Meet Ruby Wisdom. Smart and sensible. Humorous and heroic. Tough and tender. As the only private investigator in tiny Wormwood, New York, Ruby handles a wide range of cases—everything from jewel heists and cheating husbands to stolen wedding gowns, kidnapped artwork and fraudulent heirs.
In HANDCUFFS & HIGH HEELS, Ruby is hired by the wife of a millionaire when the woman suspects her husband is having an affair. And he is—several of them. But when Ruby begins connecting the duplicitous dots, the deceitful spouse ends up in a much more difficult dilemma than being caught with his hands in Cookie’s jar. And that’s when the real investigation begins.
HANDCUFFS & HIGH HEELS is a cozy mystery loaded with humor, romance, memorable characters and a sleuth who knows her way around baked goods and sweet treats as well as crime scenes and tricky investigations.
What can I say ... RUBY ROCKS! She's not the youngest or the most fit female PI in town, but she solves any case thrown at her. And anyone who can do all that and be all that and still loves her Little Debbies is ok by me. Ruby is my model of a female PI, except for one thing. Part of my fee would always include 'Cosmic Brownies' instead of 'Swiss Rolls'.
I suppose a few people would expect that Ruby be something of a lonely spinster type, due to the fact that she is both 'not thin' and unmarried. Thank goodness, J.M. had the foresight to show us all, through a most entertaining story, that we don't lose our talents or our dreams or our usefulness once our 25th birthday rolls around.
I LOVED the twist surrounding the titular handcuffs and high heels, not to mention the blue wig. Too many memorable moments really to list in one blog post. But I can't help but let you in on a couple of the memorable characters:
1) the car dealer who ruts without finesse for anything wearing a skirt,
2) the man with the shady past who wears VapoRub as cologne because it reminds him of his childhood,
3) the UPS guy with the smarts to fall for Ruby and help her out in many (and I mean m.a.n.y.) ways.
So lock me up, and throw away the key. I am a fan of Ruby Wisdom, and hope to read more about her in the future.
J.M. Edwards loves crime. But only when it’s fictional. A lifelong fan of mystery novels, police procedurals and thrillers, J.M. has worked as a copywriter, bartender, dog walker and newspaper reporter. When it comes to reading, she has a few favorites (Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Robert B. Parker, Lee Child), but always enjoys learning about new authors to add to the TBR pile. In addition to writing the new Ruby Wisdom cozy mystery series, J.M. spends time gardening, traveling, spoiling a small herd of cats and dogs, doing volunteer work and taking the occasional nap.
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