A sassy obit writer smart-mouths her way into trouble.
Hiking up her lucky skirt, Cauley MacKinnon (Scoop, 2006, etc.) agrees to help out her boyfriend, FBI agent Tom Logan, by writing a fake obituary for Wiley Ray Puckett in order to keep him under the gangland radar until he testifies against Selena Obregon, leader of El Patron, the miscreants hassling Austin, Texas. Despite her efforts, Wiley is found and murdered, and a dead canary left in Cauley’s mailbox. Through a series of improbable occurrences, the intrepid reporter and her search-and-rescue pooch Marlowe next become involved with the search for Wiley’s sister Faith, who may be on the lam or may have been abducted or worse. Hiking up her skirt another notch, Cauley defies sleazy sheriff Junior Hollis, a law officer who spent his youth shooting cats, obsessing over Faith and distrusting Faith’s rich half-brother, who may have had a hand in setting fire to Wiley’s trailer, then Faith’s, and nearly incinerating a Faith look-alike. When things slow down, Logan calls in to sizzle Cauley’s nerve endings. When things heat up, he’s there to save the day.
Gratingly cute, with a wisecrack or metaphor in every other sentence and a good-looking guy in every chapter.