Biff Kincaid, stand-up comic, is filling in as a headliner for friend Art Westcott at the Chortles Club when he sees something that really gets his goat. The opener is recording the entire show in order to steal the jokes. When Biff tries to confront the young man after the show, he winds up unconscious. While trying to track down the tape of his material, he gets involved in the dark side of town and finds Art's body. What did Art know that was worth killing him for? And can Biff find the answers without getting killed himself?
This book was a real departure from the cozy mysteries I normally read. I found myself enjoying it, however. The mystery moves along at a brisk pace with plenty of new information to keep the reader interested, and the characters were truly likeable. Since the book stars a stand-up comic, there are some great one-liners sprinkled throughout the book. I found myself laughing out loud several times and grinning to myself many others. Still, the suspense of the story never lags in favor of the jokes.
If you like your detectives and mysteries with more of an edge, this is the book for you. Pick it up and meet a great new detective in his first mystery.