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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 Latina, 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 theJust 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 Latina, 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, 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....

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Murder is a Family Business Reviews

  • Brenda
    2018-11-16 21:38

    Liana Alvarez, private investigator for the family owned and run company Discretionary Inquiries, was wet, cold and miserable. She was in the storm without shelter while she was staking out the warehouse – her mother and head of DI, Lila, had specifically requested Lee do this stake out even though the company normally handled software issues. The person she was to keep an eye out for was the husband of Lila’s long-time friend and she wanted it kept quiet. But when Lee discovered the body of her person of interest, her shock was immense…Richard, Lee’s brother and the computer genius of the company was involved in the search for clues – Lee’s curious nature meant she couldn’t leave it to the police and Richard had everything he needed at his fingertips. The new kitten which Lee had named Tugger was being cared for during Lee’s working days by her favourite person, Tio who had just moved to be with the family after losing his wife. But that curious nature of Lee’s was headed toward catastrophe – the danger she had no idea she was heading into was just around the corner. There was much more to this murder than the Alvarez family realised – would they be safe? Or would there be more bodies on the horizon?Murder is a Family Business by Heather Haven is the first in The Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series and it was great! With laugh out loud moments, it was a highly entertaining read which was fast paced while I tried to figure out who the “baddie” was. Family love and loyalty was the dominant feature in this novel and it’s one I recommend highly. I love the cover as well :)

  • P. Zoro
    2018-11-11 19:30

    The Alvarez family is involved in Discretionary Investigations, but definitely not of the nature Mrs. Wyler has hired them for. She suspects her husband is having an affair and sets them on his trail. They are only doing this because she is a family friend. But what begins as an investigation of a gallivanting husband turns into a life threatening adventure for Liana where murder, human trafficking, greed and obsessions are revealed as we try to find out who committed the ultimate crime of killing Mr. Portor Wyler.The story is well written and interesting. I got lost in descriptions in some places where I felt the pace had slackened. But overall, I liked the way the writer kept me busy wondering who could have killed the man and the exposition of the culprit right at the end was a clever twist. I would recommend the book to all lovers of mystery, investigations and excellent writing.

  • Lin Holmes
    2018-11-23 01:35

    Whenever a kitty graces the cover of a book, I am drawn like metal shavings to a magnet. Would, I found myself wondering, the story peak with the cover?No, actually it is a high octane ride for Lee Alvarez. Sent by her upper-crusty Mom and CEO of their family's Detective agency to...gulp...spy on a cheating the middle of virtually nowhere...Sorry I know there are those among us who don't think an abandoned warehouse is nowhere, but not me...she is so not happy.Her happy'o'meter sinks even lower when instinct tells her she needs to check on the level of inaction going on when the car of her watchee is still there.Murder. Right under her attentive...okay, from a distance, eye? No way was she going to let this go.Murder Is a Family Business is one of those books you want to end so you can find out whodunnit, but once it's done can't help wanting more.Luckily this is book ONE of a series and Book two is now out and I am just itching to have a free evening to immerse myself in the amazing world of Lee and her newly acquired fellow sleuth and purring side-kick Tugger.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2018-11-13 23:41

    There's a lot to like about this story. You got a 34 year old strong Latina woman, Lee Alvarez with a closet full of designer clothes, a classic car, and a kitten named Tugger (cause he tugs on your heartstrings.) Plus, this chick is a P.I. and part owner of an elite investigative company that specializes in computer and technology and theft and.. stuff. That stuff rarely includes stake outs on cheating husbands, but because of a special request from a friend of the family, Lee finds herself on one and the cheating husband being spied upon winds up dead. No, she didn't do it..But events that follow have others thinking she did.. To read full review, please click the link:

