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Suspicious Minds by Christy Barritt

I’ve been reading some excellent books lately and I want to share them with you during my great books week.

Christy Barritt’s sequel to Hazardous Duty, Suspicious Minds, is even better than the first.

I’ve said before, I like quirky characters. And most of those quirky characters are detectives of some sort like Monk and Psych.

The heroine in Suspicious Minds is a student of forensic science. To earn money she opens a crime scene cleaning business which I think is an extremely interesting job. One that I would not like to do. She is hurled into another investigation when she discovers a dead Elvis Impersonator (make that tribute artist) under a job site she was inspecting.

I like to think of the book as a cross between CSI and Monk/Psych. If you love those shows you’ll love Suspicious Minds. Christy Barritt writes with humor and wit and manages to keep me turning the pages.

I can’t wait for the sequel. I’ve gotta know which guy the heroine ends up with. Great romantic conflict.

My favorite TV shows just started new episodes last night–Monk and Psych.

I love the dialog. They make me laugh.

I want to be able to write stories with unique characters that make people laugh.

I watch the shows as research for story structure and character development. (Well, no, actually, I watch them because they entertain me).

I think the writers are geniuses–whoever thought of a detective with OCD and many irrational fears and one that pretends to be a psychic has to be brilliant.

P. S. If you can sit through the ads on the links above, then you’ll see the new episodes for the season.

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