Sunday, June 27, 2010

Deadly Gamble

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: Harlequin
Copyright: 2006

Mojo Sheepshanks has been on the run since she was five years old. After she witnessed her parents' murder and her half-brother Geoff was convicted after he confessed, Mary Jo Mayhugh's babysitter grabbed her and ran. Mojo doesn't know why, and it's too late to ask Lillian, who is in a nursing home in failing health. But when her uncle turns up and starts rekindling family ties, many strange things begin to happen. For one thing, Mojo is now conversing with ghosts! Her dead ex-husband appears, waiting for her forgiveness, along with her cat which Geoff had killed on her fourth birthday party. Along with that is Geoff's sudden appearance at one of Mojo's favorite haunts, her foster sisters' problems, some weird stuff about her cop sort-of boyfriend, Tucker, and attacks on her landlord, Bad-Ass Bert. With all this going on, and with her foster sister's "retainer" for her services as a private eye, Mojo is determined to get t the bottom of all this mystery.

Mojo sounds like a really fun person to be around! Not that she's a party girl. But the story is told in first-person point of view, and the tone throughout the whole book is quirky, sarcastic, and downright funny at times. Things get weirder and weirder, events pile up one after the other, and Mojo retains her sarcastic streak through it all. It's easy to read and pulls you along for the ride as it makes you feel like you're on a ride!

The plot of the story is amazing too. Twists and turns keep you guessing as to who is behind everything and what exactly is going on. And let me tell you - the answers will be a real surprise!

Basically - I loved this book! A great read, with plenty of laughs.

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