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Posted February 2, 2012
This story is about Mimi, the owner of Gotcha Detective Agency. I think the name of her business perfectly shows you her sense of humor. Mimi is a funny woman, and I loved her inner monologue. She has wise comebacks and just her general tone was humorous. She is also very intelligent - another bonus!
Soon Mimi is hired to protect an author who writes vampire novels! Someone has gotten violent with her, and she is worried about her upcoming book signing tour and more violence. What starts as a bodyguard job quickly turns into a murder investigation though - and the list of suspects is growing.
Next comes the Camarilla. If you are into vampires, and role-playing then you would definitely be interested in this. But they too, are suspect in the murder.
From here the story takes a lot of turns. You can’t figure out who the murderer really is because everyone seems to have motive or opportunity. I really enjoyed that it was not plain to see, and frankly, I was a bit surprised when I did find out who it was.
Mimi isn’t investigating alone, she has to work alongside Nick. Nick is the lead detective on the case for the police department. Oh, and he is also her ex-boyfriend! This absolutely leads to some funny and interesting situations, and certainly enhances that whole snarky attitude she has quietly in her mind. I really liked the two of them interacting, but I tell ya – at times I just wanted to yell at them to get it on and get it over with already! He's such a....a.....a man!! (haha, men, don't hate me!) For some reason, Nick acts so aloof – barely even acknowledging Mimi as an investigator – let alone someone he has known intimately! There were definitely times I just wanted to smack him, that’s for sure. Nick and Mimi have a lot of sexual tension that is on a slow build.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story. It was fast pace and had an easy, almost conversational tone to the writing. The author did a fantastic job of misdirecting the audience when necessary, and introduced a very interesting cast of characters that weren’t just black and white. Definitely many shades of grey for this group!
Posted September 3, 2011
Even with a jammed schedule, this book kept me up reading late at night and I even got up out of bed just to read a little more. I'm a picky reader and it's been awhile since that's happened. Mimi, the main character who owns Gotcha Detective Agency, is funny from the start and gets in way over her head when she accepts a job as a bodyguard for an overly ambitious author. And to make matters worse, Mimi is thrown into close contact with a sexy cop, an old boyfriend who'd dumped her without a word. In a test of wits, they follow leads until they wind up in a vampire role-playing game. The characters, observations and situations are realistic and fun and I got totally absorbed in the story. The author, Jamie Lee Scott, has a great voice and I will definitely be watching for her next book. I saw where she's also writing this series as a screenplay and I would love to watch Gotcha as a television series. Fantastic read! Don't miss this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2011
Instead of being a book about vampires, this one has a vampire author and her assistant in peril. Love the LARP vampire game at the heart of the story. Nice mystery with enough twists to keep you guessing until the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2011
This is a light and funny PI novel/mystery with interesting, well-developed characters and excellent twists and turns. The inside look at the publishing industry is hilarious, and the setting - Santa Cruz, California - makes for a great backdrop to the murder mystery with ties back to a bestselling vampire book series. The guys are hot, the women are funny, and the writing is good. What more could you want?
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Posted July 14, 2011
Jamie Lee Scott's debut novel is a well-written mystery! Well-constructed plot, plenty of suspects, smoldering sexual tension between Mimi & Nick, and a killer who wants to make sure Mimi drops the case - permanently. Think you know who the killer is? Guess again! Excellent book! I cannot wait for the next book in this series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.