Bye, Bye Love

Bye, Bye Love

by K.J. Larsen

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Bye, Bye Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good beach book? You can't go far wrong with Bye, Bye Love, especially if you like funny women private investigators with a bit of an edge. And don't despair if you haven't read the first three books in the series; it won't take you all that long to get up to speed. As with the earlier books, a lot of the pleasure for me is in the secondary characters. I do like Cat very much, particularly her snarkiness, but her cop relatives, the interactions with family "acquaintances" who happen to be on the shady side of the law, and her assistant, the hilarious Cleo Jones, make the whole story so much fun. Best of all is Inga, Cat's sleuthing partner, who just happens to be a beagle. Yes, a beagle, and a most charming one at that! This time, Cat is running against the tide---which, actually, is not so different for her---because the body she and Inga found is missing and the cops, especially her own relatives, think the whole thing is just Cat being Cat. That means she and her cohorts have to get to the bottom of things because no one else is going to. Naturally, Cat finds herself in more than one close call. Oh, and she has to contend with her loud, crazy eccentric Italian-American family getting ready to throw her parents' vow renewal. Just another day in the DeLuca family. You'll come across the occasional flub, the head-scratching "wait a minute" interludes, and much of this will remind you of other popular humorous private eye series but, you know what? You'll still have a good time with Cat and the gang, I promise ;-)
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in a series and even thought I have not read any of the rest of the series I was able to read this one just fine. The story was full of some good characters that I had fun getting to know. This book was a little more harsh than the cozy mysteries so if you expecting something mild than you will be disappointed. It was a very fast book to read and kept your attention right up until the end of the story. The author did a good job of keeping you guessing and to me that makes a good mystery. Cat was my favorite character in the book and I liked how she went after what she wanted and she was good PI. I loved the name of her company as well. The author did a good job with her descriptions in this book. You could almost taste the great Italian food, feel as if you were a part of the family and laugh along with them. All in all a good book. 
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
PI Cat DeLuca has a habit of annoying the police while in pursuit of cheating spouses. She owns the Pants On Fire Detective Agency that is known for catching lying, cheating spouses. Cat seems to stumble into trouble and over dead bodies routinely. Lucky for her she has a long family history of Chicago cops to help her even when she doesn’t think she needs it.  After a particularly hairy stakeout situation, Cat decides to unwind with a run. Even though it is late, she feels safe running in the park with her partner Inga – who happens to be a beagle. Cat literally lands face first on a dead body. The only problem is the bad guy is still around and zaps her before she can get her tazer out. By the time she is able to call the police the body is missing.  Even though her father is an ex-cop, her brother is a current cop and her uncle is quite probably a dirty cop, Captain Bob of the Chicago police department doesn’t believe Cat.  He makes the big mistake of letting Cat know how little he thinks of her detective skills. She vows to find the killer herself and hopefully the body that went missing and made her the laughing stock of the Ninth Precinct. Lucky – or unlucky for her – she saw the guy she thinks is the killer. But of course that means he saw her also. Now she is hunting for the killer, looking for the corpse and trying not to get killed herself.  Zany circumstances force her into predicaments that include going to a biker bar, being ambushed by a mobster and into dead people’s homes to search for clues. Her assistant Cleo tends to make things worse, but her heart is in the right place even though she often ends up in the wrong place.  While all of this is going on, her pushy mother keeps trying to guilt her into marriage and starting a family. To complicate matters more, her boyfriend’s parents are coming in to meet her parents. It is planned to be one happy family dinner. The question is how will ex-hippy vegetarians get along with meat loving Italians? Cat can see the impending train wreck and tries everything she can think of to not be on board when it happens, but nothing works. She is going to have to have dinner and hopefully make it through the evening without losing her boyfriend in the process. This is K.J. Larsen’s forth book in the Cat DeLuca Mystery series. It read great as a stand-alone novel, just enough background info to let people new to the series get up-to-date, but not so much as to become repetitious to readers of the series. This witty read kept me laughing with one-liners and outlandish situations that could actually happen if a PI had bad luck and crazy friends, foes and family.   K.J. is actually three sisters, Kari, Julianne and Kristen Larsen. This award winning trio writes under one name and if you didn’t know it was more than one person, you could not guess by the writing. The sisters brilliantly combine their efforts to create a fun series with quirky characters both human and animal.  If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Mysteries, you will love K.J.’s Cat DeLuca. There is a perfectly plotted mystery among the poker games and car chases. The twist at the end was masterful; I totally did not see it coming.  Bye, Bye Love is a fast paced, fun book. I especially liked all of the Chicago references since I live in the burbs and have seen many of them myself.  DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review. Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman
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