Malicious Mischief

Malicious Mischief

by Marianne Harden
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Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden

Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden

Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won't be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather's home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.
Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622660322
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Rylie Keyes
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marianne Harden loves a good laugh. So much so, she cannot stop humor from spilling into her books. Over the years she has backpacked through the wilds of Australia, explored the exotics of Asia, soaked up the sun in the Caribbean, and delighted in the historic riches of Europe. Her goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. She divides her time between Switzerland and Washington State where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Malicious Mischief 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riley Tabitha Keys -- a little harebrained, a lot of heart. Riley Keys needs her job at the Fountain of Youth Retirement Center, but it’s hard to stay employed as a driver when someone is trying to run you off the road...and frame you for murder. Luckily, Riley has the desire for detective work, even if she lacks formal skills. But not to worry, a hilarious supporting cast is there to help her when she falls short, literally and figuratively. Malicious Mischief is a funny, fast-paced mystery that twists when you think it’ll turn and flips when you think it might flop. Riley’s quirky sense of humor snared my attention from the beginning and the plot kept me guess what would happen till the very end. While she may not have had many successes in her life, Riley’s eternal optimism and determination make her a worthy heroine who is sure to get her man (or men as the case may be.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rylie Keyes is a delightful character full of wit and humor. I was not only on the edge of my seat from chapter to chapter but I was laughing right along with the characters. Such a fun read that left a smile on face!
Valshemi More than 1 year ago
You couldn't help relate to the character Rylie Keyes. You dive into a live actioned mystery with her and of course it doesn't hurt to have attractive cops. She longs to be a PI.. and when a resident she is taking care of is found dead in the back of the company van well ..let's just say its on! Wasn't as much romance which really I didn't mind the mystery was a plus.. She's spunky .. alert.. and its fascinating to see her curve into this new role she's found herself in. I'd be very interested in the next book..;) Most definitely.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
This is laugh out loud funny. In this new series we meet Rylie Keyes who has yet to find herself. She has always wanted to be a P.I. but has been discouraged from chasing that dream by the one person she loves most, her ex-police detective grandfather. So she has tried and failed at a lot of other things. But when a dead man is found in the van she was driving she needs to find out who did it and clear her name. Fans of Stephanie Plum will get a kick out of this book I know I did. I look forward to future adventures with Rylie.
SEStone519 More than 1 year ago
Rylie Keyes dreams of becoming a private investigator as she chauffeurs senior citizens around town in her latest job. Little did she know that she'd get a shot at that life when a resident of the local nursing home is found dead in the back of her company van. As she scrambles to solve the case before her disapproving grandfather returns to town, her focus is tested with the attentions of two very attractive police officers.  Malicious Mischief is advertised as a romance with some mystery. I think that's a bit misleading. The mystery and Rylie's journey to realizing her dream of becoming a PI make up the main plot of the book. If anything, the romance--and the love triangle--is a subplot. Plus the mystery is far more engaging than either of the romantic interests. The majority of the characters really made this book a page turner for me. Rylie is spunky, unsure, and wants to do the right thing. She seems like the kind of young woman that might live in a small town anywhere in the country. Her sidekick/partner-in-crime, Solo, is a fascinating Samoan who gave up a prospective career in the NFL for the opportunity to perform in a circus on his motorbike. The love interests actually felt like the weakest characters because they weren't all that unique. They are perfect examples of the stereotypes of the tortured-loner-needing-to-be-fixed and the sexy-foreigner.  As for the mystery, I didn't see the ending coming. It was a pleasant surprise to see how everything unfolded. The author also left several threads dangling, and I have a feeling they will be addressed when the sequel comes out next May. My biggest complaint about the book was the lack of police professionalism in a scene at the beginning of the novel. I understand that because Rylie's grandfather was a police detective, some of the normal rules are relaxed a few fractions for her. But the first love interest arrives at the scene of a major car accident and begins flirting with Rylie after checking that she's okay. I could see how that might show the closeness of their relationship. However in the first pages of the book, when the reader knows nothing about him, that lack of professionalism didn't exactly make him an endearing character. I'd expect a police officer that I've known most of my life to still get me away from the wrecked cars, have me sit down, and check to make sure I don't have any injuries. Maybe that's just me. So overall, Malicious Mischief was a pretty good read. The mystery made up for the shortcomings in the romance story line, and the characters are engaging. I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel when it comes out. 