Monday, December 6, 2010

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Don Burns

Book Description:
It's official: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. Now, that's some scary stuff. It could take time to get Moore or Less Investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has a dubious reputation, having had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year. When they're hired to investigate what's caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller coaster chain of events. After a terrifying trip on the Dragon Tail ride, a not-so-fun dust-up in Freddy's Fun House, and a host of threats, James and Skip realize they'll get anything but cooperation from this cantankerous cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip will have to act fast-because they might be next in line. For James and Skip, the only thing sweeter than the smell of corndogs and fried dough will be the sweet smell of success-but in this case, 'success' means getting out alive. This investigation is going completely off the rails.

My Thoughts:
This was an amusing read! James and Skip get their PI Licence from the Florida Department of Agriculture. As a side job, James gets a job at the carnival and is asked to investigate the 'accidents' surrounding the event. Skip has the article where a woman fell to her death from one of the rides and is suspicious. As they investigate, the carnies are uncooperative, a man is murdered and someone is targeting them now!
For a mystery, this book was so funny! The two PIs are smarter than most think, but still bumble around a lot. The women are so much more competent (of course!) and the gadgets are helpful. The best part is the relationship between James and Skip. They are room mates on top of partners but friends above all else and it shows....mostly in humor! Apparently these characters have had books before but this one stands quite well on its own and will make you laugh out loud!
I rate it a 4/5. Not exactly what I was expecting, but very entertaining. The ending will leave you hanging though!!

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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