A Day in the Life with Maisie McGrane by Janey Mack

Chocked UpNothing makes a tomboy feel as deliciously girly as dating the ultimate alpha male. And with five older brothers carrying more machismo per square inch than The Wild Bunch, I’m pretty much an expert.

I punched out at the Traffic Enforcement Bureau and started the five-block hike to my car. Only three days and a wake-up until Hank returned. A heel away from skipping, I trotted down Marston Avenue’s squalid stretch of sidewalk.

A teal Chevy Sonic swerved toward me, window down. “Fuck you, Meter Bitch!” A white ball flew out, bounced off the sidewalk and nailed me in the shin.

The Sonic’s tires squealed and it tore off up the street.

Gee, thanks guy.

Rubbing my leg, I looked down at the cement. A rolled-up disposable diaper.

Who does that?

I picked up the stale diaper rock with two fingers and threw it in a street can, feeling nothing but lucky it hadn’t hit me in the face. A typical Thursday.

Infatuation had me off my game. I was still wearing the ‘Loogie’. The neon phlegm yellow-green reflective vest of a Chicago Parking Enforcement Agent. Idiot. I took it off and shoved it in my backpack as I rounded the corner onto 4th St.

No raining on my parade–it’s Miller Time.

There may be blood, though, after I kick the ass of the bum sleeping on the hood of my–well, Hank’s–perfectly restored Dodge Coronet.

The guy leaned against the windshield, head lolled back onto the roof.

“Hey. Buddy!” I called in my best law and order voice from across the street. “Off the car.”

The guy didn’t flinch. A couple steps closer and I saw and smelt why.

Oh jeeze.

His throat was a gaping maw of red. And pink and white gristle. Slashed from ear to ear. “Holy mother of. . .” I averted my eyes to the car’s grille. Thickening blood covered the air intakes while a slow trickle of blood slid down the Coronet’s glossy black fender wing and dripped into a puddle on the pavement.

I fumbled my iPhone out of my pocket and sent a dozen crime scene snaps to the Cloud. “Call Hank’s office,” I slurred into the mic, talking too fast, Siri unable to understand. I started again, “Call–”

“Step away from the car, ma’am,” a man said over a loudspeaker.

I slipped my phone down the front of my shirt and glanced over my shoulder to see a blue and white CPD Tahoe, red lights flashing.

I raised my hands and backed up.


Officer Reynolds was about as nice as they came, but even with a blanket and a Hershey bar, the back of a police car was not a fun place to be. No amount of Febreze could eradicate the lingering stink of piss and puke that permeated the leather seats. Reynolds peered at me through silver-rimmed specs in the rearview mirror.

Please don’t.

“Where’d you go to high school, Maisie?”

I sighed inwardly. “St. Ignatius.”

“Nope. Not it.” He shook his head. “Where do I know you from?”

“I just have one of those faces.”

He kept staring. I rotated my fingers in a circle. “This is where you say I’ve the face of an Irish angel.”

“Ha!” Officer Reynolds twisted awkwardly in his seat and jabbed a finger at me. “You’re the meter maid. The one that threw up on Coles.”

They never remember the car bomb I saved the mayor from. Only the puking.

A Crime Scene van parked in front of us and a couple of techs got out. One, a pal of my brother Rory’s, spotted me in the back of the Tahoe and gave me the surprised-point-and-smile. I returned a half-hearted salute.

“How do you know–” The young cop’s voice trailed off as the penny dropped. “Wait. Maisie McGrane as in one of the McGrane McGranes?”

I nodded.

“Man, your whole family’s on the force.”

“Half. The other half’s defense attorneys,” I said wryly, “to keep it even.”

“So why are you a meter maid?”

“Ouch. Don’t pull any punches, do you?”

“I. . .erm.” Reynolds’ cheeks reddened. “Do you like it?”

About as much as teaching blind kids to use a bandsaw. “It’s okay.”

A couple of beat cops and a detective showed up and started working the scene. Reynolds drummed his fingers on the steering wheel. “Think your brothers’ll show?”

I sure as hell hope not.

You can read more about Maisie in Choked Up, the second book in the “Maisie McGrane” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first book in the series is Time’s Up and coming Summer 2016, Shoot ‘Em Up.

About Choked Up

She’s working undercover–and she’s in way over her head.

Scrappy Traffic Enforcement agent Maisie McGrane has finally landed her dream job as a Chicago police officer. There’s just one catch. She must remain undercover as a meter maid to gather evidence against Stannislav Renko, a charismatic Serbian mobster running a brutal multi-million dollar mobile chop-shop operation.

