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“Take the Body and Run” is an engaging read with humor, an abundance of suspects with viable motives and a few surprising twists. The outrageous characters are unique and multidimensional. The writing style is brisk and defies self-publishing conventions by avoiding the grammatical and spelling errors common to many efforts. It’s impossible not to like Macey, who brings wry wit and sardonic insights to every situation, much like the cynical gumshoes in classic noir mysteries.
Jada Ryker's voice carries the book. I laughed out loud numerous times while reading her descriptions of the large cast of characters who initially seem cartoonish. But she manages to infuse each suspect with endearing humanity, adding another dimension. The two romantic leads vying for Macey's affections are terrific. Detective Vince has the cool of Clark Gable. I can see Jimmy Stewart playing the bumbling but brilliant Dr. Brett.
A fun read.
From then on, things get even more hectic and hazardous. A couple of people are murdered, and Macey's a suspect. As she freely admits, she isn't always good with people, and she quickly attracts enemies. Along the way, there's a budding romance and a huge cast of characters which I'm surprised Ryker not only manages to keep straight in her mind but in the reader's as well.
This is an ingenious, complex, fast-paced mystery whose comic touches kept me chuckling as I tried to figure out who the murderer or murderers were. It's also sometimes over the top, and I found the characters' antic behavior occasionally implausible. Somehow Macey's cat Wikket always manages to jump into the act at the right time, invariably making a statement in the process. Ultimately, Macey's adventures swept me along to a satisfying conclusion which left me eager for a sequel.
Macey Malloy thought she'd left her terrifying life as a dangerous cult leader's daughter behind when she became Employee Relations Director at a university, but describing her new associates as "difficult people" doesn't begin to describe the chaotic personalities she encounters at her new job. To top things off, some of those colleagues have very sinister pastimes: fraud, extortion, blackmail, and murder. Plucky as she is, Macey may need more then a fierce guard cat and a stalwart police detective in her corner if she hopes to survive. A lot more.
TAKE THE BODY AND RUN is imaginative, suspenseful, and a treat to read!