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An alternate cover edition can be found here. Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield and Richie Amalfi were introduced in the Angie Amalfi mysteries, and they now have their own mystery series. This is their first full-length story. When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have c An alternate cover edition can be found here. Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield and Richie Amalfi were introduced in the Angie Amalfi mysteries, and they now have their own mystery series. This is their first full-length story. When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have caught the killer, and that he's someone she knows. Rebecca's a by-the-book detective, and she's always done her job according to the rules, without hesitation ... until Richie Amalfi comes back into her life. Richie knows his way around everything and everyone in his city. When people say they "know a guy who knows a guy," Richie's the guy they're talking about. He can usually help people out of tight situations, but suddenly finds he can't get himself out of hot water when he's accused of murder. Richie's on the run, and he runs straight to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence. From the nightclubs of North Beach to the scenic heights of Twin Peaks, dangers lurk and more deaths happen. As Rebecca discovers there's a lot more to Richie than she thought, and a lot more to like than she imagined, she soon fears not only for her life, but also her heart.


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An alternate cover edition can be found here. Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield and Richie Amalfi were introduced in the Angie Amalfi mysteries, and they now have their own mystery series. This is their first full-length story. When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have c An alternate cover edition can be found here. Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield and Richie Amalfi were introduced in the Angie Amalfi mysteries, and they now have their own mystery series. This is their first full-length story. When San Francisco Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at the scene of a deadly shooting, she's shocked to find that the witnesses have caught the killer, and that he's someone she knows. Rebecca's a by-the-book detective, and she's always done her job according to the rules, without hesitation ... until Richie Amalfi comes back into her life. Richie knows his way around everything and everyone in his city. When people say they "know a guy who knows a guy," Richie's the guy they're talking about. He can usually help people out of tight situations, but suddenly finds he can't get himself out of hot water when he's accused of murder. Richie's on the run, and he runs straight to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence. From the nightclubs of North Beach to the scenic heights of Twin Peaks, dangers lurk and more deaths happen. As Rebecca discovers there's a lot more to Richie than she thought, and a lot more to like than she imagined, she soon fears not only for her life, but also her heart.

30 review for One O'Clock Hustle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gerald

    On her website, author Joanne Pence says, " I hope you'll enjoy my stories." That sentiment is worth noting. because nowadays, many mystery writers don't seem to share that hope. Instead, their writing seems to be saying. "l hope you'll find my stories disgusting, shocking, and far-fetched." Not so Ms. Pence. Her stories, and in this instance, One O'Clock Hustle, feel real and worth spending your time reading. First of all, the settings are seem real—even to a former resident of San Francisco. Th On her website, author Joanne Pence says, " I hope you'll enjoy my stories." That sentiment is worth noting. because nowadays, many mystery writers don't seem to share that hope. Instead, their writing seems to be saying. "l hope you'll find my stories disgusting, shocking, and far-fetched." Not so Ms. Pence. Her stories, and in this instance, One O'Clock Hustle, feel real and worth spending your time reading. First of all, the settings are seem real—even to a former resident of San Francisco. The tale itself seems perfectly plausible—no need for unlikely serial killers who dine on the body parts of their victims. But most of all, Ms. Pence's characters are real and—whether good or bad—sympathetic, with plausible personal problems. I suspect that most of her readers, like me, will have had personal experience of attraction to a person with whom they have little in common, on the surface. They may even, like the protagonist, Inspector Rebecca Mayfield, experience that attraction to a person who is supposed to be taboo. Readers who've had such experiences will find themselves unable to stop reading about Inspector Mayfield's coping with that very situation—while simultaneously attempting to solve a tangled web of murders. I love mystery detectives who solve crimes using logic. I particularly love the ones who, in order to solve those crimes, must expand their personal definition of "logic." Inspector Mayfield does just that, and I love her for it. You will, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Bolton