When Maisie is targeted by a killer who leaves a body slumped against her car, Renko comes to her rescue and takes her under his wing. From her perch inside the crime boss’s inner circle, Maisie sets up a daring sting operation to take down Renko once and for all. But can she pull it off before her family of overprotective Irish cops and her sexy ex-Army Ranger boyfriend blow her cover?

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earringsGIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of CHOKED UP and a pair of my ‘Dead Lead’ (recycled bullet casing) earrings. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end December 30 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

Meet the author
JaneyMackJaney Mack grew up always wanting to be a cop but her dad wouldn’t let her, so she did the next best thing and created Maisie McGrane, who gets to do everything she can’t. She lives with her husband and children in Scottsdale, Arizona, within driving distance of her brothers. Please visit her at www.janeymack.com, at @JaneyMackWriter and on Facebook.

69 responses to “A Day in the Life with Maisie McGrane by Janey Mack

  1. This sounds like a good one.

  2. Dru, you are overloading my TBR list with all these great books and authors. Great post and thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Awesome pair of Earring’s , very unique looking 🙂 Sound’s like a Great book to read ! Thank you for a chance to win. Happy New year to you and your family 🙂 Have a safe one too!

  4. That’s quite some character interaction! Can’t wait to read the book itself. Thanks for the drawing and have a great set of holidays

  5. Love the character! And poor thing, FIVE older brothers!?!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Choked Up. 🙂

  6. Just bought them both for my Kindle. This sounds like my kind of series. Thanks Dru!!!

  7. My friend and I tried to apply to the FBI and received a letter – I wish I had kept it – from J.Edgar saying they would be happy to take our application for secretary! Love this book!

  8. As a former tom boy, I must read these. Thanks for the offer.

  9. Such a deal: earrings and a good book, too. Oh, my!

  10. I would like to read this book. Thanks for a chance to enter the giveaway!

  11. Maisie sounds like a hoot! Would love to read about her.

  12. Sounds like fun! 5 older brothers – holey moley.

  13. I’m adding the Maisie McGrane mystery series to my ever growing TBR list. Thank you, Dru Ann!

  14. Barbara Hackel

    What a fascinating introduction to CHOKED UP! I can’t wait to read this one. Masie sounds like she is going to be quite an interesting gal. 😉 Thanks Dru for introducing her to me. Thanks also to Janey for the chance to win a copy~and cool earrings, too!

  15. I love it… then again my son is a Fed, and my son in law is a cop in NYC. I have 6 lawyers in the family and my partner has a retired Appellate Court Justice for a cousin. So why wouldn’t I love this book.

    Toss my name into the magic contest hat Dru. I’m in it to win it.

  16. The book sounds great, but I gotta admit, I have my eye on the recycled bullet casings!

  17. Wonderful. Having been raised by boys myself (it’s like being raised by wolves, only they’re more verbal–sometimes) I can totally relate to Maisie. Sounds like a new addition to my TBR stack.

  18. Sounds like a great read.

  19. elainehroberson

    The book sounds great and I love the earrings. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Love the Maisie books, they are very good, and love the giveaway!

  21. Just finished Time’s Up and really enjoyed it. I would love to win a signed copy of Choked Up–and those earrings are so unique! Thanks for the chance to win. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  22. A diaper and then a sloppy dead body. Not a good way to end the day.

  23. Married to&smother of a lawyer book perfect for me,

  24. I love the interplay between Maisie’s inner voice and her outer voice. What an interesting way to gain insight into a character. Even in this short passage, Maisie’s knowledge of automobiles is every motors head’s dream

  25. I can’t wait to read this book.

  26. If we expressed our inner thoughts to somebody, they would wonder what kind of person we really are. Thanks for providing Maisie to do it for us. robeader53@yahoo.com

  27. This sounds like a fun series, I like the characters already. Plus, my wife would love to have those earrings, thanks for the chance to win them for her and the book for me.

  28. Thank you Janey for introducing my readers to Maisie.

    • Dru–it took me a little while to figure out how to respond (I am definitely technologically challenged), but I made it–yay! I cannot thank you enough for the chance to participate on your blog! Your followers are FANTASTIC! Thanks for the opportunity to have met such a fun crowd.

  29. This sounds like a great read.

  30. Prentiss Garner

    Sounds very good!

  31. New author and new series, I would love to read it

  32. Oh, this sounds like an awesome story! Thank you for sharing – I hadn’t heard of this one before. 🙂

  33. Sounds great – just purchased Time’s Up for my Nook.

  34. Sounds like a read I would like….
    Thanx for the giveaway….

  35. Thanks Janey for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.