Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife and mother, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner, Pimple is failing badly. Hardly surprising when Cathy’s too soft-hearted to charge their only clients, little old ladies seeking lost pets and a school kid searching for his stolen bike.
A new case involving a teenager in possession of an unexplained Glock pistol promises to change all that. Quickly Cathy’s deep in waters over her head, forced with hilarious results to pose as a mathematics tutor, a subject of which she’s truly clueless. There’s also the tricky situation of best friend and new mother Rosa hiring her to investigate her fiancé, Alec, plus the mysterious sabotage of Cathy’s friends’ cycle shop and a gang of yobbos dealing drugs at her children’s primary school.
Worst of all, an ill-fated trip to rural Norfolk has Cathy’s husband, Declan, intent on buying a post office and transplanting the family to safer climes, threatening to tear Cathy permanently from her beloved North London home.
Pretty soon Cathy’s risking her friendships, her marriage and even her life untangling all these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling in murder…
About The Author –
Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sister writing team, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell. Running wild as tomboys in Scotland, playing imagination games, they couldn’t dream that one day they’d co-author novels despite an ocean between them. From boring clerical jobs in London to a varied life of backpacking and adventure travel, both started almost accidentally as short story writers, Lorraine when working in publishing, Pam as a fun hobby while an at-home mother of three.
By the time each had 70 short stories published internationally, Pam was settled in Surrey, England, and Lorraine had finally taken root in Boulder, Colorado. Long telephone chats about life and fiction led to their current collaboration. They have produced five acclaimed novels – How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper and Million Dollar Question. They write contemporary women’s fiction laced with humour, romance, and mystery.
When not hunched over computers, Lorraine, a certified ROTH ‘horse whisperer’, can usually be found messing about with her four rescue horses and Pam on a fund raising bike ride, madly cycling over mountains to Paris, Barcelona or Gibraltar on the back of her husband’s bone-shaking tandem.
If you are looking for a fun, fast paced laugh out loud cozy mystery, you are in for a treat with this book. The author is great at writing characters that are fun, determined and full of life. I instantly fell in love with Cathy O' Farrell . She has struggled to make her business successful. At one time it was called " Helping People Who Would Otherwise Commit Suicide." I don't think I would be to anxious to go to a business like that. Can you imagine going there? I laughed so hard and realized how brilliant the author is at her creativity.
Cathy O' Farrell has teamed up once again with Pimple. She has changed her business to "Crouch End Confidential Agency." They have such exciting customers. Yes Cathy is climbing up a tree to rescue a cat and the excitement is just beginning. The story weaves through many cases that are death defying. We have the stolen bike case, and then we move into hard core cases. The case about drug dealing was written with grace and very detailed. I enjoy how the author gives us so many cases to focus on. I wonder who is trying to destroy her friends business? Will Cathy be able to keep up with everything? I have to mention WOW. It stands for Wednesday Once Weeklies. You have to read the book to find out about this fun time.
Overall the book is well written, was lots of fun to read and one you will not be able to put down. Make sure you read this book and enjoy every word that gives you a fun read. I highly recommend this exciting book that is an excellent addition to cozy mysteries.
I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour for an honest review.