    Read this because I needed a change, something different and unexpected, and this popped across my radar due to someone else in my Goodreads network reading it. I don't typically read mysteries, so this looked interesting. Generally, I found the prose mediocre, with shallow caricatures full of cliches, but the plot was decent. It was also a quick read. Read this because I needed a change, something different and unexpected, and this popped across my radar due to someone else in my Goodreads network reading it. I don't typically read mysteries, so this looked interesting. Generally, I found the prose mediocre, with shallow caricatures full of cliches, but the plot was decent. It was also a quick read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    One O'Clock Hustle by Joanne Pence is the first book in the Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery series and a spin off the Angie Amalfi Mystery series. Inspector Rebecca Mayfield is called to the scene of a homicide only to find the main suspect is a former acquaintance Richie Amalfi. An enjoyable, fast-paced mystery with plenty of action and a little romance. It is nice to have a man that can cook for you. A nice start to what looks like a fun series. One O'Clock Hustle by Joanne Pence is the first book in the Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery series and a spin off the Angie Amalfi Mystery series. Inspector Rebecca Mayfield is called to the scene of a homicide only to find the main suspect is a former acquaintance Richie Amalfi. An enjoyable, fast-paced mystery with plenty of action and a little romance. It is nice to have a man that can cook for you. A nice start to what looks like a fun series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    This is a ridiculously unbelievable set-up. If she had as little sense as she shows in this book, Rebecca would never have lasted as a police officer. The writing itself is not bad, so I lasted through 25% of the book hoping it would improve. She just does one dumb thing after another.

  5. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Cooper

    Joanne Pence plays with the cop-cozy dynamic in One O'Clock Hustle by making the cop a woman and the damsel-in-distress a dude-in-distress in a way that works really well. Rebecca Mayfield is known as a by-the-books homicide inspector, but Richie Amalfi, a man who lives by his own rules, lowers her defenses and has her questioning not only the rules but her own sense of right and wrong. When Amalfi becomes the prime suspect in a murder, he wants nothing more than to prove his innocence and get o Joanne Pence plays with the cop-cozy dynamic in One O'Clock Hustle by making the cop a woman and the damsel-in-distress a dude-in-distress in a way that works really well. Rebecca Mayfield is known as a by-the-books homicide inspector, but Richie Amalfi, a man who lives by his own rules, lowers her defenses and has her questioning not only the rules but her own sense of right and wrong. When Amalfi becomes the prime suspect in a murder, he wants nothing more than to prove his innocence and get on with his life, and he will stop at nothing to do it. Amalfi doesn't even seem to realize he's a dude-in-distress as he runs around town trying to solve the crime he's accused of committing even when his actions tend to make matters worse. Mayfield is thrown into the role of protecting, defending, and investigating Amalfi all at once. To make matters more complicated, there's an undeniable attraction between them she's determined to ignore. Pence's characters exhibits an amalgam of strength, vulnerability, intelligence, and ineptness all rolled into a wonderfully human mash that makes them all the more real. Pence injects humor through the use of the unexpected as well as playing on images of stereotypes. One O'Clock Hustle hustles the reader through the streets of San Francisco on emotional high and lows as crime, frustration, and mayhem play a dangerous game with Inspector Mayfield and Richie Amalfi.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Brady

    This is a spin-off mystery series that features Rebecca Mayfield, a homicide detective, with Richie Almalfi, a man with 'connections.' A woman is killed in a nightclub, and Richie is fingered for the murder. After all, his hand has gun powder residue and the gun was found in his hand; however, he claims he didn't do it. Arrested for the murder, Richie escapes from Mayfield's partner, Bill Sutter, and arrives at Rebecca's apartment. By-the-book Mayfield doesn't turn him in like she should, and to This is a spin-off mystery series that features Rebecca Mayfield, a homicide detective, with Richie Almalfi, a man with 'connections.' A woman is killed in a nightclub, and Richie is fingered for the murder. After all, his hand has gun powder residue and the gun was found in his hand; however, he claims he didn't do it. Arrested for the murder, Richie escapes from Mayfield's partner, Bill Sutter, and arrives at Rebecca's apartment. By-the-book Mayfield doesn't turn him in like she should, and together they slowly unravel who killed Meagan Blakely. Having not read the previous series, in which these characters were introduced, was not a problem as it was easy enough to become engaged with the story without knowing any past history. It was a light, if somewhat improbable, mystery. The characters are realistic; the chemistry between the two is plausible; and the ending is open-ended enough that more stories featuring the two is more than possible. On the other hand, the story is complete as is with most of the answers wrapped up. Oh yes, kudoes to the author for no obvious (to me, that is) WTT trends (no green-eyed character, no hair tucking, to name a few). If they were in there, this reader missed them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim Beck

