- File Size: 524 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985506024
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dancing Corgi Press; 1 edition (November 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AD94TDW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Hot Mess (Peri Minneopa Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Gayle Carline has created believable and sympathetic characters. The reader roots for Peri, the protagonist. On the one hand we readers (especially women in middle age like Peri) can relate to her in many ways. On the other, we see in Peri something that we may lack but admire, such as Peri's willingness to take risks and her ability to keep her head in dangerous and difficult situations. I think Mrs. Carline's master stroke, though, was in creating Benny Needles, who is Peri's sidekick of sorts. He is such an oddball, sometimes aggravating but also likeable and always interesting.
The Peri mysteries, including "The Hot Mess," all have plots that move along at a fast clip and don't get bogged down. "The Hot Mess" is a page turner, just like the others. There's a good mix of action along with a focus on personal relationships--Peri and her boyfriend Skip, Peri and her best friend Blanche, and Peri and Benny. I have only one complaint, one thing that bothers me about the Peri books and this one in particular. Peri and her boyfriend Skip never miss an opportunity, it seems, to hop into bed together. There's no explicit sex, for which I am thankful, but the references are there. The problem, to me, is two-fold. Peri and Skip are not twenty years old; they're fifty. Having them hop into bed every time they are together, frankly, stretches credulity a bit. Also, I am finding these references to be an increasing distraction from the plot. Other than that one quibble, I would highly recommend "The Hot Mess" for people who like a good, fast-paced mystery with likeable characters.
This is book 3 of the Peri Minneopa Mystery series set in southern California. I read it as a standalone, which worked well as I didn’t feel I was missing any information. Benny is an oddball (but a lovable one). He’s described as a “full-time needy little man with a big obsession with Dean Martin.” The story moved at a rather quick pace although we do get slowed down a bit by the author’s description of Peri’s meals, and she actually eats a lot. Her personality is relatable and very likable. I’d describe this series as cozy mysteries; there’s no offensive graphic information. There is a bit of romance as she’s been with Detective Skip Carlton for ten years. He’s also involved in the investigation. I rated The Hot Mess at 3.5 out of 5.
These are delightful, light mysteries with enjoyable characters. Peri (short for Periwinkle) is a 50ish Private Investigator, former house-cleaner with a natural curiosity that fares her well in this new profession. One of her recurring characters is Benny Needles, a quirky short guy (think Danny DeVito) with compulsive tendencies. It is disclosed in this installment that he has a health reason for this. He is a Dean Martin afficionado/collector of all Deano-memorabilia. Someone has burned down his house with all his old movies, records and posters. Complicating things more is that there is a body found inside. He wants Peri to find out who did this and why. Obviously, it is a criminal case, so her beloved detective and man/mate of 10 years, Skip, and his department of the Placentia PD is involved in the case as well. Keeping boundaries for Peri is always difficult, but that's what makes this series so enjoyable. Of the three Peri novels, I have enjoyed 1 and 3 best. Will continue reading this author as I do like her style and locale of Orange County, SoCal, my old stomping grounds.
Fans of Evanovich's Stephanie Plumb series will like this. If Stephanie had an older sister, Peri would be it.