  • The Project
    2018-11-19 20:17

    I don’t know that I would really call Murder is a Family Business a romance. It’s really more of a detective story, but that certainly didn’t stop it from being fabulous. I’m actually pretty excited to read the next couple of books in the series (book two is due in May and book three is in the process of being written). This was a nice change from all of the romance I’ve been reading lately. I fell in love with this book within the first few pages. Family plays a huge part in the plot, and what a family it is. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much – the characters are very reminiscent of my own family, at least personality wise. So here’s the gist of the story: the Alvarez family runs a private detective agency, focusing on crimes of software piracy. They are asked by a family friend to investigate her husband, and so they branch out from their typical case load. The story is told from the point of view of Lee, the Alvarez daughter, who has a tendency to jump into things without necessarily thinking of the consequences. Her internal monologues are like something straight out of an episode of Gilmore Girls (one of my favorite shows ever, so please, take that as a compliment). Even at the more serious moments in the book, Lee would think something that would have me laughing.Like I said, the Alvarez family makes up the cast of characters. There’s Lila, the 100% WASP, would fit in perfectly on a New England estate, mother, who somehow manages to maintain her composure, hairstyle, and keep her pearls in place even in the face of danger. Then there’s Richard, the slightly eccentric computer genius, who would probably live in his mother’s basement if he didn’t have a trust fund. And finally there’s the lovable uncle, Tio Mateo. Throw in an overprotective police detective, a few illegal Chinese immigrants, a colorful diner waitress, and a girl whose taste in hats makes Lady Gaga’s fashion choices seem mainstream, and you’ve got yourself quite the adventure.For me, this was a great book. The writing was clever and I couldn’t stop laughing. This is the perfect beach book. And I’m actually pretty excited that the second book in the series comes out just as I’m planning to head to the beach in May. I can’t wait to see the antics of the Alvarez family continue.--Laura, The One Hundred Romances Project

  • Scot
    2018-11-19 23:29

    A light quick read targeting female readers who want to indulge fantasies of being rich enough to keep $10,000 in your trunk just in case you need it as well as rescuing stray kittens and also like to read a lot of details about shopping or fashion selections. I read it for the Bay area setting. Characters' conversations aren't always realistic and characters tend to be shallow stereotypes--doting uncle, no-nonsense businesswoman mom, computer nerd brother. The heroine is supposed to be a quirky because she is half hot blooded Latina and half old money aristocracy from San Francisco. She lives and works in Palo Alto.

  • J. Ewbank
    2018-12-03 03:15

    This book by Haven is a pleasant read. The heroine is someone you would really like to know because her life is so interesting. Plot and characters come together nicely in this book. Enjoy.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

  • Madeleine McLaughlin
    2018-11-29 03:31

    Caught in the middle of a murder, what's a girl to do? Especially if your mother expects you to dress classy, even in a rainstorm. Great characters, great writing. And the little kitten is precious. Uncle is a great guy, too. As befits a writer who made a living in entertainment for a while, this is full of laughs and drama. All I can say is, when is the movie coming out.

  • Jen Lynn
    2018-11-26 23:22

    This book wasn't horrible... it just wasn't good either. There was too much about clothing, being rich, etc for my taste. That could have been toned down a lot and still could have made its point. The story line itself was too far fetched and didn't make much sense. I wasn't a fan of the characters. I guess the only thing that I liked was that it kept my interest long enough to finish it, and it was an easy read. I'll skip the rest of the series.

  • Cat C
    2018-11-19 01:24

    Enjoyable cozy mystery with an interesting twist on the genre--the heroine is a professional investigator, but usually investigates white-collar crime rather than violent.

  • Marie
    2018-11-19 20:17

    In Murder is a Family Business, Liana "Lee" Alvarez is a 34-year-old half-Latina and half-WASP private investigator. When the man she was following turns up dead, she sets out to find his killer while trying to convince the police that she had nothing to do with the crime. She's not alone in her tasks. There's also her mother, Lila, who's the CEO of Discretionary Inquiries Inc. and as feisty as they come and her slightly geeky and eccentric brother, Richard, who's employed by the company as the technical guy to help her out. Lee's lovable uncle Tio, an adorable kitten named Tugger and a handful of police officers round out the cast of characters. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with lots of humorous scenes. The mystery was pretty good and the characters were memorable. Haven does a lot of scene setting in this book as it's the first in a new series. She also spends lots of time introducing the characters and their relationships allowing the reader to get to know the characters really well. As far as the mystery goes, she kept me guessing right until the very end as to who the murder was. As I said above the characters in the book are memorable. Liana/Lee is such a great character. She's not your typical PI either. She does her job while remaining glamorous in her high-priced wardrobe. For me, Tio and Tugger stole every scene they were in. Tio showed great compassion for both Liana and Tugger. I'd love to have him as my uncle. I also enjoyed reading about Lila, Liana's mother. She was feisty and fun to read about. The only thing that bothered me about the book was the format in which I read it. The PDF format didn't enlarge well on my Sony Reader. The misaligned format threw off my reading rhythm. The book is quite short (183 pages), however it still took be awhile to read it awhile to read it because of this. Recommended. I'd love to read the next book in the series. For more information about this book or to purchase it, please visit the MuseItUp website. The book can also be purchased from more information about the author and her book, please visit Heather's website or her her blog. For more information about the virtual book tour, please visit the Pump Up Your Book website. I'd like to thank Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book for this review copy. Murder is a Family Business by Heather Haven, MuseItUp Publishing, ©2011. ISBN 9780986587597(eBook), 183p.

