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As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al, along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn't know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who's looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don't know the meaning of the word quit - not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn.

The man Mackenzie's been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him - a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn't know where to start...or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.

©2016 Jennifer L Hart (P)2016 Jennifer L Hart

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 11-12-16

Great where is the next one!

Think of Gilmore Girls becoming private detectives.
The mother and daughter are named Mackenzie. The mother is called Mackenzie and the daughter Mack. Mack is an extremely talented 16 year-old computer wiz. Mackenzie is a quirky, caffeinated, and awesome. Her morning drink is coffee with a side of coffee topped with coffee beans.

The story centers around financial difficulties of the Mackenzies. Mom-Mackenzie has difficulty finding and keeping a job when she discovers that she wants to try her skills are being a private detective. Being Mackenzie nothing is simple. Following the simple rules of a book written by her uncle, Mackenzie becomes a PI.

Add to the story that Mackenzie and her mother inherit an apartment from her uncle. Her mom leaves the captain (Mackenzie calls her dad by his service rank) moves into the upstairs apartment. There is a hot police office (who Mackenzie has promised not sleep with him) and a Jewish woman. There are movies nights with junk food, love interests and other domestic entanglements.

A great fun novel which needs a follow up. How many PI’s only have one case? So there has to be a follow up.

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Moves along


plot a little weak. Child not made known to Father then "wala-la" he has 16 year old daughter.

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LOL!!

I actually laughed out loud quite often while listening to this book. I can't wait for the next one.

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Despite my reservations--I loved it!

I generally like cozy mysteries. But my hesitation about getting this one was that it had the appearance of being aimed at an audience much younger than myself (and in that regard, I’m pretty sure I was correct, even though there are a couple of older characters written in).

However, the overall book was fast-paced, filled with interesting people, and a story complicated and engaging enough to keep me interested throughout. A very nice mix and I found it hard to turn off, even when I needed to!

MacKenzie Taylor is a single mother of a teenaged daughter, Mac (named after herself), who inherits her uncle Al’s apartment house, car, and his private investigation business. She also inherits the tenants in the house, who quickly become part of the story.

So, based on Uncle Al’s collection of written comments on how to do PI work, she sets out to do it, and quickly lands in the middle of a murder case. Her daughter helps, and even her mother gets pulled in to assist here and there.

So if the author had various boxes to check when writing this, I’d say she largely succeeded. She invented a book full of varied and clever characters, has parallel stories going, plenty of action, love interest, good mystery....it’s all there, and comes together pretty well. I think in places she tried a little too hard on the humor (sometimes sounds a bit overdone and cliche) and I’m way past needing everybody to have hot love interests to enjoy a book (it can actually be a turn off when it feels too forced, which I thought it was here).

But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I have already put the next one in the series in my wish list, and look forward to listening to it. I was a little surprised at how much fun it actually was to listen to! Hope your experience will be the same!

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Good story, recommend it

like the story, characters, will purchase another book by author. recommend to anyone who wants to listen to light hearted mystery.

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light, humorous, easy car listen

Will definitely buy the next book. great for driving. likeable characters. Interesting narrator. series has potential.

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Just fun

Enjoyed the characters and the plot was good. Very chick-lit which I️ don’t usually love but this one hit the spot for me.

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great book

Great book, loved the story, but the audio was badly dubbed. It was very distracting.

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wonderful!

I can't wait to read the other book in the series. I hope it has the same narrator. she was really good.

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not bad at all

Would you listen to Sleuthing for a Living again? Why?

yes, fun book

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

for the most part but a little to much love life stuff.

Which character – as performed by Suzanne Cerreta – was your favorite?

Daughter

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

you got to work on your Boston accent, everyone else was good.

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  • LeezaH
  • 08-04-17

Jennifer L Hart has done it again

I loved the story line of this book, its real, relatable and honest.

The characters are sassy and straight up, which I love. You will find yourself laughing out loud in places (this can be awkward on public transport during the commute to work) and in others you want to reach out and hug the characters.

I was disappointed when I got to work as I wanted to keep listening all day.

I cant wait for the next book to be available on Audio.

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  • Samantha
  • 12-01-16

Great book

Loved it, reminded me of Janet evanovich style female lead murder mysteries. can't wait for the next one.