The "big girl's blouse" is Alice's best friend, Conor, who offers her a job in the Samovar cafe when her vindictive boss sacks her. But Conor's boyfriend, Hector, is being pursued by Immigrationand Alice finds herself agreeing to marry him in exchange for a cut in the cafe. Inevitably the success of the Samovar attracts the attention of local gangster Jesse James and his bodyguard/hitman Joxer Boxer. The situation goes from bad to worse due to some double-dealing by Hector, and Alice has to fight to hold everythingincluding Conortogether. All Alice has to fall back on is a bit of native wit and a little help from her friend and neighbor Madame Maxine, Dominatrix.
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I've never read chicklit (I know, I'm behind the trend), being more interested in standard genres of mystery/sci-fi/fantasy. This book was on sale and looked fun, so I got it. It was fun, jaunty, and colourful. Fairly stylised and unrealistic, but that was expected. Plus, Irish idioms!
I enjoyed this cute story, although I did expect a bit more mystery. I'd read more by Maggie Gibson.