Liar, Liar by K.J. Larsen is the first book in the new “Cat DeLuca” mystery series. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, September 2010

Burned by her run-around ex-husband Johnnie Ricco, Caterina DeLuca took the skills she mastered during marriage and opened her own private eye agency, Pants On Fire Detective Agency. Now she’s a second-story woman, armed with a camera, ready to print 8×10 glossies for use in divorce court. The men in her big, whacko family, all Chicago cops—one a crook—aren’t sure what to make of Cat’s career choice. But hey, it’s serve and protect!

Then one Rita Polansky retains Cat. Rita’s liar-liar husband is the mysterious, but seriously hot,d Chance Savino. Cat is hot on his heels when an exploding building hurls her out of her stilettos and into the hospital. The FBI claims Chance was killed in the fireworks, but concussed Cat remembers a different scenario.

She escapes the hospital to meet with her client. But when Rita doesn’t show, Cat breaks into her home to find Risa with a knife in her chest and two clues at the murder scene: a clutch of candy wrappers and Chance Savino, rummaging through Rita’s drawers.

One surprise after another piles up. As no one else sights Savino, everyone around Cat thinks she’s crazy. Everyone except a determined killer who has put her on his “kill” list.

This was a fun read. If you like Stephanie Plum and The Spellmans, then you will enjoy this fun and entertaining first novel by three sisters. Cat was looking for a cheating husband in a simple case when the next thing she knew she was in the hospital after a building explosion. No one believes her when she says the “dead” man is alive, but soon her life is threatened and when you have relatives who are in the enforcement business (legal or perhaps no so legal), you know there’s going to be trouble and boy what a fun ride you’ll have watching Cat solve this murder mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book in this exciting and adventurous series. My rating: 5 stars

*new-to-me author
K. J. Larsen is the pseudonym for three sisters Julianne, Kristen, and Kari Larsen.

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