Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds

by Christy Barritt

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Overview

Rock and roll may never die, but the King is definitely dead . . . again.To pay off some bills, crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire takes a job doing mold remediation, but she finds a surprise in the dilapidated home's crawlspace: Elvis, dead as a doornail and still wearing his blue suede shoes. How could she possibly keep her nose out of a case like this? A sequel to the popular novel Hazardous Duty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825425400
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christy Barritt, a speaker and freelance writer, runs the Web site www.willwrite4food.com, named one of the “101 Best Web Sites for Writers” by Writer's Digest magazine in 2003. Author of many books and articles, she is also a worship leader at her church. Christy lives in Virginia with her husband, Scott. The first book in this series is Hazardous Duty.

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Suspicious Minds 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
DoreenFM More than 1 year ago
After reading Book 1 in this series, I was anxious to order Book 2, Hazardous Duty, to see what trouble Gabby would get into next, and I was not disappointed! My only "complaint" was that sometimes I stayed up way too late reading "just one more chapter" so I was very tired at work the next day! It was fun to see the characters develop more! Ready for Book 3!
MaryConnealy More than 1 year ago
I loved Suspicious Minds. Funny, fast paced, scary.
I just love Gabby St. Clair and her quirky friends and her way of being brave, no matter how much trouble it gets her into.
Very fun book. I can't wait to hear more from Christy Barritt.
Anonymous 3 days ago
My type of mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very funny whodunit with lots of querky characters. It will keep u very entertainrd.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this style of writing; witty, fun and keeps you guessing until the end of the book. Gabby St. Claire is a crime-scene cleaner. When she discovers a dead "Elvis" under a house, she if off to discover who did it. Her "love life" or lack thereof is handled very well!
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elvis is dead again. At least that's what Gabby St. Clair has appeared to have found. When a popular Elvis impersonator turns up dead under a house, Gabby uses both her crime scene cleaning skills and her crime fighting skills to find out who committed the murder. Along the way she meets up with competition, laid back surfer Chad Davis, who won't stop to make sure her business is his as well. It soon appears though that Elvis wasn't the only one wanted dead. Gabby needs to find the killer or else she might soon be singing "I get so lonely I could die".Let me get it out of the way first. I LOVED that this book is set in my hometown. I enjoyed recognizing all the places and being able to say "I've been there!" It's also great to see a book set there and not have made up places by authors who use creative license. Now I actually love the story itself. The mystery is extremely good and it keeps you guessing throughout the story. I wanted to gag myself when Gabby found the bodies. It made me feel all icky and gross like I had actually been there myself. The description of the finds are not graphic but they make you feel like you're actually there. I really like the chemistry between Gabby and Chad. There was much more zing between them than her and her boyfriend. I'm not a huge Elvis fan (I like young Elvis, that's it) but I found it both funny and sad to see what a huge following he still has. It's actually sad to see how some people are still obsessed with a man that's been dead (yes he is!) for over 30 years. It's like they're still worshiping him. I did love the scene at the seafood restaurant . It was hilarious although I would have been mad if I had been tricked like that all for the sake of a protest. It was a great way to add humor through a grim storyline. I really enjoy these books - not only are they are fun read but I've actually learned a lot about crime scene cleaning. I really can't wait to see what Gabby's next adventure is going to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspicious Minds was a page turner and in true fashion exciting until the last page
Friz4 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited that my library heeded my request for more in Christy Barritt’s Squeaky Clean Mystery series. Although I don’t care for this cover, the contents are great. Gabby is such a fun character. She’s quirky but her desire for justice is very endearing. There are definitely cheesy moments, but it keeps the story from being too dark/depressing given the murder and danger Gabby is in. I was literally laughing out loud (which was probably interesting to my family since they had no idea what was funny. Gabby’s friends really add a lot to the story as well. If you enjoy clean mystery/suspense novels, give Christy Barritt’s books a try.
JewelsLVIUTAH More than 1 year ago
Not only does Gabby have to clean crimes scenes for a living, when money gets tight she decides to clean mold too, Gross! While giving an estimate for a job, she finds a guy dressed as Elvis dead under a house, talk about crazy. This book will have you in a rollercoaster of suspense. It also introduces her revel, a guy named Chad. It is equally as good as the first book! Christy does it again!
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that was so funny you wanted to read it out loud to your friends? Have you ever found a book with such original inner dialog and snappy attitude that you think, "Wish I'd thought of that." Ever have a story that is so intricately put together that everything is important and every detail is necessary? No words wasted? Well, if you haven't discovered a treasure like that yet, then I suggest you go to the store and order this book now. Suspicious Minds is brilliant, funny, intense, witty, romantic and downright awesome. I totally loved this book even more than Hazardous Duty, and that's saying a lot because I thought it was the best! And ironically in the midst of all the other stuff going on in Suspicious Minds , there is also a deep spiritual thread that is meaningful, and a kiss or two that would make even the stodgiest reader swoon. Did I mention I loved this story? I don't want to spoil things by giving away important details, so just trust me on this one. It's like a comedy-suspense-mystery and definitely worth buying. Christy Barritt has created a whole new genre.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Let me get it out of the way first. I LOVED that this book is set in my hometown. I enjoyed recognizing all the places and being able to say "I've been there!" It's also great to see a book set there and not have made up places by authors who use creative license. Now I actually love the story itself. The mystery is extremely good and it keeps you guessing throughout the story. I wanted to gag myself when Gabby found the bodies. It made me feel all icky and gross like I had actually been there myself. The description of the finds are not graphic but they make you feel like you're actually there. I really like the chemistry between Gabby and Chad. There was much more zing between them than her and her boyfriend. I'm not a huge Elvis fan (I like young Elvis, that's it) but I found it both funny and sad to see what a huge following he still has. It's actually sad to see how some people are still obsessed with a man that's been dead (yes he is!) for over 30 years. It's like they're still worshiping him. I did love the scene at the seafood restaurant . It was hilarious although I would have been mad if I had been tricked like that all for the sake of a protest. It was a great way to add humor through a grim storyline. I really enjoy these books - not only are they are fun read but I've actually learned a lot about crime scene cleaning. I really can't wait to see what Gabby's next adventure is going to be.
ChandraLynn More than 1 year ago
It takes skill to write a story filled with humor, suspense, romance, and creativity. Christy Barritt has done it in once again in book two of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series. If you loved Gabby St. Claire and all the trouble she got into in Hazardous Duty you won't be surprised to find her in the middle of it in Suspicious Minds. And, if you haven't read book one, go ahead and buy them both, you'll be glad you did.