    This book is what a mystery should be. It leads your mind to someone else being the bad guy and then hits you smack dab in the middle of the forehead when it all comes to light of what happened, who did, and why. It caught me off guard and with being one of those people who can usually figure out who did it before the author lets it out that's saying a lot. The characters are beautifully detailed and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Find the rest of my review here allnightbooks. This book is what a mystery should be. It leads your mind to someone else being the bad guy and then hits you smack dab in the middle of the forehead when it all comes to light of what happened, who did, and why. It caught me off guard and with being one of those people who can usually figure out who did it before the author lets it out that's saying a lot. The characters are beautifully detailed and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Find the rest of my review here allnightbooks.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    There had been a shooting at Big Caesar's Nightclub (San Francisco North Beach). On the crime scene: Officer Danzig was giving DI Rebecca “Iron Maiden” Mayfield (SFPD Homicide) the information. The alleged assailant is Richard “Richie” Amalfi. Angelina “Angie” Amalfi (Richie's cousin) is engaged to Inspector Paavo Smith. Evelyn Ramirez (ME) ID the victim as Meaghan Blakely (31, Bishop). DI Bill Sutter (55+, Rebecca’s partner, SFPD Homicide) arrived shortly after. Bayshore Boulevard (Oakdale Ave). DI There had been a shooting at Big Caesar's Nightclub (San Francisco North Beach). On the crime scene: Officer Danzig was giving DI Rebecca “Iron Maiden” Mayfield (SFPD Homicide) the information. The alleged assailant is Richard “Richie” Amalfi. Angelina “Angie” Amalfi (Richie's cousin) is engaged to Inspector Paavo Smith. Evelyn Ramirez (ME) ID the victim as Meaghan Blakely (31, Bishop). DI Bill Sutter (55+, Rebecca’s partner, SFPD Homicide) arrived shortly after. Bayshore Boulevard (Oakdale Ave). DI Mayfield & Officer Mike Hennessy went to visit Barbara Pasternak (Danny’s wife). Daniel “Danny” Pasternak (club bookkeeper, bookie) had been murdered. DI Mayfield was following up leads & doing lots of interviews. Evelyn was doing the autopsy on Sherman Glickman. Will the murders get solved & someone brought to justice? Warning: This book contains adult content, violence, which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Quail Hill Publishing; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  9. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Rebecca Mayfield, the sole female homicide detective in San Francisco, arrives exhausted at a murder scene, pleased to learn that eye witnesses have captured the murderer until she learns that the captured man is her friend Richie Amalfi in One O’Clock Hustle by Joanne Pence. Finding it hard to believe that Richie could have committed murder, despite the fact that he is rumored to be “connected,” Rebecca seeks to question him, only to have him lawyer up. Then, arriving home later, Rebecca is ast Rebecca Mayfield, the sole female homicide detective in San Francisco, arrives exhausted at a murder scene, pleased to learn that eye witnesses have captured the murderer until she learns that the captured man is her friend Richie Amalfi in One O’Clock Hustle by Joanne Pence. Finding it hard to believe that Richie could have committed murder, despite the fact that he is rumored to be “connected,” Rebecca seeks to question him, only to have him lawyer up. Then, arriving home later, Rebecca is astonished to find Richie there. He has escaped from the police and has turned to Rebecca to help him prove his innocence. Against her better judgment, Rebecca decides against turning him in and works together with Richie to try to get to the bottom of the crime. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Brown

