Lost Cause was a real find—a fast-paced sort of cozy mystery by author JL Simpson.
British housewife Daisy Dunlop is bored with her routine life and decides that being an heir hunter would be exciting. Never mind that Daisy has messed up everything else she has tried in the past. Her husband prevails upon his best friend, a hunky, mysterious PI known only as Solomon, to help him get this notion out of his wife’s head. He figures a day or two with Solomon will cure her of her latest fancy.
Solomon must promise that Daisy won’t be in any sort of danger, but that becomes a real problem after he gives her the simple task of trying to track down a missing Lord, heir to a fortune. Armed with her naturally inquisitive nature she, of course, ignores every warning Solomon gives her. Dressed in sexy, inappropriate attire that includes a pair of sky high stilettos, and plenty of British wit, pretty, perky Daisy wobbles herself into more trouble than he could ever imagine. Solomon is faced with saving her from every dangerous situation she gets into while trying to track down the erstwhile Lord.
The writing is sassy, sometimes sexy, laugh-out-loud funny, and through it all keeps you guessing. Daisy is delightful, Solomon begs for speculation about who he really is and what he’s really up to, and Daisy’s husband Paul is so besotted with her he believes whatever she tells him. The twist ending does not disappoint and probably defies speculation by even the most astute cozy mystery fans.
It should be mentioned that Daisy has one departure from the cozy mystery genre, so if you don’t like the use of four-letter-words, this might not be for you. Despite her cute appearance, Daisy’s near downfall is that she loves to swear. So much, that she’s made an arrangement with Paul to pay him money every time she uses a blue word. And, oh yes. There is a little sex, too.
Author J L Simpson’s wit even comes through in her bio.
Diminutive 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 grasped the meaning of G’day and mate whilst steadfastly refusing all attempts to convert her to Vegemite.
She loves sharing tales about unexpected twists of fate. Holding on to a steadfast belief every obstacle can be overcome, she spends her moments of solitude creating adventures where mystery and mayhem collide.
Can’t wait to read the next book, Lost and Found
Morgan St. James is the author of 14 books, editor of Writers Tricks of the Trade eZine and a co-host of the internet radio show of the same name. . Visit her Website, Facebook and Twitter.