  • Heavensent1
    2018-12-08 19:37

    Murder Is A Family Business is book one in the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series.Liana Alvarez (Lee to her friends) isn't your typical female, for one, she's a P.I. who investigates computer technology theft and yea, sometimes other stuff, like the case her mother put her on to find out about a cheating husband. Feeling like the job is beneath her, she takes in on anyhow as a favour to her mother's friend, whose husband is suspected of cheating. However, before she can say boo, Mr. Porter Wyler, real estate kingpin, is dead and the case takes on a whole new meaning.Lila Alvarez is Lee's mother and partner in the private investigator business, in which her husband started in hopes of nabbing computer thieves. She is the cliched type of aristocrat who is used to getting her own way in everything, and continues to ride her daughter for answers, running the agency with a tight fist, she doesn't take no for an answer.Together, alone with Lee's brother, Richard, her Uncle Tio and her cat, Tugger, she sets out to uncover the intrigues that surround, what was supposed to be a routine man cheating on woman deal, to learn the real truths behind the manifestations of all those involved.I really enjoyed Lee's personality and character. She is witty, comical and not the damsel in distress type of lady. She strives for perfection in order to please her mother and the memory of her father. You will find yourself chuckling over the antics and situations she gets herself into, she continuously seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the investigation turns deadly and involves her life, she pumps up her efforts instead of running from the ordeal ahead.I found the twists and turns in the plot to be enjoyable, even if I did figure out the culprit long before the book ended. Now I had to read it to see if I was correct, and that was part of the charm with the story, the predictability of the character's involved didn't hinder the plot nor the story. I enjoyed the tidbits of information dispersed throughout the pages on San Francisco and Silicon Valley, I hadn't expected that and it was refreshing to read. I liked Lee, she was as strong woman and I was thankful for such, sometimes authors make the main character a helpless, hapless victim that needs to be "saved", I loved that Heather Haven did not do this to Lee Alvarez, it would have seriously dampened the plot.The only downfall to the book were some scenes seemed to continue longer than they should or could have. I would've liked to have read a bit more about Richard, but I'm sure he will have more of a backstory in the books to follow. I quite enjoyed this new series and I think Heather Haven has found a successful and fresh approach to murder/mystery suspense novels. I look forward to reading more in the months ahead.

  • Rochelle
    2018-12-02 20:32

    Liana (Lee) Alvarez is a tough, yet sensitive PI who works for her family's business-a high tech PI firm in the heart of Silicon Valley. When Lee stumbles onto a murder in a warehouse at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, she calls upon her family—a blueblood mother, a computer-genius brother, and a good-hearted uncle—to solve the case.A Note from Acey Deucy to Rum Tum TuggerDude: There are easier ways to get adopted than by practically drowning. Take me for instance. My mom was smart enough to give birth to my siblings and me on an unnamed person’s patio in a secret house that kept us warm and dry. And Rochelle, who lived next door, was a really soft touch. All I had to do was climb her screen door and meow at her while she was on the phone, and I had her. She hung up, ran outside and scooped me up saying, “Oh, look! Acey knows my voice!” Then I gave her the eyes. You know—the kitty eyes. Yup, it works every time. But that’s how you got Lee. With the eyes and the pitiful meow. I suppose I’ll let Rochelle take over now. It’s a nice day and the mice’re stirring out back by the auto museum. Good hunting. Watch me get Rochelle away from her desk with just one big-eyed stare and a couple of pitiful mews.Are you done Acey? Can I work now? Sheesh! Oh, you wanna go play outside? You’re such a cute kitty, I could just hug you forever. Okay, okay. Here, let me get up and let you out.Where was I? Oh yes—reviewing Ms. Haven’s book.Murder is a Family Business was a top ten finisher in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, 2010, and Ms. Haven certainly deserved this accolade. This mystery is tight, scary and often humorous. Can you imagine having a mother who supports you in her own blue-blood way? What can you say about a Girl Scout Leader who guts fish perfectly coiffed and manicured wearing a beaded Halston gown—with an apron, of course? I don’t think Lee Alvarez was the only member of that troop who had difficulty getting that image out of her mind. No wonder she rebels by wearing the bright colors of her Latina heritage, albeit with designer labels. She’s doing a favor for a long-time friend of her mother’s when she stumbles upon that body on the wharf in a deluge. She stumbles onto Tugger that day, as well—both literally. Tugger, of course, is the safer of the two discoveries.Read the book. You’ll see what I mean.Murder is a Family Business by Heather Haven

