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On her way to completing a degree in forensic science, Gabby St. Claire dropped out of school and started her own crime scene cleaning business. Now, when a routine cleaning job leads her to a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong man is in jail. With the help of her new and attractively single neighbor, Riley Thomas, Gabby plays the detective to On her way to completing a degree in forensic science, Gabby St. Claire dropped out of school and started her own crime scene cleaning business. Now, when a routine cleaning job leads her to a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong man is in jail. With the help of her new and attractively single neighbor, Riley Thomas, Gabby plays the detective to make sure the right man is put behind bars.


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On her way to completing a degree in forensic science, Gabby St. Claire dropped out of school and started her own crime scene cleaning business. Now, when a routine cleaning job leads her to a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong man is in jail. With the help of her new and attractively single neighbor, Riley Thomas, Gabby plays the detective to On her way to completing a degree in forensic science, Gabby St. Claire dropped out of school and started her own crime scene cleaning business. Now, when a routine cleaning job leads her to a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong man is in jail. With the help of her new and attractively single neighbor, Riley Thomas, Gabby plays the detective to make sure the right man is put behind bars.

30 review for Hazardous Duty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    You know a book will be pretty good when the first sentence is: "Whistling a tune from Fiddler on the Roof, I used my tweezers to work a piece of Gloria Cunningham's skull out of the sky blue wall." Gabby is hilarious! She has an insatiable curiosity for mysteries and finding out what really happened. She's never afraid to venture into scary territory in order to find her answers either. And let me tell you, she ventures all kinds of places and meets all kinds of people. When the building she's You know a book will be pretty good when the first sentence is: "Whistling a tune from Fiddler on the Roof, I used my tweezers to work a piece of Gloria Cunningham's skull out of the sky blue wall." Gabby is hilarious! She has an insatiable curiosity for mysteries and finding out what really happened. She's never afraid to venture into scary territory in order to find her answers either. And let me tell you, she ventures all kinds of places and meets all kinds of people. When the building she's cleaning is set on fire right after she finds some evidence the police missed and she barely makes it out in time, she's sure that something is amiss. Of course the police don't want to listen to someone who 'fancies herself Nancy Drew', so Gabby begins investigating on her own (always telling the police what she finds out of course...well, sometimes). From her only employee getting arrested to a pipe bomb left at her front door, Gabby has a lot on her plate in just a few days time. And certainly the crime scene cleaning must go on, a girls gotta eat, right? With a cast of characters for neighbors, such as Sierra the vegan animal rights' activist, Mrs. Morgan the mystery writer who hardly ever leaves her apartment, Bill newly divorced and mad at women when he's drunk, and new guy Riley who says he's between jobs, Gabby also has plenty of mystery and mayhem at home also. One thing that helps make crime and being accused of it easier, is having good friends around who will believe in you no matter what. I don't normally read mysteries, but this one caught my eye and I decided to try it. Gabby is so likeable and so funny that it made the tension of the mystery easier to bear. And it never ceased to amuse me that Gabby kept finding pieces of evidence that the police somehow overlooked. No wonder they were frustrated with her, she made me them look bad! A good mystery, great characters, and a bad-guys-lose ending, with just a smidgen of unanswered questions to make you want to read the next book. Because yes, this is a trilogy. But no huge cliff-hangers! So yay for that. :) Read it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was a free book from Amazon... It was a hard mystery to read for a couple of reasons, the main character, Gabby, was really hard to like. She thought she knew "who did it" from the very beginning and wouldn't let anyone convince her otherwise. Her comments and thoughts were cheesy and annoying. Another reason I didn't like it was because it was a Christian mystery where beliefs in God were mentioned through out. I dislike reading things that seem to push beliefs upon you. I doubt I will rea This was a free book from Amazon... It was a hard mystery to read for a couple of reasons, the main character, Gabby, was really hard to like. She thought she knew "who did it" from the very beginning and wouldn't let anyone convince her otherwise. Her comments and thoughts were cheesy and annoying. Another reason I didn't like it was because it was a Christian mystery where beliefs in God were mentioned through out. I dislike reading things that seem to push beliefs upon you. I doubt I will read anymore in this series... maybe if I'm desperate, but I have A LOT of books on my 'to-read' list. :-)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Very Pleasant Fun Story. Better the second time. Enjoyed buddy reading with My Lovely Hubby. 3 Squeaky Clean Stars. Listened with TTS. Clean.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Daniel

