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Kaye George is a twice-Agatha-nominated novelist and short story writer. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and Guppies. Her stories have been published separately and in several anthologies. She reviews for "Suspense Magazine" and blogs for a group blogs and a solo one. She and her husband live near Waco, Texas. Visit http://kayegeorge.com/ for more details.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478146494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478146490
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,554,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Douts on August 6, 2012
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Although I liked Choke very much, I thought Smoke was a strong second novel in the series, which is unusual. Authors often write a strong first novel and follow it up with a weak second novel. George continues developing her main character, Immy, by giving her a second murder case that causes conflicts with her work as an assistant to a PI. Pet pigs are featured and as is Immy's mother's affection for jerky--pork jerky, in itself a conflict. Working on the case also furthers Immy's relationship with her Deputy boyfriend, who provides information whether he wants to or not. I can't wait for the next in the series. Smoke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery
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Kaye George's Smoke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery tells a fast-paced tale of a young woman, residing with her daughter and mother, whose main desire is to become a Private Investigator. Imogene (Immy) is taking a course in PI work and has a special how-to book she consults while she tries to investigate one untimely death after another in her small Texas town.

Even with suspected murder, there is humor at every turn, not the slapstick kind or the wisecracking snark of new, but good old-fashioned, subtle "Immy" speak that had me smiling often and laughing out loud more than once.

While reading the story, I was pleased to learn about potbelly pigs and bull riding. Both topics well researched and presented with an insider's knowledge.

The easygoing writing style is deceptive as Ms. George stays below the radar while spinning her tale of mayhem and deception. This is not a "Cozy" as I had expected. The scenes speed up quickly and the pace of the story makes it impossible to put down.

What's up next? Broke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery.
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I had a good time reading this book following Immy in her pursuit to become a private investigator. Luckily or not so lucky for the victim, but things are happening in Saltlick , Texas where Immy sinks her teeth into solving the criminal acts that has befallen her small town home. The mystery was good with plenty of twists and turns that moved the story forward to a satisfying conclusion. I love the wonderfully eccentric people that surround Immy, in particular her mother, whose extensive use of vocabulary words is amusing and her precocious daughter. This is an enjoyable read and I look forward to Broke, the next book in this likable series.
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This is Kaye George's second in the Imogene Duckworthy (every time I say that name I have to smile) series. The characters all have colorful names, Hortense, and Tinny Bucket, and her husband, Beryl, better known as Rusty... as in Rusty Bucket. Hilarious!

All of the characters seem to live up to their wildly colorful names. And Immi, as friends and family call her, is certainly a character. Barely out of her teens, she's a single mom with a four year old daughter, a job she's hanging onto, living in a backwater Texas town, and has aspirations, or as my grandmother would say, gumption--she wants to become a private investigator.

You would think Immi is fooling herself, wouldn't you? She should be taking secretarial courses, or nursing, or something useful. Ha! Ms. Goerge does a great job of convincing readers that they should root for Immi and her heartfelt desire to solve crimes and become a P.I. I know I sure did.

There's laughter, red-herrings that throw her (and us) off the right track, but Immi prevails in a way that made me want to hug her, which I think would surprise her, as she doesn't seem to think she's anything special.

And that, my friends, is the beauty of a really good author. Someone whose deft writing makes you want to live around the corner so you can catch up on the characters.

I sure hope there will be more of Imogene Duckworthy (who makes me smile) for some time to come.
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