Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

by Don Bruns


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It's official: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. Now, that's some scary stuff.It could take time to get Moore or Less investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has a dubious reputation, having had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year. When they're hired to investigate what's caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller coaster chain of events. After a terrifying trip on the Dragon Tail ride, a not-so-fun dust-up in Freddy's Fun House, and a host of threats, James and Skip realize they'll get anything but cooperation from this cantankerous cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip will have to act fast-because they might be next in line. For James and Skip, the only thing sweeter than the smell of corndogs and fried dough will be the sweet smell of success-but in this case, success means getting out alive. This investigation is going completely off the rails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608090471
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Series: Stuff Series , #4
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Don Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician and advertising executive, who lives in South Florida. He is also the author of Stuff to Spy For , Stuff Dreams Are Made Of , Stuff To Die For , Bahama Burnout , St. Barts Breakdown , South Beach Shakedown , Barbados Heat and Jamaica Blue .

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and frustrating for much of the book but the last quarter is really exciting and makes it worth the wait.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", the latest mystery from South Florida novelist, songwriter, musician and advertising executive Don Bruns, is a rollicking up and down tale from start to finish. Two school buddies, Skip Moore and James Lessor, have combined their talent for bumbling to form a brand new detective agency, More or Less Investigations. Think of Tom and Dick Smothers running "Mom Always Liked You Best" investigations instead of pursuing a television career and you get the general idea. Skip tells the story and takes us all along for the ride. With the ink barely dry on their P.I. licenses, the hapless pair accept a job trying to uncover who is sabotaging a local carnival, the Moe Show. The carnival "staff" is, to put it mildly, a bunch of hard-drinking misfits who delight in doing whatever they can to throw Skip and James off track. Which is pretty easy to do. Skip, the brighter of the two, spends much of his time saving James from the folly of his many, ill-advised business and personal decisions. But hey, they're amigos, right? There's also a death-trap of a ride called the Dragon Tail, whose description reminded me once again of why you won't find me at a carnival very often. Like never. Amazingly enough, the pair do manage to crack the case before they both get put out of business. Permanently. Lots of fun, especially with a bucket of popcorn or a corn dog to snack on while you read! Reviewed by: Susan Santangelo, Author of "Retirement Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
skyla11377 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I found out (after the fact, and no I didn't see the blurb before I read this that this book is part of a series of books featuring Skip Moore and James Lessor. After reading this book I am so going out and buying the rest of this series. Skip and James were too funny of a duo. They both have their own way of doing things which makes for hilarious hijinks's. This bumbling duo find themselves in way over their heads when James drags Skip into another one of his great hair brained schemes. This time they need to visit a traveling carnival called the Moe Show so James can learn the ins and outs of the business and what not as their new marketing director. Having just gotten their PI licenses they are rather shocked to be approached shortly after arriving at the Moe Show by Moe Bradley himself with a proposition. Moe needs James and Skip to investigate the recent troubles his traveling carnival has been having but he also needs them to keep it on the down low so as not to cause a panic among the other carnies. How James and Skip go about it is truly a work of comedic art. One thing after another thing happens to these two which takes this book to a whole new level of the blind leading the blind. Their investigation style is so inept that a monkey could do it better but that is the pure gem of this book. Their total lack of knowledge and stupidity keeps you coming back for even more. I so can not forget to mention Jody Stacy the PI pro who helped get Skip and James their licenses. He is too funny because he sells surveillance equipment to this dynamic duo time and again and he can't seem to give them a price for it. His famous lines are usually something like "I'll send you the bill" or "if you don't like it you can always return it" which to me is priceless (pun How they fall for this time and again is any ones guess but it makes for some funny situations. I am afraid to say any more because I don't want to give away any of the suspects or spy gadgets. If I did that it might spoil this awesome story for some people and I wouldn't want to do that. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10 even though it is part of a series I read it without any problems keeping up. Any reference to other situations they were in seemed just like regular back story stuff and didn't hinder my reading (although now I know it is referencing other books in the series). If you like a quirky duos, crime novels, mysteries, or just a great story all together I urge you to pick up a copy of Don't Sweat The Small Stuff it truly is a great book and well worth the read.
