Sunday, May 21, 2023

Review: Half Witted by Christy Barritt

Series: Squeaky Clean In-Between 
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: River Heights
Released: March 7, 2023
105 pages
About the Book:

She’s never lost a dead body before. But there’s a first time for everything . . .

Crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire is used to dealing with the aftermath of crimes—not the dead people left behind. But she has bills to pay, so when an opportunity arises to make some extra cash, Gabby agrees to help an acquaintance transport a deceased man from his home to the mortician.

However, before they can move the body, the corpse vanishes into thin air, and Gabby is left holding the bag.

Fearful that negligence on her part could harm her future career choices, Gabby races to find the corpse before anyone discovers he’s missing. But as she searches for clues, she begins to suspect the stiff isn’t the only thing that stinks around here.

Something sinister is underway, and the foul play began even before the man expired. Can Gabby uncover the truth and salvage her future in law enforcement? Or will the half-witted thief disappear for good and take her reputation with him?

My Rating & Thoughts:    

This is book one of the Squeaky Clean In-Between Mystery Series and events take place between books one and two of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series. As that series is finished, we are going back in time to when Gabby was still a crime scene cleaner. A friend, who works for a mortuary, asks her to help him pick up a body at a house. Once they arrive he decides he needs to run an errand and leaves Gabby overseeing the house to make sure nothing happens until he gets back. She goes outside due to the smell in the house and when steps back inside she realizes someone has been and stolen the body. This leaves her asking who, why and can she be charged for this, will her friend lose his job? Gabby becomes determined to figure out what happened and get the body back. She enlists the help of a couple friends to piece events together and speak with friends of the victim. Everything happens in one day beginning at 10am and resolved by 6pm. It was a short and quick read, however I didn’t feel like I really saw how Gabby was able to piece everything together to recover the body in time, it felt a little far-fetched to me. I know where Gabby ends up at the end of the series, but I did not like that she was dating one guy but is constantly thinking about another guy. She talks about her and the guy she is seeing may not be a good match but she's still going to date him. I’m glad it was a short read. 

(I borrowed this book through Kindle Unlimited; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other books from this author that I have reviewed:   

Edge of Peril (Fog Lake Suspense#1)

Random Acts of Fraud (A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery #5)
Random Acts of Outrage (A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery #6)
Hidden Currents (Lantern Beach Mysteries #1)

Flood Watch (Lantern Beach Mysteries #2)

Storm Surge (Lantern Beach Mysteries #3)

Dangerous Waters (Lantern Beach Mysteries #4)

Perilous Riptide (Lantern Beach Mysteries #5)

Deadly Undertow (Lantern Beach Mysteries #6)

Tides of Deception (Lantern Beach Suspense #1)

Shadow of Intrigue (Lantern Beach Suspense #2)

Storm of Doubt (Lantern Beach Suspense #3)

Clean Getaway (Squeaky Clean Mysteries #13)

Clean Sweep (Squeaky Clean Mysteries #14)

Ready to Fumble (The Worst Detective Ever #1)

Reign of Error (The Worst Detective Ever #2)

Safety in Blunders (The Worst Detective Ever #3)

Join the Flub (The Worst Detective Ever #4)

Blooper Freak (The Worst Detective Ever #5)

Flaw Abiding Citizen (The Worst Detective Ever #6)

Gaffe Out Loud (The Worst Detective Ever #7)

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