Book 1 : Armed and Fabulous is where I started.
Now here was a five star book that hooked me into reading all 8 one after the other!
We have the heroine – a blonde bimbo who isn’t – reminiscent of Legally Blonde films – with similar behaviours.... the not quite up to it when asked to undertake a difficult or complicated task. The very long lunch hours. The hair twisting and dumb looks. The lengthy time to do the simplest thing. The online shoe shopping when they should be typing..
Oh yes. The shoes! And did I mention the shoes?
She just loves expensive stilettos by designers such as Manolo Blahnik and has quite a collection that grows ever larger. Anyone feel the love coming on? When I was in full-time work I started the day in 3” stilettos; as the day wore on the 2” came out from under the desk; then the 1” flatties and then back to the 3” for home. But all colours and shades and decorations. I had found a shop that sold shoes taken from the wardrobes of films and TV series when they were no longer needed... yeah – really great ones, at a great price.
She has 2 hotties to choose from. Yum yum as she says.
She is a lot smarter than she looks and behaves but uses her behaviour to her advantage – until one hottie works out he is being played and that there is a really good investigator – with a great best friend – hiding. And then the 2nd hottie also finds out that she is not as dumb as she acts.
The act of course is defensive to cover up some past episodes in her life which haven’t gone so well and suits her until she finds her niche. Which by the end of book 8 she certainly does. And uses her bimbo behaviour to solve crimes as who can believe the dumb temp can really be a Private Investigator?
I am now waiting for book 9 ...
A Witness Above
By Andy Straka
A Netgalley review
These books just keep getting better.
So unless you really need to read all the back story, I don’t suggest you start here with the very first novel in this series.
I didn’t. and I’m really glad, I guessed all that was necessary from what was written in the book I did read. However, don’t let me stop you reading these books in order – it is often the best tactic .
This is an author who has learnt his trade as he has written and published.
His main character is fairly stock – especially in this first novel but with one great unusual characteristic – he flies hawks – taken from the author’s own passion. And in A Witness Above, we don’t hear enough about the hawks – for me. Which is why I prefer the later book which I have already reviewed (A Killing Sky on the 20th August on my blog: Tiggerrenewing).
So just 3 stars for this early novel, but then I find that authors with series generally fall into two categories:
- Those who start with a great bang and the subsequent books are more and more disappointing as they run out of storylines; or
- Those who start more modestly and improve steadily with each book written – their skills as story-tellers increase and they learn more about the 5 stages of classical story-telling and fit their characters better into them. This author falls into this category – I think.