    I loved this book!! Unexpectedly funny!! I thought based on Gabby's profession it would be gruesome and I'm sensitive to blood but it wasn't bad at all. The only thing that kind if got on my nerves was how quickly and stubbornly certain characters would either leap to conclusions or disregard an obvious thing. I'm talking main characters. And Gabby is oh so dense in love lol. But likable characters (Sierra grew on me finally a little) and I can't wait for book 2!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    If I had known this was going to be a book where Faith in God was going to suddenly be a Thing, I wouldn't have even bothered. Everyone has the right to his/her own beliefs, but I didn't appreciate having those beliefs shoved at me from out of (seemingly) nowhere. Aside from Gabby's having been sent from God in the eyes of her employee and his wife, faith really had no reason to be involved in this story. Aside from that, I didn't like Gabby. She was pretty annoying, really. She jumped to conclu If I had known this was going to be a book where Faith in God was going to suddenly be a Thing, I wouldn't have even bothered. Everyone has the right to his/her own beliefs, but I didn't appreciate having those beliefs shoved at me from out of (seemingly) nowhere. Aside from Gabby's having been sent from God in the eyes of her employee and his wife, faith really had no reason to be involved in this story. Aside from that, I didn't like Gabby. She was pretty annoying, really. She jumped to conclusions based on whatever fit what she wanted to believe (until the end when suddenly she knew who had really "done it"). How she had two men so interested in her I did not understand. She seemed to drive them both nuts (and not in a good way). The two men didn't seem all that great themselves. ....ok so I didn't really like any of the characters apparently. Maybe Bill, the drunk neighbor; he seemed funny. The only way I got through this was by skimming from about 27% until the end and only because I wanted to know if I was right as to who the "bad guy" was. That took entirely too long. (And I *was* right.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great Read This book is about Gabby St Claire, a twenty-seven year old crime scene cleaner and amateur crime scene investigator. A particular job leads her to almost be burned alive and uncovers evidence thaf this break and enter/homicide may be less break and enter and more closer then anyone expects. She tries to get help from Detective Chip Parker, but with no luck must investigate with her best friend, Sierra, and new neighbor, Riley Thomas. This is my kind of cozy mystery series. It's unique Great Read This book is about Gabby St Claire, a twenty-seven year old crime scene cleaner and amateur crime scene investigator. A particular job leads her to almost be burned alive and uncovers evidence thaf this break and enter/homicide may be less break and enter and more closer then anyone expects. She tries to get help from Detective Chip Parker, but with no luck must investigate with her best friend, Sierra, and new neighbor, Riley Thomas. This is my kind of cozy mystery series. It's unique with the aspect that the main character is a crime scene cleaner, but it still keeps it a clean mystery, with no gore, sex, or swearing,.t's a great read and I really enjoyed it

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    “Look, Nancy Drew. This isn’t your case.” Great concept: agnostic crime scene investigator wantabee who dropped out of school because of family necessity starts crime scene cleanup firm. Unfortunately, both the writing and the plot fail to deliver. Needed another editing, especially of her philosophic musings. Good sense of place and time. Nice, relevant cover art. “I didn’t want to be a know-it-all. I really didn’t. My best friend in college had been one, which drove me crazy, especially consider “Look, Nancy Drew. This isn’t your case.” Great concept: agnostic crime scene investigator wantabee who dropped out of school because of family necessity starts crime scene cleanup firm. Unfortunately, both the writing and the plot fail to deliver. Needed another editing, especially of her philosophic musings. Good sense of place and time. Nice, relevant cover art. “I didn’t want to be a know-it-all. I really didn’t. My best friend in college had been one, which drove me crazy, especially considering I knew more than she did.” Gabby is an unsympathetic protagonist, perhaps not intentionally. She is stubborn and stupid. By rights she should have been dead several times. “So far you’re the only sane one I’ve met.” “And I’m covered in ash, smell like smoke, and clean up after murders.” “My standards of sane are really low.” The supporting cast is good, if they tend toward clichés. The action is questionable. For example, the story opens with Gabby pulling skull fragments from a wall. What CSI team would have left that behind? Not to mention oddly-placed droplets of blood. “Who needed details when you had an imagination like mine?" Quibbles: “Bottle-cap glasses”? Her heart throb of the moment flees to his fiancé’s home state? Gabby jumps to so many conclusions she should have been in the Olympics. “Don’t leave the state or do anything stupid.” “Understood.” “Which part? The leaving or the stupid, because I don’t think you have a lot of control over the latter.” The inevitable come-to-Jesus climax feels contrived. Whose plea for divine intervention as she’s being murdered meanders into theology and qualification? Not “Please Lord, help me. If you really are up there, like my friends say you are, I want to know you.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tito

