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Snoops in the City (A Romantic Comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Darlene Gardner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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What’s an amateur PI to do when she falls for the man she’s investigating?

Tori Whitley might be the world's worst snoop.

As a favor to her cousin, she's supposed to investigate Seahaven businessman Grady Palmer. From afar, not up close and personal. That’s impossible now that he’s spotted her.

So what’s an undercover PI to do when she starts falling for her subject? Especially because corruption’s afoot and Grady’s keeping almost as many secrets as Tori. Should she trust the clues – or her heart?

Editorial Reviews

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Tori Whitley is at her wit's end. Her checking account is dwindling rapidly; she's behind on the rent; and her weekend job will never support her. Then her cousin, Eddie, a private investigator, offers her a job. Tori is reluctant--what does she know about being an investigator?--but with the wolves at the door, she takes it. Her assignment is to find out as much as she can about Grady Palmer, president of Palmer Construction. Grady quickly realizes that Tori is tailing him. When he confronts her, the only excuse she can think of is that he's so good-looking, she wants to get to know him better. He doesn't really believe that, but they do end up as a couple. Unfortunately, Tori suspects that Grady is offering bribes to city officials; then he finds out what Tori is actually up to. Can their budding relationship survive? Readers will find it worth their while to find out in this charming tale. Maria Hatton
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"Snoops in the City is a fun romance, with some suspense and a mystery intertwined. The developing relationship between Grady and Tori is enjoyable to watch, and the secondary romance is as good as the main event."
--RT Book Reviews, Sept. 2004

"For a fun and enjoyable tale, as well as one that keeps you guessing, pick up Snoops in the City."
--Romance Reviews Today, Sept. 2004

"Highly recommended as a fun read you will really enjoy. Just the right blend of humor and romantic fun to lighten your day.", Sept. 2004

Product Details

  • File Size: 1266 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darlene Gardner; 2 edition (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5YN4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended August 20, 2004
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Desperate to pay her rent, twenty-five year old Tori Whitley accepts her cousin Eddie's job offer to become a PI. A few chapters of an Idiot's Guide for the Private Eye and she is ready to pursue her quarry. Tori's contact insists on calling her Jane Bond, and is rather reticent regarding her motives for having Grady Palmer followed. Unfortunately, she cannot conceal herself when she tales the hunky businessman, yet her brazen attempts unexpectedly land her the opportunity to investigate Grady up close and personal. All she needs to do is determine if Grady has any shady deals going with the city officials of Boca Raton, Florida.

Meanwhile, Grady cannot resist the beautiful woman who so ineptly follows him. When he confronts her, Tori claims irresistible attraction, but Grady cannot decide if she is part of the corruption he investigates, or if she has her own agenda. Instead of being angry or trying to slip away, Grady invites her to accompany him. Surprisingly, Grady invites Tori to accompany him, giving him the opportunity to observe her closely. Hanging out together, Tori and Grady quickly realize that their fierce attraction may lead to consequences neither bargained for.