  • Marva
    2018-11-21 22:25

    This is a nice introduction to a family of private detectives. True, they're supposed to be in the business of investigating corporate theft and other ethically challenged business practices.However, Lee has been set the task of tailing on her mother's (the agency boss) friend's husband because the wife is suspicious that he's having an affair. Lee finds herself sitting on a dock in San Francisco in a driving rainstorm, getting soaked to the skin, and she can't even see her quarry in a dilapidated warehouse. What the heck would a warehouse have to do with a man philandering on his wife? Lee loses contact with the man, but finds a lost kitten. To me, far better to take the kitty home then to hang out trying to track the man's supposed extramarital affairs.Lee returns the next day to check out the warehouse and finds the man dead, shot three times in the chest.Okay, Lee is now hip-deep in a murder, somewhere the family agency didn't want to be. Lee is persistent, however (an annoying characteristic according to her mom) and just has to find out why the man is dead and whodunit.The clues pile up while Lee investigates, leaving the kitten to the care of her tio (uncle) while she tries to figure out why the man is dead.Okay, enough plot because this is just the beginning as Haven stacks up a lot of clues and hints and puts Lee is dire danger.All in all a nicely done suspense/mystery. The only complaint I have is that a section set in a hospital goes on too long for my taste. There. I said something negative so you know I am really giving an honest assessment. I definitely enjoyed this book and I look forward to the continuing adventures of the Alvarez family detective agency.

  • Sara Durham
    2018-11-22 00:19

    Lee Alvarez is a private investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, her family’s business, renowned for ferreting out corporate software criminals. So how in the world did she get stuck tailing a would be adulterer along the San Francisco Bay docks, in a pouring down rainstorm? Well things go from bad to worse for Lee when she finds the man she’s been following deader than dead near an abandoned warehouse. Her tidy world is tossed upside down, and because she is curious by nature, Lee just can’t let the mystery of the dead man go. As this smart and feisty heroine delves deeper into the twists and turns of murder, she gets far more than she bargained for, not the least of which is the adorable kitten, Tugger. This clever, humorous, and interesting mystery definitely kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Heather Haven has created a smart, stubborn, albeit, always fashionable, character in Lee Alvarez. I was not only amused and fascinated by the cast of characters in Lee’s family, but was especially moved by the relationship between Lee and her iron willed mother, who runs the private investigation firm.With quick wit, a cool investigation, and quirky family dynamics, this story is a refreshing and well written whodunit. If you are a Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton fan, the first installment in this new mystery series is a must read! Looking forward to the next two: A Wedding To Die For, and Death Runs In the Family!Kudos! Ms. Haven

  • Charles Ray
    2018-12-03 22:35

    Porter Wyler wasn’t a handsome man, but his wife, Yvette suspected he was cheating. So, she hired her best friend, Lila Alvarez, CEO of Discretionary Enquiries, Inc., to follow him and get the dirt on him. The condition, though, was that it be kept in the family, so Lila sends her daughter, Liana ‘Lee’ Alvarez to tail the suspected cheat. Things turn really sour when Wyler is killed, and Lee, because she finds the body, is caught up in the investigation, and is even considered a person of interest.Murder is a Family Business, the first book in the Alvarez Family mysteries series, follows Lee as she delves into why a nonentity who made Danny DeVito look tall, dark, and handsome would be gunned down near a supposedly abandoned warehouse in San Francisco. Her efforts to solve the case are complicated by the fact that DI is not a gumshoe operation, but a sophisticated computer crime investigation service. Fortunately for Lee she has the help of her computer genius brother, Richard, and the support of a domineering, but loving mother to get her through the rough spots—of which there are many in this taut mystery that is also laced with humor a la Sue Grafton. Lee is no Kinsey Milhone; she comes from money; but, she is just as dogged in her pursuit of the truth, and I think I’ve found a new heroine to moon over.A book that you’ll find impossible to put down.

