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Shelby Whitmore, the newest reporter of Funerals and Obituaries for the San Diego Metro News, seems to attract craziness. She has a psycho ex, a hysterical grandma who is never afraid to say what she wants when she wants, and a sexy detective who is bound and determined to make Shelby fall for him, just not into an open grave at the funeral. He will go to any length to get her attention, even go to senior yoga class that Shelby, her grandmother, her grandma’s best friend she learns is Trent’s grandma, and several other seniors who should not be doing yoga after chili Tuesday (the class is cut short when the noxious fumes become too much for the instructor). But when several residents of the retirement home start turning up mysteriously dead or with serious injuries, she knows something is amiss at the retirement community. Shelby, her grandmother, and her grandmother’s best friend make it their mission to find out what is going on. Let the fun begin.
Trent Foyle is a detective for the San Diego Police Department. His crazy grandmother happens to live in the same retirement community as Shelby’s. His attraction to Shelby does not go unnoticed by his grandmother and Shelby’s. With two old ladies who will say anything, they become his allies in trying to get Shelby to go out with him. Little does he know that Shelby is a magnet for crazy and seems to find trouble wherever she goes. As gorgeous as she is, he’s not sure he can date anyone who can be as reckless as she is. He has already lost someone close to him with the same tendencies. But he still is willing to put up with all things crazy to get the girl he wants.
Jennifer Rebecca wrote this book so well. I’m pretty sure I want to hang out with her. She has a quick wit that she brings into the story that you just can’t help but laugh at. The situations she gets her characters into will just have you shaking your head. It was refreshing to read a book that brought humor into the storyline. Not only humor, but a great story also that does have a little mystery to it. I’m going back and reading her previous books. If this book is an indication of her writing style, she definitely has a new fan. Thank you Jennifer Rebecca for this great read. Even after I finished, parts still make me laugh and remember the story.
I open and close my mouth like a fish on the dock while he just smiles at me and our grandmothers debate the pros and cons of a Brazilian wax.
Is it all that the romance novels say it’s cracked up to be?” Marla asks innocently. “I’m just worried that with my hip the way it is now, it would just be a disaster. It was hard enough getting old Harold to give me a second go after I broke my hip, you know, with Harold.”
There is another uniformed officer in the room, and I’m about to complain about having a man touch me so intimately when I realize the giant man with a blond mustache is actually a woman named Sally. She looks as if she brooks no bullshit, so I don’t even argue as she instructs me to strip out of my clothes and then does things that I would usually require her to buy me dinner and a movie first, at the very least.
“Son, I know that look,” my dad says. “You need to either batten down the hatches or run. You might want to choose the latter. She did get the top honor at scout camp for knife-throwing. Six years in a row.”
Dead and Buried was a fun and comical read that frequently had me smirking and chortling. A hybrid cozy mystery/romantic comedy, this amusing tale was written from the first person POV from a red-headed, hot mess, accident prone, Calamity Jane type named Shelby. I adored her. I also enjoyed the levity, banter, outrageous situations, deliciously steamy bits, feisty seniors, and a bevy of quirky characters. The plot was active, eventful, steamy, amusing, and highly entertaining. While keeping tabs on her wayward grandmother and starting a new job, Shelby seemed to bounce from one humiliating catastrophe to another. Shelby’s new employment had her attending funerals and writing obituaries, and despite her hopes of making a good impression while attending her first job-related event, Shelby managed to fall into an open grave. Nor did her day improve as she later ran naked into a closed sliding glass door at home after being startled by a staggeringly handsome police officer. A good gander at her naked body slamming into a glass door was apparently the recipe for love as he was smitten.
However, even odder things started happening to Shelby although first, along with her favorite indulgence, she received a warning about a bad man from her past while buying lunch from her favorite taco dealer/street vendor – a man who self-reported having “the sight.” At the same time, odd events and an increase in accidents and deaths were occurring at the swanky retirement village where her grandmother was currently residing. Despite being in their 80’s, the well-dressed, spry, great-grandchild obsessed, and highly spirited grannies were not buying the explanation that old people die, so of course, they turned to Shelby for assistance in launching their own investigation, who better? Hijinks and shenanigans ensued.
Over the course of the book poor Shelby experienced several blows to the head and while I feared for her gray matter, one of the after effects was quite humorous as she was prone to verbalizing her inappropriate thoughts aloud - I wish I had an excuse for that same tendency... I enjoyed this book start to finish and will be eagerly awaiting future tales of Shelby’s adventures.
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