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Rylie Tabitha Keyes' track record for holding a job is not good and it doesn't look like that's going to change. She just had her second auto accident in twenty-four hours and now there is a body in her van. It's Otto Weiner, a resident at the senior citizen home where she works . Now Rylie is a suspect. She is accused of helping her boss, Leland Rosenberg, get away with murder? Rylie has one day to solve this crime. Everything is so complicated! At least she has someone to help. Her friend and neighbor, Solo, will be with her. Also, there is a very sexy distraction in the form of Detective Thad Talon, but Rylie will not be stopped. She will find the culprit. The action is non-stop and the list of suspects keeps growing. The characters are eccentric and their antics are humorous. Rylie is one very determined lady. She didn't give up and her instincts are spot on. I love her growing romance with Talon and hope that it will continue. The seniors at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home are an interesting group. They certainly have an active life style that keeps Rylie on her toes. I enjoyed this action packed story and am looking forward to more adventures with this group.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is a funny mystery. Rylie is a fun character. So much happens to her. The other characters are different too. Some of them I just have to know what happens next to them. The pacing of this story is fast. Everything happens right after each other. Rylie determined to find her boss innocent. She has 24 hours to find the real murder before her grandfather gets home. Rylie has been in love with the boy next door her good friend police officer Zach O'Neil. She has worked for four months driving senior citizens around from the center. She was abandoned by her mother and has no clue who her father is. She wants to be a P.I. but her grandfather does not want her to be one. Zach shot someone and killed them in the line of duty and has a lot of trouble with it still. He tells Rylie that he only wants short flings. He cares for her though. Solo is Rylie's friend and co-worker. He left the NFL to try and be a circus clown. He is big and brave. I like him and he brings a lot of laughter. Rylie has been in two accidents with in six hours. The second one brings lot of laughter till they find a dead body in the van with her. I smiled a lot reading this. Though not at the dead bodies piling up around Rylie. Lots of suspects with motives it seems to be. The suspense keeps you guessing till the end about who the murder is and why. Lots of laughter and drama. Did not want to put the book down and can't wait till the next one comes out. I was given this ebook to review in exchange for honest review from NetGalley. 10/22/2013 PUB Entangled Publishing, LLC 290 pages ISBN:9781622660339
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Malicious Mischief. The book is full of sarcastic humor and funny situations. Rylie is in her early twenties and her career goal is to be an investigator. Her grandfather is against the idea, but her opportunity comes when she is pushed off of the road by an oncoming vehicle. She crashes and finds that she has unknowingly transported the dead body of a senior that lives in the seniors center she works in. Mishap after mishap occur. She is pulled further into the situation as trouble seems to find her, making her appear to be more of a suspect. The book is full of likable characters. Some are so odd and awkward that it makes them fun to read about.  The book has a ton of innuendo, but it does not have sexual situations. There is also some swearing. I would recommend for ages 17+. I received an electronic ARC to review in exchange for an honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about Riley and her life. In fact I had trouble putting the book down  to do my homework and  my life's others responsibilities.  It was a delightful way to spend some free time.I can not wait to see what happens next in Riley's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my kind of mystery. Rylie is Klutz who can't keep a job. She is witty and funny things keep happening to her. It was a hard mystery to figure out. I was a little disappointed at the beginning when she was obsessing over her best friend, I mean really, who acts like that. Anyway, it turns out well in the end. Plus, there is a hot Scottish detective in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to pay close attention to who's who in this book because if you don't, you will get confused. Good cast of interesting characters, though. Nice ending, Rylie gets who she needs. I liked it.
RowanJadeAC More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Rylie Keyes is a hilarious quick-witted heroine. The mystery gets complex (which is not easy to do to me since I figured out all the Nancy Drew books by chapter two when I was ten).  The chapter headings in Malicious Mischief are sarcastic and fit the story-I loved them. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars, for me, is it was too fast-paced in some places, it was one thing after another that kept the pages turning, but I would have liked a moment in between to catch my breath a bit especially during long passages of dialogue.  Rylie is the kind of character who despite her own flaws, strives to do the right thing. She wants to be a PI and I think she'd be great as one. She has a distinctive voice that even if you took away who was speaking, I'd know when it was her. I look forward to her many future adventures. I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conversation and uttterly awful characters and silly plot a stale twinkie and bought it but after a few chapters have archived perhaps during a time of nothing to read but foxxey shopper will undo buska
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Good read for a lazy day.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This book had enough funny parts to make it an ok book, it was just to slow for me. I couldn't get excited about this book. If you like funny mysteries this book could be for you.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Sadly, I found this book to be a hard read for me. Although Rylie and her friends seemed quite amusing, the book seemed to just ramble on. I couldn't keep track of who's who and I found myself going back in the book for a quick refresher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just started the book....about 50 pages in...however a little hard to keep track of because it rambles...seems like the story could be good just to much going on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seldom do i not finish a book this one i couldnt keep up starf to be ok then get perverted not what i read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth $6.
tinag197052 More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book yet, I look forward to read it in the future. after reading the reviews it looks like a good book.