Review: Brazen Gambit


I raced in to the sight of her sitting placidly on my couch – completely, utterly, stark naked.

Only a small blip in the lives of lifelong best friends Arnie Fischer and Zellie Morgan, who with no license and even less practical experience form a detective agency. Their fervent desire for a nice little “find stuff” business rapidly devolves into perilous encounters with a mysterious buxom blonde client, a dead body, assorted mobsters, a sleazy detective, a sinister fashion designer, a car dealership owner only vaguely clinging to reality, and yes, a naked ex-girlfriend on the couch. And even more dangerous – navigating a burgeoning romantic relationship. No problem.

Of course, saving Zellie from the clutches of very dangerous people might be a little more difficult…

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About the author
Eric Small, a long-time public servant who wrote extensively for work, began writing fiction in retirement. A lover of cozy mysteries himself, the genre perfectly fit into his desire to write something containing humor, romance, mystery and just plain fun. As a longtime reader of cozy mysteries, he found such stories a natural fit for his writing. Brazen Gambit is the first of a planned series of Arnie & Zellie Investigations, set in the environs of Middletown, New Jersey, where Eric was born and raised. He now lives in Florida with his wife of over thirty years.

My Thoughts

I loved this book. But I will admit that it took me a while to figure out who the main characters were and what part they played in the book. It was a slow start and a little confusing at first. But once I got past the first few chapters, I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to keep reading. I love how the author brought his love for dogs into the book. Because both main characters had dogs who were a huge part of their lives. I also love that when I thought I had finally figured something out that the author would introduce something else into the plot line and all my theories would be thrown out the window. I honestly can say that I am glad that I gave this book a second chance and really hope pray that there will be more books in this series. If you love a good mystery than this book is for you.

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