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- Publisher: Past Perfect Press (January 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N77ZK94
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The book starts with Maizie trying to get a job as an apprentice detective at Nash Security Solutions. Maizie, a former teen detective star, had recently been sent to live with her father and ordered to get a job that wasn’t in the movie/television industry. If she doesn’t she could go to jail in California for some trouble she got in while living there.
Maizie quickly involves herself in one of Mr. Nash’s cases and ends up getting Mr. Nash in trouble with Mr. Waverly, an important man in town. It was Maizie job to watch Mr. Waverly’s wife, and now she is missing. Maizie feels guilty and is determined to find Sarah Waverly. In Maizie’s attempts to help she manages to end up walking down the road with clothes torn by a dog, interview a woman who flashes her, and gets locked in a phone booth. Those are just a few things that go wrong in the investigation. On top of all that, Maizie’s agent/mother is determined that Maizie will continue the reality television show and has the Albright crew follow her everywhere. When Maizie, flanked by her unlikely friends, Rhonda and Tiffany, follow Nash to Savannah, they discover a dead body. As Maizie rushes to find Nash she discovers what really happened to Sarah.
You can’t help but love Maizie. She is a young woman trying to find herself outside of Hollywood and without the overpowering influence of her agent/mother. She is smart, insecure, and persistent. The situations she gets herself into will keep you laughing.
I can’t wait until the next Maizie Albright book!
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
Maizie Albright is a former child star who, has recently graduated from college. After a stint in rehab for substance abuse, must follow the protocol of her parole. This includes getting and keeping a new job and staying out of Hollywood. She moves back home with her rich father in a beautiful forested Georgia setting. The town is a mix of old and new, and the characters Maizie meets are amusing. She gets a job as an assistant with a private investigator, and she is determined to be the best she can be.
Her adjustment to the real world is not an easy one. She gets punched in the nose at a beauty parlour; her Jaguar gets repoed, she gains 5lbs from her stepmother's awesome soul-food, and her mother-business manager is still trying to force her unwillingly into the limelight.
Told in first person, this story had me chuckling out loud. Mysteries are usually not on my reading list, but this one was an absolute perfect blend of humour, interesting characters, fast-moving plot, and all without the sticky sweetness of requited romance.
Imagine if Britney Spears gave up her wealthy lifestyle, had a nervous breakdown, moved to a small town and got a job at the local Walmart. It would be interesting to see her reactions to every day normal non-famous people, through her point of view. That is a bit what Maizie is like. She's lovable and pitiful and worth rooting for!
This book is very entertaining. I enjoyed the protagonist Maizie and her delightful spirit. She played a teen detective on t.v. and decided this would be her new career. She talked her way into a non-paying apprenticeship in a one man detective agency, Nash Security Solutions. Her new situation is complicated by her mother who shows up in Black Pine with a camera crew that begins to film Maizie for a new reality show.
The mystery is good with lots of surprises. I didn't figure out the killer. The characters were well developed. This book reminded me of the old madcap caper movies right down to the romantic give and take of the stars. I definitely recommend this book.
Other things that really stand out for me in this one are the cringeworthy moments, the way that Maizie talks, and the way that people approach her. Even though she has moved out of the big city, it keeps backfiring on her in the weirdest ways.
As far as the mystery aspect of this one, I absolutely loved it. I read mysteries all the time and this one had me stumped for a while. It took me many pages to figure out what was going on and whodunit, which is something quite special.
Overall, the characters in this one are amazing, the setting described beautifully, and the Southern charm is something that can’t be beat.
I will be keeping up with Maizie to see what is next on her journey to becoming a grown up.
Top international reviews
I'm sure it's not a BAD book it's just not for me
Maizie's not fazed by Wyatt Nash's lack of enthusiasm in hiring her as a trainee at Nash Security Solutions - she has a court order to get a job or serve an LA jail term - long story.....
Enjoyable characters and a great plot premise. Looking forward to more Maizie!