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Between hot flashes and divorce papers, a middle-aged woman reconsiders her outlook on life when she butts heads with a hot detective during a murder investigation. When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or Between hot flashes and divorce papers, a middle-aged woman reconsiders her outlook on life when she butts heads with a hot detective during a murder investigation. When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer. Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.” After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength. And that crime—at least, someone else’s—does pay the bills.


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Between hot flashes and divorce papers, a middle-aged woman reconsiders her outlook on life when she butts heads with a hot detective during a murder investigation. When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or Between hot flashes and divorce papers, a middle-aged woman reconsiders her outlook on life when she butts heads with a hot detective during a murder investigation. When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer. Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.” After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength. And that crime—at least, someone else’s—does pay the bills.

30 review for Murder is a Dirty Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    This is a brand new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner! As the author's website says, she writes books about women with class, sass, and a touch of kick-ass, and Murder is a Dirty Business and the main character, Cece Cavanaugh, definitely fit that description.  Cece finds out at the beginning of this story that her husband is leaving her for a younger woman.  To top it off, he has cleaned out the bank accounts and she has nothing to her name but a huge house that is six months be This is a brand new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner! As the author's website says, she writes books about women with class, sass, and a touch of kick-ass, and Murder is a Dirty Business and the main character, Cece Cavanaugh, definitely fit that description.  Cece finds out at the beginning of this story that her husband is leaving her for a younger woman.  To top it off, he has cleaned out the bank accounts and she has nothing to her name but a huge house that is six months behind on the mortgage payments.  She also has two daughters, one that is a spoiled brat, and the other is self-sufficient (thank goodness!), and a very controlling mother-in-law. But does Cece let any of this get her down?  Heck no!  She goes out and finds a job that will pay the bills.  Of course, it is a job that I probably wouldn't want to do - clean up crime scenes.  But Cece finds that this is her niche, especially since she is a former nurse so if there is any blood it isn't going to affect her too much. There was so much that I enjoyed about this book: Cece's character, the hunky detective, a mystery to solve and lots of humor.  But just so you don't think that she is automatically going to find romance with the detective, there is a condo developer that has taken a shine to Cece too.  After all these years in a controlling marriage, she should get out there and play the field.  Cece finds herself pulled into a murder investigation since her daughter's friend is being accused of murdering her husband.  Cece has known Karen many years and can't believe this is possible.  Plus the body was found at a B&B where Karen, Jessie (her daughter) and another friend were staying for the night.  And wouldn't you know that her new job has her at the B&B to clean up the scene, perfect for a little snooping to see what might have been missed by the police. The mystery was well written and there are several suspects to choose from to be the killer.  However, the actual killer was quite a surprise because this character was not on my radar.  The reasoning made sense but sadly it was all for naught.  I don't want to say too much and give away the ending. The only thing I hope doesn't happen is that Cece just signs the divorce papers presented to her because from what was mentioned, it was not in her favor and she needs to get what she can from Philip, if not for herself then for her sixteen year old daughter.  Hopefully, her friend, Angie, will keep her from doing anything rash.  Angie is definitely the friend we all need! We give this book 4 1/2 paws and highly recommend it to you the next time you are looking for empowering to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The TBR Pile *Book review site*

    Cece isn’t going to break despite all fate has thrown at her including her cheating husband and lack of funds. She’s get a job as a crime scene cleaner and is on the trail of a killer. I love this story! Cece is a character that I instantly loved. All hell has broken loose in her life and she takes it with a things will get better attitude. FULL REVIEW http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/... Cece isn’t going to break despite all fate has thrown at her including her cheating husband and lack of funds. She’s get a job as a crime scene cleaner and is on the trail of a killer. I love this story! Cece is a character that I instantly loved. All hell has broken loose in her life and she takes it with a things will get better attitude. FULL REVIEW http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Rosenblum