misterreereeder More than 1 year ago
The less than dynamic duo of Skip Moore and James Lessor return in their 4th boo of this series by Don Bruns. This time they are licensed professional investigators but they stillseem more like amateurs. This is their first case as professionals. They are hired to investigate as undercovers in a carnival - there have been a series of accidents with the rides at the carnival. But somehow word gets out who they are and what thet are doing there. They have three days to complete their investigation and a lot will happen - including a murder, a break in to their trailer, and several warnings for them to leave. With some help from some "friends" and a little luck - in spite of their bungling - they are able to close the case.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
James Lessor and Skip More are quite a pair of guys. James does a variety of things - picks up hot women in bars; works part-time at the Cap'N Crab; spouts movie quotes at every opportune and inopportune moment; and, most of all, wants more than anything to be a Private Investigator so that he can buy a new truck. (The old truck blew up when his partner saved him). Skip is almost exactly the opposite. Skip sells home security systems and has always been truly, madly, deeply in love with his girlfriend, Emily - who has recently left Skip so they could have some time apart. Now Skip did "go all in" with James when they decided to open More or Less Investigations; and, when they receive the paperwork from the state of Florida that heralds their brand new shiny P.I. license, the excitement begins to build for both of them. In fact, their very first job comes along almost immediately. Moe Bradley is a man with two mean sisters, who owns four traveling carnivals. Unfortunately, people have been killed on his rides, and Moe has hired Skip and James to investigate. He wants to know who is sabotaging his business.and why. When Skip and James are hired to come join the carnival for a weekend, and stay undercover in order to ferret out the "bad guys," the fun really begins. Seeing as James wants to do nothing more than have 'carnival' relations with a severely attractive woman named Angie, who works for Moe, it falls on Skip to find out what exactly is going on in carnival land. First he meets up with Winston Pugh who runs Winnie Pugh's Zoo. He's an old man who is completely sick and tired of Disney trying to sue him for using a name that's too close to Winnie the Pooh, and he believes there is a conspiracy against him.not Moe. Skip also meets Kevin Cross, a man who runs the air rifle booth, who seems to be extremely loyal to Moe Bradley and doesn't trust Skip and James one little bit. Other characters include Bo and Charlie, who are in charge of operating the Dragon Tail ride - which is where many have been injured or plummeted to their death; and, Ken Clemens, a boyfriend of one of Moe's sisters who goes from friendly to threatening quite quickly. Soon Skip becomes aware that he's getting way too close too fast when a carnie is discovered dead in his trailer, and he and his partner, Skip, find themselves attacked inside the broken-down Fun House. The dialogue is extremely funny and the main characters are complete opposites. The reader will see more of "Magnum" in the womanizing, free-wheeling, James; whereas Skip is a hard-nosed investigator who really wants to solve the crime and end up alive at the end. The mystery is quick-moving and will certainly make you think twice (if you don't already) about how safe those broken-down rides really are that go up overnight in the parking lot of your local shopping mall. Quill says: Pure fun. Not a story that will have you staying up at night to plow through to the end as fast as you can go in order to find the killer, but certainly a story that's fun to pick up and read. James and Skip are definitely a dysfunctional married couple in their own way, and the carnies - especially Winnie Pugh - are hysterical. Enjoy!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Even roommates Skip Moore and James Lessor are shocked when the Florida Department of Agriculture issues them their private investigator license though each understands the Sunshine State has been out in the sun too long. The pair opens up the Moore or Less Investigations form. To keep from becoming starving sleuths James obtains a position as marketing director of the Moe Show traveling carnival; owner Moe Bradley must have worked for the state. Moe also orders James to investigate who is causing the accidents on the rides culminating with the death of a thirtyish woman when the safety bar on a ride failed. Skip joins James, but most of the carny employees provide Lessor cooperation as they learn first hand on the Dragon Tail and Moore insult in Freddy's Fun House. When worker Kevin Cross is murdered in his trailer, the two new official sleuths bring in the big guns, Skip's girlfriend Emily, and P.I. Jody Stacy. Over the top of Tallahassee, the enjoyable Moore or Lessor tale (see Stuff to Spy For) has the Dumb Dicks (they are humorous unlike the 1930s movie) legal while causing the same jocular havoc with terrific asides that skewer the state. The story line is faster than the Dragon Tail ride as the duo seems to land constantly in excrement that only a fly would appreciate. With a fabulous cliffhanging finish, Don Bruns' fans will welcome the return of the zany pair and their more effective female buddies while wanting the next Moore and Lessor thriller immediately. Harriet Klausner