Grumpy Old Man
By Tom J. Lyons
The death of multi-millionaire Ramsay Marshall is not a huge surprise. He was only seventy-five, but the heart attacks he previously suffered made him look and act like a much older man. When he is found dead, it is assumed to be a fatal heart attack, but his daughter, Sophia, thinks it is murder. She hires ex-military sergeant Palmer Doyle’s investigations company to find the truth. Doyle International begins to look into Marshall’s death and will hopefully sort out the huge inheritance of Sophia and her slimy step-brother, Brad.
Palmer and Sophia have a past. She helped nurse him back to health after he was injured in the war. It was a brief encounter, but she made a big impression. Palmer wonders if they can become close once again as his team begins to investigate the case. Each of the eclectic investigators he has assembled brings something of value to the company. Dakota is a tattooed, pierced, purple haired computer whiz. John, nicknamed Sharkie due to his oddly pointed teeth, has snapping turtles for pets and has a serious problem with hemorrhoids and is perfect for gathering information. Then there is Meghan the secretary – she keeps this ragtag group on task and holds a secret torch for Palmer.
This fast-paced satire is entertaining, interesting and has an unexpected ending. The quirky characters and solid plot are woven together to create a fantastic novel. If you are a fan of Tim Dorsey, you will love Grumpy Old Man. Full disclosure – this novel does contain sexual situations.
Tom J. Lyons is the author of several books. This is the first book I have read by this author and sincerely hope there will be a sequel or an entire series. I cannot get enough of these characters.
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