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Sticks and stones may break my bones—or they might actually kill me.

What does a woman do when she discovers her husband is an incurable cheater? If she’s Cat DeLuca, she launches the Pants on Fire Detective Agency. Now Cat does what two years of unholy matrimony taught her to do: she catches cheaters. When a client, Cleo Jones, shoots her cheating husband’s bum full of buckshot, he disappears, taking her money, dog, and sister with him. Private Investigator Cat DeLuca promises to retrieve the dog and money if her client stops shooting at Walter. Cleo agrees. The detective finds the dog and a mysterious bag full of cash. And then she finds Walter. His very dead body is still warm.

The case is a slam dunk for the cops who arrest Cleo for the killing. She had motive and opportunity, and a dozen witnesses heard her scream bloody murder. One even made a video.

Cat DeLuca is determined to prove her client’s innocence, and it’s not an easy job. Walter was an unsavory character. Over the years he had acquired numerous enemies. Now, Cat will have to sift through all the ones who didn’t pull the trigger. Her investigation leads to four players with secrets: a childhood friend, a gambler, a construction tycoon, and a legendary Chicago designer.

When forensic evidence suggests the detective knows more about the murder than she’s telling, Cat faces the certain loss of her agency.

Cat DeLuca is smart and charming, but she’s an unlikely heroine, and her partner, a beagle named Inga, is quite likely to eat the evidence. Sticks and Stones delivers steamy romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud humor for a wickedly delicious read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Janet Evanovich fans will relate to the humor and crazy characters, but under the fun is a well-crafted plot with all the elements of a classic whodunit.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue Squire | 2/1/2014

    " OMG!!!! This was soooo good! There's a lot going on. Cat has goofy, crazy circumstances pretty much 24/7. I love the colorful characters and the places they lead her. This will keep your attention and keep you smiling with sudden outburst of giggles and out-and-out belly laughs! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane | 1/13/2014

    " pale imitation of evanovich/plum series. many, many proofreading errors--missing words, misspelled words, wrong words--made for a distracting read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula Mitchell | 12/31/2013

    " I can't say enough about Cat DeLuca, she is funny, and smart and quick on the take. She finds herself fighting to free her assistant Cleo who is up on murder charges for offing her sleazy ex-husband. There are too many people who want him dead but only one who did it. Meanwhile Cat is also trying to catch a slippery cheating husband with his pants down. I love this series reminds me so much of Stephanie Plum. I can't wait to see what Cat is up to next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 12/29/2013

    " Although K.J. Larsons sense of humor is still present, the plot is too convaluted in the second book of her Cat DeLuca series. A quick, easy read and a series with potential. "

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