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Murder Takes the Cake (Sullivan Investigations Mystery) Paperback – May 1, 2009
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"Smart, fast and laugh-out-loud funny… another tasty treat from Evelyn David who takes readers on a merry chase from a turkey farm in Virginia all the way to Capitol Hill." --Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies
"Precisely what cozy mysteries are all about! Beautifully plotted, with a splendid cast of characters, this book is another highly entertaining read from Evelyn David." --Jessica Conant Park, author of the Gourmet Girl mysteries
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Private Investigator, Mackenzie Sullivan and his trust partner, Whiskey, the Irish Wolfhound are thrown into a personal case- someone is trying to kill his God-daughter, Bridget O'Herlihy. Added to the tense situation, Bridget is engaged to a rather, shall we say, pompass idiot, Lawyer, Joshua Lasky. Yes, those Laskys.
Soon, Rachel Brenner, who is trying to solve a mystery of her own, missing or stolen coffins, joins the trio of Bridget and Mac, and Whiskey as they try to keep Bridget safe and sane while the wedding plans spiral out of hand.
When multiple other murders occur...this case becomes dangerous for all. Bullets fly, tempers flare, laughter sounds and you feel the suspense around you as you storm through this page turner paragraph by paragraph.
This novel was a re-read for me as I am readying to read the newest released volume, "Murder doubles Back." I am so glad I did read it again, as it felt new and fresh to me and some of it I had forgotten. A valued remembrance to always check out the backlist of a great series.
Would highly recommend this series, but do start with the first book, "Murder Off The Books", best let the cast develop in your mind.
Hope there will be many more to come!!!!!!!!!Murder Off the Books
The cast of characters (human and otherwise) is vast, diverse, and except for Whiskey the Irish wolfhound and a newly introduced feline named Snickers, quite unpredictable. It might take a chapter or two to catch up with the pace of the book, but once there, stretch out, tune in, and hang on.
Echelon, May 1 2009, $13.99
One week before Thanksgiving DC private investigator Mac Sullivan, a loner except for Whiskey the dog, finds his world upside down since Sullivan and Company has "grown". First, his business is in trouble needing paying customers not just bartering clients. Second, his assistant twenty-two years old Juliana "JJ" Jarrett and his elderly ailing researcher Edger are driving him crazy. Finally there is divorcee single mom Rachel Brenner who works at a funeral home and whom he is attracted to and believes she reciprocates his feelings, but he has no idea how to act on a date.
Now his about to marry goddaughter, Boston reporter Bridget O'Herlihy, visits him asking for his help as she swears someone is trying to kill her. Although he doubts this is the case, he takes the threat seriously and sends his team out on assignments. Soon the corpses pile up while the groom and his family insist she is being a drama queen; at a time her dad Jeff wonders who stole caskets from his funeral home. Mac, JJ, Edger, Rachel and Whiskey keep digging looking for the ties that bound everyone involved.
The second Murder Takes (see MURDER OFF THE BOOKS) is an amusing cozy starring an ensemble cast of eccentrics. The story line is fast-paced while containing two mysteries tied to death (corpses and coffins are like peanut butter and jelly), a maybe romance, enemy canine-feline, an out of control wedding plan, and junk cars. The characters make for a fun lighthearted frolic as Evelyn David proves in deed MURDER TAKES THE CAKE.