Monday, March 31, 2014

Murder, Love, and Pie-Demanding Seniors by Marianne Harden


Malicious Mischief
By: Marianne Harden
Book #1 in the Rylie Keyes Mystery Series

“One trouble with trouble is that it usually starts out fun.”  

Yessiree, Ann Landers sure got that right.

I’m serious; I know this all too well. But first, introductions. I’m Rylie Tabitha Keyes, PI wannabe, and chauffeur to seniors at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home in picturesque Bellevue, Washington.

Picking up where I left off. My friend Solosolo Namulau’ulu will back me up on this trouble thing. Solo is a lovable, king size guy of Samoan heritage. He pays rent to live on my granddad’s rickety, old sailboat. The money helps us make ends meet.

Granddad and I are big penny pinchers. We have to be. Our property taxes are eons overdue. My mother ran off shortly after my birth. A quarter century of private investigators has bled us dry. All those gumshoes add up.  
Granddad is dead set against my PI dream, but that hasn’t stopped me. I spend my days driving around seniors. I spend my nights taking classes and reading books on investigations. Solo is in favor my dream. The guy I secretly love is totally opposed. And a gorgeous police detective on loan from Scotland strangely wants to offer me a mentoring hand.

I won’t go against my granddad’s wishes. I love him too much. I owe him a lot, too, because he raised me all by himself. I wasn’t a naughty kid, only a bit unfocused. But that all changed when I decided to be an investigator. Now to convince Granddad.

So when a murder happens in my own stomping ground, I’m excited to test my skills. Sadly, me as a prime suspect excites the police even more. One rather nasty detective I’ve known since high school can’t wait to lock me up, but I’m two steps ahead of him.

 You know, investigating a murder is fun, but then, that’s where the trouble starts. You’ll see what I mean.

1st in the Rylie Keyes Mystery Series.

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  1. Welcome Marianne. This series sounds awesome. Can't wait to read the book.

    1. Thanks, Kari! Writing this series is so much fun!

  2. This sounds like great fun and just the right amount of trouble!

    Thanks for visiting Killer Characters, Marianne.

    Mary Jane Maffini/Victoria Abbott

    1. Yep, Rylie spells trouble with a capital 'T'! Thanks for having me!

  3. Rylie really sounds like a fun character. Looking forward to reading her first story!