Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes: A Lilly M. Mystery

Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes: A Lilly M. Mystery

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by Kathryn Long
     
 

"Some days I hated my life. Turning forty, pre-menopausal migraines, single, gaining ten pounds in six months, not to mention having three, sometimes overbearing mothers, and an editor with no compassion.

On the other hand, I had Kline, sort of, and there was my career, or what was left of it. I had a dog that idolized me, even if no one else did, and a house

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"Some days I hated my life. Turning forty, pre-menopausal migraines, single, gaining ten pounds in six months, not to mention having three, sometimes overbearing mothers, and an editor with no compassion.

On the other hand, I had Kline, sort of, and there was my career, or what was left of it. I had a dog that idolized me, even if no one else did, and a house of my own. Those pluses should sustain me through my crises. So now, I would go home and write. It's what I do." -- Lilly Millenovanovich

Aunt Fran is missing. Those words echoed throughout the town, worrying family and friends. So, Lilly Millenovanovich, a mystery writer, decides to help the authorities find her aunt. The Barton police have very few leads and Lilly is between novels with time on her hands. Her search becomes a hazardous journey in Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes. Thrown into awkward situations is familiar to Lilly Millenovanovich, like hiding in a stranger’s bedroom closet and discovering a naked man cuffed to the bed. Though events sometimes turn dangerous Lilly continues her sleuthing and recruits Mona, her cousin and best friend, to assist in the search.

Complications erupt, making their quest almost impossible. A chain of store robberies, the unusual behavior of Aunt Fran’s husband, and death threats from the mob are just a few. No matter where the search takes them, Lilly sees one common element – Ron Kinecki, known by women in town as Slick Dick Ron. He’s the owner of Repo Ron’s Used Cars, but might be selling more than automobiles.

As luck would have it, not all eyes watching Lilly intend harm. Her eccentric neighbor, Kooky Colonel Crockett, proves to be a helpful witness as he stands guard over the neighborhood. Aunt Sadie, the bold matriarch of Lilly’s family, who may tip the bottle once too often, executes strong will and bold opinions to keep Lilly on a straight path. Even an anonymous emailer feeds Lilly clues.

Before it’s over, Lilly must face more trouble than she can manage alone. Still, with friends and family to lend their support, everything turns out well in the end. Certainly, it doesn’t happen without a murder or two, but then all is back to normal. At least until the next mystery hits town.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011338618
Publisher:
Kathryn Long
Publication date:
06/04/2011
Series:
Lilly M Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
67,095
File size:
342 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn Long is a native Ohioan, born and raised in Barberton, the "Magic City". She is the youngest of five children, although the closest sibling in age is a brother sixteen years her senior. Being raised like an only child, Kathryn found reading and writing as favorable forms of entertainment. In high school as a member of the Writers' Club, she continued to nurture her writing talent. After high school Kathryn attended and graduated from the University of Akron with a BA degree in French. Before marriage and children the author managed a Waldenbooks store and continue writing short stories and song lyrics as a hobby. In 1987 she returned to school for a Bachelor's in Education. She has been an employee of the Green Local School system since 1990 and currently teaches SLD students at the high school. Writing took a more serious turn a few years ago as Kathryn completed her first novel-length work and discovered that mystery was her nitch. Early on, determined to improve her craft, she developed a habit of spending most of her free time in the summer and on weekends during the school year, writing story after story. Mystery merged with the color of Native American culture to create Oklahoma's Gold and A Pleasant View. Venturing into cozy mysteries and romantic suspense writing, Kathryn has created three novels with the cozy, Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes; a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows; and the recently completed, Dying to Dream, another romantic suspense. Kathryn has also written short stories, two of which are published in The Piker Press: "A Good Man" and "Betrayal in a Letter". She also has ventured into the young adult genre, writing the modern-day fairytale, Cinderella Geek, under the pen name, K. Sean Jennkrist. Keeping connected is an important element of writing. Staying in tune with what goes on in the writing world and being visible are reasons why Kathryn is a member of Sisters in Crime and maintains a blogsite - Writers & Teachers as well as a facebook page.

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Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes - A Lilly M. Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was around 270 pages. (Sorry, I can not remember the exact amount. Must be having a senior moment.) I had a really hard time getting interested in this book. It seemed to drag a lot. There was a lot of cursing also. I quit reading it twice and went back to it, bound and determined to finish it. It never really got any better, but it did not get any worse either. I did not like the heroine always harping on pre-post and menopausal women. Yes, at times, it is uncomfortable, but it is not as horrible and debilatating as the author makes it out to be. There are many adult themes in this book. It is chick lit and for adults. Who and whydunit were easy to figure out. There were not many surprizes. This book seemed to never end. Because I have books which were much worse. I am rating this as a three star. If the editing were better, cursing left out and middle aged women, portrayed with a kinder, gentler keyboard, I would have rated it a four. I did like the dog, but the heroine was not the most concentious owner, ofrten forgetting to feed, water and let the poor thing out. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hijinks galore, good character development, and the story flows seamlessly. Lily could be Stephanies cousin! Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT I LIKED: The characters. They were all so individual and vivid and, in some cases, a bit larger than life. The people and situations sometimes were sort of zany. One person might be calm and reasonable one moment and totally blowing a cork in the next. The mystery plot was well-conceived, I thought, and developed throughout the book consistently and coherently. At the end, just as they should be, all the loose ends were tied up neatly. All the various mysterious, seemingly nonsensical, things that happened from time to time eventually came together in an integrated ending. I'm always impressed when someone can take a lot of details like that and weave them into a pattern that makes sense at the end. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The strong language and the cavalier attitude toward sex. The book, in my opinion, would be fine without it and would be suitable for a wider audience. I realize that gritty realism may be suitable for some books, but I don't think this one needed it
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