Boca Raton. South Florida’s wealthy enclave of sand, surf, martinis, and murder….
From high society “Boca Babe” to Harley-riding private eye, Harriet Horowitz has established her rep as a kick-ass P.I. with an insider’s connection to both the high life and the low life of Florida’s Palm Beach coast.
Like “Junior” Castellano, a big-time land developer who hires Harriet to find the silver-haired gigolo who broke Mama Castellano’s heart, Harriet is practical when it comes to solving problems. Simple enough, until the Boca police find Junior bulldozed at one of his construction sites. Was Junior killed by his mother’s con man? Or by a bitter ex-wife or spurned ex-girlfriend? Maybe by his estranged sons? And what about the bartender at Hog Heaven, who was about to lose her home in a trailer park because of Junior’s latest land development deal?
Harriet will do whatever it takes to protect others. Even if Junior Castellano’s enemy list is longer than the reservations at a Boca cocktail bar, and the scheme he was hatching was big enough to destroy the whole city.
A hurricane is heading toward Boca. It should be named Harriet.
Dirty Harriet, Miriam Auerbach’s debut mystery novel, won a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Miriam can only assume that this is because the heroine kills her husband on page one. In a parallel universe, Miriam is known as Miriam Potocky, professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their multicultural canines, a Welsh Corgi and a Brussels Griffon.
Julie Howard –
I did enjoy this book but did feel slightly disappointed with the ending. After building up the story it suddenly came to an end after revealing the killer, who was never even on my radar. Otherwise I did like the story and the mystery. There was a lot going on with hurricane preparations, which keep the story interesting but it was the characters that really made the story. Especially the older generation that went under cover, this added humour and was my favourite part of the story. Although having imaginary conversations with alligators was just as fun. This is book three and as each book is a standalone mystery you don’t need to have read or listened to the books in order to enjoy them. I hope there is another book in the series.
Harriet (Harry) as a former Boca babe turned private investigator she should have known better but when Junior Castellano hires her to find the man who conned his mother out of her money, Harry jumps at the chance to get another scamer off the streets and get drag back into the world she thought she had left behind. Before she has time to assemble her team of elderly rich widows Junior is found dead on his construction site. What was a simple honey trap turns into a murder hunt but who had the biggest motive to kill him and can Harry find it before the storm hits and turns deadly?
I liked the narrator and thought she helped to bring the story and characters to life.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.