by Kate Eileen Shannon
Fun cast of characters, kept me guessing…
The momentum doesn’t really let up until the end, which kept me pretty much wide eyed and anxious for answers!
~Must Read Faster
I loved the family elements to this story as well as the mystery.
~A Chick Who Reads
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 242
Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. No child custody. No bodyguard or surveillance work. No process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening, and basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really could not expect anything else. After all, your average five foot tall, blue eyed, blond (one friend describes her as looking like a Christmas tree angel) is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there is that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go to person for a security job.
But in SOCIAL INSECURITY, the first in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, professional PI, Brigid Kildare, turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing and she can’t get the police to believe her. As her assistant and long time friend, Kevin, puts it: “Honey, if an old lady like Jessica Fletcher can do it, a one-legged PI and her gay PA can do it too!” Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.
About Kate Eileen Shannon
Kate Eileen Shannon is a Writer, Artist, and sometimes Real Estate Agent – as she says, ‘a purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle’. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that.
She has had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery, a farm, and a boat building business; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led her straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant.
Kate is currently living in Rhode Island overlooking the water and a lighthouse; with her husband, Dick Thomas (who won’t let her have a cat); where she spends her time painting, drawing, and of course working on the next book in the Brigid Kildare mystery series, MEDITATED MURDER.
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Reader review . . .
Brigid is not your typical PI. She doesn’t do divorce cases or surveillance work, just cases involving records research. Oh, and she only has one leg and one thumb. So when several elderly ladies go missing and the common denominator is Brigid, she turns to Earl, a police detective, for help. Together, their strengths and weaknesses balance one another out to solve the mystery.
This is the first in a new series by Kate Eileen Shannon. The characters are a bit unusual. For instance, there are not too many millionaire amputee private investigators being written about these days. One thing, there seems to be a lot made of Brigid’s lack of height, but at some point she is described as five feet tall. Trust this five foot reviewer, five feet is short, but it is not a disability.
While on some level, I enjoyed the quirky characters, they seemed to be a bit stereotypical. Every Irish stereotype imaginable seemed to pop up in the characters, and I’m not even going to mention Kevin. But the lottery winnings and family compound were fun, because if fiction can’t be a little unrealistic, what’s the point of reading fiction, right?
Because i find that series often improve with each installment, I look forward to the next novel.
I received this book from Great Escapes Book Tours book bloggers program to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.