By Kelly Bridgewater
I'm not a really a private detective. I just play one on TV.
Joey Darling, better known to the world as Raven Remington, detective extraordinaire, is trying to separate herself from her invincible alter ego. She played the spunky character for five years on the hit TV show Relentless, which catapulted her to fame and into the role of Hollywood's sweetheart.
When her marriage falls apart, her finances dwindle to nothing, and her father disappears, Joey finds herself on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, trying to piece her life back together away from the limelight. A woman finds Raven-er, Joey-and insists on hiring her fictional counterpart to find a missing boyfriend. When someone begins staging crime scenes to match an episode of Relentless, Joey has no choice but to get involved.
Joey's bumbling sleuthing abilities have her butting heads with Detective Jackson Sullivan and kindling sparks with thrill-seeking Zane Oakley. Can Joey channel her inner Raven and unearth whodunit before she ends up totally done in? And where is her father anyway? Can she handle fame or is disappearing into obscurity the wiser option?
In Christy Barritt's newest series, The Worst Detective Ever, Barritt brings another unlikely heroine to life. This time it is Joey Darling aka Raven Remington from a hit detective television series. While Joey is flawed and unsure if she can solve the murder with obvious parallels to an episode on her show, Joey shines with her ability to read people. She watches for little quirks to prove what she already knows. Barritt is great at making heroines who most writers or readers wouldn't pick for their story, but she makes them relatable to the average reader. While the pace of the novel reads like a normal mystery, the forefront mystery has ties to the ultimate mystery for Joey who wants to find her missing father. There is a touch of a love triangle but nothing is resolved in this area with the first novel. I enjoyed this introduction to the new series and can't wait to read the next book Reign of Error. If you enjoy Christy Barritt's other works or like mysteries in general, I highly recommend picking Ready to Fumble up.
I received a complimentary copy of Ready to Fumble from Christy Barritt, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars