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Product Details

  • Series: Stay at Home Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266897
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a laugh riot literally from page 1! I did not know a man could write something so hilarousi (I am a man, so do not think this is a sexist opinion). This is one of the best first novels I have read in a very long time. It is as enjoyable a read as some authors 10th book. It is an easy read, despite an array of murder suspects. And as in all good mysteries, the murderer is not anyone you would suspect, until he/she is revealed near the end. But solving the murder is actually not the most important part of the book. The main characters (of which there quite a few) are fleshed out very well--hopefully as a basis for many more books in the new series. Many authors books start slowly as they set the background for a better understanding of the characters. This is absolutely NOT the case in this book. The characters are fleshed out through the action of the story, along with some of the funniest dialogue and thoughts I have ever found! The hero and heroine are people you would want as close friends!

I cannot wait for the second book which comes out this fall. And hopefully many more to come in the near future.
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Jeffrey Allen is the nom de plume alter-ego of thriller writer Jeff Shelby. In his first-in-a-series cozy mystery, Erma Bombeck is reincarnated as a male version of Kinsey Millhone when househusband Deuce Winters "deduces" who put a dead body in his minivan. "I regularly found flyers and business cards on the car windows, but finding a body inside was a completely new and disconcerting experience."

Deuce didn't get his name from playing Texas Hold 'Em. A silly name that's "Not sillier than my real name, Eldrick. Like my dad. I was the second. Hence, the deuce." Two decades ago, Deuce's high school girlfriend, Shayna, dumped him when he blew out his knee in a football game, and later married rival Benny, who now winds up in Deuce's car with a knife in his chest. After half a bottle of vodka, Shayna invites Deuce over---before Benny's body is cold, and then obtains a restraining order.

Thrown into the mix is pint-size PI Victor Anthony Doolittle, a name bigger than his three-foot-four frame. Rose Petal is a tiny Texas town that is "relatively safe---my minivan excepted." Big Hair is the norm in the Dallas suburb where Deuce and his wife Julianne experience the ultimate role reversal: Julianne is a partner in a corporate law firm and Deuce is a stay-at-home dad for their preschooler, Carly.

Between folding laundry and being "Room Dad" at Carly's preschool, Deuce and Doolittle work together to untangle the web woven by people shadier than the ground under ancient oaks. What seems to be idle gossip becomes a slew of clues---or are they a sea of red herrings?

Allen tucks words of wisdom in with wit and humor when Shayna tells Deuce he has a fairy-tale marriage: "Did she really think it was a fairy tale?
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Deuce Winters is that rare individual, a stay-at-home dad. Living in the small town of Rose Petal, Texas with his beautiful, intelligent, funny and successful lawyer wife Julianne and their three-yr-old daughter Carly, Deuce spends his days doing laundry, cleaning, cooking and caring for Carly. For three years the town of Rose Petal thinks Deuce can't find a job, but Deuce is happy being a stay-at-home dad while his wife is the breadwinner. His days are busy, happy and normal. That is, until the day he comes out of the grocery store with Carly and finds a dead body in his minivan and most of the dimwitted gossips think Deuce is the murderer.

I loved this book! I haven't laughed so much during a murder mystery since I read the Arly Hanks series by Joan Hess. Who says all murder mysteries need to be serious or dangerous? There are many moments of giggling, laughing and outright guffaws during this book. In fact, there was one instance of tears as I...*giggling, chortling, gasping* Sorry. I was just replaying the instance in my head and had an uncontrollable fit of the giggles.

Well-written, smooth-flowing and hilarious. I love Deuce's observations of his fellow citizens, Julianne's fierceness and intelligence and Carly's cuteness. And let's not forget the colorful characters in this town. I am so looking forward to the next book in Deuce's mystery series coming out in October.

*The publisher provided a copy of this book for me to review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
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What a fun debut! Stay-at-home dad, Deuce, finds a dead body in his minivan and when the town's gossip has him all but convicted, Deuce looks into this case to clear his name with help from unlikely sources. This is a light-hearted, fun-filled, and well-written who-dun-it that I enjoyed immensely. The mystery was a good one that had me guessing and when I thought I had the killer's identity in my grasp, the author changed direction. I love the people in Deuce's world; especially scene-stealer Carly. The clever storyline, the comfortable ambiance, the enjoyable banter and likeable cast are the beginnings of a charmingly amusing and wonderful series that is a welcome addition to the cozy genre.
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