  • Bookmom
    2018-12-10 23:41

    Lee Alvarez works for her family’s company, Discretionary Inquiries, a company that deals mostly with software piracy. Lee and her brother, Richard, love pulling together the clues that are easily missed by others. But when her mother, the CEO of the company, tells Lee to follow the husband of a friend believing the guy is cheating on his wife, Lee can’t understand why she was assigned to something so outside the realm of what she does. It doesn’t help when she finds the guy’s dead body. It took me a bit to get into this book—I don’t know Spanish and was lost at the use of some phrases which were more heavily thrown into conversations at the beginning of the book. Lee is half Spanish and her it’s her uncle’s first language. But I found I liked Lee and the fact that she just can’t let go of something she’s been told to walk away from. And I definitely came to like her family, especially her mother after a certain incident.It’s kind of easy to guess early on the actions that had dead guy found where he was at, but not as easily to guess the who or why.I enjoyed it enough to download the next book.

  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    2018-11-15 03:40

    Lee Alvarez is sent out to keep tabs on a cheating husband. When the husband turns up dead on her watch, Lee needs to know what happened. With the help of her computer genius brother, Lee follows the clues, hoping to find the track to a killer.In Murder is a Family Business, the first book in Haven's Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series, the author creates a superb story filled with engaging characters and one cute little kittie. This one seems to set the stage for the books that will come. The Alvarez family runs Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that deals with the theft of computer software. Perfectly groomed mother, Lila, computer wizard, Richard, and Lee work together; while Uncle Tio has come for a visit after the death of his wife. This is a quick, fun read with new clues turning up and leading to additional discoveries. It has the right touch of humor, all the while not losing the focus of a murder investigation. Murder is a Family Business adds the love and sometimes annoyance of family to what has started off as a great mystery series.

  • Renee Butler
    2018-11-17 00:26

    I had to abandon this book. Complete nonsense. The author overdescribes all the wrong things, including race. The protagonist was whiny and her actions made no sense for the way she was introduced. This is a semi-spoiler, but not significant.Ok.. The protagonist is a PI. Her mother owns the agency where she works... Already strange because the author tells soooooo much family background about the protagonist but doesn't say a word about why or how her mother is managing it and how it came to focus on digital security. Anyway, the protagonist is on a stake out. She gets tired of sitting in the rain and decides to look in the warehouse to spot the target.. Really? I have worked with PIs and bounty hunters.. They don't set up a stake out they can't handle and they don't blow cover unless absolutely necessary.. Then in the middle of all this, she reaches a cat and finds a dead body.Honestly, it feels like someone's writing group project.The book may have gotten better, but there are so many issues with the set up, I was grinding my teeth too hard to finish.. Skip this book.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-02 19:31

    The fact that the title is capitalized wrong does not get this book off to a good start. Other than that it is somewhat better edited than the other book in the series that I read and doesn't have the fatal flaw. But I just didn't like it all that much. It doesn't have that mystery feel to it despite having the dead body. The main character acts like an idiot on more than one occasion and I really didn't like her very much. For all her claims not to care about the fancy clothes, she seems far too obsessed with the clothing details and uses terminology that doesn't match the attempted characterization. I also found the solution ridiculously obvious and much of her "detection" was coincidence. (view spoiler)[And what was Grace doing at the warehouse the day after the murder when no one else was there? It makes no sense really. The author needed her there so she could be detected, but there is no logical reason for her presence! (hide spoiler)]

  • Paula Ratcliffe
    2018-11-14 03:42

    This book was great, it captivated me and really had me wondering who the bad guy was. During this story we meet Lee, Richard (her brother), Lila (her mother) and Tio her uncle. While following her latest client she finds him dead, all signs point to something fishy being up. Lee feels compelled to figure out who shot him? This story takes you all over the place, dealing with immigration, affairs, and of course murder. I really enjoyed this story and the connection between Lee and her brother Richard. It was written very well which in my opinion puts Ms. Haven up there with Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovitch and many other detective novels. By the end of the book I felt really connected with these characters and wondering what Discretionary Inquiries is up to next? This book was sent to me via the publisher for a honest and fair review. I give it 5 stars for doing just that.

