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Two Heads Are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell Two Heads are Deader Than One (Eddie Shoes Mystery) Cozy Mystery 2nd in...

Two Heads Are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Camel Press (April 15, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813136

Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She's less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.

Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie's business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?

My Thoughts 

Yea! Eddie Shoes is back in another page turner.

TWO HEADS ARE DEADER THAN ONE is book two in the Eddie Shoes Mystery series.

I read ONE DEAD TWO TO GO (book one in the series) and felt it was a great debut for Elena Hartwell. It was entertaining to get a feel for Eddie's personality and insight into her unique background as I followed the action. So I had high hopes for the second book.

TWO HEADS ARE DEADER THAN ONE doesn't disappoint. This time Eddie is dealing with the fallout from the return (and then disappearance) of her childhood friend, Dakota. The fallout includes dead bodies and clues that point to Eddie as a perpetrator. Yikes!

Eddie describes her skill set as "more about patience, work ethic, and attention to detail than sharpshooting and tailing criminals." She describes Chava as "well suited for the role of amateur sleuth" - meaning she is nosy and not afraid of a little danger.Together, they make clever and funny mother-daughter crime-fighting duo.

The unique cast of supporting characters is back to support her as well. I was glad to see that Eddie's huge dog Franklin (a Tibetan Mastiff-Irish Wolf Hound mix) is blending into her daily routine.

Haven't read book one yet? No problem. New readers to the series should be able to jump right into the story. Hartwell provides enough detail to get them up to speed without slowing down those who have read book one.

Eddie's witty no-nonsense personality and Hartwell's well-paced writing style make the chapters fly by. This book is a buy. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complementary copy of this book in conjunction with this tour.


About The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”

In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops. When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Tour Participants
April 14 – My Journey Back and My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
April 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY
April 16 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
April 17 – Readeropolis – REVIEW
April 18 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
April 19 – Books Direct – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
April 20 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW  
April 21Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
April 22 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
April 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
April 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
April 27 – Community Bookstop –  REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

1 comment

  1. Thank you for your kind words! Made my day.... Book three, April 15, 2017 :-)


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