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Book Review: The Accidental Detective Loved It – Anxiously Awaiting a Sequel!

The Accidental Detective
A Hannah Tree Novel by D M Macdonald

It is true that opposites attract. The unlikely pair of Gloria, a transsexual drag queen and trouble making Hannah meet and become allies in a psych ward. Gloria was there for help; Hannah was there because it was the preferred alternative to jail after her latest misbehavior. Abused as a child by someone close to her, Hannah makes one bad choice after another trying to escape her past.

Hannah isn’t as hardened as she would like to be. When her roommate’s husband tries to intimidate his wife, Hannah and Gloria have a plan to stop him from ruining his wife’s life. So begins an unusual friendship between a former lawyer turned drag queen and a girl just trying to forget her past. Seeking revenge from the man that abused her is her ultimate goal.

When the plan to save her roommate works, albeit with a couple of hitches, Hannah feels as though she might be able to help others who are intimidated and abused. She has trust issues but grudgingly accepts Gloria’s help. Hence, she becomes a detective without a license because of her previous illegal activities. She stumbles upon a ring of high-ranking officials that are abusing adults and children in a private club. It is so close to home she will move hell or high water to try and save them and bring the perpetrators to justice. But will she survive the wrath of the powerful people in charge?

The Accidental Detective is a fabulous marriage of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Hannah has trust issues, making her vulnerable, but is fearless in her quest for justice. Gloria is also a strong character with an underlying sadness. The two of them explode from the pages, making a well plotted novel a page-turner.

This is the first book I have read by D M MacDonald, but will not be the last. She has written seven crime fiction novels, each of which I am adding to the top of my list. Her background includes acting as well as careers as a psychiatric nurse and a sculptor, bringing realism to her characters and plots.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to mystery/crime drama fans. Hopefully Hannah and Gloria will be back in a sequel or better yet, a series. I cannot get enough of them and need to know who they are taking down next. This book contains sensitive situations which may be

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: The Perfect Bind – A Perfect Cozy Mystery

A Perfect Bind                      

by Dorothy St. James

Assistant librarian Trudell Becket is frustrated. Her beloved library in the tiny town of Cypress has changed – and not for the better. All. Of. The. Books. Are. Gone. They have all been replaced with electronics. Tablets, computers, e-readers and crazy enough, a café and yoga classes now fill the rooms instead of actual books. While there is a time and place for new technology, Tru feels the loss of books is blasphemy and has taken secret steps to keep readers in touch with a secret library. Housed in the basement beneath the library, a chosen few have access to real books and research materials. If Mrs. Farnsworth, the head librarian, finds out about the hidden library, surely Tru will lose the job that she loves.

Keeping it secret is vital, but someone has discovered the library. Tearing down shelves and ripping books and papers, an unknown vandal has been striking at night when the library is closed. It saddens and puzzles Tru. Who is getting in, why are they destroying books and most of all how are they gaining access? Tru loves mysteries – one of her mottos is “What Would Miss Marple Do?” so she begins poking around in places that might get her in trouble. Or possibly killed!

When a body is found behind the library, Tru’s old flame from high school starts poking around. Jace once was a detective in NY, but has returned to the Cypress police department. He flusters Tru in more ways than one. As her secret crush in high school, she has always held a torch for him. He has feelings for her, but she is afraid to take their friendship to a different level. With him on the case, it is more than difficult to keep the secret library under wraps. When the case heats up, Tru and her band of amateur detectives may have bit off more than they can chew, hopefully it will not get anyone killed.

A Perfect Bind is a delightful cozy mystery. The plot is very well written, and the killer was not who I expected. The red herrings were perfectly placed to throw readers off the trail. Quirky, small town characters perfectly accompany the plot, and are fun and interesting. The bit of humor is also a welcome element. If you have read any of my reviews, you’ll know without me saying I am a huge fan of cozies, and this one hits all the marks to make it very enjoyable.  

This is the first book I have read by Dorothy St. James, but Ms. St. James has written several cozies. A Perfect Bind is the second book in the Beloved Bookroom Series, the first is A Broken Spine. I plan to read it, as well as her other cozies in the near future.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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