Lost And Found ~ A Daisy Dunlop Mystery #2

  • Lost&FoundAuthor: J.L. Simpson
  • Published: April 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

Hot on the success of her first case, Daisy Dunlop can count the offers of work on one finger. An empty bank account and the need to prove to her business partner, PI Solomon Liffey, that she is an asset not a liability, calls for drastic measures. Terror has to be overcome as she answers a plea to find the one thing that gives her night sweats and flashbacks. A dog. A missing stud poodle to be exact.

After having tried numerous career options Daisy Dunlop is working with her husband’s best friend, Irish PI Solomon Liffey with strict instructions from Paul to keep Daisy safe. Which is much easier said than done, as Solomon finds out to his cost. Daisy can be somewhat of a liability. Strong willed and impulsive, but extremely likeable, she forges ahead regardless and Solomon has his work cut out to keep his promise to Paul.

Daisy’s heir hunting job offers are sadly lacking so she has to content herself with helping Solomon out with a case, which unfortunately necessitates sessions at the gym. In lycra. Daisy is far from overjoyed and is thankful to receive a letter from a Candy Mars asking her to investigate the disappearance of her prize-winning poodle. There’s only one problem; Daisy is terrified of dogs. She enlists the help of Cliff Richards, a homeless man who has a way with animals, and who helped her out during her previous case.

Solomon held out his hand to Cliff. “Nice to meet you, Cliff. And good luck. You’ll be needing to keep your wits about you, if you’re working with Daisy.”

Cliff shook his hand, and frowned. “Is looking for a missing dog dangerous?”

“No idea mate, but working with Daisy is always challenging.”

Solomon’s troubles are only just beginning though, as he gets a call telling him his ex, Lisa, is in police custody for drug dealing and his three-year old daughter, Molly, is at the police station. When a dead body found at Lisa’s flat points to a connection with Daisy’s missing dog, Solomon and Daisy join forces in solving another fast paced case filled with action, danger, suspense and a lot of laughs.

Another character driven and fun escapade with Daisy, our unconventional heroine, and the ever mysterious and sexy Solomon as he strives to keep Daisy out of trouble and Molly safe, while trying to find the connections linking their respective cases. Does the answer lie in Solomon’s still secretive past? The narrative moves along at a cracking pace and the crime and suspense aspect is balanced out by the humour, wit and great banter between the main characters.

My thanks to J.L. Simpson for sending me a copy in return for an honest review.

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About the author

JLSimpsonDiminutive English rose, JL Simpson, was stolen away by a giant nomad and replanted in a southern land filled with gum trees and kangaroos. She quickly adapted to her new life, learning the meaning of G’day and mate whilst steadfastly refusing all attempts to convert her to Vegemite.
A hunger for exploration awoken by her new surroundings, she traversed the land seeking knowledge and adventure. Despite the trials and tribulations along the way she stood fearless in the face of calamity and embarrassment. With a joyous laugh, and a boundless supply of scones with cream and jam, she stood tall, all fifty-eight inches of her, and shrugged off the humiliation of falling in a freezer and reversing into her own mailbox.
Always ready to accept a challenge she embraced the double headed beast of accounting and taxation and wrestled the monster into submission, placating it with spreadsheets and double entry bookkeeping.
Her desire to experience the world led her to embrace a life of crime. Seeking the higher knowledge shared by the great minds of the detective world, she took to worshipping at the altars of the Crime and Investigation channel and Sherlock.
A dive into family history and heir hunting soon followed, where she discovered not every family has roots back to English nobility but they all have their fair share of ne’er-do-wells.
She loves sharing tales about the land of her birth along with the unexpected twists of fate that can befall all of us. Holding on to a steadfast belief every obstacle can be overcome, and that you can be more than you ever expected, she spends her moments of solitude creating adventures where mystery and mayhem collide.

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