An Addison Holmes Mystery Volume 1
My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash so I could buy a house. The truth is that I’m pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis, but I could have gone without finding my principal dead in the parking lot of a seedy gentlemen’s club.
After the initial shock of finding my first dead body, which included throwing back shots of Jack Daniels like it was water, I decided to take stock of my life. I was in a desperate situation and if the school board ever found out I’d been a stripper, even a bad stripper, I’d be jobless as well as fiancé-less and homeless. Fortunately, I had a friend who felt sorry enough for me to give me a job doing some surveillance work at her detective agency. And it didn’t bother me one bit that it was the equivalent of a pity fuck. Money is money, and I was about to be homeless. Not to mention the fact that I was now able to stick my nose into other people’s business for a good cause, find a murderer and pick up helpful tips from an incredibly attractive detective.
Come check out my story and be thankful your life is relatively normal.
Overall, the story is worth reading. It is well written, entertaining and a quick read. I enjoyed the character development of each of the principles. There were several different people involved, but Liliana gives you enough character building for each one that you feel you get to know them.
Romancing the Book
Rarely do I read a book that has me laughing on nearly every page… this is one such book. Hart matches some bestsellers I’ve read with her memorable characters; Addison and Nick set the pages on fire whenever they’re together, and Addison’s mom manages to be charmingly bizarre and yet completely believable. Dialogue is very snappy and snarky. Mystery fans will not be disappointed either, as the ending is both surprising and hints strongly at future sequels. All in all, this is a high-quality read that holds it own against its contemporaries, especially those with a funny side. It’s also a fairly accurate depiction of small town Southern life. I know my town growing up had its share of wacky characters. … By the way, best scene in the book; two words: cucumber blindness. If that doesn’t get your curiosity going, nothing will.
DZorger (reader review from Amazon)
If you want a hilarious mystery in the vein of Janet Evanovich, with the witty dialogue of a Jennifer Crusie novel, this is the book for you. … For sheer number of laughs, I’d consider this a bargain at normal ebook price… at the current price, it’s a steal. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Haggis56 (Reader review from Amazon)
I haven’t read a book this funny since the first few Janet Evanovich books. What a treat to find this on the Pubit! shelves. Addison Holmes is a great character and her zany relatives and coworkers add comic relief from the darkness of the murder plot. A definite recommendation to everyone.
Jolie Weber (Reader Review from Barnes and Noble)
Okay, this book is hysterical. It’s a true comedy of errors. …
The Romanceaholic Book Review
My life was a disaster.
I sat in my car with a white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel and watched the rain pound against the windshield. I was soaked to the skin, my skirt was ripped, and blood seeped from both knees. There were scratches on my arms and neck, and my face was blotchy and red from crying. Along with the external wounds, I’d lost a good deal of my sensibilities, most of my faith in mankind, and all of my underwear somewhere between a graveyard and a church parking lot.
I’ll explain later. It’s been a hell of a day.
My name is Addison Holmes, no relation to Sherlock or Katie, and if God has any mercy, he’ll strike me with lightning and end it all. I’ve had a job at the McClean Detective Agency for exactly six days. It’s been the longest six days of my life, and I’ll be lucky if I live to see another six. Unspeakable things, things you’d never imagine have happened to me in six days.
Now I faced the onerous task of telling Kate McClean, my best friend and owner of the McClean Detective Agency, how I’d botched a simple surveillance job and found a dead body. Another dead body.
I should have kept my job as a stripper.