Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: SERIES VS SERIAL: My first book, Social Insecurity, is the first in a series. Or is it? Not really. It is the beginning of a serial. Back in the day, long before even I was born, authors wrote serials. Some classics we still read today, began life as a multi part serial. So I am doing something new, that is actually very old.
I belong to many readers and writers groups and there is one thing we all complain about in the genre we all love so well, cozy mysteries, and that is repetition. The reason for that is each book is supposed to stand alone. So if you come across volume seven in a cozy series you have never seen before, you can pick it up and read it, and know everything. You'll hear everything about each character's background, their relationships, their profession, their craft or hobby. And at the end, the story is wrapped up in a neat little bow.
But the fact is, if you start a series at the beginning, by book three, you are skimming over those parts. You have heard it all before. Again and again.
So I took a chainsaw to Social Insecurity. I took out about twenty thousand words. Because they weren't needed. You may learn a lot about one character and his character, because he is a suspect, but little about another because in this particular story it is not important to the tale at hand. You will get a lot of description of the protagonist, Brigid's, living arrangements for example. But you will never hear about it again in subsequent books. So picking up book seven, never having read one through six, you could be confused.
And there is no neat bow at the end. Oh the mystery is solved. You know whodunit and why and how. But you have a cliff hanger which leads you right into book two, Meditated Murder. So this series is really a serial that must be read from the beginning, in order. It will say that in the front of book two onward. It will say it on Amazon.
So The Brigid Kildare Mystery Series is something old that is new again. It is a serial.
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4 STARS I really liked Social Insecurity. Can't wait for the next one. I can see many ways for that book to go. This is a cozy mystery new series. I would love that compound to live in. Fun cast of characters, kept me guessing about who the murder is. This setting is in Rhode Island but it leaves the series able to go anywhere in the future. Brigid Kildare is a P.I. who does computer only data information. She has only one leg but does not let it get in her way. She bought a city block and made a compound with three houses to be built with really condos. She lives in one and the third floor of hers is where her mom lives with her husband George. Her brother lives in one condo, her father, her good friend and the twins teacher. She has custody of her little brother and sister. Her new tenant is detective who works under her father . Brigid is keeping some secrets even from her dad. She won a major lottery she is worth 200 million dollars. Plans to build one more house in complex. So room to add lots of new characters. Brigid has noticed that three old ladies in her neighborhood have gone missing. No one believes her. Even her father. They did look in but they all moved out. They have no relations. Left letter to manager that they were moving but told no one. Brigid does not believe that. Their rent was only 300 dollars a month because Brigid was paying the rest. Earl who is moving into her apartment with his two children is going to take a new look at the case especially now that a fourth woman has moved out. He can only do so much until it is proven to be a crime. Earl and Brigid used to be friends in kindergarden. There are a lot of suspects. but no motives, no bodies until things start heating up and Brigid is attacked. The group of friends work together to try and figure out what happened to the Old ladies and when did it happen and why. I would want to read this series. I hope the next book comes out soon. I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review and be part of its blog tour.
This is the first book in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, or I should say Serial. There were basically two POVs in this story, Brigid's and Earl's. Brigid is a high energy miniature dynamo. If she wasn't genuinely a caring person, she would be a tyrant. She even has the nickname of The Dictator. Earl on the other hand is a very down to earth, laid back detective. His logic and level headedness works as a great counterpoint to Brigid's intuition and emotion. The story begins with Brigid and Earl meeting. Earl is one of the detective's of her Police Chief father and has recently moved into the small compound she owns. As it turns out there is cute back story to them that they knew each other in kindergarten and became inseparable until her mother moved her away for First grade. Earl's grandmother called them Blondie and Dagwood. It is now 25 years later and the two are becoming reacquainted. There is plenty of chemistry between the two, but the books does stay very much PG. Brigid gets Earl to look into a situation where 4 of her "old ladies" have disappeared through what she feels is mysterious circumstances. Brigid's father and another detective from the force haven't taken her seriously and basically patted her on the head. Brigid manages to get Earl to put a fresh set of eyes on the case and really take a look. As it turns out, she was on to something. Something has happened to the older ladies that Brigid had taken under her wing. Using her intuition and luck and Earl's logic and know how, they will work together to find out what happened before someone else goes missing. I liked this book. There was a lot of great dialogue and their histories and back story came out in a very natural way, as they got to know each other and start dating. My only concern was that there weren't transition markers for where time passed and it made it slightly confusing. For example, they were discussing getting on the road and in the next paragraph they have been traveling for about 30 minutes. It took me a minute to figure out where we were. Other than that and some early on fears about Mary Sue-isms, that were quickly dispelled, I really enjoyed the book. It kept me entertained and I actually read the entire thing in one sitting. Since I can't remember if the ebook I got was an ARC or not, I am not going to figure any technical issues into my review and go with 4 stars on Goodreads.