    Quick cute read that had me smiling throughout the book. The main character Gabby was relatable, and I really admired her. The only problem I had was the love triangle that manifested itself at the very end. Throughout the book I was secretly hoping it wouldn't happen, but it seems like that prayer wasn't answered. Quite honestly, I'd be more willing to continue the series if I didn't have to read about the drama that love triangles bring. And in my honest opinion (view spoiler)[ we all know th Quick cute read that had me smiling throughout the book. The main character Gabby was relatable, and I really admired her. The only problem I had was the love triangle that manifested itself at the very end. Throughout the book I was secretly hoping it wouldn't happen, but it seems like that prayer wasn't answered. Quite honestly, I'd be more willing to continue the series if I didn't have to read about the drama that love triangles bring. And in my honest opinion (view spoiler)[ we all know that Riley (who is just the best character ever) is who she wants and belongs with. Why add the unnecessary angst? Ugh (hide spoiler)] Disappointing romance aside, the mystery element of the book was great and I was guessing the entire time. When I discovered who the killer was, I was definitely shocked. I also liked how the faith elements were intertwined within the story, and it was cool seeing Gabby become more open to God, although she didn't change her life or anything (hence the series where the transformation will probably happen). In conclusion it was a great fun read, and also free! Definitely worth your time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a review of the entire Squeaky Clean series (currently 15 novels and a few novellas) which I binge read during my free trial of Kindle Unlimited last month. Obviously, they're good enough to binge read. It is a Christian cozy mystery series and I think meets the expectations inherent to that label. What I Liked 1. The unique perspective of having the main character be a crime scene cleaner (view spoiler)[ Although Gabby does eventually move on in her career. (hide spoiler)] 2. Gabby's sarca This is a review of the entire Squeaky Clean series (currently 15 novels and a few novellas) which I binge read during my free trial of Kindle Unlimited last month. Obviously, they're good enough to binge read. It is a Christian cozy mystery series and I think meets the expectations inherent to that label. What I Liked 1. The unique perspective of having the main character be a crime scene cleaner (view spoiler)[ Although Gabby does eventually move on in her career. (hide spoiler)] 2. Gabby's sarcasm 3. The cast of quirky supporting characters Two Big Flaws 1. Barritt needs a continuity editor. There are a lot of small factual errors within the books and across the series. Minor characters' personalities change (view spoiler)[ I'm not talking about the character who has a brain injury. (hide spoiler)] Sometimes it seems like she has forgotten that she already gave the reader certain information and repeats it in strange ways. The emotional tone also lacks consistency, particularly in the middle books. Gabby has a lot of drama going on in her personal life in the middle books and where is she at the end of one book is not where she is at the beginning of the next book. It's confusing. (Along with that, major things happen off-stage in between books which can also cause confusion.) 2. There is a lot of unnecessary and frustrating drama in the middle books. Most (but not all) of it stems from the fact that Barritt introduces a love triangle in book 7. I'm not a fan of love triangles, but I especially hate them after I've spent time buying into a relationship. A couple of times the main characters were all acting like idiots and I almost quit. Despite those two issues, overall I did enjoy the books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    This is one of those books, like The Art Forger, where I might not normally be interested in the situation, but the back text was so good at describing the setup it drew me in. Memo to those who are writing flirty, sassy, romancy novels: don't dish about the love interest, or obsess about the love triangle, or ask questions about How Will The Protagonist Ever Be Able To Resolve Her Problem And Work Things Out With The Love Interest? Serious eyeroll. Maybe the back text is better because this isn' This is one of those books, like The Art Forger, where I might not normally be interested in the situation, but the back text was so good at describing the setup it drew me in. Memo to those who are writing flirty, sassy, romancy novels: don't dish about the love interest, or obsess about the love triangle, or ask questions about How Will The Protagonist Ever Be Able To Resolve Her Problem And Work Things Out With The Love Interest? Serious eyeroll. Maybe the back text is better because this isn't a romance novel. There's enough romance to satisfy someone who likes that kind of thing, and to make the main character believable, but not so much that it makes her ridiculous. And I have a soft spot for when things don't work out with the love interest the way you think they might. The central mystery is pretty solid, the twists and reveal make sense (not too slow or sparing, and the twists arise naturally from the setup and characters), and it was as fun to read as I hoped when I got it :) What more could you ask for?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    I picked up this book because the idea of the main character running their own crime scene cleaning service was interesting. There was a little crime scene cleaning in this story but it was mostly focused on the crime itself. I did appreciate that the main character was open about her belief in science and that she wanted others to prove their faith in a way that she could understand. I didn't particularly care for the main character but I can see myself continuing this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Another freebie with my trial Amazon Prime membership. 2.5 stars overall. The idea is fascinating, a crime scene cleaner, the person who comes after CSI, who is a CSI-wannabe, solves crimes. The plot was decent, I honestly couldn't figure out who the murderer was until the final clue, but the ending was pretty formulaic and the reason for the murder was pretty lame. The love triangle was a bit strained, and I just couldn't believe a Christian man would be in a 4 year relationship with a model-li Another freebie with my trial Amazon Prime membership. 2.5 stars overall. The idea is fascinating, a crime scene cleaner, the person who comes after CSI, who is a CSI-wannabe, solves crimes. The plot was decent, I honestly couldn't figure out who the murderer was until the final clue, but the ending was pretty formulaic and the reason for the murder was pretty lame. The love triangle was a bit strained, and I just couldn't believe a Christian man would be in a 4 year relationship with a model-like woman in LA without marrying her, and then be interested in a complete anti-Christian woman. Anyway, not the best I've read, but certainly not the worst. I enjoyed the character's background and her honest resistance to Christianity. Overall it was a bit of Kinsey Millhone mixed with Stephanie Plum, in a CSI setting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    This was SO awesome!! I'm a sucker for spy/mystery's, so seeing a Christian mystery was a chance to good to pass up. I wasn't sure what to think of Gabby right at first. I mean, she has a rather morbid job of cleaning up crime scenes. But I was quickly swept up in Gabby's amazing humor. This book made me laugh out loud several times, which rarely happens. Though Gabby is not a Christian, this book really is incredibly clean. There was only one slightly crude joke in the book, and it was not bad This was SO awesome!! I'm a sucker for spy/mystery's, so seeing a Christian mystery was a chance to good to pass up. I wasn't sure what to think of Gabby right at first. I mean, she has a rather morbid job of cleaning up crime scenes. But I was quickly swept up in Gabby's amazing humor. This book made me laugh out loud several times, which rarely happens. Though Gabby is not a Christian, this book really is incredibly clean. There was only one slightly crude joke in the book, and it was not bad at all. I think the author handled Gabby's not being a Christian very well. She made it believable. The author made the characters so vivid you feel like you would know them if you ran into them on the street. I look forward to the future books, and to see what happens between the characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kalena

