Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She’s less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.
Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie’s business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?
About The Author
After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”
In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.
When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
I really liked the character Eddie Shoes. It's a catchy name and she is one tough person. Her job as a private dectective is interesting and she never knows who her next client may be. It's funny how your past can sometimes come back to haunt you. Eddie is about to find her past meeting her present when an old friend shows up . Is Eddie surprised to see her old high school friend? Dakota was not someone I would hang out with. She seemed shady and quite frankly had it in for Eddie.
Some highlights for me were Eddie's mom and her sidekick Franklin. Her mom is one tough as nails woman. She tends to want to "help" Eddie in her investigations. That is not always a good idea but she means well. The other thing I loved was Eddie's dog. Franklin is an enormous dog that could Ryan be mistaken for a pony. He is a great companion for Eddie and I loved the genuine affection Eddie has for him. When you treat your pet with respect you are ok in my book.
Now let's get to the meat of the story. Dakota shows up to hire Eddie to help her out of a jam. How strange would it be for someone from your high school days to just show up out of the blue? It's not like they kept in touch so Eddie finds it suspicious. Dakota is a complex character that loves to make Eddie feel guilty about things that happened long along. I learned to hate Dakota because she was just a mean person who blamed Eddie for having a better childhood than she did. I thought the author did a great job of developing Dakota and me not liking her is just the brilliant writing of an author. If you hate a character because of their actions, then the author has done a great job .
When a body is discovered across from Eddie's office, the police have some tough questions to ask Eddie. Why did the dead body have Eddie's business card on them? Why has Dakota disappeared after Eddie put up bail for her? I loved the intense story and appreciated the author bringing up mental health. The story does have a few characters that deal with mental health problems and the author explained it with directness and realism. Dakota has had a hard life and as you read the story you will find some unsettling things that happened to her. I enjoyed the story and I especially liked how the author took us back a few years to understand Dakota's anger towards Eddie. It is story that finds characters dealing with abuse, death and finding the truth. Will Dakota and Eddie be able to let the past go? What connection does the body found near Eddie's office have in common with Dakota? Don't miss this intense story that grabs your attention from the very beginning .
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.