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Book Review: Secret Lives and Private Eyes

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All Chaz Smith wants to do is open his business in a nice area and help bring some money to the neighborhood. Does it matter that it’s a strip club? It matters to their neighbors, who launch a social media blitz against him, and to the mayor, who is doing his best to make sure that Chaz doesn’t get the permits he needs to open his business.

So Chaz turns to Falcon Investigations, run by Delanie Fitzgerald and her partner, Duncan Reynolds. He wants her to find out who’s holding things up, and maybe dig up a little dirt he can use to get his permits. Sounds pretty simple, right?

Delanie is also investigating the death of her rock idol from the 80s, Johnny Velvet, who died in a fiery crash. But an author doing an unauthorized biography of Johnny thinks he is very alive, and he wants Delanie to find out for sure.

Using Duncan’s technical skills, the duo start working on their cases. It doesn’t take long to find the dirt Chaz is looking for, and the hotheaded club owner verbally threatens the mayor and gets himself arrested. But things really heat up for him when the mayor is found dead in his car in front of Chaz’s club, and Chaz is arrested for murder.

While Chaz simmers in jail, Delanie is getting close to the man she thinks is her childhood idol. A little too close. Her heart is interfering with her investigation, and she’s losing her professional perspective. It takes a few close calls to make her focus again, but will it be too late to keep her from becoming a killer’s next victim?

Heather Weidner has written a delightful mystery that will keep the reader glued to their seats, breathlessly turning the pages as the story weaves its way to its heart racing conclusion. The characters are colorful, the storyline intriguing, and definitely left me sad when I was through reading it, because I didn’t have another Delanie story to read. Weidner had me hooked on Delanie, Duncan and the entire cast, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

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I have always loved to read, and carry a book with me wherever I go. I’ve written for several online sites, doing book reviews and author interviews. After graduating in 2000 from West Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree, I was a teacher for a while before deciding my destiny was to write, not to mold young minds. Writing for me is like taking an exciting journey, or going on a welty, as my parents say. I don’t know where my stories are going to take me. I just hang on and enjoy the ride.

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