Private Spies: PJ Nunn
What would happen if someone hired you to find their husband but it really was someone else? What if that same person hired you to find their daughter except it wasn’t their daughter and she was never reported missing? What happens when you partner passes away and this hunk walks into your office to take his place? When all of the pieces that are scattered are placed on a table one at a time they lead to more scattered pieces that Private Investigator Jesse Morgan and her new partner Byron have to unglue, unravel and hopefully fit together to make the pieces whole. When Jesse Morgan receives a phone call from a woman named Beverly Gafford she wonders why she is hired over the phone and not in person. But, money is money and she takes the case but what follows is quite unique. Checking out the information she receives about her husband she learns that he is really someone else and that his social security number belongs to a man named Gary Greaves. The child in question is really someone else and no one is really who they say they are. Joey Catronio hired Byron Montgomery, her partner before he died and his untimely appearance is really just what she needs except she refuses to admit it. Wet behind the ears and definitely not that adept at being a private investigator it does not hurt that Byron, an ex-police officer comes to the rescue you might say. The chemistry runs high from the start but neither one wants to make the first move. Always there to protect her and cover her when things go wrong like finding a dead body in her bathtub when they come home after having dinner. Searching for clues to learn more about this man she turns up that the Subaru that followed her was the car belonging to this dead man. No matter where she seems to be trouble follows and the bodies do not stop at one. The child she is supposed to find might have been kidnapped but no one reported her missing.
With her trusty laptop, computer skills and her persistence she learns more about this woman who hired her. Searching her social security records she learns from one phone call the Beverly Gafford is dead. She also learns the real identity of the little girl. Running the driver’s license of another man. The man she finds matches the first picture but has a different name. The face of the girl does not match anyone or anything. So, what else could go wrong? Calling the police when the dead body was found brought her tons of notoriety. But, her trusted secretary Bernice seems to be able to handle the fall out, the bills and keep not only her but also Byron on the straight and narrow.
Not that close with her parents she decides to visit and have dinner with them. You would think that she was a guest or a visitor the way they spoke to her and paid little attention to anything she said. The father’s reaction when she tells him about the dead body in the tub is really quite startling as he does not even react or seem to really take notice. Her mother is concerned that she is overweight and even lessens her portion of potatoes. But, going home should have given her some relief so who is the wise guy that left the dead duck with a noose around its neck on her porch? Out comes Officer Barker who is none too eager to help and what happens next would definitely endear you to this great cop. Reenter Byron, right after Barker brings her home from a date and of course takes the dead duck with him. Byron seems to always be there at the right time when will they both realize that the sparks do not have to fly that high before admitting they might work well together in more ways than one? When hired at first she begins the case but gets fired before she even really gets started. Fired up and angry she goes head on to find out who is leaving her these mementos, who is behind the threats and why. So, what happened to the real Lawrence Gafford that she was hired to find? Why did he come up as Marcus Brant the same name as the child who is missing? Who is Charlotte Brant? What connects the pieces that are scattered?
Jesse can’t seem to stay out of trouble and although by Byron and Barker often have her back and try to guide her on the right path she somehow veers left. With the help of a clerk at the courthouse working in records she uncovers some information about Gafford and Brandt.
The closer she gets the more danger she is in. Who decided to blow up her truck right after they flattened her tires and shot up her car? Who wants Jesse out of the way? Hoping to find the answers herself she never quite listens to Byron or Barker when they tell her to stay put. What is the real story behind the kidnapping and the Brandt’s? Who is behind everything and just how many more bodies will turn up? When Jesse goes to meet the attorney in question she once again faces the unexpected. Someone is stalking her, someone punctured her tires, someone blew up her truck and that is not the half of what she encounters when faced with a cold-blood killer. The ending has so many twists, turns and surprises that author PJ Nunn keeps readers racing along with Jesse, Byron and Barker to catch a killer before anyone else winds up dead in her bathtub or anywhere else. So, what is the end result and will she put Candace the clerk from the courthouse on retainer? What about Geneva Brandt who else is involved? Motive: you won’t believe it and when the ending comes just who profits? Using her skills in martial arts and her trusty laptop Jesse hopes to stay alive, keep her new gun at hand and hopefully find out just who wants her dead. Told in the first person in Jesse’s own voice and at times Byron’s with scenes that are hilarious, filled with humor and certainly give Jesse much pause for thought about her career choice, author PJ Nunn has written a murder/mystery/comedy with some sidesplitting scenes that will definitely keep you readers wanting more Jesse and of course Byron.
Characters right out of a television murder/mystery and one private investigator you might say who reminds you of female Costello who tries hard but someone always fumbles but has a good heart, this book is one that readers will definitely not able to put down. Will Jesse’s skills improve or does Byron have more work cut out for him? Will she choose Barker or Byron? Barker a solid cop and great friend who she can depend on when things get tough and Byron a super hunk, great Private Detective that cannot figure out what she wants or what went wrong. The answers to these questions and more are only know to our talented author who I hope is writing the next Jesse Morgan Mystery.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer: Let’s give this one: FIVE NEW NOT FLAT GOLDEN TIRES