    Christian fiction/mystery. My 1st time reading Christy Barritt and I was not disappointed. Her characters are likable and quirky. I found the details about Gabby's work as a crime scene cleaner interesting although there were a number of times you are shaking your head at her decisions. The ending was not a surprise but resolved in a satisfactory way. Recommend to those who enjoy a light read and don't mind a little gore. I will definitely continue the series, but I am not rushing out to grab it Christian fiction/mystery. My 1st time reading Christy Barritt and I was not disappointed. Her characters are likable and quirky. I found the details about Gabby's work as a crime scene cleaner interesting although there were a number of times you are shaking your head at her decisions. The ending was not a surprise but resolved in a satisfactory way. Recommend to those who enjoy a light read and don't mind a little gore. I will definitely continue the series, but I am not rushing out to grab it right this second.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Gabby is all set to be a forensic specialist but life gets in the way. Her mother dies and she has to assume some responsibilities. So Gabby turns to being a crime scene cleaner. At one crime scene, she finds evidence that the police have missed. No one believes what the evidence means and she finds she is now in the killer's site as well. I did enjoy this book as well as Gabby's evolving relationships with the men in her life and her struggle between religion and science. At times it might have Gabby is all set to be a forensic specialist but life gets in the way. Her mother dies and she has to assume some responsibilities. So Gabby turns to being a crime scene cleaner. At one crime scene, she finds evidence that the police have missed. No one believes what the evidence means and she finds she is now in the killer's site as well. I did enjoy this book as well as Gabby's evolving relationships with the men in her life and her struggle between religion and science. At times it might have gotten a bit preachy but it was well written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    I got this book because it was in the Christain section. I was pleasantly surprised that there actually was a good mystery in the book and it wasn't all religious. Of course, those who are atheist or agnostic will find this a little too much in your face... A little bit of religion, a little romance, a big mystery makes a fine story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Jones

