Category/Genre: Women's Fiction/Mystery
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: 11/29/12
Source: Received from author for review
Underachiever Minette "Mini" Monroe has long dreamt of how much better life would be if only she were in charge of the world, said world being the independent bookstore in Westport, CT, where she's worked for the past half dozen years. After her beloved boss Colin Quimby is murdered, Mini gets her wish and also gets a chance to solve the case, aided by hot young Officer Michael "Mickey" Maus. Despite his unfortunate nickname - would any woman really voluntarily become part of Mini and Mickey Maus? - Mini takes a shine to him, but there's no real time for romance, not when Mini has her hands full dealing with Colin's viper's nest full of ex-wives, offspring, former business partners and current business rivals, all of whom had good reason to want to see Colin dead. Who will turn out to be the guilty party? The only way to find out is to read WAITING FOR DEAD MEN'S SHOES, a madcap comedic novel that proves that the Shakespeare Unabridged Globe and the Oxford English Dictionary are still a girl's best weapons.
Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes is another fun book by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Now, I know that being a murder mystery, it might seem strange that I describe the book as fun. But with this being the fifth book of Baratz-Logsted's books I've read, I can say that her books are always told with wit and charm.
Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes is not necessarily focused on the murder of Mini's boss, but more on Mini herself. She works in a independent book store, and her observations on the customers was a treat in itself. Mini was tiny but a force to be reckoned with. I love her humor and self-deprecation. I loved that she just charges through life, even though it ends up getting her into ridiculous situations. I'm trying to draw a comparison for Mini and her antics, and the best I have is...Lucy Ricardo? Yeah, think of a modern Lucy Ricardo-ish type of character. Good times.
In the midst of trying to solve her boss's murder, Mini becomes involved with Officer Michael "Mickey" Maus. Yeah...Mini and Micky Maus. It's a little cheesy, but when even the characters poke fun at the names, you can't help but smile. And though the blurb clearly states there isn't a romance in Waiting, I kept hoping the two would find time to make a love connection. I have a feeling there will be a lot of incidents in Mini and Mickey's future to keep the two plenty busy.
I found Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes to be a really light, fast read that had me smiling the entire time.
"You know," Michael broke the silence, "you're not just run-of-the-mill odd. You're downright peculiar."
"Thank you." I scratched my scalp. "This damn wig itches." ~50%
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