Sticks and Stones
A Cat DeLuca Mystery
By K J Larsen
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590589212, 250pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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What does a woman do when she discovers her husband is an incurable cheater? If she’s Cat DeLuca she launches the Pants On Fire Detective Agency. Now Cat does what two years of unholy matrimony taught her. She catches cheaters.When a client (Cleo Jones) shoots her cheating husband’s bum full of buckshot, he disappears, taking her money, dog, and sister with him. Private Investigator Cat DeLuca promises to return the dog and money if her client stops shooting at Walter. Cleo agrees. The detective finds the dog and a mysterious bag chuck-full of cash. And then she finds Walter. His very dead body is still warm. The case is a slam dunk for the cops who arrest Cleo for the murder of her husband. She had motive and opportunity and a dozen witnesses heard her scream bloody murder. One made a video. Cat DeLuca is determined to prove her client’s innocence and it’s not an easy sell. Walter was an unsavory character with enemies. To find his killer, Cat will have to sift through the ones who didn’t pull the trigger. Her investigation leads to four players with secrets: a childhood friend, a gambler, a construction tycoon, and a legendary Chicago designer. When forensic evidence suggests the detective knows more about the murder than she’s telling, Cat faces the certain loss of her agency. Cat DeLuca is smart and charming. She’s an unlikely heroine and her partner, a beagle named Inga, is quite likely to eat the evidence. Sticks and Stones delivers steamy romance, intrigue and laugh out loud humor for a wickedly delicious read.
One day three sisters, linked by a voracious love of mysteries, set off to write their own. Hunched over a mojito and bucket of steamer clams, the Pants On Fire Detective Agency was born. Julianne, Kristen and Kari Larsen, (horse trainer, minister and irreverent baker) deliver a sizzling read and easy smile. Liar Liar is the first book in the Cat DeLuca mysteries. The sisters live in the Pacific Northwest and Chicago area and are currently at work on Cat’s next, most fabulous adventure.
"Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy meeting Cat DeLuca, Italian American P.I. and owner of the Pants on Fire Detective Agency, whose specialty is catching cheating spouses." —Booklist Review of Sticks and Stones"Sticks and Stones will appeal mainly to an adult female audience. There is humor infused into the pages to help alleviate some of the seriousness of the story. The character interactions combined with a solid plot make this a novel worth reading." —Reader Views
"Fans of Jennifer Crusie will appreciate Larsen’s debut, full of breezy comebacks and characters that come off the page." —Kirkus Reviews of Liar Liar
"Cat DeLuca...makes a strong first impression in Larsen's comic, sexy debut." —Publisher's Weekly of Liar Liar
"Packed with action and wonderfully funny characters, this series debut is a masterstroke of hilarity. Cat De Luca is smart and charming in a scorned-woman-turned-to-avenging-all-cheated-upon-women way and is sure to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.' —Library Journal of Liar Liar