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There are a number of things that make this novel a true gem, among them Lessner's deft writing hand, sharp wit, surprisingly complex characters, and a clear understanding of Isobel's world as a struggling actress new to the bright lights of Broadway. Add to that the kind of chemistry that just leaps off the page between Isobel and James, and you have a mystery well worth your time. Through all of that, I was also particularly impressed with the author's ability to move seamlessly from comedy to romance to amateur sleuthing while simultaneously handling deeper issues like James's very recent sobriety with a sensitivity uncommon to the genre. With that said, don't mistake this for a novel with a deeper message; Lessner is delightfully irreverent throughout. This is an easy read that I cruised through in a couple of days, and I recommend it highly for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of romance and a hint of New York edge.
What a delightful surprise! The book starts out like a ditzy comedy, perky central figure, out to conquer the world of theatre without really knowing anything about it. And before the reader can settle in, there's a murder, and interesting peripheral character, and suddenly you're in the middle of a fairly complicated plot, with good background on characters and a writing style that keeps things moving and interesting and fun to read.
I'm not perky myself, so I have some uncertainties about some of the reactions of the heroine - but that's a reader's problem I immediately went to check out her first book - but it's priced out of my budget for the moment. But this is a first-rate bargain (at least on the Kindle) and a GREAT way to spend some fun and relaxing time.
With her prints on the murder weapon, Isobel needs to find the real killer. Otherwise her next role may be in a jailhouse production.
Isobel is a likable lead. Her enthusiasm and honesty are refreshing, and contrast nicely with James's more cynical nature. In some ways, James, Isobel's recruiter, is a more developed character. It is easy to sympathize with his struggles with alcoholism. He is trying to get his life on track, and his worries about Isobel's safety threaten to derail him. Still, he endeavors to discover what he can about the murder and her fellow employees.
The Temporary Detective is a fun, light cozy that has an interesting plot and likable main characters. The novel is a solid debut to a series that promises to be entertaining.
I received a copy of The Temporary Detective from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.