Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by Wendy Turbin.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A jigsaw puzzle of a crime novel with a paranormal twist – the brilliant feel-good debut from Wendy Turbin
Meet Penny Wiseman, a private investigator by circumstance, stumbling through adulthood and desperately trying to keep her late father’s business afloat.
She’s on the trail of her client’s husband. He’s guilty of hiding something, but is he having an affair? The case leads her to an intriguing series of mysteries and encounters, and not all are quite of this world.
Because, for Penny, seeing the dead is a fact of life, and when a teenage ghost wants justice, who else can the girl turn to for help?
There’s one big problem – the dead don’t talk.
Penny’s first job is to work out exactly why she’s being haunted.
Her second is to solve the case that should pay her bills, but will she find answers to either question?
Sleeping Dogs is full of brilliantly drawn characters, quirky humour and gripping plot twists.
Well, this is different! This is Wendy Turbin’s debut novel and she certainly hit the spot for a quirky murder mystery that at times made me laugh. Penny Wiseman has taken on her late father’s P.I. business, but she is struggling to keep it afloat. The investigation she is following takes a bit of a side step and opens some unusual doors. Penny has always been tuned in to seeing the dead, but there is a massive communication problem between them and her.
Even writing this review made me smile as I still have scenes of this story playing along in my mind. I smiled and giggled so many times at the antics of some of the deceased, as it made trying to solve this case was like doing a dot to dot, but without the numbers. There is an underlining storyline which I hadn’t heard of before and found it very fascinating. The author has certainly done a lot of research on the subject.
There are some great characters in this book, especially Penny and her sister. Some characters seem to fill a room with their personalities, these do just that. I can say that I am hooked already and delighted that this is the first book in a series.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honesty.