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Stay At Home Dead (Stay at Home Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2012
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I cannot wait for the second book which comes out this fall. And hopefully many more to come in the near future.
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? Julianne and I were happy and in love, but our marriage was work, just like anyone else's. [T]he key to getting the accolades was acting like you didn't deserve them." This in spite of what the author said: "I just wanted to write something that made me laugh. I didn't plan on ever seeing it in print because I put so much ridiculousness into the book."
Allen wrote a laugh riot. This is a delightful read despite dubious legal procedures. Allen's next in the Stay At Home Dad series is due in October 2012. There are three words that every author wants to hear: I. Want. More.
Stay At Home Dead (Stay at Home Mysteries)
Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy
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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