Author: D M Buckley
Review: I thought this book sounded fun with the animals in it, I had just read a cat book so thought it was time for a Doggie book.
The main character is Lexie, along with her sometimes weird friends, family and the characters she meets along the way, as she weaves her way through the day just trying to live life.
The story opens with Lexie out of work, after having quit the zoo as a zoo keeper. This was an in between job while “looking” for a better one. She really loved the zoo job until it came to cleaning up Elephant poop and that was it. So now Lexie is out of work, bored and looking for trouble, which, of course she finds.
As the book progresses we meet Lexie’s eccentric family, her Aunt Scarlett, a fading beauty with a salty personality, who loves to rescue animals of all types from Bubba to Henrietta Chickenhead! She is demanding but loving to Lexie.
Houty-a handy man to “Miss Scarlett” who has been with her for five years. No information can be found about him on the “web” and so Darcie, Lexie’s, nutty friend for life, decides he is under cover mob or worse.
The author is a very good story teller, she weaves a good tale and I am sure the story would have played out well if I had finished it. I did not finish reading the book, because of the use of coarse language that did not really build the characters. It did not add to the story nor in anyway enhance the experience of the story.
The author is very talented and should go right on writing but realize that the language added nothing to these characters personalities or to the story, and it would still have been a fun story without it.
I give this book a three out of five stars but only because of the language. If language doesn’t get in your way, go for it, as the storytelling is great, the characters are full of life, and the story moves with energy.
If you are an animal lover you will especially enjoy Lexie and her trying to figure out what to do with the new kitten when she is called upon to care for her!
The story line is good fun and reminds me of a story teller that takes his story from the top of his head and weaves a magical tale to keep you enthralled.
Thank Eileen for this review.
Publisher: Published (first published April 21st 1012)
Pages: Kindle Edition
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)-
Why I Read It: Sent by the author for review.
Synopsis: Thirty-two year old Lexi O’Malley, a boring software programmer by trade, was out of work, out of money, full of attitude and looking for a new career. When her eccentric Aunt Scarlet calls and shames her into helping search for Bubba, her missing, big, dopey, black Lab, she figures she might as well add out of luck to the mix since dog detective wasn’t exactly the great new profession she had in mind.
In the process of tending to her familial obligation, she finds Bubba beaten nearly to death and after Aunt Scarlet’s home is ransacked she accidentally learns her aunt’s handyman is not who he professes to be. While playing amateur sleuth, she’s shot at, pursued by thugs, crashes her car, finds her apartment burned to the ground and discovers that even though she’s short on expertise and not all that brave, she’s a master fibber and can hold her own in a crisis.
Author Biography: "When I was a kid I had lots of imaginary friends and we went on all kinds of crazy adventures, so I guess you could say the transition into writing wasn't all that big of a leap."
When asked if Lexi O'Malley, her main character, was modeled after herself, she responds "Absolutely! Just a younger, smarter, thinner, fearless version." As to her partners in crime, she simply smiles and says "They know who they are."
D. M. (Donna Marie) Buckley was born and raised, and still lives in Tampa Florida with her husband and two cats, where she is currently hard at work on Twocan Sam, the next Lexi O'Malley adventure.