Malicious Mischief

A Rylie Keyes Mystery

Marianne Harden has an amazing talent of mixing merriment with her mystery. Rylie Keyes is my favorite new sleuth, there is just something so darn endearing about her. Honestly on paper, no pun intended, Rylie sounds like a bit of a loser, her employment record is dismal yet she is so charming and guileless that I couldn’t help but fall under her spell. I admit I’m a romantic at heart and would have liked to see a little more romance in the story and a particular policeman or two, fall under our erstwhile detective’s spell too but there was just enough to keep me satisfied. There were some very serious matters involved with this storyline and it takes a rare skill to give it the respect it deserves and still remain light. This was a fun read with enough mystery to keep me guessing and a bunch of humor that kept me in shocked giggles. This author creates memorable characters that it is easy to bond with and I cannot wait to see what else Rylie and her quirky cohorts get up to the next time.

Rylie Keyes has had many jobs but none so important as the one she currently holds because if she loses this one then she’ll lose her grandfather’s home as well. So when her current role as retirement home chauffer is put in jeopardy when one of the residents is found murdered she needs to get to the bottom of it before she’s out of a job. Problem is, she and the murder victim have a history and she must find the real murderer before it’s too late.

Book Blurb for Malicious Mischief

Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won't be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather's home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2013 4.00