Cat DeLuca, Private Investigator, specializes in catching
cheating spouses in the act. She runs her Pants on Fire
Detective Agency with the help of her partner Inga, a beagle
that would rather be eating sausages, and her trigger-happy
assistant Cleo Jones who won't be happy until she's a
partner and/or gets to shoot somebody. Cat also gets
assists as needed from her boyfriend, FBI agent Chance
Savino, various members of the Chicago PD she calls family,
and the mysterious chess-playing Tino and Max.
Cat is sitting in a pub sneaking photos of a cheating
husband when Santa races out of the back chased by gangsters
with guns. Turns out Santa is Billy Bonham, high school
class-clown and Cat's first love. She hasn't seen him since
he joined the army and left town. Now he's back living with
his mom, avoiding his soon to be ex-wife, and planning to be
the next Phillip Marlowe. He has a trench coat and internet
training, all he needs to become Cat's partner...even if she
doesn't really want a partner and if she did it would be
someone with, I don't know, an actually PI license. Cat
isn't taking him too seriously until he's found murdered.
Clearly, Billy was investigating something that got him in
trouble. Cat's determined to close out his cases and make
sure Billy's killer is found.
SOME LIKE IT HOT is funny, charming, and snarky with just
the right twists and turns to keep you guessing. I
absolutely love Cat DeLuca. She can take care of herself but
isn't afraid to call in reinforcements when she needs them.
She sees the humor and irony in every situation which
probably appeals to me because my view of the world can be a
little skewed. K.J. Larsen (a trio of sisters who co-write
the series) references Phillip Marlowe and the old-school
private detectives and I can see a bit of influence of the
genre in the rhythm of the dialogue, Cat's interpretation of
events, and the ambiguity that surrounds many of the
characters who are neither all good or all bad.
The Cat DeLuca Mystery series is a must read for fans of
mystery or detective stories with a touch of humor. SOME
LIKE IT HOT can be read as a standalone story but you will
appreciate the characters more if you have read the first 2
books in the series.
When an old friend buys a trenchcoat and opens his own
detective agency, PI Cat DeLuca sees a train wreck.
Everything Billy Bonham knows about being a private dick he
learned from Humphrey Bogart. And that’s just enough to make
The bungling detective is in way over his head on a case
involving murder and a stolen pair of Marilyn Monroe’s
dazzling diamond earrings. His outrageous client, Cristina
McTigue, is pursued by men who want her dead. Five minutes
after meeting the woman, Cat would cheerfully kill her too.
When Billy is gunned down on the street, it’s up to Cat to
save his crazy client and nail a murderer. She soon finds
herself dodging bullets, knee-deep in trouble, and chasing
diamonds. Before it’s over, she’ll be helped by her sexy FBI
boyfriend, a hunky ex-spy, her outrageous Italian family of
Chicago cops, and her interfering Mama.