Holly Garden, PI: Red Is for Rookie: Book 1 in Handcuffed in Texas Series

Holly Garden, PI: Red Is for Rookie: Book 1 in Handcuffed in Texas Series

by Anne Greene

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ISBN-13: 9781942513384
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2015
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Holly Garden, PI: Red Is for Rookie: Book 1 in Handcuffed in Texas Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Thebookdevourer 22 days ago
This was very easy-to-read, fast-paced, with a strong woman who faces many frenemies even within her own family! She continues on to work toward her goals against all odds. This book is well-written with wonderful characters that I hope will continue on to more adventures (I think they will!) I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
JohnL50 22 days ago
This book by Anne Greene was definitely a first for me in that it combined an outright good detective story with religious beliefs and upbringing. The good thing about the book was the actual detective story and the characters were solid, and, the religious beliefs of some of the characters while adding a flavor to the book, did not overwhelm the reader, tended to stay in the background. I am looking forward to adding other Holly Gardner mysteries to my TBR. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Booksprout. Edit Delete Comment Permalink
annelr 10 months ago
Red is for Rookie is an entertaining romantic suspense book by Anne Greene. Fast-paced, lots of action (some of a bit comical) with an edge-of-the-seat climactic ending. Holly is a newbie PI and one of her best friends goes missing at a Valentine’s gala. Is it a kidnapping? Is it related to her what happened to her father? Will Holly be able to find him before he’s killed or before she herself is? Lots of twists and turns in the plot, one especially was a ‘wow, I didn’t see that coming’ scene. Characters are quirky and enjoyable to meet, one in particular, is Granny, the quintessential wannabe detective, reminiscent of Grandma Mazur from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I liked how the author brings faith in God into the story with Holly reminding herself of God’s Word and His faithfulness to guide and protect. I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading more of Holly’s story and more of this author’s works. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene Was happy to learn I had won a copy of this book to read. Sounded like a good one and I was right. Starts out with Holly and she and her best friend Matt, who are both PI's are watching over the night at the Meet and Greet Valentine's event that her mother had planned. Something goes terribly wrong and Matt is kidnapped. Holly finds the clues and pieces it all together after talking with a few hands full of people. There are so many to name but so easy to keep track of. With the help of God and her friends, family and suspects and cops she hopes to find the missing piece to the puzzle. Lots of action, bit of romance, finding clues and where to look for them and especially like the rules noted as they resemble ones from Gibbs NCIS TV show. Very entertaining story and can see another to make this a saga series. The door is open for all that and more. I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Holly Garden, P.I.: Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene is a fun, entertaining, and original romantic suspense story that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend. Twenty-four-year-old Holly suffered a major, regrettable setback to her P.I. career when her father with whom she was working on a case was killed. The police department among others believe her father was corrupt, and she vows to clear his name and to restore his sullied reputation. The only problem is that there is no one in her family (her mom and her uncle who now runs the investigations office) who has confidence in her abilities or approves of her career choice—except her devoted grandmother. The story begins with Holly and her team working security at her mother’s Valentine Meet-a-Thon event. Early in the evening Holly discovers that her mom actually hired back-up for their team, proving that she has little confidence in their ability. Suddenly Holly is confronted with an extremely attractive and egotistical rival P.I., and soon after, is blind-sided by a master-mind abduction of her friend and co-worker, Matt. Holly must quickly add up the clues to save Matt, if it is not too late already. Holly and Stryker, her rival, eventually team up to solve the case and to keep Holly and her family safe, plus their informant, Chuck, the professional wrestler/mechanic involved in the abduction, and a little girl whom Chuck had befriended. Yet, Holly discovers that Stryker is still on her interfering mom’s payroll, and that, to her, is a huge deal breaker. She strikes out on her own, dangerously alone. A great reading adventure, sure to satisfy a suspense-loving reader. I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting and enjoyable book. Holly was a young P.I. trying to solve her first major case, a kidnapping of her best friend. Through a comedy of errors and mishaps, she came up with a list of suspects. She is fighting relatives to keep her position as a P.I. and her father's rather poor reputation. Overall, it is a light fun read. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Holly Garden is a rookie investigator who is trying to break into her family’s investigative firm after her father’s murder. Her first real gig is to provide security to a well-heeled party. She has been assigned to work with Matt, a seasoned P.I. as well as a neighbor and friend. At the party, Holly saw Stephen, a rival investigator, who seemed to be protecting her instead of the party goers. Just as things seemed to be under control, she found that Matt had been kidnapped and a massive manhunt began. Holly’s main objective, besides finding Matt, was to prove herself by locating her father’s murderer and clearing his name from any misdoings. Anne Greene developed Holly’s character to be one that is fun to read. The storyline fashions her to be a very active P.I. with some “flubs” along the way and keeps the reader in suspense right to the very end. It was a delightful story! I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