    This Cozy Mystery with a dash of will they, won’t they? was a wonderful read. I was able to connect with the main character, Cece, immediately, and she pulled me in. Before I knew it I was right next to her. Her sass, common sense, and strong will kept me engaged to the end. I can’t wait to jump into the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Murder Is A Dirty Business Grime Pays, Book #1 Tricia L. Sanders 5 Stars Synopsis: When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floo Murder Is A Dirty Business Grime Pays, Book #1 Tricia L. Sanders 5 Stars Synopsis: When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer. Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.” After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength. And that crime – at least, someone else’s – does pay the bills. (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoyed getting to know CeCe and her daughters. I really liked that fact that CeCe was an older woman and that she had a family and all of the responsibilities that go along with being a mom. In most of the cozies I read the protagonist is younger and more carefree, I found this to be refreshing. CeCe is a strong smart woman who finds herself in a situation that she never thought she would find herself. But that does force her to lay down and take it, she figures out a plan and starts taking her life back. I also really enjoyed getting to know Angie, her no-nonsense friend who is a cop. The secondary characters added a lot to the story. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider (some of them very close to CeCe) and clues to sift through. I had the killer on my radar but I also had two or three other people on it too. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an east fast read. I really liked that at the beginning of each chapter we were privy to someone’s thoughts. It was a different person each time and I thought it added another level to the story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This book had everything I look for in a cozy: great characters, humor, romance and a puzzling mystery. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ravenna Young

    Loved this in every way Sometimes I just need a good mystery and this hit all my check boxes. Cece is a character I can relate to; she's sassy, loyal, flawed, and prepared to do whatever it takes to survive her failed marriage--hot flashes be damned! There was a lot happening in this story, but everything wove together, making it the perfect page turner. Lots of mystery, heartache, and some laughs...read it. Loved this in every way Sometimes I just need a good mystery and this hit all my check boxes. Cece is a character I can relate to; she's sassy, loyal, flawed, and prepared to do whatever it takes to survive her failed marriage--hot flashes be damned! There was a lot happening in this story, but everything wove together, making it the perfect page turner. Lots of mystery, heartache, and some laughs...read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LuAnn

    What must that mother-in-law be like for a job cleaning up a murder scene be the preferential choice? And the icing on that particular cupcake is that the #1 suspect is someone you watched grow up? How's that for your job taking over your life? And after what Cece's husband did, I can totally understand her butting heads with the police detective (another man telling her what to do). Can you imagine fighting an attraction to someone who aggravates you as well? When you walk away from that person, What must that mother-in-law be like for a job cleaning up a murder scene be the preferential choice? And the icing on that particular cupcake is that the #1 suspect is someone you watched grow up? How's that for your job taking over your life? And after what Cece's husband did, I can totally understand her butting heads with the police detective (another man telling her what to do). Can you imagine fighting an attraction to someone who aggravates you as well? When you walk away from that person, you take about five steps, think of something terribly endearing, stop and almost turn around, then shake your head to clear it, remembering the aggravation, and continue walking. And repeat all that about five times. But Cece has become strong that way. She survived her first husband's awful behavior, being poor, starting a business, and investigating to help an old friend, stands up to a police detective. And last but not least, she confronts a real killer. Not stuff for the faint of heart. Cece is one of my new heroines. Proof that women don't have to sit in rocking chairs, knit little things and pet their cats after reaching a certain age. They can start over - in life, in business, in love. They can surprise the heebie jeebies out of themselves and the people around them. I can hardly wait to see what Cece gets into next! (And, BTW, knitting is not just for old ladies any more!) ;)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Wonderfully Refreshing Cozy Mystery! CeCe is one of my new favorite heroines! A woman of an older age than most protagonists, I can relate well to her as well as sympathize with all she is going through. Her husband has left her for a younger woman, drained her bank account, left her in financial ruin. With one older daughter and a teenager, CeCe needs to bite the bullet and find a job. Before she even begins her new job, she finds herself involved with a murder investigation to help her daughter Wonderfully Refreshing Cozy Mystery! CeCe is one of my new favorite heroines! A woman of an older age than most protagonists, I can relate well to her as well as sympathize with all she is going through. Her husband has left her for a younger woman, drained her bank account, left her in financial ruin. With one older daughter and a teenager, CeCe needs to bite the bullet and find a job. Before she even begins her new job, she finds herself involved with a murder investigation to help her daughter’s best friend. The first book is just the first of many more I hope to read. With laugh out load moments and a couple of good-looking men interested in her, we see CeCe go from having no self confidence to being able to stand on her own two feet, make decisions and show the confidence she never showed before. I loved getting to know CeCe and felt myself cheering her on. High five to this new to me author!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The downtrodden wife gets a backbone Loved it. Great plot and written with some much understanding of how a woman feels after years of marriage, being dumped and left penniless with children. Wonderful characters and it's great to see the transformation of the main character into a confident woman n that her overbearing husband trampled into the ground by not letting her make any decisions during their marriage. Being dumped after years of marriage was one thing, hearing that he had cleared out The downtrodden wife gets a backbone Loved it. Great plot and written with some much understanding of how a woman feels after years of marriage, being dumped and left penniless with children. Wonderful characters and it's great to see the transformation of the main character into a confident woman n that her overbearing husband trampled into the ground by not letting her make any decisions during their marriage. Being dumped after years of marriage was one thing, hearing that he had cleared out the bank account and failed to make mortgage payments another. Now she has to take a job and it has to pay well. The cleaning job was a no, no until she found out what the pay was. But cleaning the murder scene of the murder of her eldest daughter's best friends was another. But she had promised to look into it as she knew the girl well and the daughter begged her to. Plus the detective in charge made her pulse race even if he was against her looking into the matter. Another possible suitor also appears on her busy horizon. Juggling a teenager, a mother-in-law from hell, attempts to kill her, getting on with the cleaning jobs and trying to find a killer leave her exhausted. Will she succeed?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Berger

