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Kevin, an accountant, wants to make the journey to the land of vice and crime, and he isn't scared of Miami. Turns out he of all people should be. Once Simone and Kevin arrive in her mother's apartment in Miami things start to go wrong. Very wrong. First, Kevin finds out that Simone is armed and dangerous. Then she wanders to her mother's fridge and discovers a dead man in the freezer. The dead man looks just like Kevin. Simone doesn't know what her mother's husband, Curtis, does for a living. He doesn't talk much. Simone can only remember having one conversation with him, which incidentally was about how Curtis always carries a gun with him. Now she finds a dead man in the freezer. Is Curtis a drug smuggler? Is her mom a gangster's moll? And is Kevin in danger?
This is the type of novel that makes you forget logic. If you think too hard about the plot, it will unravel. Don't do that. If you are able to immerse yourself into this crazy story, it's a hilarious ride. On several occasions I found myself laughing out loud. Simone attempts to do the right things all of the time, yet her intentions always go wrong. Poor Kevin turns out to be her victim each and every time. If she isn't accidentally using her stun gun on him, she's kicking him in the crotch, or almost shooting him. The trip to save their relationship is pushing them to the edge. Will Kevin leave American soil or be buried in it?
M. K. Mattias is a writer who isn't afraid to dive into the absurd to make the reader laugh. At times the situations are a little over the top, but they still work. If Mattias writes another novel featuring Simone I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. Her character is lovable, funny, dangerous, and genuine. I give her novel 4.5 stars out of 5.
I'm a big fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Mysteries, and when I heard this series was written in the same vein as Stephanie Plum I absolutely couldn't resist giving it a go.
As an Australian by birth, I absolutely loved the concept of Simone and her family being from Sydney, Australia and relocating to Miami, Florida. After all who wouldn't love all the sunshine and fun that Florida has to offer? Well apart from the crime, drug smugglers and the murder Simone is about to discover.
Spitting Image was an absolute laugh a minute, with all the hijinx that Simone and Kevin manage to get into, as they try to solve the murder. From the first chapter to the last it was laughs, mystery and mayhem and I'm so glad that I discovered this indie title.
If you love a good dose of mayhem and comedy with your cozy mystery, I highly recommend this Florida-based cozy mystery.