Monday, December 29, 2014

Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan (Valeriel Investigations, #1)

Catching a Man
by Elizabeth Corrigan

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Valeriel Investigations - Book 1
Publication Date: November 12, 2014
Publisher: Elizabeth Corrigan
ISBN: 0986257311
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Paranormal
Print Length: 232 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Kadin Stone's life is finally going according to plan. She's starting her new job as a homicide detective's aide at one of the premier criminal investigation companies in Valeriel City, the capital of a 1950’s-style kingdom. Kadin is certain her new position will introduce her to any number of eligible men, so she'll finally be able to get married and stop burdening the brother who insists on supporting her.

On Kadin’s first day, the royal family calls in her team to investigate the murder of gossip-rag cover girl Queen Callista. Kadin’s superiors think it’s an open and shut case. The queen’s jilted lover Duke Baurus DeValeriel had motive, means, and opportunity, but Kadin can’t help but spot holes in their theory.

After checking into a few leads of her own, Kadin inadvertently ends up in the confidence of Duke Baurus. When she tries to share what she knows with the rest of the team, she finds them unwilling to listen to the opinion of a girl who they know is only after a ring on her finger. In order to see justice served, Kadin finds herself doing the last thing she expected when she started working for a homicide detective—solve a murder!

Catching a Man (Valeriel Investigations #1)My Review
Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan

Get ready for a murder/mystery, Elizabeth Corrigan style! In an alternate history-type world, where women go into the workforce to find a husband, one plucky young woman finds that her promotion to a homicide detective’s aide may not only give her a stable of eligible bachelors to choose from, but also uncovers her nose for sniffing out clues and coming up with viable answers to “who-dun-it.”
Kadin had no other plans than to find a husband, perhaps her new boss, little did she know on her first day at work, her team would be called in to investigate the murder of society’s darling, Queen Callista. Due to her infamous track record as a woman of voracious sexual appetites, it would seem the queen was offed by one of her paramours, perhaps the last one to be seen near her, a duke with the means, the opportunity and perhaps even a motive. A lover’s spat gone wrong, maybe?

Sounds like an open and shut case to everyone but Kadin, who goes off on her own foray into the world of amateur investigations. What she discovers, she feels she should share with the investigative team, but they pretty much ignore what she has to say, because really, isn’t her job to make coffee and run errands? What was that they say about a woman scorned? Doubly determined to see justice served, Kadin braves this man’s world using her own inquisitive nature. One can only wonder what a pretty girl can come up with when all she is supposed to be doing is finding a husband. Never underestimate the power of a woman.

Once again, Elizabeth Corrigan does the unexpected and blends a fantasy kingdom with a 1950s style detective tome, complete with a heroine who fails to fit the expected mold. Kadin is a treat, from her inner dialogue and banter to her ability to “stumble” onto valuable clues. Part fantasy, part humorous, a little deadly and completely entertaining, this is a tale that requires one to start with a blank mental slate and let Ms. Corrigan do what she is great at, building a world that is a wonderful place to visit, fill it with characters that, at times seem to be dragged from another era and presenting a plot that amazingly winds itself up with a quirky bounce or two then takes rolls along to one of those endings that leaves you smiling. Light, unique and fanciful, try imagining yourself in Kadin’s world, and dealing with it as well as she does!

I received this copy from Elizabeth Corrigan in exchange for my honest review.

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