Pet Peeves Paperback – Sep 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Private investigator Haskell Blevins puts up his shingle in Pigeon Fork, Ky. But there's not much business for the sleuth in his sleepy hometown--until local beauty Cordelia Turley hires him to solve a case that baffles the police. Her grandmother has been murdered, along with Grammy's pet cat and parakeet. The chase is then afoot, although Haskell pursues his quarry more with words than deeds. His wisecracks and inner monologues are breezy, engaging and, frequently, downright funny. Haskell g interviews a flurry of suspects: Cordelia's mousy sister Eunice and her brutish husband Joe Eddy; Delbert, Joe Eddy's sidekick and the town drunk; and lovable Grampap Turley, henpecked even from the beyond. All of this may be enough to keep readers from noticing, or caring, that there is little supporting action. To be sure, there are blips on the screen: Emmaline, Pigeon Fork's "cat lady," finds one of her pets poisoned; an unsuccessful attempt is made to do away with Haskell's dog, and the tires on his truck are slashed. But it is not until the last few pages that the plot switches into high gear and first novelist McCafferty serves up a satisfyingly twisty solution to murder.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I said entertaining, not brain food. It doesn;t reveal the meaning of life, or wax poet over amber waves of grain. Indeed, it is nothing more than a literary frolic. McCafferty uses her small town setting to paint a rather puzzling murder case.
She manages to weave original characters into a genre that has seen almost every kind. No one can forget the freckled P.I. with the dog who is afraid of steps, or the nosy neighbors, or the sheriff. She makes the entire thing pretty darn funny, but without supsending belief for a moment.
Throughout the book, the reader never knows quite what to expect, something will always change.
This is one of the best mystery novels I've read in the past year. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read.
This book is a fun first novel. Haskell's sense of humor adds much to the story. The story develops well and reaches a good conclusion. I'm glad I tracked down a copy of this novel after reading the author's Tatum twins mysteries (starting with DOUBLE MURDER). I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in the series.