Ex-spouses team up in a new venture—solving murders—in James’s raucous debut.
Alex and Amanda Thorne have a great relationship. They love and respect each other; they support each other in adventures and in their realty business; and they finish each other’s sentences. It’s too bad their marriage didn’t fare as well. Apparently when Alex turned out to be gay, being married to Amanda just didn’t make sense anymore. Amanda’s determined to make it in the hot Palm Springs realty market without Alex’s help—until she finds local activist Doc Winters dead and splayed on the floor of her latest listing. Because Alex can’t resist the intrigue of a mystery, he and Amanda team up once more in witty banter and mystery-mongering. Cue the local residents, a series of over-the-top caricatures from Amanda’s elderly, oversexed, oversharing neighbor Regina Belle to Doc’s widow Monica Birdsong, whose fake breasts accompany her on her quest for higher consciousness. As a bonus, Alex isn’t the only man taking an active interest in Amanda’s well-being. Hot homicide detective Ken Becker is keeping one eye on the case and the other eye…
Though the precious dialogue steals the stage from the plot, the chapter titles alone are worth the price of admission.