Author: Katy Munger
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
‘WE ENDED LUNCH CRABBIER THAN THE CAKES…’
So notes wisecracking detective Casey Jones, and you know right away you’re in good hands. Casey’s as beautiful, badass, big, and big-hearted a private eye as ever wrestled a perp to the ground. And don’t think she can’t– she mentions her 170 pounds of pulchritude every chance she gets and shows it off to expert advantage in numerous encounters both personal and professional.
First the professional—need we mention she’s tough as a Florida gator? Pick a fight with her at your peril. Next the personal. She’s the old-fashioned kind of private eye who can love with the best of them, but when it comes to lust she’s in a class by herself. Fortunately for the reader, she’s downright hilarious on the subject. (As well as almost all others.)
As the title itself attests, Katy Munger’s Casey is the direct descendant of Archie Goodwin, Rex Stout’s famous leg man, whom mystery fans will remember as perhaps the most accomplished wisecracker in all of detective fiction—until this doll came along, that is!
Though Casey’s riotous narration makes the whole series a laugh-a-minute to read, Munger herself usually has something deadly serious up her sleeve. LEGWORK’s about crooked politicians, crooked business deals, old grudges, ancient crimes, and everyone’s favorite, dysfunctional families. Set in the Raleigh area, it sports an Old South patina of patrician families gone rogue and murder behind the antebellum columns, all deriving from one of Casey’s “babysitting” jobs, this one for a politician with a corpse in her car. (Casey babysits–read “bodyguards”–because, due to a tiny prison sentence once upon a very bad husband, she doesn’t actually have a private investigator license.)
But she’s got a PI to work for and wouldn’t you know, he’s Munger’s wicked idea of who Nero Wolfe would be if he were a slob instead of a portly epicure. Both weigh a sixth of a ton, but instead of Chef Fritz’s fine repasts, Bobby D. dines on Little Debbie snack cakes, Hostess treats, and especially Krispy Kreme doughnuts, his favorite and Casey’s– which you are guaranteed to crave by the time you get to “The End”.
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About the Author:
Katy Munger is an American writer best known for writing the Casey Jones mystery series. She has also written under the name Gallagher Gray (the Hubbert & Lil series mystery series) and is currently writing the Dead Detective series as Chaz McGee.All of these books are now available in Kindle format.
She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a former book reviewer for The Washington Post and was a founder of Tart Noir, a subgenre of crime fiction created in part by Munger, Sparkle Hayter, Laura Lippman, and Lauren Henderson.
She began her writing career as Gallagher Gray, writing four books in the Hubbert & Lil series in the 1990s. During the late ’90s, she began the Casey Jones series and is now writing the Dead Detective series, under the pseudonym, Chaz McGee. Beginning in 2012, her Dead Detective series will begin appearing in hardback from Severn House publishers under her real name.
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