A mysterious Russian and a hunky ex-cop turned accountant - both with deep secrets and hidden agendas.
A lovable screw-up who wants to save her job, solve the murder and increase her love life in the process.
But will she succeed before the murderer strikes again?
First in a humorous mystery series.
Becca Reynolds is having a bad day. Her grandfather's lecture (#405: Eat a Healthy Diet or Die Not Trying) makes her late for her job at Daley and Palmer, the psychiatrists' office where she works as the office manager--her title, not theirs. Then her sausage and egg breakfast biscuit creates an oil slick that takes out half her desk, along with that day's patient files. But she knows the day has taken a really bad turn when she discovers the firm's eight o'clock patient dead with Dr. Dick Daley's letter opener opening the patient instead of the mail.
With the fledgling firm in danger of an early demise, Becca appoints herself the unofficial investigator since the police seem to be looking in all the wrong places and doing a half-assed job of solving the crime. She begins a journey to find the killer, keep the practice afloat and with it, her job. In the course of her interfere--er, investigation--she finds a virtual cast of characters who could have done it, including the fancy side piece of the murder victim, his wife, his business partner, and even his psychiatrist.
The case takes Becca from the sordid depths of the Russian mob, to the upscale West End of Richmond, Virginia (known locally as River City), and even to her own backyard. In the course of the story she finds herself in hot water, hot danger, and with dreams of hot men.
Your Eight O’clock is Dead is a great mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The cast of characters was great and I really felt myself empathizing with Becca. Like so many others, she is dependent on a job where she doesn’t make a lot of money and has to do twice the amount of work to feel any sort of job security. She is also a complete mess and lives with her grandfather on top of it.
When she gets to work one morning and attempts to carry on a conversation with one of the clients already there, she discovers the man has been murdered. What follows is a hilarious mystery full of Becca’s accidental antics.
My only issue with Becca is that I occasionally felt like she badgered people to get answers out of them. While this normally wouldn’t bother me too much, especially if I thought the characters may have been guilty, I felt she took it a little bit too far with one of the characters in this book. The cast of supporting characters was wonderful, especially Becca’s grandfather. In all, I thought this was a well-written and funny mystery. I will definitely be looking for the next installment in this series!
A notorious daydreamer, Kat knew it was only a matter of time before she became a writer. She learned to read by age four and had her first library card before her fifth birthday. To this day, she can lose herself for hours among the books at her local library or neighborhood bookstore. Ebooks and online ordering have made it really easy for her to keep her To Be Read pile from ever going down. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kat is married with children and has a cranky tuxedo cat named Ben.
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