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ok. Female detective, Rebeca, works case of nightclub killing if female. Suspect, Richie, gets away from cops. Ends up at cops apt. She hides him for few days. Meets his friends, Shay n other guy. Two others gets killed. Murderer is night club manager/owner. Murdered girl was former gfriend who began blackmailing him.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Willow Brook

    2 1/2 stars. I never really suspended disbelief over the premise (by the book cop teams up with shady but cute prime suspect). Just ok story. I liked that it was a quick read. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Richie Amalfi is accused of killing his date at Big Caeser's Casino. Rebecca Mayfield is the detective on the case. When Richie escapes and finds his way to Rebecca's, he has to convince her that they need to work together to find the killer since it was not him. I like these characters. Humor lurks behind the scenes as Richie is trying to find the killers and Rebecca is trying to decide what is the right thing to do because he gets more attractive the longer he is around her. I like Vito and Sh Richie Amalfi is accused of killing his date at Big Caeser's Casino. Rebecca Mayfield is the detective on the case. When Richie escapes and finds his way to Rebecca's, he has to convince her that they need to work together to find the killer since it was not him. I like these characters. Humor lurks behind the scenes as Richie is trying to find the killers and Rebecca is trying to decide what is the right thing to do because he gets more attractive the longer he is around her. I like Vito and Shay. They are resourceful in a way the police cannot be. I have my doubts about her partner. Something is not quite right there. The story was a good murder mystery. I was guessing to the end. I look forward to Rebecca's next adventure.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. This is a cozy mystery with a little romance thrown in. The characters were well thought out. Homicide inspector Rebecca Mayfield, Richie Amalfie, and friends Vito and Shay were all fun to follow. The writing reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich. Fast moving, cute guys and funny positions the main character are put in. We need to read the second book in the series to find out if Rebecca and Richie ever become a couple. I received this audiobook for free for an hon I really enjoyed this audiobook. This is a cozy mystery with a little romance thrown in. The characters were well thought out. Homicide inspector Rebecca Mayfield, Richie Amalfie, and friends Vito and Shay were all fun to follow. The writing reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich. Fast moving, cute guys and funny positions the main character are put in. We need to read the second book in the series to find out if Rebecca and Richie ever become a couple. I received this audiobook for free for an honest review. Kristi Burns narrator. Recommend her!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    We first meet Rebecca Mayfield, a homicide detective who goes by name Rebecca Rulebook in the Angie Amalfi's series. Making an appearance in the same series is Ritchie Amalfi as Angie's cousin and is very mysterious. Rebecca is called to a case where the "perp" is caught. The person turns out to be Ritchie who denies committing the murder. With Richie help, Rebecca finds the answer before she looses her life. I recommend this series and will read the next book as time permits. We first meet Rebecca Mayfield, a homicide detective who goes by name Rebecca Rulebook in the Angie Amalfi's series. Making an appearance in the same series is Ritchie Amalfi as Angie's cousin and is very mysterious. Rebecca is called to a case where the "perp" is caught. The person turns out to be Ritchie who denies committing the murder. With Richie help, Rebecca finds the answer before she looses her life. I recommend this series and will read the next book as time permits.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Fun and fast reading She's a San Francisco Homicide Inspector. He's the adult version of a "bad boy". He's arrested for murder at a local night club and escapes custody. Then he goes to her house and the two of them begin investigating the murder together. The plot is sufficiently complex to hold the reader's interest, fast moving and fun reading. All in all, a good book. Fun and fast reading She's a San Francisco Homicide Inspector. He's the adult version of a "bad boy". He's arrested for murder at a local night club and escapes custody. Then he goes to her house and the two of them begin investigating the murder together. The plot is sufficiently complex to hold the reader's interest, fast moving and fun reading. All in all, a good book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. i would highly recommend this author and this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Very light mystery that I enjoyed a lot!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Roy Murry