    This has been on my TBR pile for some time. I am so glad I got around to reading it. I would say it lies in the slightly grittier end of cozy mystery. The protagonist, Gabby, is a good character - tenacious to the point of obsessive - but in a good way. The plot rattled along and kept me reading. The romantic elements were well handled. Although this is a Christian book, the Christianity is natural and does not overwhelm. A great book which I can highly recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Due to her father's inability to support himself, Gabby St. Claire drops out of college shortly before finishing her degree in forensic science and starts her own business as a crime scene cleaner. It's a dirty job, but it pays well and someone has to do it. Her latest location is the blood soaked home of a man whose wife was killed, apparently by someone who did not want her to testify against him in court. But while Gabby is cleaning, she comes across a gun that the police apparently missed. S Due to her father's inability to support himself, Gabby St. Claire drops out of college shortly before finishing her degree in forensic science and starts her own business as a crime scene cleaner. It's a dirty job, but it pays well and someone has to do it. Her latest location is the blood soaked home of a man whose wife was killed, apparently by someone who did not want her to testify against him in court. But while Gabby is cleaning, she comes across a gun that the police apparently missed. She prepares to take it to the police, but as she's leaving the house, someone sets it on fire, trapping her inside. Was the fire set to conceal the evidence, or was it meant to harm Gabby? The police don't seem to want to investigate the murder victim's husband, who may be the person truly responsible for the crime. With the help of her quirky friend and neighbor Sierra, as well as their new, mysterious (but attractive) neighbor Riley, Gabby tries to figure out who committed the crime before the person silences her for good. This is the first book in the Squeaky Clean Mysteries series. Gabby is an interesting character with an intriguing job - it puts her in the midst of crimes without being directly involved with them, an unusual twist. Gabby's determination to find the true culprit at times borders on hysteria. I am not sure how realistic her involvement with the case is; although entertaining, much of the plot is far-fetched. I find it difficult to believe that the police would give her confidential information about the investigation, and her actions would probably land her in jail in real life. Other than this, the mystery is interesting and keeps the reader engaged with the story. The characters are fascinating, and it will be fun to see where the author takes their individual and group stories as the series continues. There is just the right amount of humor to offset tension, which makes the plot flow quickly. The faith vs. science element is not explored very often, and questions about trusting in God or trusting in science add depth to the tale. Overall, Hazardous Duty is an exciting debut from a promising author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pep

