Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Murder is a Dirty Business by Tricia L. Sanders - #review #giveaway

When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.

Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”

After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength.

And that crime—at least, someone else’s—does pay the bills.



What must that mother-in-law be like for a job cleaning up a murder scene be the preferential choice?  And the icing on that particular cupcake is that the #1 suspect is someone you watched grow up?   How's that for your job taking over your life?

And after what Cece's husband did, I can totally understand her butting heads with the police detective (another man telling her what to do).  Can you imagine fighting an attraction to someone who aggravates you as well?  When you walk away from that person, you take about five steps, think of something terribly endearing, stop and almost turn around, then shake your head to clear it, remembering the aggravation, and continue walking.  And repeat all that about five times.

But Cece has become strong that way.  She survived her first husband's awful behavior, being poor, starting a business, and investigating to help an old friend, stands up to a police detective.  And last but not least, she confronts a real killer.  Not stuff for the faint of heart.

Cece is one of my new heroines.  Proof that women don't have to sit in rocking chairs, knit little things and pet their cats after reaching a certain age.  They can start over - in life, in business, in love.  They can surprise the heebie jeebies out of themselves and the people around them.

I can hardly wait to see what Cece gets into next!

(And, BTW, knitting is not just for old ladies any more!) ;)



Tricia L. Sanders writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.  A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.

When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.

Her essays have appeared in SaseeByLineThe Cuivre River Anthology and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.




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(Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers, via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)


This book helps me fulfill the following 2018 reading challenges:

52 Books in 52 Weeks - The Original
Cloak and Dagger Challenge


  1. I do have to say knitting may not be for old ladies only, but it is also not for the faint of heart. I'm all thumbs when it comes to yarn and needles. Sigh... I wish I had listened to my grandmother when she tried to teach me.

  2. Sounds like a really interesting storyline. New author to me. Looking forward to reading.