Today I have a REVIEW of THE TULIP SHIRT MURDERS, the latest book in the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series by Heather Weidner.
Private investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in The Tulip Shirt Murders. When a local music producer hires the duo to find out who is bootlegging his artists’ CDs, Delanie uncovers more than just copyright thieves. And if chasing bootleggers isn’t bad enough, local strip club owner and resident sleaze, Chaz Smith, pops back into Delanie’s life with more requests. The police have their man in a gruesome murder, but the loud-mouthed strip club owner thinks there is more to the open and shut case. Delanie and Duncan link a series of killings with no common threads. And they must put the rest of the missing pieces together before someone else is murdered.
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This was a fun mystery featuring a private investigator and her computer hacker partner that was not short on action or entertainment! While there is a lot going on, I felt that this believably reflected the case load of someone running a small business in sleuthing, and to be honest simply trying to pay the bills. With so many cases to follow, this put the story’s pacing on overdrive until the very end.
Delanie can definitely get herself into some interesting situations that can be far more dangerous than absolutely necessary, but unfortunately her personality as the main protagonist is outshined by the quirky and more relatable cast of supporting characters she is surrounded by. She seemed to mainly function as an everyman, so each reader could feel a part of the story and discover information right along with her. This is also a very dialogue driven story; however, there is very little internal dialogue to reveal the character’s inner thoughts and feelings on some intense circumstances. While mainly a personal preference, I do think getting inside Delanie’s head would have helped me feel more connected to her as a character.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather is a member of Sisters in Crime International, SinC-Central Virginia, James River Writers, and Guppies.
She blogs regularly with Pens, Paws, and Claws.