Have you ever read a book that was so funny you wanted to read it out loud to your friends? Have you ever found a book with such original inner dialog and snappy attitude that you think, "Wish I'd thought of that." Ever have a story that is so intricately put together that everything is important and every detail is necessary? No words wasted? Well, if you haven't discovered a treasure like that yet, then I suggest you go to the store and order this book now. Suspicious Minds is brilliant, funny, intense, witty, romantic and downright awesome. I totally loved this book even more than Hazardous Duty, and that's saying a lot because I thought it was the best! And ironically in the midst of all the other stuff going on in Suspicious Minds , there is also a deep spiritual thread that is meaningful, and a kiss or two that would make even the stodgiest reader swoon. Did I mention I loved this story? I don't want to spoil things by giving away important details, so just trust me on this one. It's like a comedy-suspense-mystery and definitely worth buying. Christy Barritt has created a whole new genre.
Let me get it out of the way first. I LOVED that this book is set in my hometown. I enjoyed recognizing all the places and being able to say "I've been there!" It's also great to see a book set there and not have made up places by authors who use creative license. Now I actually love the story itself. The mystery is extremely good and it keeps you guessing throughout the story. I wanted to gag myself when Gabby found the bodies. It made me feel all icky and gross like I had actually been there myself. The description of the finds are not graphic but they make you feel like you're actually there. I really like the chemistry between Gabby and Chad. There was much more zing between them than her and her boyfriend. I'm not a huge Elvis fan (I like young Elvis, that's it) but I found it both funny and sad to see what a huge following he still has. It's actually sad to see how some people are still obsessed with a man that's been dead (yes he is!) for over 30 years. It's like they're still worshiping him. I did love the scene at the seafood restaurant . It was hilarious although I would have been mad if I had been tricked like that all for the sake of a protest. It was a great way to add humor through a grim storyline. I really enjoy these books - not only are they are fun read but I've actually learned a lot about crime scene cleaning. I really can't wait to see what Gabby's next adventure is going to be.
I loved Suspicious Minds. Funny, fast paced, I just love Gabby and her quirky friends and her way of being brave, no matter how much trouble it gets her into. Very fun book. I can't wait to hear more from Christy Barritt.
It takes skill to write a story filled with humor, suspense, romance, and creativity. Christy Barritt has done it in once again in book two of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series. If you loved Gabby St. Claire and all the trouble she got into in Hazardous Duty you won't be surprised to find her in the middle of it in Suspicious Minds. And, if you haven't read book one, go ahead and buy them both, you'll be glad you did.Gabby St. Claire, crime scene cleaner by trade, detective by circumstance, finds herself in the middle of a double murder investigation and the target of the killer. How can she get into such a predicament? For Gabby, it is easy. She goes to a potential job site to look into cleaning mold from a crawl space and discovers the body of an Elvis impersonator. When the dead man's wife asks her to investigate the murder Gabby can't say no. Her next visit to the crawl space uncovers another body and gun shots fired at her. Can this sleuth wannabe solve the crime without being killed herself? And can she learn to listen to her heart and search the lonely places there to find faith and deep relationships?Christy Barritt's cast of characters are creative and endearing. You will be eager to find out what happens to each of them. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor. Then, look for book three when we find out how Gabby's future predicaments and relationships turn out.