish freelance writer Robyn Guthrie in the book Getting Sassy where she is semi serious in robbing her local liquor store because she can't afford to keep her mother comfortably situated in an assisted-living facility. Being married to a writer myself, Robyn plotting her crime and then tucking the notes in her purse for later made me LOL. She certainly doesn't have it easy, her broke and about to be homeless mother almost ends up living with her and she finds out her dad isn't her dad. Next, Mick the former jockey turned talented (aka larcenous) accountant and bookie who has more contacts than a hotel concierge shows up. Oh, and Robyn becomes a reluctant goat-napper (I `kid' you not).

In Getting Lucky we get a classic mystery, a Chicago cozy in the slow lane to solving more than one mystery plus -

* mobsters
* a murderer
* the terrier Bix
* organized crime
* shady land deals
* real estate developer
* A stalker in a Cooper mini
* an undercover environmentalist
* a high school bully returning 25 years later
* a semi-boyfriend who may want babies
* an architect for a new green-living subdivision

The novel is written in the first person, from Robyn's point of view, with wit Noel Coward would appreciate. A story that isn't the graphic horror you get in a lot of mysteries today.
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