Things aren't going well for private investigator and mom Margie Peterson. Her husband, Blake, is claiming his taste for drag queens is "just a phase." Her first-grade daughter isn't fitting in at her new posh elementary school, Holy Oaks Catholic School. And her hippie mother has swept into town and replaced the family's store of processed foods with seaweed snacks. To top it all off, a late-night phone call from her boss, Peaches Barlowe, has pulled Margie into a very strange murder case, one that involves the Holy Oaks headmaster, George Cavendish. Poor man - he just happened to die in a dominatrix's pink vinyl wading pool while wearing nothing but Aquaman tights and goggles.
As it turns out, there are a lot of people who might have wanted Mr. Cavendish dead, from his bereaved, betrayed widow to the shady owners of the local strip joint. Not even Margie's best friend, whose daughter didn't get into Holy Oaks, is above suspicion. Can the overtaxed PI solve the case before things get even weirder?
©2016 Karen MacInerney (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm not the right demographic for this chick lit novel. The book is funny in places and sad in others. Narration is very good.
Margie started the series as a married mother of two. She believed her family needed extra income, and she wanted to work, so she took a pt job as a private investigator. The first book had her focused on her kids in preschool. Now her daughter is in first grade at Holy Oaks, a posh private school that Margie's mother in law insisted she attend. The "school" focus is now on Holy Oaks.
You can read the publisher's blurb and get the skinny on that. What's underlying all of the mayhem is Margie's personal life. Her marriage has fallen apart, and nothing she could ever do will fix it. It's not her fault, but she feels like she's failed. Her daughter is acting out, the school mothers are dreadful, her mother has arrived and has replaced all the food with macrobiotic vegan stuff the kids won't eat, her best friend is being questioned about a murder she didn't commit. Margie's wardrobe consists of granny panties, a sports bra, mom jeans and tee shirts. All of her clothes are too snug, and the best she can do for a funeral is a black pre-pregnancy cardigan that is too small. Blake, her husband, is on a retreat, desperate to "restore his manhood," and the women's group she attends puts the responsibility for his "recovery" at her feet. If she's more of a woman, he'll be more of a man.
How Margie has held it together this long amazes me. The book is worth it just to see how (or whether) she'll cope with any or all of it. Being held at gunpoint is the least of her troubles.
I look forward to a third book, just so we can see some good for Margie.
while 2 private investigators are trying to solve murders and other cases, I was trying to figure out who did it. there were so many hilarious situations they get into during the ongoing cases they are juggling at the same time...especially with the pig. if you have ever been around pigs, you know they smell to the high heavens and tear up the ground and roll in the mud...she is trying to rescue this pig and the pig has definite other ideas. story had a sad ending though. the couple are probably headed to divorce though due to husband's love for men...a lifestyle I personally don't approve...the sadest part to me is there are two young children this couple has ... and one wonders how the split will affect them.....so all in all I have mixed feelings about the story...her mother is visiting so she has a sounding board....and the pig helps catch one of the bad guys...yeah for the pig. all the bad people are arrested due to the investgators work.
I like the funny light mystery but not trading common sense for humor on every move. Margie is so over the top ditzy that she does stupid things time after time again only to end up stumbling to victory.
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