‘Whiskey Sour’ by J.A. Konrath

Whiskey Sour

As if sleepless nights, a failed relationship and a distinct lack of cash weren’t enough to deal with, life throws a curveball at Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels – just to keep her busy. When a serial killer calling himself ‘The Gingerbread Man’ starts dumping bodies on Jack’s patch, she finds herself not only investigating the case, but top of the pile on the killer’s ‘to-do’ list.

Imagine one of those hard-boiled Chandleresque detective novels we all know and love, update it and slide in a generous helping of modern life, add a feisty female cop with a smart turn of phrase and you’ll have a fair idea of what to expect. The plot has lots of twists to keep the heroine on her toes, while giving the reader plenty to enjoy along the way. Konrath’s writing is sharp and witty, with some clever humour and laugh-out-loud one-liners. Though the author adopts that technique of writing in alternating first-person/all-seeing-narrator style that I always find irritating, I enjoyed the book immensely and will be delving into Jack’s adventures again very soon.

Whiskey Sour is the first in the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries. With 13 books in the series, there’s plenty to get to keep fans happy.

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