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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Getting Lucky by DC Brod



When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2011 by F+W Media, Inc. (first published November 18th 2011)
ISBN: 1440531986 (ISBN13: 9781440531989)


I have been reading out of my genre-comfort zone for sometime now.  I have discovered series and authors of other genres that I am excited to continue, and other that I have disliked.  Reading Getting Lucky was like a warm homecoming.  Comfortable and welcoming like old family and friends.

This is a crime novel, but not anything like a police procedural.  There’s a hodgepodge cast of characters, all with their little quirks.  Some are stereotypes, others are unexpected, but all are just what they need to be to get this story across.  And really, there are no cops involved.

I did not read the first in the series, Getting Sassy.  There are some things I feel like I missed.  Like the fortune that Robyn’s mother has.  I would love to know where that came from!  Though there were some questions, I didn’t miss enough to not enjoy this book.  Robyn is a reporter, not a police officer, so her moral compass can skew a little, which makes her fun.  Mick, her maybe-ex-boyfriend, has mob connections.  Her mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.  There’s a kind of shady feel to the book, like Robyn bends any and all rules to reach her final goal.  Which, honestly, is kind of refreshing!  I’m used to fairly straight-laced cop-types who do their job by the book.  Robyn is sometimes off the grid and kept me guessing a lot!

Though Getting Lucky was slow going at first, once the plot got established, it moved at a nice even pace through to the end.  And even though it was fairly predictable, I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It left me with that happy euphoria after eating that welcome-home dinner of all your favorite foods—completely satisfied.

4 Trees: Enjoyable, fun, and easy read

Get to reading,

*This book was provided to me by the publicist*

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