    Nope. mom may like it but it was not for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Age Appropriate For: 18 and up for violence, romance, and some intense scenes Best for Ages: 18 and up This has been on my kindle for a while, and I picked it up when I needed a diversion. Suspense/mystery is my go-to genre when I need a distraction. This book ended up being very different than I thought it would be, but I ended up loving it! I loved Gabby from the first page. I mean seriously, what is not to love about a crime scene cleaner who is singing possible advertisements to the tune of Bro Age Appropriate For: 18 and up for violence, romance, and some intense scenes Best for Ages: 18 and up This has been on my kindle for a while, and I picked it up when I needed a diversion. Suspense/mystery is my go-to genre when I need a distraction. This book ended up being very different than I thought it would be, but I ended up loving it! I loved Gabby from the first page. I mean seriously, what is not to love about a crime scene cleaner who is singing possible advertisements to the tune of Broadway hits? Yes, Gabby pulled me into the story and, even when she was being crazy, stupid, irritating and stubborn, I loved her. The mystery itself was interesting but probably would not have captured my attention as much if Gabby hadn’t been in the leading role. The mystery is very much secondary to the characters. I didn’t figure it out until Gabby did, simply because I don’t think very much information was given. Riley and his strong faith made the perfect addition to this book. While Gabby is an unbeliever, Riley is a good witness to her without being in her face. He didn’t shy away from the tough questions or give easy answers. Without him, the story would have been devoid of true hope. As for the romance, there is a little of an interest/love triangle, but not even one kiss that I remember. There is some talk of old girlfriends/boyfriends and mentions of affairs or possible affairs, but nothing detailed at all. I highly recommend this book to those who love suspense, a hint of romance, and solid Christian messages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    The first installment of the Squeaky Clean Series, Hazardous Duty, definitely makes a splash - in blood. Christy Barritt introduces us to Gabby St. Claire, a college drop-out (with one semester to go in forensics, mind you) who cleans up crime scenes to support herself and her alcoholic father. Even though her circumstances don't sound all that rosy, Gabby is a vibrant character who you can't help but fall in love with and cheer for. Somehow, Gabby and her friends find themselves in the middle o The first installment of the Squeaky Clean Series, Hazardous Duty, definitely makes a splash - in blood. Christy Barritt introduces us to Gabby St. Claire, a college drop-out (with one semester to go in forensics, mind you) who cleans up crime scenes to support herself and her alcoholic father. Even though her circumstances don't sound all that rosy, Gabby is a vibrant character who you can't help but fall in love with and cheer for. Somehow, Gabby and her friends find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation into the death of the wife of a man with ambition for the top seat of government, someday. Gabby can't help but get involved with the investigation after her assistant is charged with a related crime, she knows he must of been set up! With help from her neighbors, Gabby uncovers clue after clue that the police missed -- giving her little faith in Detective Parker, a man who also is an object of flirtation. But, there's another man in Gabby's life... her new neighbor, Riley... an extremely caring man with some sort of past that he isn't very forthcoming with. Hazardous Duty is a fun and gripping cozy mystery, one that got me hooked on the series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Goldyn

    A page-turner with likable characters. Fans of Janet Evonovich will love this author. Labeled a Christian mystery, it does not push the issue, but shows that it is humanity's free will that creates life's hurdles, not God. Gabby is a woman who knows hardship and disappointment. Most recently forfeiting a life as a forensic scientist to clean up crime scenes. Like Evonovich's character, she's smarter than some professionals, but continuously stumbles into trouble. Likewise, without turning on th A page-turner with likable characters. Fans of Janet Evonovich will love this author. Labeled a Christian mystery, it does not push the issue, but shows that it is humanity's free will that creates life's hurdles, not God. Gabby is a woman who knows hardship and disappointment. Most recently forfeiting a life as a forensic scientist to clean up crime scenes. Like Evonovich's character, she's smarter than some professionals, but continuously stumbles into trouble. Likewise, without turning on the charm, Gabby has the interest of two men -- both she irritates; both ready to rescue her. All said and done, it is Gabby who solves the murder of the wife of a political candidate as well as a second political murder later on and clears the innocent. It is Gabby who is shot at, kidnapped, and nearly blown up. In charge her two rescuers right after she captures the "bad guy". I suspect she had some help, at the darkest moment, from the power of prayer and perhaps a little bargaining with God.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Thanks for introducing me to this Squeaky Clean Mystery series, Dina. I loved this first book! Gabby St. Clair had to drop out of college on her way to a forensic's degree because of family and money problems. To stay as close to her chosen vocation as possible, she opened her own business- that of crime scene cleaner. I loved Gabby's character: smart and a bit sassy while not pretentious. So as she is cleaning blood and bones off a wall where a prominent senator's wide was murdered, she starts t Thanks for introducing me to this Squeaky Clean Mystery series, Dina. I loved this first book! Gabby St. Clair had to drop out of college on her way to a forensic's degree because of family and money problems. To stay as close to her chosen vocation as possible, she opened her own business- that of crime scene cleaner. I loved Gabby's character: smart and a bit sassy while not pretentious. So as she is cleaning blood and bones off a wall where a prominent senator's wide was murdered, she starts to wonder what happened. She finds a hidden gun in the senator's home just as it goes up in smoke- arson- and she nearly dies. Soon Gabby is a target for murder. There is just enough romantic tension between Gabby and the doubting detective examining the case, and between Gabby and Riley, her beautiful new next-door neighbor who seems so laid back. But looks are deceiving. I will definitely be reading more of this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    John

