Sticks and Stones: A Cat DeLuca Mystery
K. J. Larsen
Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
eed a good laugh? And clever writing? And a feeling of joie de vivre? Something to chase away the bleak winter blues? Pick up a copy of
Sticks and Stones
by. K.J. Larsen.
n interesting point to mention before I get into the meat of this fun mystery; the authors are three sisters! I can only think they had a great deal of fun creating Cat DeLuca of the
Pants on Fire Detective Agency
and her sidekick Cleo Jones. The duo trace and expose cheating husbands.
leo, a free spirit, could carry the bulk of the story herself, but Cat is the main character with issues from her two year marriage with a cheater. When Cleo and Cat discover Cleo's unfaithful husband shot to death, the police put their stamp of
on Cleo. Just because she had previously shot his backside full of buckshot. Go figure!
at sets out to prove Cleo innocent with many speed bumps along the way. Cat manages to squeeze in a few romantic interludes with her man of the month while she fends off her mother who wants grandchildren. Cat's mother can really cook, which helps to cool Cat's frustration with her mother's disdain for her business which she calls '
at's man is good in the kitchen as well as the bedroom, so her mother doesn't give up hope. Cat comes from a large Italian family. She either knows everyone in her part of the world – which is a suburb of Chicago – or is related to them.
Sticks and Stones
is a really fun book. The sisters' first book,
, is worth the read also.
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