Darlene Gardner has long proven her talent for penning quirky, amusing prose that keeps fans coming back to series romance. SNOOPS IN THE CITY proves that this multifaceted, multitalented author certainly has the sass and pizzazz to make the leap mainstream romance. Her unmistakable flair for outrageous situations and memorable characterizations keep the pages irresistible turning. Secondary characters likewise sparkle, including a scene-stealing cat. Quirky, amusing and charming, SNOOPS IN THE CITY comes very highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Failed PI uncovers the perfect man... July 24, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tori Whitley is desperate enough to turn to her 'black sheep' cousin Eddie for a job. Eddie is a private investigator and he needs a little surveillance help. Tori agrees, but the subject, one Grady Palmer, quickly finds the pretty lass on his tail and confronts her. The best excuse for following him that Tori can come up with is 'I think you're hot!' Well, Grady is. But he is also very suspicious of his pretty little follower, so he plays along, hoping to find out who is looking into him and why. Add one ugly cat, a cranky landlady, and a set of twins stretching the terrible twos into the threes and you have a winner. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous tale! July 3, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tori's first case as an apprentice detective seems simple enough; follow Grady Palmer and report to the client, Ms. M, if he is a good man or not. Whether or not he is good, Tori can tell he's hot from the first moment she lays eyes on him. Unfortunately, he lays eyes on her too, and is quick to figure out that she is tailing him. So, he offers to make the job easier and just tell her where he's going and even escort her there. Tori quickly comes up with a half truth, she's following him because she's attracted, and it's more than half true to be honest. She's not sure why Ms M wants to find out about Grady, but in the conflict of interest dispute, Tori is sure of one thing, Grady has her heart and she's not going to let him be hurt.
Meanwhile, Grady's secretary is having her own adventure, proving to a divorced father of two that she's not a self absorbed, shallow twit and would make a terrific step mom.
*** Laugh out loud fun is guaranteed in this screwball comedy of family and love. Between a scraggly cat, cute twins, and a daffy elderly lady, you will giggle from page one to the end. ***
Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reminiscent of the 1930s screwball comedies June 30, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Florida, twenty-five years old Tori Whitley knows it is time for her to become independent as her brother the architect and her sister the pediatrician have been. However, when you have no skills and are used to depending on others it is hard to obtain a decent job. However, her cousin Eddie Sassenbury down in Boca Raton offers her work as his assistant in his private sleuthing business that has many clients. Tori rationalized that if that loser Eddie can succeed she should easily be able to perform undercover work.
Eddie assigns his apprentice to tail Seahaven businessman Grady Palmer to determine what kind of person he is. She immediately thinks her mark has a cute butt, but is mortified when Grady realizes she is tailing him. Instead of being angry or trying to slip away, Grady invites her to accompany him. As they travel together, they fall in love, but Tori worries because the customer may always be right, but no one will hurt her Grady, not even her.
This amusing romantic romp is reminiscent of the 1930s screwball comedies. Tori is a terrific protagonist struggling to prove she can be a professional sleuth vs. her growing love for Grady, who is a nice person. The support cast including a feline adds dementia to a wild southern Florida tale.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part fiction part detective novel February 23, 2014
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Wow! To follow all the plot twists and turns have my brain more than its usual workout for recreational reading. The author writes fun, authentic characters who advance the story line. I enjoyed getting to know Tori, Grady, Lorelei and Wade and following how their relationships were progressing. If you enjoy your romance with a bit of light intrigues thrown in for fun, then this is the book for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Snoops in the City: A funny yet suspense-filled story of intrigue and...
I loved the story. "Snoops in the City" contains a well-developed plot line and characters you care about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MacJoyful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Did not order nor receive this book !!
Published 3 months ago by Jane S. Singley
5.0 out of 5 stars snoops in the city
Snoops in the city is a delightful double romance. There was an unexpected twist in the middle that was also a lot of fun. Everything tied up neatly with a happy ending. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Judy Kellner-Matzek
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
I really liked this book. It has likeable characters and a good storyline. It is funny and sexy! Reminds me of the Gamma Halliday books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LB43
5.0 out of 5 stars love love loved it!
I was gripped by this book from the very beginning. The level of excitement that kept me going page after page. I could easily see this on a big screen as well. What a writer! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rhonda M. Barnhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Snoops in the City
I enjoyed this book very much! It had everything I want in a good read. Mystery, suspense, humor! Well written. I would recommend it .
Published 21 months ago by Jacquie Barror
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Funny read. Would like to get the rest of the series. Tori gets herself into trouble then back out again.
Published 22 months ago by 3girlsmom
2.0 out of 5 stars No, not my cup of tea
Hard to explain, but the characters were just too unbelievable. It might appeal so some, and I did finish the book, but it's not something I would read again.
Published 23 months ago by BramawRed
4.0 out of 5 stars The cat was the comic relief in this super cute story
The strange Mrs. M, from the beginning of the story turns out to be a major player, at about half way you pretty much figure out the the direction the story is moving in with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Ellison
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun cute not too sappy
This was a nice read, cute and snappy, very likable characters, but not too over the top and obvious. I like it when there's a LITTLE surprise.
Published 23 months ago by D. Krizik
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While working as a newspaper sportswriter, Darlene Gardner realized she'd rather make up quotes than rely on an athlete to say something interesting. So she quit her job and concentrated on a fiction career. Visit Darlene on the web at

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