  • Kathy Bryson
    2018-12-01 22:27

    The Alvarez family investigates cyber crime but as a favor to her mother, Lee tails a cheating husband. When he turns up murdered, Lee feels guilty and keeps probing until she uncovers... I'll leave you to find out. That part is innovative; Lee I didn't find so compelling. She's a 30-year-old divorce who spends her time thinking about clothes and apologizing to her mother for speaking out of turn. Her mother isn't an unsympathetic character, convincingly portraying a competent businesswoman, so their dynamic is odd. Also odd hard returns scattered throughout the kindle version, but otherwise a plausible mystery with an interesting premise, reasonably well-written.

  • Doug
    2018-12-10 00:12

    Heather has created a somewhat different take on the usual private investigator storyline, by involving the whole family in the business. All of the characters are quite believable, and you can picture each of them, maybe even relating to one or more in your own family. Plus, having toured the SanFran area I can even picture some of the locations, so full marks for descriptive writing. In this storyline, however, Heather needed to create a "happy ending", so the family can carry on the business for the next adventure. As long as you keep that in mind, you will find a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-22 03:25

    Really cute mystery. Lea, part Latina (her dad) and part San Francisco old society (her mom) works for her family's PI firm that mostly deals with computer/corporate theft. Then, her fashion plate mother assigns her to tail a possibly adulterous husband. Lea grumbles, but he's the husband of one of Lea's mother's oldest friends so she carries out the assignment.The husband turns up murdered while she was surveilling him. She ends up soaked, finds the body, rescues a kitten, and is carried to the station for questioning.It all works out in the end, but I kind of knew who'd done it. Still, the characters are cute and interesting. I'm going to get the next in the series.

  • Mjuneb
    2018-11-30 01:19

    Intriguing Story Form and a Great BookIt is always easy the mistakes of heroes in books, but they don't have the benefit of knowing the plot of the story. Just as we hear, African-American actors proclaim they are always the first killed in horror movies, as readers we have experience to make us catch clues thrown our way. The authors try to lead us without wasting time to their desired solution. Even though I hate the quick way the plot unfolds, I see the need for it and appreciate the twist of the rescue played out after the fact. Several unusual methods in writing make this a rewarding and entertaining read. I like this book and will be reading more.

  • Debbie
    2018-12-09 03:37

    This is a light easy read. This is about a family who are in the business of investigating. Lee is suppose to be on an easy case....following the husband of an old friend of her mom's. They are suppose to follow him to see if he is cheating on his wife. While sitting and watching a warehouse she had followed the man a storm rolls in. Lee gets tired of the rain, wind and cold so she leaves her spot and starts to leave but is curious as to where the guy is so she turns around and goes looking for him. Well she finds him dead and now the adventure begins. This is a murder mystery series ....its funny and a really enjoyable read. Can't wait to read book 2 in the series.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-23 00:38

    When I first saw the cover with the cute orange kitten, I did not know what to expect. As I started reading the book, I was drawn into the plot and I had to keep reading. The author combined mystery, suspense and family into a great detective novel. There were twists and turns throughout the book that made the plot interesting and fresh. The members of the family complemented the storyline and I really liked Lee and her little kitten Tugger. I look forward to following the Alvarez family in the next book of the series, A Wedding to Die For available now.

  • Jeff Hawley
    2018-12-04 20:32

    As you can see from my rating, I did not like this book very much. It was written by a woman author with a penchant for clothing and family relationships. Neither the clothing nor the relationships had much to do with the story. There were many pages that I skim read. It made the book go fast enough so that I could get through it. I could skim read page after page and not lose any of the storyline. I will not be reading any of the other books in the series. I was able to figure out the perpetrator in the first third of the book. The remaining 2 thirds was anticlimactic.

  • Sparkymom
    2018-12-10 02:28

    FunnyThis was my first book by this author. I really wasn't sure if I would like it at first, but it grew on me the more I read. While it didn't quite make me laugh out loud, I did find myself smiling quite a bit. I liked the Spanish mixed in with the English and the bit of Mexican flair. I would have liked a bit more romance. A love interest was introduced, but there really wasn't any romance to speak of. I will probably try the next book with hopes that it has a bit more chemistry.

  • Lester Allen
    2018-12-11 01:39

    When your bad day turns into a worse week is what Liana has going for her.Liana has the best job until her boss (who is also her mother) gives her a job that sucks. Following a husband for her mom's best friend. What is worst is the pouring rain she has to stand in while spying on said husband. The only thing worse is finding him dead. This bad night is going to get even worse. Love the family and friends who get involved in this case and hopefully more stories to come.