Thanks to Partners in Crime Tours, I received a signed copy of this book with a lovely note from its author. It's the first of a new series about St. Paul (MN) Police Department detectives Catherine OBrien and Louise Montgomery.
These two partners are an odd couple. O'Brien is very short and so she wears spike heels no matter how badly her feet hurt. She worries herself sick about everything, particularly whether her beloved job will come between her and her beloved husband, Gavin. She is a little bit wacky and lives on coffee. Montgomery, on the other hand, is calm, cool, collected, well-dressed with every hair in place, happily single, and she's a dedicated, hard-working detective. It's O'Brien though who tends to think outside the box and come up with solutions.
Their differences lead to some of the comic tone of the book but there are also side characters who are very funny, for instance, a large female security guard who falls for Montgomery. From the bio provided by the publishing company, I would say the author is probably a tiny bit wacky herself so her book was bound to be a fun read. It is a mystery so there is murder involved of course, but that doesn't get in the way of frequent laughing out loud while you read. I mean, really, the victim deserved it after all.
The second O'Brien and Montgomery book will be out soon and Case is working on Number 3 so there will be more delightful reading ahead. I recommend this first one for one of those days when only something light, amusing and quick will do. I defy you to keep a grin off your face.