"O'Brien has written one of the most warm-hearted yet realistic cozies I've ever had the pleasure of reading." - Mystery Scene Magazine (on Finding Sky)
"This breezy second outing (after the Agatha Award-nominated Finding Sky) features an enchanting amateur sleuth with dear friends and family who have her back at all times. If only she can make this PI business work and keep her relationship with Dean on an even keel, her life will be perfect." - Library Journal
"O'Brien combines humor, wit, wisdom, and suspense in a captivating story involving a rookie PI struggling to balance the demands of crime solving and single motherhood. No cookie-cutter mystery here. Sky High is a captivating tale of murder, abuse, betrayal, and refreshing redemption. Five stars plus!" - Tracy Weber, Author of the Award-Winning Downward Dog Mystery Series
"I love this series. Even though this is just the second book, I feel like I am hooked for the long haul. It is so well-written and the characters are so much fun that I just can't get enough." - Bookschellves
"Breezy and fun with a charming heroine and a dashing hero." - Victoria Kemp, Flower Mound Public Library
Single mom and rookie P.I. Nicki Valentine rarely gets time off, so attending a wedding with her superhot colleague Dean sounds dreamy. But things turn nightmarish when the groom-a soon-to-be transplant donor-disappears, and Nicki and Dean commit to a partnership they never planned.
Together, they examine the groom's unfulfilled promises, including one to his mom, a psychic medium with an unusual health need. As family secrets emerge, Nicki must face questions about her late husband, whose long-ago betrayal still threatens to cloud her judgment.
With support from her pole-dancing best friend, her always-on-call family, and the loves of her life (her two kids-and possibly Dean), Nicki must uncover the groom's demons while conquering her own.
Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigators, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit).
Books in the Nicki Valentine Humorous Mystery Series:
• FINDING SKY (#1)
• SKY HIGH (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
Susan O'Brien has been passionate about reading and writing since childhood, when she started a neighborhood newspaper and escaped tween stress with mysteries. Since covering her first big story (the birth of gerbils next door), she has worked with USA TODAY, PI Magazine, The Parent Institute and others. Her debut mystery, Finding Sky, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Among her diverse interests are photography, gardening, loud R&B music, healing prayer and reality TV. She lives with her husband and children in the D.C. suburbs and donates part of her earnings to missing children's organizations.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: Sky High - Nicki Valentine Mystery Book 2 Author: Susan O'Brien Published: 10-29-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 298 Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Humor; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781941962978 ASIN: B010TS9P08 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.25 Stars I received a copy of "Sky High" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: Single mom and rookie P.I. Nicki Valentine rarely gets time off, so attending a wedding with her super hot colleague Dean sounds dreamy. But things turn nightmarish when the groom—a soon-to-be transplant donor—disappears, and Nicki and Dean commit to a partnership they never planned. Together, they examine the groom’s unfulfilled promises, including one to his mom, a psychic medium with an unusual health need. As family secrets emerge, Nicki must face questions about her late husband, whose long-ago betrayal still threatens to cloud her judgment. With support from her pole-dancing best friend, her always-on-call family, and the loves of her life (her two kids—and possibly Dean), Nicki must uncover the groom’s demons while conquering her own. My review: Nicki Valentine, a rookie PI with a big heart, is attending a wedding with Dean. When the groom disappears they work together to find him and find her may not be who everyone thought he was. With an intricate plot and multidimensional characters that draw readers into the story, Susan O'Brien has created a cozy that stimulates the reader and leaves them wanting more. Thank you Ms. O'Brien for sharing your talents with us and to Henery Press for the ARC they shared with me. My rating is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Women of Vegas series by Lucy Farago. Maggie Anderson owns an exclusive club which gives abused and troubled women refuge from Vegas’s streets. Maggie realizes that someone is killing the people she is helping. Christian Beck is a private investigator who is investigating the serial killer’s MO. Christian is trying to protect Maggie since she is determined to uncover the truth. This book has romance, mystery, and suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I really enjoyed this book. While the main character is learning to become a PI while raising two children seven and five, alone. She has a lot of struggles in her life. Including the guy she met in PI class who she really, really likes. Don't worry if you don't get the killer in this story, the PI's didn't either. HA! He wasn't even one of the suspects. The best part is the unknown package that gets delivered to Nicki's house and the bomb squad has to be called to check it out. You will definitely laugh out loud! Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I found the book quite entertaining and enjoyable. I highly recommend it or any book from Henery Press. You won't go wrong!
Widowed mom of 2 and new P.I. Nicki Valentine is back in Susan's 2nd "Sky" book. I had mush trouble putting this book down, in fact I think there was one very long night spent on it. You can tell that Susan loves her characters, she makes the reader consider them as friends. I love the fact that this book, like most cozies was without violence and sex, was very important to me. Give me a book with heart, a little intrigue, humor, and every day life and I'll probably read everything you write. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review