Aunt Fran is missing. Those words echoed throughout the town, worrying family and friends. So Lilly Millenovanovich, a mystery writer, decides to help the authorities find her aunt. The Barton police have very few leads and Lilly is between novels with time on her hands. Her search becomes a hazardous journey in whips, cuffs, and little brown boxes. Being thrown into awkward situations is familiar to Lilly Millenovanovich, like hiding in a stranger's bedroom closet and discovering a naked man cuffed to the bed.
Though events sometimes turn dangerous Lilly continues her sleuthing and recruits Mona, her cousin and best friend, to assist in the search. Complications erupt, making their quest almost impossible. A chain of store robberies, the unusual behavior of Aunt Fran's husband, and death threats from the mob are just a few. No matter where the search takes them, Lilly sees one common element - Ron Kinecki, known by women in town as Slick Dick Ron.
He's the owner of Repo Ron's Used Cars, but might be selling more than automobiles. As luck would have it, not all eyes watching Lilly intend harm. Her eccentric neighbor, Kooky Colonel Crockett, proves to be a helpful witness as he stands guard over the neighborhood. Aunt Sadie, the bold matriarch of Lilly's family, who may tip the bottle once too often, executes strong will and bold opinions to keep Lilly on a straight path. And, of course, boyfriend/detective Jake Kline. He offers assistance both in and out of the bedroom.
Even an anonymous emailer feeds Lilly clues. Before it's over, Lilly must face more trouble than she can manage alone. Still, with friends and family to lend their support, everything turns out well in the end. Certainly, it doesn't happen without a murder or two, but then when Kline and Lilly kiss in that final moment, life seems to be back to normal. At least until the next mystery hits town.
Would you try another book from Kathryn Long and/or Michele Jansen?
What could Kathryn Long have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Made the story at least a little more believable. I also had a hard time keeping up with all the characters. There were just too many.
How could the performance have been better?
Not sure, maybe this just wasn't a good book for her to narrate. She made all but the main character sound like dim witted cartoon characters.
Any additional comments?
The main character's family member is missing and she's worried about going on a date?! Also, I really don't like mysteries that are focused on the main character withholding information from the police - frustrating! Maybe she was supposed to be a bumbling Lucille Ball type character but it was just too much foolishness.