Really fun characters. The female lead is a normal woman, not a 95-pound waif.
Very good book! Starts a little slow but if you just wait, it will grab you and you won't want to put it down.
In Plainfield, "home stager" Ramey Burke knows she is all alone as she has been for a few years since her spouse and parents are gone and her living relatives are behind bars. Though feeling overweight, Ramey likes her current serene lifestyle in which she is involved with no one except clients when she finalizes the clean up of a house before it is placed in sale.
That is she was all alone, but now the state has freed elderly Aunt Melba Jane and Uncles Ed and Archie, who move in with Ramey. The Dillinger trio enjoys discussing the good old days of professionally robbing banks, which Ramey finds appalling and fascinating. However, when Ramey finds a corpse of a colleague of her live in relatives, the Plainfield police immediate suspect the Dillinger trio killed the victim. Ramey knows her felonious relatives would never murder anyone so she begins to investigate. That makes lead police detective Mike Constantine worried for her safety though he welcomes her intelligence and insight as she proves more than capable as a sleuth and definitely kissable though the case comes first.
ONCE A THIEF is an amusing lighthearted romantic mystery starring likable lead characters and her zany relatives. The whodunit is fun to follow as Mike realizes quickly that Ramey is more than just an asset on the case as he uses her help almost as much to keep her safe as for her insight. Suzann Ledbetter writes a comical wacky tale that her fans will fully appreciate.
What if your elderly relatives were bank robbers of yesteryear? What if they were paroled "early" and came home to you?? Hilarious and interesting all the way.
Very entertaining author. You'll find yourself laughing out loud as you read along. Very light, easy reading.
Ramey's long lost aunt and two uncles are released from prison and come for a place to stay. An unexpected murder, a hidden loot and a sexy detective make life much more interesting.
This book is just more proof for why Suzanne Ledbetter is one of my favorite authors!
She writes a good mystery, with characters you'll care abt and a strong (not bitchy) heroine who is also interesting (AND she doesn't make those "what?!" kind of mistakes...)
Great story, love her style. Wonderful characters