Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden

Malicious Mischief (A Rylie Keyes Mystery #1)
Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won’t be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather’s home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Select
Kat's Review
This book is light, fun, and at times even a little bit outrageous! Rylie Keyes is a young, aspiring P.I. who can't manage to hold down a job for more than a few months at a time. When she's discovered with a dead man in the back of the truck she's driving, she sets out to solve the crime of Otto's true killer.

One thing I like about this book is that there is a cast of characters ranging in age from the mid-twenties all the way up to mid-eighties. It's not often that seniors get prominent roles in stories about twenty-somethings, but they do here, and the author pulls no punches in creating colourful, and even controversial personalities for them. There's a lot of tongue in cheek happening here, so the reader should have a good sense of humour when reading this story.
The plot moves quickly, with everything taking place over the course of about 24 hours, and theories are thrown out, changed, and discarded outright fairly quickly, so it's important to pay close attention to details that may prove important in the long run.
The only part I didn't completely buy was Rylie's relationship with Zack, maybe because there was a lot of history alluded to but not actually contained within the story. I would have liked to see that explored a bit more, and I wonder if it will be in the next book or not.
Rating: Worth a Look
This book was a fun read with a twisting and turning mystery and an ending that I didn't see coming. Certainly an original twist on the traditional murder mystery- this was a comedic murder mystery set in a retirement home and populated by a colourful cast of characters.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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