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Armchair Detective
by Kelli Jae Baeli   

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ISBN-10:  1434824624 Type: 

ISBN-13:  9781458048004

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Jobeth stakes out her prey and runs for her life, continuing the investigation that pulls her into close calls, unexpected allies, and more secrets. But Jobeth has secrets of her own, and only love can excavate them.

Jobeth O'Brien awakens on the floor of her kitchen, her battered face and the memory of an angry visitor tells her that she is close to something important in her investigation. In between this surveillance and delivering newspapers, her beloved ‘62 Falcon is the scene of middle-of-the-night romps with a lonely socialite, who gives her more than she bargained for. Her quest for the truth pits her against errant husbands, a modern-day madam with a taste for blood, a horny landlady, a vicious attack dog, and the lies she tells herself. Amid these challenges, Jobeth stakes out her prey and runs for her life, continuing the investigation that pulls her into close calls, unexpected allies, and more secrets. But Jobeth has secrets of her own, and only love can excavate them.



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An Absolute Pleasure
5.0 out of 5 stars July 30, 2012
By Vix Reader "Vix Reader" (Cali)
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This review is from: Armchair Detective (Paperback)
What fun!

I love a book written in the first person. This technique allows me to easily identify with the main character, because I am "in her skin" and I only get information as she gets it. Also, this structure colors how I see the other characters in the book because I am seeing them through a subjective point of view. This technique is even more gratifying because Jobeth is so, so likeable.

While the plot starts off a bit flimsy (a guy hires a private investigator at a coffee shop simply because she is reading a book on the topic?), the relationship between Jobeth and Phoebe is a hoot. They are both very down to earth and I hate to use the word again, but they are two very likeable characters. The overall character development is fabulous. Their relationship doesn't catapult from lust to love in twenty pages. You see them learn to trust each other and neither woman wants to change the other. I really love how Phoebe accepts Jobeth at face value and gives Jobeth time and room to grow. Their dialogue is so sharp and witty; it's easy to see why they fall for each other. The clever banter between the two of them makes for a quick and pleasurable read and the sex scenes aren't bad either. I can't wait to download the sequel and I plan on reading more from this author.

A truly talented author
5.0 out of 5 stars May 12, 2012
By Tessa - See all my reviews
This review is from: Armchair Detective (AKA Investigations) (Kindle Edition)
you get something different out of each book you read.

This one was an interesting story, and the character development was phenomenal, but the thing that i found myself saying at the end of the book was: "wow, she's a really talented author."

This book shows a really well rounded project. storyline, characters, the dry cynical humor that i love, depth, emotional manipulation, literary prose here and there... but mainly, none of it seemed forced. You could tell that this author could just start typing, go into a zone and spit out a book or a speech or a poem or a recipe that would pull you in and have your full attention. Very fluid and a total pleasure. The editing (if she even needed it) was flawless as well.

The story itself was fun and you get your fill of action, hot romance, and wit, all rolled up nicely. A splendid balance of a book that will have you laughing one minute, and the next deep in thought about the psyche of our characters and an empathy of their emotional baggage.

I've already downloaded several other bits of the author's work (many aren't even available here on amazon. check her site) and she is one deep chick with an amazing ability to put the deepest truths of life into words. so many of the other 'popular' lesfic authors have NOTHING on her.

will have you glued to the page
Review by: Kate Genet on June 21, 2012 : star star star star star
The most appealing thing about this novel is its narrative voice. Written in first person, this novel is wry and humorous. It's the first thing that draws you into the story and it's at once self-depreciating and self-assured, which is an interesting combination. For a while I thought this self-assurance bordered on cocky, but by a few chapters into the book I was captivated. It's a strong voice and it never falters once in the whole novel.

By describing the novel's voice I'm also describing the main character. She's pretty much everything a reader needs a character to be – interesting enough to catch our attention, assertive enough to keep it and displaying a depth that promises more to the story if we care to read on. With a character like this, it's impossible not to read on. She has her weaknesses of course, but all well-rounded characters do. She's hiding something and this gives her an air of vulnerability that only adds an extra dimension to her otherwise strong, capable and determined character.

The secondary character is just as appealing. Both different in temperament, these two make a terrific team, and their burgeoning relationship in the book is everything you want it to be from the very moment they meet.

Well paced with nail-biting action scenes this novel has a storyline that will have you glued to the page. It manages to stay on this side of believable because at all times the author is demonstrably in control of her material. Immersed in the book, it all seems real and credible and it's a credit to Jae Baeli's writing skill. It's a detective story, action story and romance all in one wild, fulfilling ride. Lots of drama, danger and two sexy women. What more could you want?

Bring together an exciting storyline, a world that is recognizable and real, a bunch of characters to love, hate, laugh at and with as the case may be, and you have all the ingredients of a book well worth reading. I know there's a second book featuring these characters and I'm looking forward to reading it. If it's anything like this one, it's not to be missed.

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