Review: BYE, BYE LOVE by K.J. Larsen

Bye Bye LoveBye, Bye Love by K. J. Larsen

Poisoned Pen Press Cozy Mystery

K. J. Larsen—aka as sisters Julianne, Kristen, and Kari Larsen—have struck gold with their Pants on Fire Detective Agency series and the irrepressible PI Cat DeLuca. Bye, Bye Love is the fourth in this series and promises more mysteries that will keep us laughing and guessing. How many PIs call the bad guy “potty mouth” when he curses at her? Look out V I Warshawski (Sara Paretsky), there is a new gal in Chicago, and she can get into as much trouble as Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) in New Jersey.

Often ridiculed by her family members who are active duty and retired policemen, PI DeLuca shows them who’s boss and not always in a gentle way. Larsen has created a memorable cast of characters and a well-developed mystery plot in Bye, Bye Love and is to be applauded for a fast moving pace that would keep James Patterson hopping. Throw in a dog with “soulful brown eyes and an ever-joyful tail” who rivals Sara Booth Delaney (Carolyn Haines) in Mississippi and some bad guys who like to kill people, and Cat DeLuca is on the move, her colorful family hot on her trail.

Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews in the August 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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