    One O'Clock HUSTLE JOANNE PENCE Review by Roy Murry, Author Not what I expected of a Mystery, and I have read many; the genre I love. A Criminal and the Inspector are too close for comfort. Inspector Mayfield has a murder to solve and relies on Richard, a businessman with dubious credentials for guidance. This novel is a setup for a cheesy romance story albeit there are some clues to decipher and the two (More him than her) proceed to solve the murder of one of Richard's pickups. Rebecca Mayfield is One O'Clock HUSTLE JOANNE PENCE Review by Roy Murry, Author Not what I expected of a Mystery, and I have read many; the genre I love. A Criminal and the Inspector are too close for comfort. Inspector Mayfield has a murder to solve and relies on Richard, a businessman with dubious credentials for guidance. This novel is a setup for a cheesy romance story albeit there are some clues to decipher and the two (More him than her) proceed to solve the murder of one of Richard's pickups. Rebecca Mayfield is a pushover and puts herself in legal limbo by listening to Richard's story. Their investigative conversations in her apartment (His hideout) and his two-man gang get to the route of the matter, while Rebecca's partner and lieutenant are not involved. Some suspense and a few conflicts are thrilling but, not a series I will follow. However, Pence's characters are entertaining if you're looking for a continuing romance to read a la Crime. I was Hustled a bit for 99 cents. A disappointing mystery read from a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    3.5 stars This was just a light, fun, entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. This is one of the better cozy mystery's that I have listened to. The story is constantly moving forward and something is always happening. There are plenty of suspects, but the story keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and turns. This is a really good start to a series. Great characters. You can feel the chemistry between Rebecca and Richie. Rebecca definitely has an unconventional way of conducting a murder 3.5 stars This was just a light, fun, entertaining, interesting and enjoyable story. This is one of the better cozy mystery's that I have listened to. The story is constantly moving forward and something is always happening. There are plenty of suspects, but the story keeps you guessing with plenty of twists and turns. This is a really good start to a series. Great characters. You can feel the chemistry between Rebecca and Richie. Rebecca definitely has an unconventional way of conducting a murder investigation. She skates the edges of proper police procedure, but it works for her. Kristi Burns did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice . Easy to listen to for hours. Good character voices. Both male and female characters. Clearly spoken. Smooth even delivery. Very enjoyable I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A delightfully suspenseful mystery I absolutely adored Rebecca and Richie together. The author developed these characters so w theell I felt like I knew them in real life. They brought to mind all the couples I know whose relationship worked but shouldn't. Richie and Rebecca are perfect for each other and don't even know it. I love the mystery and suspense in this story while the twists and turns kept me turning the pages (tapping my Kindle). I live on a fixed income and usually don't spend more A delightfully suspenseful mystery I absolutely adored Rebecca and Richie together. The author developed these characters so w theell I felt like I knew them in real life. They brought to mind all the couples I know whose relationship worked but shouldn't. Richie and Rebecca are perfect for each other and don't even know it. I love the mystery and suspense in this story while the twists and turns kept me turning the pages (tapping my Kindle). I live on a fixed income and usually don't spend more than $2.99 for an ebook but I threw caution to the wind and bought the rest of the series. These books are better than the chocolate I would have bought with that money. Thanks, Joanne.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo Williams

