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I raced into the sight of her sitting placidly on my couch – completely, utterly, stark naked.
Only a small blip in the lives of lifelong best friends Arnie Fischer and Zellie Morgan, who with no license and even less practical experience form a detective agency. Their fervent desire for a nice little “find stuff” business rapidly devolves into perilous encounters with a mysterious buxom blonde client, a dead body, assorted mobsters, a sleazy detective, a sinister fashion designer, a car dealership owner only vaguely clinging to reality, and yes, a naked ex-girlfriend on the couch. And even more dangerous – navigating a burgeoning romantic relationship. No problem.
Of course, saving Zellie from the clutches of very dangerous people might be a little more difficult…
I love cozy mysteries. They are typically great books to curl up with and escape the world. Brazen Gambit is no exception.
Arnie and Zellie have been friends their entire lives. They also just so happen to be in love with each other. The saying goes “friends make the best lovers”. Although they both acknowledge their mutual love they are not eager to act on it due to disastrous past relationships.
In the meantime, they decided to start a private detective agency together. They soon find out whoops they needed a license to legally practice. Their one and an only client have lied about everything to do what her name even is!
They are determined to figure out the mystery behind that. If all that isn’t bad enough one of Arnie’s ex-girlfriends shows back up into the picture.
This book is a page turner as you are eager to find out: Do Arnie & Zellie finally give in and end up in a relationship?
What is up with their mystery client?
Why does the ex-show up now of all times?
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.
About the author
Eric Small, a long-time public servant who wrote extensively for work, began writing fiction in retirement. A lover of cozy mysteries himself, the genre perfectly fit into his desire to write something containing humor, romance, mystery and just plain fun. As a longtime reader of cozy mysteries, he found such stories a natural fit for his writing. Brazen Gambit is the first of a planned series of Arnie & Zellie Investigations, set in the environs of Middletown, New Jersey, where Eric was born and raised. He now lives in Florida with his wife of over thirty years.