A review of Blood Guilt (Kit O’Malley Mystery #1) by Lindy Cameron

READ OCTOBER 2013

ONLINE PLOT SUMMARY:
Celia Robinson is paying PI Kit O’Malley big money to find out what Celia’s philandering husband Geoffrey is up to with a blonde, a redhead, and entrepreneur Ian Dalkeith and his shady business cohorts.

Enduring a heat wave and fighting the inanimate objects that are out to get her are the hardest parts of Kit’s assignment—until a body is found floating in the Robinsons’ ornamental fish pond.

After the discovery of another body and a near miss with a homicidal driver, Kit realizes she’s getting close to something—even if the truth seems to be that everyone has a secret.

MY REVIEW: I absolutely loved this one! A really nice mix of murder mystery and wickedly sarcastic humor. And enough, ah, colorful characters to rival Joan Opyr’s Idaho Code, though probably not Kate Allen’s Alison Kaine novels.

The book’s greatest strength is its protagonist, PI Kit O’Malley. Kit is really funny, in a nice acerbic way, but she’s an experienced investigator, as well, and Cameron neatly blends these traits. The fact that Kit’s not the most coordinated person in the world helps to round out her character — no Mary Sue, our Kit, no bloody way! — and makes her down-to-earth nature even more realistic. In fact, her klutziness, to which her fellow characters unfailingly call attention,  is kind of endearing.

Other characters, , well-drawn and thoroughly likable, including Kit’s eventual lover Alex, and the murdered woman’s daughter, Quinn, who, for a while, also seems to be in the running as a love interest, run Kit a pretty close second. Cameron goes out of her way, maybe a bit too much so, to make it appear that Alex dislikes Kit — a lot. Just goes to show ya, don’t assume. Kit’s former partner at the cop shop, Marek, is another nice addition, if something of a stereotype. Others, particularly the bad-uns, are thinly-sketched, which, actually, is perfectly okay. This isn’t Patricia Cornwell or Tess Gerritsen, after all.

The mystery is intriguing and there’s a satisfactory amount of plot twists. In addition, the novel is fun in a way few mysteries are. Again, a nice blend of wit and serious drama. The writing is technically sound and very entertaining.Unreservedly recommended.

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