    This book combines mystery, humor and women's fiction in one delightful recipe.What a wonderful debut. I love the characters and I didn't guess who did it until the end.I welcome a wonderful new talent in the vein of Jill Churchill and Joan Hess. This book combines mystery, humor and women's fiction in one delightful recipe.What a wonderful debut. I love the characters and I didn't guess who did it until the end.I welcome a wonderful new talent in the vein of Jill Churchill and Joan Hess.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Elzey

    The first is great new cozy series, author Tricia Sanders takes a grimy look at crime and comes out squeaky clean. A prolific writer, she's writing this series faster than I can keep up. The first is great new cozy series, author Tricia Sanders takes a grimy look at crime and comes out squeaky clean. A prolific writer, she's writing this series faster than I can keep up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

    You can find all of my reviews on my blog at That's What She's Reading . I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. I have always had an interest in reading books or watching programs about crime scenes, especially from the coroner's or medical examiner's perspective. Recently, I watched a short documentary about a crime scene cleanup company and went down the rabbit hole of videos available on YouTube. When this book showed up featuring this unique You can find all of my reviews on my blog at That's What She's Reading . I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. I have always had an interest in reading books or watching programs about crime scenes, especially from the coroner's or medical examiner's perspective. Recently, I watched a short documentary about a crime scene cleanup company and went down the rabbit hole of videos available on YouTube. When this book showed up featuring this unique profession, I had to read it! I'm so glad that I did, especially since I got to it at the beginning of what I hope will become a larger series! Cece is a fantastic lead! She's sassy, holds her own, and has an amazing strength of character. I admired that from the moment her husband left, she was picking up the pieces and figuring out what she needed to do next in order for her family to survive. I really appreciated how much resolve Cece exhibited and that while she was by no means in denial about the predicament her husband left her in, she hardly spent any time wallowing in negativity. She was definitely wronged and expresses her emotions about it; however, she focuses a greater amount of her energy on how she is going to keep things running as smoothly as possible not only for herself, but more importantly for her children. When things get tough, the tough get going and Cece has her work cut out for her! She surprises everyone close to her, including herself, and ultimately realizes that it's never too late to start over. An interesting aspect of the writing that I thought worked amazingly well was how each chapter began with a humorous quote from a different character which read more like an answer to a interrogation question. These insights provided a lot of great information about each character that added layers to their individual stories as well as the overall mystery. They weren't repeated in context within the book, but contributed to the sharp wit of the story. I don't see this done well very often, but this was a great example of incorporating that kind of element into the story especially within the framework of a mystery. Given that the story focuses on crime scene cleanup, there aren't any of the gory details, so no worries for anyone who may be squeamish. This is a fast-paced, entertaining, and engaging story with a highly believable accidental amateur sleuth that was hard to put down. This is a great addition to the cozy world and I look forward to reading what Cece has to cleanup next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lynn

