Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden


Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. However, her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs. Fact is, if she loses this job, she’ll fail to stop the forced sale of her grandfather’s home, a modest lakeside bungalow that has been in the family for ages. But to keep her job she needs to figure out the truth behind the death of a senior citizen found murdered in her care.

The victim was thought to be a penniless man with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, his enemies will do whatever it takes to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she must keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie has to juggle the attentions of two very sexy, very different cops who both arouse and fluster her at the same time. And as she trudges through the case, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.

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About the Author:

I love making people laugh. True, I should probably spend time on an analyst’s couch, but I’d rather spill

loads of fun into my books. I’m rarely at a loss for words, which is wicked cool for a writer. And it would be poppycock to say I didn’t laze away my wonder years dreaming of far-off places.

Over the years, I’ve traversed the insanely fun back roads of Australia and New Zealand, trekked the wildly exotic landscapes of Asia and Africa, soaked up the blistering Caribbean sun, survived bitter Arctic cold to witness the Northern Lights, and lost a wee bit of my heart to the awesomeness of Europe.

My goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. I roost in Washington State with my husband and our two children. 

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Meagan's Review:

Okay so this book is a little different. Honestly it reminds me of Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now don't get me wrong this book was great. It keeps you guessing until the very end to try and figure out who did it's like Lemony Snicket's meets Clue. I should also mention that I did not read the first book in this series and while you can read this book without that one, I would highly NOT recommend that. I feel I would have had a better take on the characters and the craziness that is Rylie. 

Okay so Rylie has had a crush on Zach O'Neil for a really long time. And of course since he was the first guy we meet and Rylie likes him and he seems to watch out for her, with him being a police officer and all, I was rooting for these two. Especially, because I'm a sucker for those types of stories.....however my opinion of that quickly changed. But the whole van crash/dead body/fire/friend riding through a bee hive/pants burning/more vehicles crashing and just pure craziness I was laughing so hard at the situation that Rylie found herself in with Zach and her friend Solo. 

As the story continues we find out that ohhh Zach has a "thing" with someone who isn't Rylie, but oddly enough he doesn't want her to know. It's weird in the sense that it seems like he likes her secretly and all, but needed her to grow up some or something weird like that. But beyond that Rylie's dream is being a PI and Zach doesn't really support that. But anyways so Zach has a "thing" with Mackenzie who is a stubborn spoiled brat and who happens to live next to Rylie. Yeah awkward much? lol But moving along so the two lead detectives that are on the case are like night and day. Karl Lipschitz is a huge pain in the butt and a total jerk and then there is Talon. Granted that's just his last name, but I like it...ohhh and he's Scottish!!! Epp and he has an accent...*swoon* 

Rylie works at a retirement home and good lord that place is a mess. Old people sleeping around passing around STD's and toys...yeah that's right try and get that image out of your head now lol Anyways... so Rylie and Solo work on solving Otto's death and come across a lot of possible killers....I mean a lot....for such a small town it's really amazing how many people could have done it. This book is truly amazing at gathering the data and keeping you in the moment and constantly guessing who could have done it. And along the way Talon let's Rylie know that he is very intrigued by her and would like to get to know her better. And the best thing about him...he supports her PI work. Rylie is a little confused at first because she's had the hotts for Zach for so long, but after knowing he was having a fling with Mackenzie she begins to see her true feelings. And Zach lets a HUGE bomb drop in this I didn't see coming at all....I was like dude your a cop and what?!?!? NO....really??? lol 

I loved this entire book. I highly highly recommend this book to everyone. I especially love Talon and his character and of course you can't help but love Rylie. But I will say at the end of this book was a sneak peak at the next one and I was all happy go lucky feeling good with how the book was going to end and lead into the next one and then I read the little expert for the next one and I threw my nook. I'm not very I'm hoping that changes, because I was slightly angered....but I'm still dying to see how it all plays out. So if you are looking for a GREAT mind blowing book that will keep you on your toes and guessing with a little romance and lots of laughs then this is the book for you.


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