Tuesday 7 February 2017

Book ~ "Whiskey Rebellion" (2012) Liliana Hart

From Goodreads ~ My name is Addison Holmes and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiance left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. 

The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis but I could have gone without finding my principal dead in the parking lot of a seedy gentlemen's club. After the initial shock of finding my first dead body, which included throwing back shots of Jack Daniels like it was water, I decided to take stock of my life. 

I was in a desperate situation and if the school board ever found out I'd been a stripper, even a bad stripper, I'd be jobless as well as fiance-less and homeless. Fortunately, I had a friend who felt sorry enough for me to give me a job doing some surveillance work at her detective agency. Not to mention the fact that I was now able to stick my nose into other people's business for a good cause, find a murderer and pick up helpful tips from an incredibly attractive detective. Come check out my story and be thankful your life is relatively normal. 

Addison is a 30-year-old high school history teacher.  The building she is living in has been condemned and she has sixty days to find a new home.  She has her eye on a house but she needs a bit more money for the down payment.  So she gets a part-time job as a stripper ... and then discovers after the first and only dance that she is a lousy stripper and is fired.  But not before the principal of her school sees her.  Moments later she discovers him murdered in the parking lot.

Addison's friend, Kate, owns a detective agency and hires her to do surveillance work take pictures of cheating spouses and people trying to rip off insurance companies with false claims.  Addison has more competence doing this and considers getting her PI license.

In the meantime, there is a mutual attraction between Addison and Nick, the police officer in charge of investigating the murder.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It was a light fun book to read and there was an interesting mystery.  It is written in first person perspective from Addison's point of view.  I liked the writing style ... it was funny, silly and amusing.  As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

The editing could have been tighter, though, as there were some typos.  Plus at one point, Addison is talking with Nick but then it was Greg talking (he wasn't there and Addison and Nick were talking about Greg).  There was a lot of build-up to Addison going out on a blind date one night but there was no mention of it the next day.

I like reading books in a series and this is the first in the Addison Holmes series.  I look forward to reading the others in this series in addition to other books by this author.

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