Throw Linda From the Train by Tracey Jane Jackson and Amanda Washington #SweetDelight

Throw Linda From the Train by Tracey Jane Jackson and Amanda Washington #SweetDelightThrow Linda From the Train by Amanda Washington, Tracey Jane Jackson

Series: #2 Linda & Lynda Detective Agency
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 5, 2016
Pages: 212
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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I had a rousing good time with the first book in this series and was eager for a new adventure with this pair of intrepid besties as they begin their private eye business.  This isn’t their first rodeo, but mayhem seems to be their stock in trade and it was fun being along as they work their cases, deal with protective menfolk and take a trip back into Harley’s past.

Though this is book two in the Linda & Lynda Detective Agency series, it could be read out of order in a pinch.  Personally, I think it’s best to go back to the beginning so you don’t miss out of the hijinks and hilarity of this fun-loving pair of sleuths from the beginning.

The story opens with Addie and Harley bored to tears as they wait for their first case.  They’ve earned the shiny new PI licenses and have the spiffy new office, but the phone is silent.  Worse, Addie is in a sweat to prove herself to Jake, her police detective boyfriend that she’s not a one case wonder and that she can take care of herself.

Their first case is one for the ages, but the over the top grand finale has results they never imagined.  Addie is left with a broken heart and a strong desire to get out of the city.  Poor Harley never wanted to go back to her hometown again, but for Addison’s sake, she responds to her drunken dad’s plea for help with the stolen jewelry at the retirement home.

A reunion with a mean girl, avoiding Harley’s dad and his idea of her would-be fiancé,  a hunky cowboy to distract Addie from her woes, a dare and challenge for a dangerous rodeo event, cantankerous old women who make lousy witnesses, and more keep Addison and Harley busy in the country.  Something fishy is going on and they aim to get to the bottom of it.  In the end, maybe the gals can win more than a rodeo prize.

I had a good time with this latest installment.  It was fun and quirky and there was heart as the story blended comedy, mystery, and a touch of romance.  The friendship factor again was the biggest seller for me.  I adore their loyal, quirky, and deep relationship.  Seeing them go through boyfriend woes and rookie PI adventures were nice elements.  The mystery seemed cut and dry, but that bit of a twist was a nice touch.  I am a romantic at heart so I enjoy when its an element in a story, but I have to say that it was actually not a strong factor in the story for me.

The characters serve as the colorful centerpiece.  This one split focus between several things for the two main characters.  Both are eager to prove themselves as new private investigators, but beyond that are Addison dealing with a broken heart and Harley the encounter with her disappointing past.

Addison comes across as strong, confident and sure, but she is also vulnerable and in need of support and approval from Jake.  I felt badly for Addison when Jake called it quits.  She is a sweetie at heart and is so vulnerable putting her heart on the line for the first time after all the strike outs with guys after her money or her looks.  Jake likes her for her and not anything else.  But I couldn’t completely hate Jake for what he did.  I actually understood what happened there even if Addie gets ruffled when Jake nearly has heart failure as she rush straight at danger and isn’t as cautious as she could be (even her best bud cautioned her that her plan wasn’t a good idea).    The tone of these stories is light and madcap, but my brain did go there with Addison’s detecting work on that first case.  I’m really thinking that discharging a weapon toward an unarmed perp in his home after playing seductress games just might get the PI in the jail cell right beside her subject and possibly the spanking new PI license revoked (or maybe not, but it was definitely unorthodox and rather lucky to say the least).  So yeah, Jake’s reaction made some sense to me.

As to the situation of Harley coming home and forced to deal with the demons of her past, this was a nice extra layer to the plot.  Getting Harley’s backstory by the reunion with her hometown and its residents was great.  I was sad for her growing up with an alcoholic and her struggles loving and loathing at the same time.   She worked hard to make something of herself which meant she had to leave all she knew behind and strike out into the unknown where again, she had it rough with the class issues at that elite private school.  It made me happier than ever that she has Addison’s friendship and Asher’s love.  Her need to do for herself and be independent make much more sense now.

I think my favorite scenes were the visits to the retirement home.  Harley’s gran and the other old gals were a hoot.  Though maybe that confrontation scene between Addison and Jake ran these a close second.

Overall, this one was fun as it took the ladies to the small country town for some investigation and rodeo.  The barrel jumping event was a new one on me, but it sounded pretty exciting.  They have a way of getting there in the end no matter what and they do it together.  Cozy mystery lovers and those who enjoy light romantic suspense should definitely give this book/series a look-see.

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

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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.

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  • That sounds fun. That cover sure looks fun and I laughed as soon as I saw it.

    • These are a hoot. This pair of gals just crack me up with their antics and how they manage to solve the case along the way.

  • Ha! The title on this one. I remember when you talked about the first. They really do sound fun. And gah I love when elderly family members are included. They can be so darn funny!

    • Oh man! I can see where Harley gets her sass. That grandma of hers… 😉

  • The cover for this one looks cute and that title certainly makes me curious. I always like seeing a strong friendship in books. And it sounds neat how this one mingles comedy, mystery and romance. It’s nice to have a bit of a twist in the mystery. It seems there is quite some depth to the story and characters as well. And those old gals are always fun to read about. i am currently reading a cozy mystery where there is this group of old ladies that keeps popping up and helping with the cases, it’s a lot of fun. Great review Sophia!

    • Yes, the friendship is the best part. Lots of authors don’t put as much effort into that element when they are writing their stories. Oh yes, the older gals were hilarious. I’ll look forward to your review.

  • I love cozy mystery reads like this, the ones that are funny and on the light side 😀 they make me happy

    • Then I have a feeling this series will be just the thing for you, Lily. 🙂

  • Ok….this title is cracking me up a bit 🙂 This sounds like a really fun book! I love books filled with humor and general crazy stuff. I may need to check this one out! Great review!

    • I know, what a hoot, right? This is turning out to be such a fun series, Carole. Hope you get the chance to pick them up.

  • That is a really cute cover. Sounds like a fun story. I will admit, that Barrel Jumping is a new one for me. I’ve been going to rodeos for many years (though I will admit it has been several years since I visited one) and I’ve never heard of barrel jumping. I had to look it up, and the only thing I can find on it is actually in ice skating.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I hadn’t heard of Barrel Jumping either. Maybe it’s a regional thing? I don’t know. But it was described in the story as sort of a relay type race where one person rides the horse around the ring, the other is on the barrel and jumps to the horse and there was more, but I forget the rest.

      The cover is very cute. Both this one and the first one have been quite fun.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Okay I want this one Sophia Rose, great review and I love the cover!

    • You really do, Debbie. 🙂 But make sure you snag book one ‘Dial L For Lynda’ first so you get the beginning. These covers are great.

  • I haven’t read a mystery like this in some time. Glad you enjoyed it. These ladies sound hilarious!

    • I don’t read enough cozy mysteries and definitely not ones with real girl humor. These gals were a hoot.