I just finished the audio version of Dirty Harriet: Volume 1 (Dirty Harriet Mystery Series) by Miriam Auerbach and narrated by Karen Commins. I couldn..Show More »'t stop listening to it! It's very entertaining and definitely a good piece of "brain candy" (think chocolate for the brain).
The story starts with Harriet telling us about how she killed her abusive and drug addicted husband at a wedding with a .44 gun. Before doing so, she remarked in front of 500 wedding guests, Clint Eastwood style, "Go ahead. Make my day." Thus, she's been fondly referred to as "Dirty Harriet" ever since. It doesn't hurt that she's now in the Private Investigation business and legally carries a gun.
The story itself involves a mystery surrounding an illegal immigrant who was murdered over a year ago. An elderly rich widow hires Harriet to investigate the unsolved murder. The mystery had me guessing until about the time Harriet figured it out herself, which was a big plus for me. But, what I enjoyed most was Harriet's sense of humor and internal thought process. She's a "real" person, who enjoys riding and working on her motorcycle, despite having lived for more than 10 years in a McMansion.
Karen's narration is as real as Harriet is. I was totally engrossed and imagined that I was listening to Harriet's thoughts and snarky comments, rather than listening to a reader's narration of a book. I'd listen to another one of her renditions any day!
In short, Dirty Harriett is a great story to take you away from a very average and normal (dull) life. Thank you for the escape, Karen (and Miriam)!