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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Crime Wave (Maggie P.I. Mystery #1) by Rose Pressey

by Rose Pressey (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 269 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Magical Press

Goodreads synopsis: Maggie Thomas doesn't know the first thing about being a private eye. She quickly discovers that running her uncle's faltering Miami Beach P.I. agency is nothing like watching detective show reruns. Even the private eye app on her iPhone can't help. But Maggie's first case is surprisingly easy... or so she thinks until she stumbles upon a dead body. With whizzing bullets, car chases, and spandex-clad bodybuilders, Maggie wonders if she's in over her head. Jake Jackson, the dangerously charming cop, thinks Maggie needs to stick to snapping pictures of cheating husbands and leave the detective work to the professionals.

I was happy to finally get to this book. I bought it right after it came out. In fact, there has been a cover change since I first bought it. I like the cover I have displayed here (more colorful) than the muted tones of the new cover. 

This is another one of those guilty pleasure reads. When I want to read something I know I'm going to like, I know Rose Pressey will deliver. The last book I read was too intense and heavy and this was exactly what I needed to get myself out of the emotional slump from the previous book. The grandmotherly Dorothy is just a hoot and a half. I love her. Reminds me a bit of of Grandmother Masur (not sure if that is spelled right) from the Stephanie Plumb mysteries. So good. 

I didn't understand Jake Jackson and his motivation to keep pursuing Maggie. I mean, Maggie was not nice to him over and over again but he kept at her. I wish all men were that determined to get to know someone. Because I don't think anyone else would have kept at it.

I enjoyed the mystery. I enjoyed the slapstick parts with Dorothy and Maggie. It was all good to me. I already bought book 2 in the series: Murder is a Beach. I gave this mystery 4.5 Stars. This book seriously kept me from going into a reading slump from the previous book I read. Thank you, Rose!

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