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In this character-driven humorous thriller, Daisy is a one-woman/curvy/strawberry-blonde/bombshell/force of nature. She can’t hold a job, can’t cook, and has a strange sense of dress. Her trademark charm, humor, and joy in life can send any situation spinning out of control, threatening her and hapless partner Solomon with danger, and even chance of death, but just as often providing the clues needed to solve the case.
In the first Daisy mystery, Lost Cause, we learned that after several attempts to settle on a career, Daisy Dunlop had decided to become an heir hunter. Her beloved husband Paul supports this plan, but insists that she train with his best friend, the enigmatic Solomon, a private detective. Lost & Found picks up the story with Daisy on the trail of a missing champion purebred poodle, while Solomon takes on full-time parent duties for three-year-old daughter Molly when his former girlfriend is arrested. As he investigates, both he and Daisy realize that their cases are starting to intersect even while the dead bodies multiply.
As with the previous book, I loved all the scenes with Daisy. When she’s in the driver’s seat, the witty banter, loving and R-rated relationship with her husband Paul, and even the way they wind up teenage son Sherman (“Ew. God, Dad. Ew! I don’t want to be thinking about Mam and you naked all day.”) are dead on.
There were a couple of things that didn’t ring absolutely true to me this time. Daisy’s banter and inner monologues were always entertaining. But some of the other characters just didn’t sound like they could possibly be real. For example, I find it hard to believe that lowlife drug-dealer Nobby (even in disguise) would greet a woman with the words, “Scarlett, you’re stunning.” Also, there were a couple of plot holes. For one thing, I couldn’t tell if they ever found Johnny, the lost poodle. By then, of course, there were much bigger issues, but I still worry about poor Johnny.
My other problem was with the character of Solomon. Back in Book 1 when he was a dark, tortured, enigmatic soul (ie we didn’t hear from him as much), I liked him better. In Lost & Found, we spend more time in Solomon’s head. I enjoyed seeing him try to come to grips with full-time fathering, but actually…it seemed to consist of getting other people to handle that for him, while he kept getting distracted by potential sex partners, and even sexual fantasies about Daisy, his off-limits best-friend’s wife. (Frankly, despite a sizzling shared kiss, I liked it better when she was shooting him in the arse.) Most troubling of all, when Solomon realizes that he doesn’t have the resources in place to take care of a toddler, he contemplates returning little Molly to her mother—a drug-addicted mess whose latest lover has just been killed in a deal gone bad.
Overall, given the terrific character-driven plot and flawless pace, and the way Daisy’s presence lights up any scene she’s in, I would give Lost & Found a solid four stars. And of course, I can’t wait for the next volume in the series. Daisy is clearly not finished torturing Solomon. And given his most recent behavior, he’d be well-advised keep his derriere out of her target range.
*I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*