Better Off Dead (Casey Jones mystery series Book 5)

Written by Katy Munger

“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. Don’t miss her.” –Janet Evanovich


Katy Munger’s clever female PI is big, bad, sarcastic, and nobody to mess with. So how does she manage to be so loveable?

For one thing, her witty quips are good for at least a laugh a page; for another, she’s as transparent as a jelly glass—underneath the mouth and muscles she’s as soft as the stuff that came in the glass.

You’ve got to love a tough woman sleuth who speaks of her “refrigerator butt” and “thunder thighs” the way other characters might mention their hands or feet—absolutely without judgment. That is, unless she’s being grateful—Casey Jones is fully aware those thunder thighs are perfect pistons for the well-placed kick,

In this one, she’s got a client who’s really touched her–Helen McInnes, a rape victim who barely escaped with her life and now suffers such severe agoraphobia she can’t go out. Her life is suddenly like some kind of hideous instant replay–she’s receiving anonymous threats that Casey and her oversize P.I. partner, Bobby, take so seriously they both move in with her.

But each is part of a couple, and so Bobby’s girl friend comes too, along with Casey’s boy friend and their dog. When the threats get even worse, and a local woman is murdered, the gardener moves in a few Mexican friends as well. It would almost be a jolly house party if Helen weren’t terrified for her life.

And if her rape weren’t just one of a series. Helen knows exactly who attacked her– a professor of psychopathology, who was tried for it, got away with it and who, she’s sure, is still getting away with it.

On its face, he case would seem simple,—all Casey has to do is go undercover as a student and get the perp to take the bait. But it’s anything but simple—there’s another suspect who seems as dangerous as the first. Then Helen, despite having half of North Carolina as bodyguards, is kidnapped.

This one’s thrill-a-minute action laced with plenty of humor and lots of heart. It will appeal to all those who love private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents. If you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, Nero Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with Casey Jones.


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