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As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she'd outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she's made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri.
What a fun ride! Rose Strickland is a rebel, a determined rebel, with a huge heart, terrific friends and more guts than sense sometimes. The writing is concise and complete without over doing descriptions or deep thoughts. And there are wonderful descriptions and very deep thoughts, but just the right amount. There's a good mystery that keeps you on your toes; a delicious bad guy; sweet, goofy good guys; strong, quirky friends, and Rose, a heroine deluxe. If you want a good story that well written and a fast read with characters you'll really admire, besides liking them, read this book. I finished it last night and have already started the next in the series.
This is the 4th book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe you could enjoy this read without having read the previous ones, but I recommend you do, not only because it is such an entertaining series, but this way you will learn all the colorful characters from the beginning. It had plenty of action and suspense, and the romance between our main characters is heating up, I can't wait for Rose's parents to meet Sullivan, that will be a fun read. Now that I am all caught up on the series I can't wait for the next book to come out, and I hope that there will be many more to come. In the meantime I guess I will just have to re-read the books again.
I have thoroughly enjoyed these books! They are light but still cleverly written. Although I would like a little more romance between Rose and Sullivan. Each book there is a little more revealed with their relationship and so far this book had the most Rose and Sullivan moments, they made some strides in their relationship which was nice. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I hope this is not the end of this series!!!
I loved the characters, the main character was always moving and helping, I loved her BFF from the diner and the way they were always getting into something. I wish I had to seen more between Sullivan and the main character, I felt that they were really going somewhere with their relationship but it ended before it went beyond him asking her to move in I would have like to see how her family would have reacted to him.
A cozy mystery filled with colorful characters, a touch of comedy and a handful of dangerous criminals, Diner Knock Out by Terri L. Austin is a great addition to her Rose Strickland Mystery series. Set in the fictional town of Huntingford, Missouri, the fourth installment finds Rose working as a part-time waitress and a part-time private investigator. Trying to solve a missing person’s case without her bosses’ knowledge, Rose deals with a touch of the green monster and her currently stalled love life. Proving that getting what you wish for isn’t always what you really want, she finds herself up to her armpits in danger making me wonder if Rose would make it through this case in one piece. If you like cozy mysteries this is a series you really should check out.
One of the best things about this series is Ms. Austin’s character development. I have to admit that I’m heavily invested in what happens to Rose, her crazy friends Ax and Roxie, Ma and Ray at the diner and even her boyfriend Thomas Sullivan, who’s still involved in a criminal lifestyle. Each character brings depth and color to Rose’s life and a smile to this reader’s face. They also back her up as she runs a clandestine investigation without the approval of Andre Thomas, former cop and the owner of the private investigation firm she works for part time.
What begins as a simple missing person’s case soon turns into something much darker as Rose and company investigate an illegal MMA fight circuit involving steroids, illegal pain medications and murder. Determined to discover who runs everything behind the scenes, Rose uncovers evidence leading to prominent and successful businessmen, society leaders and associates of her boyfriend.
Ms. Austin does a good job developing the mystery; there are plenty of twists and turns, a touch of physical action and the looming threat of danger, which kept me turning the pages to discover what Rose would discover next. Like Rose, I also worried about how deeply Sullivan was involved and what this would do to their already fragile relationship. Especially since Rose really loves Sullivan and it doesn’t look like he’s getting out of the criminal lifestyle anytime soon.
Will Rose uncover who killed the missing fighter? Will Rose, Roxie and their new friends make it through this investigation in one piece? And will Rose and Sullivan’s relationship progress to dinner at her parent’s house? You’ll have to read Diner Knock Out to find out. I loved it and hope we don’t have to wait too long to read Rose’s next adventure.