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Freezer Burn (Peri Minneopa Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Skip is a detective - also 50 - and in love with Peri. He is a very patient man who seems to be willing to allow Peri to have access to anything in the police department....that is not realistic at all. He appears to be nice but not as observant as Peri.
The plot is different - there are murders, attempted murders and a one of a kind historic ring. There is a man who is obsessed with Dean Martin and lives his life collecting memorabilia. There are quite a few secondary characters, some of them give good color to the story.
I like the writing - I like the plot - I enjoyed getting to know the characters.
I figured out the murder pretty early in the story. I am going to give the next book in the series a try and see how that goes.
If you are a mystery fan and would enjoy a plot and characters who are not the cookie cutter ones you find in some stories, this will be a book you will enjoy.
Perri Minneopa's not the brainless klutz so many female characters, Like Stephanie Plum, who take up detective work are written as, and nor is she a competent, hard-boiled (yet still emotionally-socially crippled) female detective like V.I. Warshawski. Nope. Perri's semi-competent, just tough enough and definitely smart enough to be appealing. The [MINI-SEMI-SPOILER] p-test comdy routine ws juuuuust right: not too much nor too little.
The cast of characters: fun.
The plotting: more fun.
And THE WRITING IS COMPETENT _and then some_--proper grammar when it makes the descriptive narrative clear, extremely few bobbles with word choices--extremely few, by standards nowadays from both self- and traditional publishing and clear plotting. I do so like NOT stopping every page to scream at the writer, proofreader(s) and editor for crappy writing, as I so often do with contemporary books--fiction and non-fiction. THANK YOU, Gayle Carline, for making sure you actually have the cops to put something in print worth reading!
Yes, the solution(s) to the mystery(s) was(were) telegraphed pretty early on, and the sleuths took a while to pick up on things they already knew--but didn't know they knew. *shrugs* It worked for the characters, so it worked for the story. I'll read another Gayle Carline book--soon.
It also moved along at a quick pace, never got boring. Peri (short for Periwinkle) is a new Pvt. Detective who gave up her house-cleaning business to do something more exciting. She has a natural curiosity and feels suited for the job, which she is. Peri gets talked into one last favor for a former house-cleaning client, an eccentric Dean Martin memorabilia-collector who believes his autographed ice cube tray is buried in his ice-packed freezer and he doesn't want it damaged. Peri tackles the freezer for him and in the process find's a woman's severed hand, with a big flashy ring on one finger. Now where is the rest of her and how did her hand get in Benny's freezer? He hasn't a clue.
You will admire Peri's dedication and humorous personality. She is a real cyclone, even when she gets banged up a little, she doesn't stop. The fact that the man in her life is a police detective makes them a good team. He loves her, so he has her back, & tries to keep her out of trouble, which can be a full-time job in itself. Her nosiness gets her into some crazy situations, some of them dangerous. This is a light, comedic look at the life of a new P.I. with quirky characters, an intriguing plot line, and several other interesting subplots.
Recommended for fans of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. It has similar escapades. No cars blowing up, like Stephanie's stories, but it's that kind of humor. Loved it.
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