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#Review / #Giveaway – Secret Lives and Private Eyes by Heather Weidner – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Secret Lives and Private Eyes
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: Koehler Books (June 20, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1633932562


Business has been slow for Private Investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, but her luck seems to change when a tell-all author hires her to find rock star Johnny Velvet. Could the singer—whose career purportedly ended in a fiery crash almost thirty years ago—still be alive?

As if sifting through dead ends in a cold case isn’t bad enough, Delanie is hired by loud-mouth strip club owner Chaz Wellington Smith, III, to uncover information about the mayor’s secret life. When the mayor is murdered, Chaz becomes the key suspect, and Delanie must clear his name. She also has to figure out why a landscaper keeps popping up in her other investigation. Can the private investigator find the connection between the two cases before another murder—possibly her own—takes place?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Private Investigator Delanie Fitzgerald goes to great lengths to get her clients what they need. She puts herself out there even wearing several different disguises, changing her voice as needed. Her partner, Duncan Reynolds handles any needed computer research. He is quite an internet master. Duncan’s bulldog, Margaret, is the office mascot/rug, unless treats are involved. Delanie’s current cases involve a strip club owner and a rock star that supposedly died years ago.  For one case she jumps in with her whole heart and the other investigation could end up costing her her life.

I loved this story. Delanie is a fabulous protagonist. She reminded me a little bit of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, but even better. A fiery redhead focused on her cases.  She is smart but she puts herself in harm’s way to get the answers she needs. She was awfully lucky on several occasions.  Duncan reminded me of my son. He is into video games and even has game nights. Delanie knows she must be in dire straits to interrupt one of those. Unlike my son at least that I know of, Duncan is also quite the internet hacker and can usually find things to move their cases forward. Which may be the reason he disappears when the police show up.

Our Private Eye really digs into many Secret Lives making the entire story is very fast paced. We travel around with Delanie as she follows clues to several cases at the same time. We meet several interesting characters in addition to the strip club owner and the man that may be Johnny Velvet. The mayor, a bouncer, a landscaper, Delanie’s brothers, 2 alpacas, assorted dogs and more.   Woven within this suspenseful story in plenty of humor and the expected Southern charm too.

This was a story I started and just couldn’t put down. I tried the just one more chapter thing several times, but ended up reading it all in one sitting.

A strong plot with impressive characters set in Richmond, Virginia. I call this one a perfect escape!

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Heather’s short stories appear in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. Her debut novel, Secret Lives and Private Eyes, will be published on June 20, 2016.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She currently lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. She is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Guppies, and Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia. She is currently President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!
Extra posts this week as I fill in for other bloggers plus it is going to be a hectic week away from the computer too.

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.


Fixin’ To Die (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Release Date – June 14, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!

Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction
Release Date – May 5, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here on Thursday!

A Premonition of Murder (A Dream Club Mystery)
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Review will be up Saturday! 

Since She Went Away
Release Date – June 21, 2016
Review will be posted soon! 


Murder at Redwood Cove
Release Date – October 13, 2015
My Flashback Friday Book hopefully for this week.

Murder at the Mansion
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Janet will be my Special Guest next Tuesday!

Engaged in Death (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Stephanie will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Secret Lives and Private Eyes
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next Thursday!

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