    A fun read This book was perfect to curl up with on a rainy British weekend. There were some moments of humour, others of tension, some of pathos and others of pure and simple “ha, that serves you right!” Rebecca Mayfield is a dedicated detective with a by the book approach to her work. It all starts to unravel when Richie Amalfi becomes the prime suspect in a homicide. Realising that his underground network can find information faster than dogged police enquiries, the rules begin to waver as she A fun read This book was perfect to curl up with on a rainy British weekend. There were some moments of humour, others of tension, some of pathos and others of pure and simple “ha, that serves you right!” Rebecca Mayfield is a dedicated detective with a by the book approach to her work. It all starts to unravel when Richie Amalfi becomes the prime suspect in a homicide. Realising that his underground network can find information faster than dogged police enquiries, the rules begin to waver as she follows a trail of blackmail, gambling and revenge to solve the case. It was hard not to like the dashing Amalfi despite his underworld dealings and the tension between him and Rebecca made it a fun, light hearted read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I chose this book on sale because it seemed like a cozy sort of mystery and because it was first in a series, and I enjoy reading series mystery books. It didn't quite meet my expectations. It was written more like a screenplay than a novel, with stereotypical characters and cliched expressions that bored me. Plus the mystery wasn't that great. The chemistry between Rebecca and Richie was telegraphed from page 1, practically, the growing feelings between also pretty stereotypically described. Thi I chose this book on sale because it seemed like a cozy sort of mystery and because it was first in a series, and I enjoy reading series mystery books. It didn't quite meet my expectations. It was written more like a screenplay than a novel, with stereotypical characters and cliched expressions that bored me. Plus the mystery wasn't that great. The chemistry between Rebecca and Richie was telegraphed from page 1, practically, the growing feelings between also pretty stereotypically described. This would be a good beach read, and did provide some escapism in these times of covid vaccine shortages, so there was that. I may give the series a second chance by reading the next installment, but only if I can get it from the online local library's offerings.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Araldia

    Not as predictable as I thought. Joanne Pence manages to bring alive San Francisco and it's denizens in a believable and addictive way. The basic premise of strong female lead and bad boy foil is not as cut and dry as would normally be expected in stories like this. I'm interested to have found out that side characters have their own series, which makes the world Joanne had built much more rounded than the average series. Plot builds nicely, and resolves well, although I can't wait to read the ne Not as predictable as I thought. Joanne Pence manages to bring alive San Francisco and it's denizens in a believable and addictive way. The basic premise of strong female lead and bad boy foil is not as cut and dry as would normally be expected in stories like this. I'm interested to have found out that side characters have their own series, which makes the world Joanne had built much more rounded than the average series. Plot builds nicely, and resolves well, although I can't wait to read the next book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Will Decker

    The story starts out kind of rough, as if the author is still considering where to go with the characters. It feels like a mix of noir, cozy, mystery, and almost thriller. Then the characters start coming to life and the story really picks up. I'm glad I didn't give up on it in the beginning. Although the Inspector would never get away with the things she does on and off the job, it's all in good fun. And the romantic twist adds to the flavor of the story. A nice read and a good start for the se The story starts out kind of rough, as if the author is still considering where to go with the characters. It feels like a mix of noir, cozy, mystery, and almost thriller. Then the characters start coming to life and the story really picks up. I'm glad I didn't give up on it in the beginning. Although the Inspector would never get away with the things she does on and off the job, it's all in good fun. And the romantic twist adds to the flavor of the story. A nice read and a good start for the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine P

    Homicide Detective Rebecca Mayfield and her partner Bill Sutter are investigating the murder of Meaghan Blakely at a nightclub in San Francisco. So far the only suspect seems to be a love interest of Rebecca's (of course) named Ritchie Amalfi. When Rebecca returns home after a long shift, Ritchie has somehow found her secret (or so she though) alley apartment. Quickly this turns into no ordinary investigation as she lets her suspect lead the way around town checking out people who were close to Homicide Detective Rebecca Mayfield and her partner Bill Sutter are investigating the murder of Meaghan Blakely at a nightclub in San Francisco. So far the only suspect seems to be a love interest of Rebecca's (of course) named Ritchie Amalfi. When Rebecca returns home after a long shift, Ritchie has somehow found her secret (or so she though) alley apartment. Quickly this turns into no ordinary investigation as she lets her suspect lead the way around town checking out people who were close to the victim. A little far fetched but all in all, an ok story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rebecca Shaw