    I enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. The back story for the protagonist was believable, and I'm curious to see what happens to the characters at the series progresses. Having said that, the book did have some noticeable typos, especially towards the end, and the kind that made me have to read a sentence a couple times to try to figure out what was trying to be said. Also, I just didn't buy (view spoiler)[Gabby's obsessive fixation on Cunningham as the murderer. It turns out she was wrong I enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. The back story for the protagonist was believable, and I'm curious to see what happens to the characters at the series progresses. Having said that, the book did have some noticeable typos, especially towards the end, and the kind that made me have to read a sentence a couple times to try to figure out what was trying to be said. Also, I just didn't buy (view spoiler)[Gabby's obsessive fixation on Cunningham as the murderer. It turns out she was wrong, but really the evidence she had wasn't nearly as strong as she acted like it was. (hide spoiler)] I guess that was by biggest problem, that while Gabby was likable enough, I didn't feel like there was enough justification for her conclusions. It was a solid book and like I said, I'll probably check out the next installment if I can find it at a good price.

  25. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    Buying a gun to kill your wife: $3,000 Hiring Trauma Care to clean afterward: $1,500 Having the same cleaner uncover evidence that frames you: priceless Gabby St.Claire runs her own crime scene cleaning business. One day while cleaning up a murder scene she uncovers the missing murder weapon, which proves the guy in jail did not kill the victim. With the help of her cute new neighbor Riley and suspicious Police Detective Parker, will Gabby be able to uncover the truth before she is the next victim? Buying a gun to kill your wife: $3,000 Hiring Trauma Care to clean afterward: $1,500 Having the same cleaner uncover evidence that frames you: priceless Gabby St.Claire runs her own crime scene cleaning business. One day while cleaning up a murder scene she uncovers the missing murder weapon, which proves the guy in jail did not kill the victim. With the help of her cute new neighbor Riley and suspicious Police Detective Parker, will Gabby be able to uncover the truth before she is the next victim? This was a nice little cozy mystery and with the exception of the increasing body count there is nothing that is offensive in this book. In fact I would recommend this book to my mom and grandma.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maša

    The plot was weak: the focus jumped all over the place and it even forced the main character, who is supposedly smart (khm), to behave like an intoxicated moth. *bzzzzzz* The dialogue felt forced and didn't offer anything of importance to the overall story. The characters are mere caricatures without even a semblance of charm. The main character, for instance, LOVESLOVES SCIENCE. We don't see it, though. At times, I wondered if author even knew what the term "science" conveys. Also, the feelings The plot was weak: the focus jumped all over the place and it even forced the main character, who is supposedly smart (khm), to behave like an intoxicated moth. *bzzzzzz* The dialogue felt forced and didn't offer anything of importance to the overall story. The characters are mere caricatures without even a semblance of charm. The main character, for instance, LOVESLOVES SCIENCE. We don't see it, though. At times, I wondered if author even knew what the term "science" conveys. Also, the feelings that the author kept on telling us were THERE and STRONG... just didn't come through. There is one upside, though - it's only 200 pages long. Hurray! And, oh... stay away.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Allison Kohn

    This is the first in the series and is as exciting and funny - maybe more so - than the others. It is different from other Christian cosy mysteries in that Gabby is not a Christian and she is actually qualified to investigate crime. She has the education without the job. She owns her own business - she is a crime scene cleaner. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    This book is a very humorous mystery. Christy does a good job in writing and keeping the reader interested in the story. I figured out about half way through who the bad guy was but I still wanted to read through to the end. Partly because I wanted to see where her love life went. Needless to say, gotta read the next book:) Nice novel though for someone wanting a nice cozy mystery.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Gabby St. Clair not able to finish her college education to become a forensic examiner, starts her own busines being a crime scene cleaner. The book is a page turner, but I have a problem with her removing evidence from the crime scene that the police missed. She was not working with the police in an official capacity, so legally, I wonder if that is correct.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The first book in the Squeaky Clean mystery series by Christy Barritt. Gabby St. Claire cleans crime scenes. At her latest job, she finds a murder weapon the police overlooked. She realizes the wrong man is in jail, and she investigates to find the real killer. A light and easy cozy mystery.

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