Chloe Boston is a meter maid for the Hope Falls Police Department. But what she really wants to be is a detective. She cannot see that happening though, because no one on the force takes her seriously. That may be because of how small she is, or because her father was fired as the chief of police, or because she does not know how to filter her mouth and thoughts. And when she has her first encounter with the new acting chief of police, her chances drop off the charts.
But Chloe being Chloe, she is not willing to give up her dream and when the opportunity presents itself for her to do some sleuthing and detecting, she is all over it.
Her co-worker Jeffrey has been acting a little strange and then he does not show up for work. At the same time, a prominent man in the community is found murdered. Chloe does not know if the two are related but she intends to find out. With the help of her dog, Blue, and the members of her writers group, she begins her own investigation into the the incidents. She is also dealing with one or two of her co-workers who constantly give her a hard time and try to make her life miserable.
There is one bright spot in her life, she has met a new man, someone she would like to get to know better. But like all of her other relationships, her perfect man has some faults and is not what he appears to be. That is the story of her life.
The characters are well developed, realistic and three dimensional. Chloe is quirky, funny, sarcastic, strong-willed and persistent. I really enjoyed reading about her and her misadventures. I wonder if that same description could be used to describe the author? I thought that she created a great character in Chloe and I do not think that was by accident. I enjoyed getting to know Blue and all the other characters that I met.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. I read this book in one day because I had to find out what was going to happen next. The writing is descriptive and it was very easy to picture the action the was taking place in the book. The mystery and suspense are carried on throughout the book nicely, but the real winner for me are the characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted mystery suspense that contains humor and lovable characters. After researching the series, I see that there are over twenty books in this series. That is very exciting to me because I know I have a lot of opportunities to learn more about Chloe, her family and friends and her co-workers. I am looking forward to doing that.