As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al, along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn't know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who's looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don't know the meaning of the word quit - not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn.
The man Mackenzie's been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him - a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn't know where to start...or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.
©2016 Jennifer L Hart (P)2016 Jennifer L Hart
"Great where is the next one!"
Think of Gilmore Girls becoming private detectives.
The mother and daughter are named Mackenzie. The mother is called Mackenzie and the daughter Mack. Mack is an extremely talented 16 year-old computer wiz. Mackenzie is a quirky, caffeinated, and awesome. Her morning drink is coffee with a side of coffee topped with coffee beans.
The story centers around financial difficulties of the Mackenzies. Mom-Mackenzie has difficulty finding and keeping a job when she discovers that she wants to try her skills are being a private detective. Being Mackenzie nothing is simple. Following the simple rules of a book written by her uncle, Mackenzie becomes a PI.
Add to the story that Mackenzie and her mother inherit an apartment from her uncle. Her mom leaves the captain (Mackenzie calls her dad by his service rank) moves into the upstairs apartment. There is a hot police office (who Mackenzie has promised not sleep with him) and a Jewish woman. There are movies nights with junk food, love interests and other domestic entanglements.
A great fun novel which needs a follow up. How many PI’s only have one case? So there has to be a follow up.
"Great start to the series"
I read some reviews that compared it to Gilmore Girls and it really was in many ways. I loved it. The interaction between mother and daughter was priceless and funny. I can't wait to the second book to come out on audible.
"Fun Start to the Series"
Smart, strong, funny women are my favorite protagonists and that describes both Mackenzie and her daughter Mac. Their exchanges kept me smiling and had me laughing out loud on occasion.
Anytime that Mackenzie (the mother) thinks she's being super stealthy and nailing the whole P.I. thing. Then finds out she's not in some humorous way.
No, it's not really that type of story. But I had a ton of fun listening to Mackenzie's antics.
"Characters are Gilmore Girls copies"
The narration by Suzanne Cerreta is very good. Kudos to her, as usual.
This could have been a much better book than it was if only Ms. Hart had made her characters even marginally less like Lorelei, Rory and Emily Gilmore of Gilmore Girls fame. Don't get me wrong, I loved Gilmore Girls, but I didn't really want to read a story about what they would have been like if Lorelei had decided not to work at a small New England inn and had wandered from job to job finally alighting on being a P.I. instead. There are just too many similarities between these characters and the ones in the TV series for it to read like anything other than fan fiction. For some fans of GG, this might be a plus, but for me it was a big negative. I love Ms. Hart's writing and the case Mackenzie is solving turns out to be engaging (hence the 3 stars). If only she had made the characters a little less like copies of those on GG I would have enjoyed this book way, way more. Not only does Mackenzie give her child the same name, she has her at 16, leaves home to raise her, has a mother extremely similar to Emily Gilmore, has an addiction to coffee, doesn't cook and lives on take-out, and has the same kind of witty banter that Lorelei and Rory are famous for. There may even be more similarities but I can't think of them at the moment.
I loved Ms. Hart's Damaged Goods and Pasta Shop series (I highly recommend those on audio) and was looking forward to this one. Sadly, I don't think I will be continuing with it as I just can't get past the GG connection. If you haven't seen Gilmore Girls, I would highly recommend this series. If you have, decide for yourself if the similarities in the characters would appeal to you or bother you.
"Entertaining - easy to follow"
I was looking for fun lighthearted audio books for vacation travel time. This one hit the mart.
loved the character development and quick witted humor.
Hoping 2nd in series is soon to follow
plot a little weak. Child not made known to Father then "wala-la" he has 16 year old daughter.
Sometime I get burnt out on hardcore suspense mysteries, this was a light fun diversion.
reminded me of Gilmore Girls meets damaged goods series. coffee, hacking, SNL skits has it all
"Good story, excellent reader"
Entertaining PG13 story. The reader was VERY good and made the story even better.
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