Dial L for Lynda by Tracey Jane Jackson and Amanda Washington #Review

Dial L for Lynda by Tracey Jane Jackson and Amanda Washington #ReviewDial L for Lynda by Amanda Washington, Tracey Jane Jackson

Series: #1 Lynda and Linda Detective Agency
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published on May 1, 2016
Pages: 201
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Girlfriend Power!  Murder!  And let the mayhem commence!

This was a fun, quirky, cozy mystery with a load of humor and some teasing romance tossed in for good measure.  I had a good time reading this lighter story that was a team writing effort though don’t ask me who wrote what since it was seamless from my perspective.

Addison Allen and Harley James have been best buds since childhood along with Addison’s brother who also happens to be Harley’s not so secret crush.  The friendship wasn’t supposed to last since Addison is filthy rich and Harley not even close.  But they are ‘help you bury the body’ close and that is why when a real body turns up, Addison knows that Harley isn’t guilty.  But proving it to the hottie detective that puts some fire in the normally cool and collected Addison’s panties is another story.  But prove it these two intrepid gals will.

Harley adores Addison and more than adores her brother, Asher, but she has never figured out why the pair want her in their life.  Rich, handsome, and accomplished pair who turned out so different from the country club society they were raised in.  She’s a hick from the sticks and she just got fired from her last job with not a prospect in sight.  Now, she’s jobless and a suspect in a murder investigation.  She needs to clear her name and that means figuring out who set her up and why.  Addison is ahead of her on this one and enjoys playing detective much to the annoyance of the handsome, hardworking police detective, Jake, who Harley thinks might just be the man for her strong-willed bestie.  And dare she hope in the expression she catches in Asher’s eyes whenever he looks at her lately?

The story is a blend of elements, but it was refreshing and fun that friendship was at the forefront.  There might be a murder investigation and a pair of romances for these ladies, but what they have together is always present.  They swap back and forth with the narration and as a result the reader gets to know both the woman and their special connection.  Snarky and flirty humor round things out to make this light entertainment to lift a dreary afternoon or make a dental office visit not such a torture.

The mystery is solid enough even if the antics of Addison turn it more comedic than serious.  One really can’t take things too seriously to enjoy this one though there are some nice reveals and things get exciting a few times.

The very end shows that this is the opening gamut of a new series and there are threads that will carry over including the romantic entanglements and the flair for detection that the murder mystery brought out for Addison and Harley.  Look forward to their next ‘case’.

I can easily recommend this to those who enjoy lighter mysteries with a splash of romance.

My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #168 RS
New to Me #71 series

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Look at that, Linda even has a green top, that is so me 🙂

    • Ha, fun finding yourself in a romantic murder mystery, eh?

  • Sounds like a cute book. I need to try a cozy mystery. I keep hearing great things. If I can ever get myself unburied from my current TBR list of PNR/UF, I’ll try one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Ugh, the pile! Yes, I haven’t read one in ages so this was fun.

  • Probably not the book for me but I’m sure others would enjoy it.

    • Oh yes, it was funny, but no vampires for you, Mary. 😉

  • oh i love a great mystery. And Tracey Jane Jackson is a great author.

    • I do enjoy her books. Hope you get the chance, Renee!

  • Ahhh help you buy the body friends are awesome. Sounds like a fun read 😀

    • Yep. I laughed when Addison told the detective that she knew Harley was innocent b/c Harley never called her to help bury the body.