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By Alison Bruce
A Carmedy & Garrett Mini-Mystery, Book 1
Publisher: Imajin Books
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Length: 111 Pages
About the book:
Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.
Kate and Jake are on the hunt for a serial cat killer who has mysterious connections to her father’s last police case. Kate’s father had been forced to retire when he was shot investigating a domestic disturbance. Is the shooter back for revenge? And is Kate or Jake next?
EXCERPTDecember 16Violent death was never pleasant. The cold hadn’t diminished the smell of blood, piss and stool—or if it had, I didn’t want to think about it.A dart, the kind animal control officers use in their rifles, was sticking into the ribs. Instead of delivering a tranquillizer, its payload was poison. The feathery stabilizer at the end was red and green. Very seasonal.“Do we know what the poison is, Chief?”“Looks like cyanide. Samples were taken from the last victim. I’ll let you know when the latest batch have been processed and compared.”Igor Thorsen, Chief of Detectives and my godfather, bent down and offered me his hand. I let him pull me out of the crouch I had been sustaining for several minutes while I examined the body. I didn’t need the help, but it was a warm gesture on a cold night.“I could use your help on this, Kathleen. People are getting nervous but I can hardly free up a detective for a serial cat-killer. I can authorize support services for a week and the East Hills Neighbourhood Group will pay your fees.”I stripped off my gloves and ran my fingers through my hair, pushing back the auburn strands that had blown into my face. Time for a cut. Or maybe not. I didn’t have to keep up the uniform code for keeping hair short or worn up.I looked up at the Chief. Way up. And I’m not short. Or particularly tall.I nodded.My name is Kate Garrett. Up until recently, I had been a rookie detective in the violent crimes unit. The chief was my boss. Almost one month ago my father, the Joe Garrett of Garrett Investigations, was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle incident. Now I was the Garrett of Carmedy and Garrett Investigations.Last month I was a homicide detective. Now I was a pet P.I.?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical western romance novels. Three of her novels have been finalists for genre awards.
Author Pages on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonbruce.books
Alison Bruce is also a regular contributor to:
Pop Culture Divas: http://www.thepopculturedivas.com
Cowboy Kisses: http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com
A mystery “ Qwickie”, Deadly Season by Alison Bruce is a light hearted, fun and the perfect lunchtime snack for any mystery lover. While the story is short, the characters are well developed and the mystery takes several twists and turns. Adding in a light touch of humor, after all this is a mystery involving pets, and a light touch of romance, Ms. Bruce kept me entertained from start to finish. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
I enjoyed getting to meet Kate Garrett and Jake Carmody, reluctant business partners after the death of Kate’s dad. You could tell right from the start that there was some kind of history between them and there was plenty of tension to make you wonder when they would acknowledge how they really felt about each other. Kate is the kind of female investigator you want on your side and Jake is also quite good. I think as the series develops that their individual strengths will only improve their business – of course they both have to survive whoever is killing the pets and whoever had been after Kate’s dad.
The mystery is solid and as I said earlier takes several twist and turns. The story’s pace is fairly quick and I found myself turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. The secondary characters were also well developed and helped to add color and depth to the story. All in all, I really enjoyed reading the story and wished it had been longer.Will Kate discover who is killing the pets and why? Will Jake finally confess how he feels about Kate before it’s too late? You’ll have to read Deadly Season to find out. I can’t wait to read the next installment.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Crowns