Two Heads Are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Camel Press (April 15, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
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 ThoughtsYea! 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.”
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