Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Great Escapes Book Tour Book Review: 18 Caliber

18 CALIBER, Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery

by Larissa Reinhart

About 18 Caliber

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Past Perfect Press (April 14, 2020)
Print Length: 395 pages
Digital ASIN: B085HGGBW2


Maizie’s mixing with international stars, spies, and her mother’s dark past in her sixth case in The Wall Street Journal bestselling series.

"Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright's waning star. Sassy, Sexy, and Fun.” — Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series.

#WannabeDetectiving While ex-celebrity Maizie Albright’s dreams of becoming a for-real private investigator have not exactly been dashed, they have been slightly thwarted. Her ex-manager and still-mother, Vicki Albright, has taken the helm of Nash Security Services while rebuilding her entertainment management company. Sometimes with the same clients. Like Chinese action star, Lili Liang, who’s making the film Unlucky 18 in Georgia.

Thus far, Lili’s living up to her movie title. Her kung fu coach is missing. Her boyfriend’s disappeared. And her director, who gambled on her with the part, might be gambling with her life.

Maizie’s luck is also running out. Maizie and Nash find themselves struggling to balance a new partnership and new relationship between missing persons’ cases, wild goose chases, and tracking a bullet into dangerous places. Sometimes it’s enough to make a girl NOT want to put a ring on it. When it comes to facing an 18-caliber killer, what will Maizie put up as the target? Her heart or her life?
Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:

Review: 18 Caliber is the latest book in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series. Its book 6. Having read her Cherry Tucker series, I thought I'd give this one a go.

Its a fun read, but for me, this is the first series that I really have to say start with book 1. Don't just jump in. On a plus, the first book is free right now. So yay, I'm going to go back to read that one. The reason I say this, is there is a lot of backstory for Maizie and Nash and her family that you may need to understand better.

This book definitely reminded me a bit of Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series, which I really enjoyed.

It took me awhile to get used to what was going on while they were investigating the disappearing people and the bullets in aquariums.

Maize is one part rich girl, one part bumbling PI wanna be. At times she's super frustrating, because you really just want to shake the crap out of her for how she reacts, but in the same vein she is also very lovable. Maybe part Stephanie Plum part Heather Wells.

Then there is her mother. OMG I never hated a character so much in all my life and I've hated a lot of characters. It was as though she didn't even love her daughter.

Nash was a great foil for Maizie. A not so perfect love interest that uses his head more than his heart in the investigation. I love the relationship dynamic between the two and that's part of the reason I have to go back and read this series from the beginning.

Again, this is a stand alone novel and you can read it apart from the others, but from my reading experience, it will probably be more enjoyable if you read the series from the beginning.

Rating: 4 flowers

Other Series by Larissa Reinhart:
A Cherry Tucker Mystery
Finley Goodhart Crime Capers
A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series as well as romantic comedies and women’s fiction. She loves to tell funny stories about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places. You might have seen Larissa and family with their little dog, Biscuit, on HGTV's House Hunters International "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya" episode, but they’re back in Georgia now. Visit LarissaReinhart.com to learn more.


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Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review on "18 CALIBER" by Larissa Reinhart and for being part of the book tour.

Sounds like a great book and one that I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the heads up of the first book in the series being free at this time. Got it so now I'm ready for this one too.
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Larissa Reinhart said...

Thanks so much for the review! And I hope you enjoy 15 MINUTES too!

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