Crouch End Confidential, the agency started by housewife, Cathy O’Farrell, with ex-cleaner Pimple, is failing badly. Hardly surprising when their only clients are little old ladies seeking lost pets. Until the strange case of the missing dog…
Soon Cathy’s multiple problems include stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept maths tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships and her life to untangle these messes. But that’s what you get for meddling with murder…
This is a light, fun mystery. Cathy is a wife and mother trying to run a business but she keeps giving away her services for free, so the business isn't doing very well. She tries to find lost pets and stolen bicycles and gets caught up in her friends' problems. She's a busy mom that I can relate to, though a little clueless at times. I loved this, just as I have the other books in the series.
My Rating: *****
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