Playing with Matches: A Riley Drake Mystery, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Tough and tenacious, Riley Drake is a first-class private eye who runs background checks for a dating service on the side. She has zero interest in helping billionaire John Stratton clear his name so the man can resume dating again. The handsome widower would be quite the catch - if it weren't for the fact that he probably murdered his wife.
Stratton's woes are only part of Riley's problems. Other clients - a TV celebrity with sexual-perception issues, a Trump-like entrepreneur with an embarrassing fetish, and a worshipful drug-addict trying to go straight - keep her running through the streets of Chicago, ready to take down anyone who gets in her way.
Riley is determined to uncover all their secrets, even though she knows that playing with matches means you sometimes get burned.
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|Audible.ca Release Date||April 22 2016|
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The characters are great, varied and 3-dimensional. The focus of the book is the lead character Riley and the mystery.
And it is a neat mix of urban jungle and cozy mystery. Highly recommended!
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Riley Drake can take care of herself - that's made clear by the end of the first chapter - but she does have a few chinks in her armor that make her human. When dealing with her ex-husband and his new girlfriend, we find she's not as cold as she'd like us to believe. She has an empathetic side, which shows in her dealings with a character who has a drug problem and another with offbeat sexual tastes. She's prone to slipping up just enough to require a quick trip to the hospital, but is likely to check herself out before her doctor thinks she's ready. It all adds up to a quirky, likeable character.
You can't have a mystery without a plot, either, and "Playing With Matches" has a good one. If you've read many mysteries, you'll know most are built around a selection from some basic building blocks, with each story's uniqueness coming from setting and characters. Hyzy has built a solid foundation for her series with Riley Drake and her unique profession, and an interesting cast of secondary characters. "Playing With Matches" was a great introduction to Riley. I'm eager to read the next in the series.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
I love Riley Drake as a character and definitely want to read more books with her. I love the concept of a dating service having a private investigator on the staff, which is what Riley is. The only thing I could ask for in future books is more romance for our heroine. A flirtation began with one character but he was barely in the book at all, and I can't tell if this will develop into anything.
Lucky for me there are still some Hyzy books I haven't read, and I can't wait. Please keep writing, Julie or N.C. Hyzy - doesn't matter to me which name she writes under as long as the books keep flowing!
This first book was almost all mystery with very little romance. It kept me reading and guessing till nearly the end. The beginnings of a romance were laid out so now I must read the next one to see how/if it develops.