“It’s Minn-ee-OH-pa. “
Peri Minneopa has heard her name mangled a thousand ways and hates them all. What she does like are clean houses, and dirty martinis.
She recently traded in her housecleaning business for a P.I. license, seeking low-risk assignments. Her timing seems perfect when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring.
What Peri lacks in patience, she makes up for in nosiness, so she is soon looking for the body that matches the hand. This level of sleuthing is a brand new world, however, and she has a lot to leam.
Her first lesson is that investigating murder can be dangerous, as a suspect threatens to end Peri’s career, if not her life. Her boyfriend, Detective Skip Carlton, tries to warn her about pushing people too far, but she’s not a very good listener, not even when he’s right. Peri’s second lesson comes as she takes on an additional case. Philandering husbands don’t like being exposed, and Peri learns that even surveillance isn’t always low risk.
As these two cases collide, will Peri learn the truth behind both of them? More importantly, will she ever get that dirty martini?
“A mystery with Gayle’s unique comic voice spread all over it.. it twists and turns like a highway designed by a drunken surveyor.”
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