    An okay book about a police inspector Rebecca investigating a murder. She quickly falls for the main suspect, having known him from before and works to solve the crime. It does turn out that he is being framed for the murder and she eventually discovers the truth with a lot more help from his colleagues than hers. He of course shows that crime actually does pay when he gets ownership of a thriving night spot. There are some interesting characters in this book but I didn't care too much for the r An okay book about a police inspector Rebecca investigating a murder. She quickly falls for the main suspect, having known him from before and works to solve the crime. It does turn out that he is being framed for the murder and she eventually discovers the truth with a lot more help from his colleagues than hers. He of course shows that crime actually does pay when he gets ownership of a thriving night spot. There are some interesting characters in this book but I didn't care too much for the romance part of it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    There are some really top-rate mysteries that are considered "cozies," like those from Diane Mott Davidson or Rhys Bowen (although she could also claim historical fiction in the Spyness series). This series, or at least this installment, doesn't even come close. I'm willing to suspend belief, but this plot was too far-fetched. Mayfield's actions were ludicrous, and the narrative was clumsy. Too many "apparently" and "somehow" to reveal facts. There were unanswered questions at the end, but I'm n There are some really top-rate mysteries that are considered "cozies," like those from Diane Mott Davidson or Rhys Bowen (although she could also claim historical fiction in the Spyness series). This series, or at least this installment, doesn't even come close. I'm willing to suspend belief, but this plot was too far-fetched. Mayfield's actions were ludicrous, and the narrative was clumsy. Too many "apparently" and "somehow" to reveal facts. There were unanswered questions at the end, but I'm not curious enough to discover if they are answered in the next installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adam Windsor

    The characters name-check "Castle" and it's pretty evident that Pence is trying to hit the same niche with her odd couple investigative couple of by-the-book Detective Mayfield and intended-to-be-charming rascal Richie Amalfi. Alas, her writing skills really aren't up to the task: the cast are just ciphers who do things because the premise needs them to, and there's a lot of telling rather than showing. Perhaps with time and experience she'll develop to the point where these are worth reading, b The characters name-check "Castle" and it's pretty evident that Pence is trying to hit the same niche with her odd couple investigative couple of by-the-book Detective Mayfield and intended-to-be-charming rascal Richie Amalfi. Alas, her writing skills really aren't up to the task: the cast are just ciphers who do things because the premise needs them to, and there's a lot of telling rather than showing. Perhaps with time and experience she'll develop to the point where these are worth reading, but I'm not in any hurry to find out - there's far too much else to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joseph R.

    I found the book interesting although it was strange to find the heroine and the suspect in the story bound in a rather unbelievable way to each other. The characters seemed to be believable and the story moved at in a fast paced action type speed. I didd find myself interested enough to keep coming back to find out more about what happened next and enjoyed the story as the author drew me further into the action that was taking place. I would recommend this author and this book to anyone that en I found the book interesting although it was strange to find the heroine and the suspect in the story bound in a rather unbelievable way to each other. The characters seemed to be believable and the story moved at in a fast paced action type speed. I didd find myself interested enough to keep coming back to find out more about what happened next and enjoyed the story as the author drew me further into the action that was taking place. I would recommend this author and this book to anyone that enjoys a lite story with a good ending and some interesting characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve Black

    I've only give it 2 stars because I did eventually get to the end. It might appeal to readers of chick- lit romance, but a crime thriller it is not. Totally unoriginal story line - straight- laced female cop resisting charms of attractive rogue has been done so many times, and much better, in books, films and TV. I found the whole thing very lightweight, and will not be sticking around for any sequel. I've only give it 2 stars because I did eventually get to the end. It might appeal to readers of chick- lit romance, but a crime thriller it is not. Totally unoriginal story line - straight- laced female cop resisting charms of attractive rogue has been done so many times, and much better, in books, films and TV. I found the whole thing very lightweight, and will not be sticking around for any sequel.

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