The story starts out sounding like an old-time private eye series such as Mike Hammer. Not bad at all, but full of odd saying that would be used in that type of series. The tempo picks up right away and really doesn't slow down. The characters, for the most part, are well developed. I enjoyed the story but for my taste, too descriptive. Also, just my taste, there was a character introduced that really wasn't relevant and never tied up at the end. The main story did tie up nicely, but left other things open. Good for the next story. It also left me wanting more, which is both good and bad from the readers stand point. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy a good detective story with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story of Holly, a klutzy, accident-prone young P.I. working her first case, the kidnapping of her friend, Matt. The scene of the overturned banquet table at the matchmaking gala is hilarious. She tries so hard to be sophisticated and professional after Matt is snatched, but the bleu cheese salad dressing on her clothing, her putting out a fire with a slab of prime rib, and her shaking hands with sour cream on her palm cause her great embarrassment and the reader great comic relief. The overall tone of the book is light and almost a spoof of detective novels. Holly sticks her head up when she should duck, freezes when she should act, and finds herself in serious trouble time and again—including a close encounter with an ice cream truck that leaves her beloved jeep covered in frozen Snickers bars. Even the cover hints that our heroine will face danger but be surrounded by good looking guys to rescue her and that a happy ending is guaranteed. Although Holly is confused about her love interests, one thing that she is sure of is her faith. She prays regularly and in all situations and completely trusts that her prayers are listened to and acted upon. She is the type of woman mothers hope their sons will marry and other women want as a best friend. I received the book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this my honest opinion
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Definitely a Winner!! One of my favorite types of books, a cozy mystery with lots of romantic suspense, I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Greene's first book of the Handcuffed in Texas series. An over-the-top Valentine's banquet for rich, young professionals provides the start for this fast paced book which takes off with a sudden bang and never slows down. Holly Garden, the hapless heroine, is serving security at said banquet when her best friend is kidnapped. Holly has her work cut out for her. She must fight the police department's animosity towards her deceased father and clear his tarnished name. She must figure out whether handsome Stryker is for or against her. Holly also needs to convince her uncle that she can find Matt faster than her rival at the family detective agency. Last but not least, Holly needs to survive while doing all this. I really enjoyed this fast-paced tale of twists and turns.The references to Scripture and the some of characters' solid beliefs were encouraging or convicting. At one point Temple says,"I'm the daughter of the King...and so are you." "Mostly,I think of myself as Dad's daughter. A crusader with a soiled name."(Holly) " 'Take your pick.' Temple's tone indicated there was no contest between the choices." How true! We are who we think we are, just as the Bible says,"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." A great cast of quirky characters, (gotta love Grandma!)fast adventure,some spiritual truths, and an ending that will leave you begging for the next book..definitely a winner!! I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
It is Valentine’s Day and Holly Garden is working security for her mother’s latest venture for the Dallas Ladies Auxiliary – a Valentine Meet-A-Thon. What she really needs is a real case; she works for Garden Investigations which is headed up by her uncle. And underneath all, she wants to solve her father’s murder and sanitize his reputation. During a commotion caused by a group of wrestler’s Holly’s partner and next door neighbor, Matt Murdock, is drugged and taken away by ambulance and another private investigator, Stryker Black, is knocked out under a table. Holly now has her real case – finding the kidnapped Matt – and figuring out how Stryker fits in to it all. You will enjoy Holly’s family – mother, grandmother and twin sisters – and Holly’s unconventional way of doing things. Through it all, Holly tries to exhibit a Christian witness to those around her. This is Book #1 in the Handcuffed in Texas Series. You will want to read more in this series of inspirational and romantic mysteries. I received a copy from the author and publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.