Blood and Groom - Sasha Jackson, Bk 1 Author:Jill Edmondson Someone in Toronto has murdered nearly bankrupt art dealer Christine Arvisais's groom-to-be. Former rock band singer and neophyte private investigator Sascha Jackson lands the case because she's all Christine can afford. The high society gal was jilted at the altar and she's the prime suspect, not to mention Sascha's first major ... more »client.
Relying on wit, technology, luck, and a nerdy semi-stalker to help her clear the unlikable Christine's name, Sascha digs further into the muck only to discover high-finance shenanigans, an unnerving pattern of slaughtered fiancés, and a growing list of brides that never were who might be killers. Along the way, the wisecracking, sassy sleuth uncovers murky secrets among the city's bluebloods, including drug addiction, art forgery, and possible insider trading.
In order to trap the murderer, Sascha enlists her ex-boyfriend and former band mate to pose as her fiancé, but will her ruse make her ex the next victim on the hit list and lead to her own untimely demise?« less
Thirty-something former rocker-chick Sasha is now a PI in Toronto. (And she works at a phone sex call centre for extra cash.) She is hired to solve a murder plus finds (and solves) another crime in the process. Nice description of Toronto neighborhoods & bars/restaurants. Tightly written with no fluff. Well edited with no grammar/ spelling/ punctuation errors (except maybe one typo).
Interesting characters from a variety of backgrounds to provide Sasha with avenues to useful information. Sasha lives at home with brother and often-absent Dad. Dad travels via camper van, spending "the winters honing his card-shark skills as he travelled through whatever U.S. states had casinos." Chef brother co-owns a restaurant and dates Sasha's best friend. Sasha does background checks for her best client, a blueblood financial adviser.
The plot moves quickly. I thought of it as a short book, even though it has 254 pages of small type.
I would like to see the nerdy irritating former client become Sasha's co-PI.
Turns out... the 2nd book (_Dead Light District_) has just been released (Dec 2010) and a third is coming.