Title: Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries Box set (3 Books)
Author: Jamie Lee Scott
Let Us Prey - book 1
Mimi Capurro former Secret Service agent is trying to put what is left of her life back together after her husband of one year suddenly died. She opens up the Gotcha Detective Agency. Her friend computer forensics partner, Charles Parks, cares for
Mimi but knows she is working through personal issues and helps her when he can. Gotcha specializes in executive protection (bodyguards), and tailing cheating spouses.
Nick Christianson former San Francisco Homicide detective decided to move back to Salinas CA to move past his former daemons and is now adjusting to the new police department and a blast from the past.
Mimi when she takes on an executive protection case for New York Times bestselling author Lauren Silke she figured it would be an easy protection but when Lauren’s assistant is murdered. Mimi finds herself working side by side with her former college flame Nick. The only question is will Mimi and Nick be able to solve this murder without killing each other first?
The murder scene in this book is not a cozy mystery if that is what you are looking for.
Textual Relations - book 2
Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, is breaking and entering into an alleged predator’s home, Mimi and Charles find a murder victim on the floor in his bedroom. When homicide detective Nick Christianson and his new partner, Piper Mason, arrive on the scene Mimi has to find a way to work with Nick and Piper with the green eyed monster hanger over her shoulder. When the teenage girl and victim disappear Mimi, Nick and Charles race against the clock to find the killer and hopefully find the girl in the process.
Death of a Sales Rep - book 3
Mimi and Charles take some time off from the detective agency to help Charles' friend, Anthony DeLuca, sell his exclusive line of voodoo dolls at a trade show in San Francisco. But as luck may have it, Mimi finds the body of a dead sales rep. When Anthony is implicated in the suspicious death, Mimi decides to investigate.
The three books put together are only 519 pages so each story is barely 200 pages but perfect for a beach read. Each book moves the story forward from the romance between Nick and Mimi to the endless victims Mimi comes across. The author doesn’t hold anyone back from developing Mimi as a person discovering who she is as a Private Detective and what she wants in her love life.
Jamie Lee Scott creates vivid murder scenes that cause the reader to feel for Mimi and everything she sees and feels. There is the right amount of humor and romance to balance out the murders.
Each book is a perfect murder mystery story with you guessing who the murder might be. I have to admit I was pretty sure who the murderer was in the first book but I also take pride in discovering who the killer is before everyone else.
Out of the three books I really enjoyed the second one because with children you forget the world of technology they live in and the author makes sure you realize how dangerous the technology is when it comes to our children and the sexual predators who are searching for them. I like that Jamie Lee Scott flushed out Charles character more and I found I really like him more than the first book. Jamie Lee Scott also flushes out all of her characters though each book and you find yourself caring for everyone who works for Mimi.
Each book could stand along because the author makes sure the reader is never lost and wondering who everyone is and what they are doing in the books.
The series is well worth the buy and I plan on reading her next books in the Gotcha series.
Thanks Heidi for this review
Published: Published January 1st 2013 by LBBCompany (Ryan Lee,Inc.)
Page Count: 515
Quick Review: 4 out 5 stars –
Why I Read this Title: I bought the Gotcha Detective books for .99 from Amazon when I was looking for a good mystery one day.
Synopsis: Let Us Prey - book 1
Mimi Capurro is trying to put her life back together after the sudden death of her husband. Using the skills she learned as a secret service agent, she runs the Gotcha Detective Agency, along with her skilled computer forensics partner Charles Parks. Gotcha specializes in executive protection (bodyguards), and tailing cheating spouses.
Nick Christianson is running from the demons of his past, and that has put him back in his old stomping grounds in Salinas, CA. Nick has transferred from the San Francisco Homicide Division and is now adjusting to this new police department.
Mimi never expects to run into her old college flame Nick, when she takes on an executive protection case for New York Times bestselling author Lauren Silke. But when Lauren’s assistant is murdered, the homicide case, along with Mimi, land in Nick’s lap. Will Mimi and Nick be able to solve this murder without killing each other first?
Textual Relations - book 2
Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, hasn’t seen her old college flame since they teamed up to find a killer several months earlier. Now, after breaking and entering into an alleged predator’s home, Mimi and Charles find a murder victim on the floor in his bedroom. When homicide detective Nick Christianson and his new partner, Piper Mason, arrive on the scene, this is not the way Mimi expected to see Nick again.
Even though it’s his job, Nick is loath to find the killer. That is until a teenage girl with ties to the victim disappears. Now Mimi, Nick and Charles race against the clock to find the killer and hopefully find the girl in the process.
Death of a Sales Rep -Book 3
Mimi and Charles take some time off from the detective agency to help Charles' friend, Anthony DeLuca, sell his exclusive line of voodoo dolls at a trade show in San Francisco. Mimi is less than thrilled to find out Charles has invited Nick Christianson to come along.
But as luck may have it, Mimi finds the body of a dead sales rep. When Anthony is implicated in the suspicious death, Mimi investigates her way, and NIck goes off with his old partner at the SFPD to investigate with them.
With so many viable suspects, who wanted this sales rep dead?
Author Information: Jamie was born on the Central Coast of California, where she spent her entire childhood entertaining. She wrote plays and charged admission to her backyard stage so her friends and family could enjoy the performances. She wrote her first novel at the age of 10, for her 5th grade class project. The novel was called Cindy,
Busy with horses and school, Jamie rarely wrote through her teens and twenties, she was living a life most dreamed of (well, she dreamed of anyway), competing at barrel races, hanging out with cowboys, and traveling in rodeo circles with her friends. Money was tight, but life was good. Then Jamie met the man of her dreams. And low and behold he was not a cowboy, but a farm boy. They married and he swept her away to her little piece of heaven in Iowa. Well, then Iowa didn't turn out to be such heaven, Jamie again turned to fiction. This time she wrote to relieve the stress of living so far from her family, and from running a business with her husband. Funny how she now found it cathartic to kill people, only on paper of course.
Before she finished her first full length novel, Jamie was contracted to write the book, Hiking Iowa for Falcon publishing. In a year, she hiked 75 trails in the state of Iowa and mapped the trails, landmarks and distances. And this was before GPS. It was tough work for the measly advance, but it was a writing credit. So now, Jamie writes the mystery series featuring the Gotcha Detective Agency. Jamie also writes screenplays, and for TV.
Before Jamie’s college professor submitted her case study assignment to Physician and Sports Medicine for publication, she never dreamed people actually got paid to write. Since then, she’s written a book, Hiking Iowa, and numerous magazine articles for national magazines.
After spending two years as contributing writer for Crafts Business Magazine, writing feature articles, she decided to delve into the craft of fiction. She went from writing 2500 word articles for money, to writing 80,000 words she hoped would sell.
Jamie has written three novels, Let Us Prey, the soon to be released Death of a Sales Rep, and Give a Dog a Bone. She is currently writing screenplays. She is co-founder of Scriptchat on Twitter www.scriptchat.com & TWWriterChat www.tvwriterchat.com, and is the former president of RWA’s screenwriting chapter, Script Scene.
She's an equestian, but not the hunter/jumper kind. She rides barrel racing horses.
Jamie still lives in Iowa (though she visits California as often as possible) with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. She writes with a few from her 6 acre farm.