Lee Alvarez is a private investigator in her family's business. She's been charged with following a man suspected of cheating. When her man dies on her watch, Lee feels a bit guilty and can't help being curious.
When she starts poking around, someone pokes back and she is nearly killed. Using high-tech means to locate her, Lee's family saves her. While she's in the hospital recuperating, her family lectures her about taking unnecessary risks.
She vows to back off until she discovers the prime suspect is a friend. Refusing to believe her friend murdered the victim, Lee goes back into action.
Can Lee solve the crime in time?
Murder is a Family Business is a solid, murder mystery introducing the Alvarez crime-solving family. I enjoyed the family dynamic and the fact they are Latinos. There was some humor, which is always a plus.
The only downside is that now I want a cat...
Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez doesn't think so. But the 34-year old ½ Latina, ½ WASP and 100% detective has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve. Set in the present, Murder is a Family Business is the first in a series of humorous mysteries revolving around Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch’ Stephanie Plum, and rest of the Alvarez Family, detectives all. Seemingly light and frothy on the surface, the novel nevertheless explores familial love, the good, the bad and the annoying.
Completing the family is Lee’s Never-Had-A-Bad-Hair-Day aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle “Tio;” and her energetic orange and white cat, Tugger. When this group is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of computer software. The love, humor and camaraderie shared within this family are what set this series apart from others.