Author Guest Post
Girl Detective, All Grown Up
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a detective more than anything. My favorite shows were all about detectives--Hart to Hart, Moonlighting, Remington Steele--and so were all my favorite books. I devoured Harriet the Spy and all the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and The Three Investigators stories. I could solve crimes, sure! I was a nosy kid, and I even had "titian" hair like Nancy's. I was halfway there already, right?
Once, when we were on a family vacation, a church near where we were staying was robbed. I heard that detectives were there, and I begged my mother to let me go to the church. I so desperately wanted to see a real detective in action. I had a very glamorous, TV-version of the crime scene in mind. Glossy hair blowing in the breeze, guns drawn, and witty exchanges with whatever would-be thieves they'd managed to capture. (It's a very good thing my mother did not let me go.)
It wasn't until years later that I realized I'd zeroed in on the wrong part of the "detective story" equation--I liked the story part much more than the actual detecting part.
Therefore, Bitter Pill and Rennie Harlow are the culmination of life-long dream. And when I sat down to write this story, I wanted to recreate that same fun I used to have watching those shows and reading those books, only I wanted it to be relatable to my life now, as an adult.
So, I knew right away that Rennie couldn't be nearly as pulled together and perfect as so many of those fictional sleuths from my youth. I wanted Rennie to be more like me, more like the people I knew--messy, unpredictable, stubborn, prone to making decisions that would eventually come back to bite her.
I also wanted a story that focused more on her personal life, or the wreckage of it, anyway! Many amateur sleuth books for adults focus on hobbies or careers. But at the time I wrote the story, I felt like I could barely manage everything that was going on in my life: family obligations, work, marriage, friendships, big life decisions. If you'd tossed a dead body (and the ensuing investigation) into that mix, I'd have been a mess.
So, I made Rennie deal with it instead. :)
I am absolutely delighted that I got the chance to write Bitter Pill, and I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
I have absolutely no regrets about growing up to be a writer instead of a detective. That being said, my critique partner is a former P.I. and darn, if I don't get a little bit of badge envy still. :D
About The Author
Stacey lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy).
Bitter Pill by Stacey Kade
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Format: Paperback - 210 pages / Kindle - 1387 KB / Nook - 206 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Mystery & Suspense
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Jake Bristol has lived in Morrisville his whole life. A former bad boy turned sheriff, he doesn’t believe it’s just Rennie’s luck or timing that’s the problem. He thinks she’s too nosy for her own good. The last thing he needs is her messing around with his murder investigation so that she can freelance for the Morrisville Gazette. But as they both delve deeper into Doc's death, they find that things don't add up. This isn't a robbery gone wrong or the work of a desperate junkie. Someone has a secret they're killing to keep. The only question is—who's next?
My Book Review:
Bitter Pill is an entertaining mystery that follows the adventures of freelance writer and amateur sleuth Rennie Harlow, who has a knack of getting herself into trouble and finding dead bodies.
After four years of marriage and living in Chicago, Rennie Harlow's husband attorney Jeffrey Michael divorces her gets remarried three days after the divorce is finalized to Maria, his former legal assistant / mistress. Scorned and bitter, Rennie returns to her small hometown of Morrisville, Illinois, to restart her life. Living with her mother in an apartment above the garage, a year has passed since her return to Morrisville, and it has been anything but smooth ... especially when it comes to getting herself in the middle of trouble when she finds three local townspeople dead, and has a major crush on the town's married Sheriff, Jake Bristol. Written in the first person narrative, Rennie takes the reader along for the ride as she discovers the body of local pharmacist, Doc Eugene Hallacy, and is determined to investigate the murder and find the killer.
Bitter Pill is a fun fast-paced mystery that easily draws the reader into the story from the beginning. Author Stacey Kade weaves an intriguing whodunit that features Rennie's amateur sleuthing adventure to solve the mystery of Doc Hallacy's murder. The author does a great job of providing the reader with a small town full of secrets, and enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps them guessing the identity of the murderer until the surprising conclusion. And if that isn't enough to peak your interest, the author provides a backstory into Rennie's marriage/divorce, her relationship with her hypochondriac mother, and her crush on the town's Sheriff.
Rennie is a bit of a mess, but she's a realistic and sassy lady who is easy to relate to, you can't help but like her. I really enjoyed that the story was told in the first person narrative, it was fun to follow Rennie on her amateur sleuthing adventure; and I really enjoyed the subtle crush, sexual tension, and humorous interactions that she had with Sheriff Jake Bristol. Add in Rennie's lovable Greyhound Fritzy and some quirky townspeople with secrets and issues of their own, and you get a thoroughly entertaining whodunit that will have you trying to solve the mystery along with Rennie and Jake!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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