Gabby St. Claire, crime scene cleaner by trade, detective by circumstance, finds herself in the middle of a double murder investigation and the target of the killer. How can she get into such a predicament? For Gabby, it is easy. She goes to a potential job site to look into cleaning mold from a crawl space and discovers the body of an Elvis impersonator. When the dead man's wife asks her to investigate the murder Gabby can't say no. Her next visit to the crawl space uncovers another body and gun shots fired at her. Can this sleuth wannabe solve the crime without being killed herself? And can she learn to listen to her heart and search the lonely places there to find faith and deep relationships?

Christy Barritt's cast of characters are creative and endearing. You will be eager to find out what happens to each of them. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor. Then, look for book three when we find out how Gabby's future predicaments and relationships turn out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Suspicious Minds crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Clair is back, larger than life and up to her cleaning eyeballs in another murder. Not only do we get to see the quirky yet lovable Gabby again, but the cast of oddball neighbors hold starring roles in the book as well. Add a new love interest in the form of surfer dude, Chad Davis and you¿ve got a zany mystery that no one could resist. I certainly couldn¿t. I zipped through the fun murder mystery in a night and sat forlornly waiting for another. What? Murder fun? If you think murder can¿t be a hoot, Barritt proves you wrong when Gabby branches out from crime scene cleaning to crawl space mold remediation. But the moldiest thing she discovers in the disgusting spider infested space is the body of Elvis. Yes, Elvis. A tribute artist, that is. Gabby, the wannabe forensic investigator and soon to be one if she finishes college, can¿t help but investigate the murder. And if that isn¿t enough to keep her busy, one Chad Davis surfer and retired morgue attendant turned crime scene cleaner gives Gabby a run for her cleaning business. Suspicious Minds is the second book in The Squeaky Clean Mystery series from Christy Barritt. Barritt has penned a terrific second novel that combines a strong mystery, boat loads of humor, and romance. Gabby is a loveable, witty, and caring character. But Barritt doesn¿t leave us merely with a fun read, she brings non-Christian (Gabby is gonna get me for this) closer to faith and along the way shows believers how they might be misconstrued by seekers. And there¿s a more serious thread about loneliness running through the book as well. Please run, don¿t walk to your nearest book store and pick up Suspicious Minds and if you haven¿t read Hazardous Duty, the first in the series, snatch up one of those as well. You¿ll race right through them and like me, sit in longing for the third book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire has gotten herself into another mess when she finds a dead Elvis impersonator in a crawl space under the house she's supposed to be cleaning for mold. Author Christy Barritt has created a delightful cast of quirky characters in her Squeaky Clean Mystery Series, and this sequel to Hazardous Duty is a funny, intriguing novel that will have you guessing 'who dun it' until the very end. A great read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...permanently. When crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire takes on the challenge of mold removal from a home, she doesn't count on encountering a dead Elvis in the tiny crawl space beneath the house. And with Gabby, discovering a dead body isn't the end but the beginning of an investigation that will have you laughing and guessing through the last page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Susan May Warren or Dee Henderson you will love this author. She writes about a crime scene cleaner who wants to be an investigator in a way that is intriguing without grossing out the reader on all the details. It has lots of mystery and suspense, with an underlying Christian theme. You will fall in love with the main character Gabby as you follow her story through twists and turns. Don't forget to also check out the first book about Gabby, Hazardous Duty.