"O'Brien once again mixes humor, layered characters, a bit of romance, and social issues into a seamless, riveting book." - Sherry Harris, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of All Murders Final
"O'Brien has written one of the most warm-hearted yet realistic cozies I've ever had the pleasure of reading." - Mystery Scene Magazine (on Finding Sky)
"This breezy second outing features an enchanting amateur sleuth with dear friends and family who have her back at all times. If only she can make this PI business work and keep her relationship with Dean on an even keel, her life will be perfect." - Library Journal (on Sky High)
"A captivating tale of murder, abuse, betrayal, and refreshing redemption. Five stars plus " - Tracy Weber, Author of the Award-Winning Downward Dog Mystery Series (on Sky High)
Life is finally settling down for private investigator Nicki Valentine, her kids, and her boyfriend Dean. But when a jailed mom seeks help for her endangered biological daughter, who just "aged out" of foster care, Nicki can't say no.
With Dean by her side and her free-wheeling BFF eager to investigate too, Nicki braves back alleys, drug dens, and the strip-club scene, all while wondering if any risk is too great when it comes to finding a teen in trouble.
As if navigating the mean streets of King County, Virginia, isn't enough, Nicki also faces the realities of dating as a single mom, including "sleepover" requests she never anticipated. Ultimately--in both relationships and work--Nicki must decide, "How much am I willing to risk for love?"
Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigators, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries.
Books in the Nicki Valentine Humorous Mystery Series:
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
Susan O'Brien has been passionate about reading and writing since childhood, when she started a neighborhood newspaper and escaped tween stress with mysteries. Since covering her first big story (the birth of gerbils next door), she has worked with USA TODAY, PI Magazine, The Parent Institute and others. Her debut mystery, Finding Sky, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Among her diverse interests are photography, gardening, loud R&B music, healing prayer and reality TV. She lives with her husband and children in the D.C. suburbs and donates part of her earnings to missing children's organizations.