Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin’s least-likely PI. Soon she’s knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney.
With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.
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Yet another bargain book success! Never heard of either the book or the author, but decided to roll the dice and take a chance -- and once again, that was a good idea.
It's funny, they say there are only four basic plots in all of fiction, but I'm not sure how that accounts for this one. As the story evolves, a pretty unique situation reveals itself -- although in today's crazy world I suppose it isn't quite as unique as I think it is. Even so, this was like nothing I'd ever read before. I loved the freshness of the whole thing.
Karen MacInerny has created interesting, likable characters and structured a truly unique plot but what makes this book a real delight is how funny it is. One of the side-stories deals with how Margie, formerly a stay at home mother, now a new, untrained, part-time private eye, is forced to deal with the head of her daughter's day care center. My kids are grown now, but it seems to me I had some of those same inane discussions with a similar Witch in Power when they were little -- you know, the "Solve (this issue with your child) by tomorrow, or we're expelling her." No, my daughter hadn't decided that she was a dog -- with all that entails, including eating on the floor, barking, biting, etc -- but I seem to recall similar disputes and similar chaos. And I also recall spending some evenings with one kid or the other, explaining just how important to Life As We Know it, that they amend their conduct by tomorrow morning, or all hell was going to break loose. Like Margie, I simply could not deal with having to find new child care arrangements. I'm sure most other working mothers will have had similar experiences. Odd how much more fun it is to remember those situations than was dealing with them in the first place!
Also odd was that so many readers compared this book to those of Janet Evanovitch. I don't get that at all. I've read/tried to read a couple of Evanovitch's books, and didn't enjoy them at all -- I've stopped even looking at her series. To me, the Evanovitch books came across as downright silly, whereas this one was genuinely funny. All in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose.
So? All in all, a good book and a great narrator. I'll be looking for more.
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Excellent and Smartly Quirky main character. If you like Steph Plum or Sookie Stackhouse you'll find this one a great beginning to what I hope will be a great series. The Narrater "Chris Dukehart" did a wonderful job. I patiently await more...
I found it hard to believe the main character had lived to adulthood and motherhood given her ineptitude. Too bad the character couldn't have a little more common sense and attentiveness to what is going on around her.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I almost stopped reading this in the first few chapters because it was so corny but I am happy I did not. It had just enough of a mystery and laugh out loud circumstances to keep me hooked and to become attached to the characters. Margie Peterson is a house Mom who has to return to the workplace and like she said, "if I was a stripper or couldn't type I would have a job tomorrow". Hehe. Quite a few funny lines made this a fun read and Margie's genuine naïveté got past the ridiculous portrayed in the start of the book. Not heavy literature but the author spun a fairly good mystery along with some good twists. The narrator did a good job and is the right voice for Margie. Recommend for a tongue in cheek, light read. I enjoyed it.
Not that I can think of.
I liked the pace, funny antics and crazy bad luck. i like how she pretty much takes most things without panic.
When she tells her husband about the car, the kid and the transvestite.
I could see either, it is just a fun diversion.
I like to read stories about dogs, mysteries that are a little but humorous, stories about relationships that are not too explicate, Christian fiction and stories revolving around knitting and quilting.
Margie was my favorite character because she is so humble.
Her voice fits the main personality well.
If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum got married, had two kids, and surrounded herself with trite, mundane characters she might end up in this book. I'm a big fan of the Plum series, and I could see room for another take on the female fish outta water, but this book doesn't pull it off, even though it really, really wants to.
Perhaps Austin Tx. doesn't have the same pool of fun characters as Trenton, NJ, or the author missed what humor she could plum from the character's world. Or perhaps in this case imitation isn't the sincerest form of flattery, it's just imitation. Maybe the character needs to be a little smarter, a little sharper, a little more unique. There's room for growth, but I won't be staying around to see where it goes.
Don't know yet.
Stephanie Plum imitator.
Not terrible, a few funny scenes, just not worth the time.
Stephanie Plum series
All the scenes with Margie and her BFF
Can't wait for the next one!!!
Maybe, depends on if they want fluff or substance
The author pulled out all the gimmicks to try to be humorous, but it was just silly. Don't use so much "hair adjustment, pulling hair behind ears, pushing hair away from face", detailed fat people descriptions, forgetting to do things or misunderstanding what people are saying.
The one who does Stephanie Plum, since the author is trying to emulate her.
I'm having a great time listening to the book because I'm venting my frustrations out loud and my husband is laughing out loud.
"nice easy read."
Easy going book, really enjoyed it, quite a change of book for me. Fun and humorous and a rather good plot.
"Had me laughing from start to finish."
Fun story line
Probably 'One for the Money' by Janet Evanovich. Same sense of humour.
The sound of the Texas drawl.
Loveable characters, great plot and overall brilliantly crafted story.
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