    I always really enjoy it when I get into the beginning of a new series! It is refreshing meeting all the characters from the beginning! Murder Is A Dirty Business is chock full of fun characters that I expect will likely be a big part of this series. Cece the main character just gets to you. I don't think I could have handled all the drama layed on her by the cheating husband with near as much elegance and style. Cece can keep her mouth shut when need be. And steps up to the plate to provide for I always really enjoy it when I get into the beginning of a new series! It is refreshing meeting all the characters from the beginning! Murder Is A Dirty Business is chock full of fun characters that I expect will likely be a big part of this series. Cece the main character just gets to you. I don't think I could have handled all the drama layed on her by the cheating husband with near as much elegance and style. Cece can keep her mouth shut when need be. And steps up to the plate to provide for her family when her double crossing cheating husband decides to run off to Rio. And then the jerk comes back when Cece has a little trouble with a hit and run driver and decides he wants to 'man up'. Thankfully Cece has had plenty of time in his absence to put on her 'Big Girl' pants and she shuts him down and out of her life! Cece steps up to the plate gets a job and then realizes that the business woman in her just 'oozes out'. She manages clients and a boss that throws her to the wolves w/o a lot of preparation. Fletcher the owner of Bonafide CSC has a funny way of helping his new employee but turns out to be a good boss. With all that Cece has to handle in her personal life the murder of her daughters good friends husband ends up taking priority when Kim her daughters best friend becomes a person of interest. Cece again steps up to the plate and ferrets out the real bad guy (?). All the while annoying the pants off the handsome and hot detective. Detective Adler ends up putting in his two sense and letting the apprehensive Cece know in no uncertain terms he's interested, available and waiting. And leaves the door open for the reader to see more of the 'simmer' in the next installment. And, so this reader is waiting somewhat patiently for the next installment! Admittedly I have say once again. I was not taken by the cover. If your a cover junkie like me. Ignore your first impression and buy it anyway. I promise you will have a hard time putting this one down! I received a complimentary copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Walker

    Cece Cavanaugh’s husband hasn’t paid the mortgage in 6 months, hid their money from her and just left her for a younger woman. In a “New York minute”, her life has turned upside down. This is Cece’s story. Cece climbs out of the shock, finds a job, embarrasses her entire family, gets involved in a murder mystery and manages to come out of it all a better, stronger, self-assured woman. The book is a fun romp of a cozy mystery, with some real hard knocks thrown in. Part of the fun is seeing Cece co Cece Cavanaugh’s husband hasn’t paid the mortgage in 6 months, hid their money from her and just left her for a younger woman. In a “New York minute”, her life has turned upside down. This is Cece’s story. Cece climbs out of the shock, finds a job, embarrasses her entire family, gets involved in a murder mystery and manages to come out of it all a better, stronger, self-assured woman. The book is a fun romp of a cozy mystery, with some real hard knocks thrown in. Part of the fun is seeing Cece come to the understanding that during all those years of marriage she, lost herself. It is a lot of fun watching Cece go through self-discovery to find herself. The mystery keeps you guessing as to who the killer is and the setting, an old home turned B&B, is perfect. All in all, this makes for a solid mystery with an empowered woman at the front of it and a great fast read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Cece Cavanaugh is being torn in multiple directions. She is trying to make enough money to save her house after her husband of 20-plus years drained all the bank accounts and ran off to Rio with a much younger woman. And he hadn't made a house payment in six months. Also, she's trying to prove her daughter's BFF's innocence in the murder of her husband. At the same time, a handsome, eligible detective who makes her feel something inside she hasn't felt in a long time keeps threatening her with a Cece Cavanaugh is being torn in multiple directions. She is trying to make enough money to save her house after her husband of 20-plus years drained all the bank accounts and ran off to Rio with a much younger woman. And he hadn't made a house payment in six months. Also, she's trying to prove her daughter's BFF's innocence in the murder of her husband. At the same time, a handsome, eligible detective who makes her feel something inside she hasn't felt in a long time keeps threatening her with arrest for interfering in his investigation. Interesting story with great characters that you feel like you've known for years - love Cece!, and enough twists, turns, and dead-ends in the murder investigation to keep you guessing until the end. This is the first in a new series, and I can't wait to read more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maggie H

    Murder is a Dirty Business is an enjoyable adventure into the life of Cece Cavanaugh. I found myself cheering Cece on in her personal strife and her mystery-solving efforts while at the same time saying “Cece, don’t do that . . . drat you did that!” I found that the story had enough twists and unanswered questions to keep me fully engaged throughout. It’s a delightful read when you want to get lost in an adventure. I can see Cece pursuing her mystery-solving skills in another episode, maybe even Murder is a Dirty Business is an enjoyable adventure into the life of Cece Cavanaugh. I found myself cheering Cece on in her personal strife and her mystery-solving efforts while at the same time saying “Cece, don’t do that . . . drat you did that!” I found that the story had enough twists and unanswered questions to keep me fully engaged throughout. It’s a delightful read when you want to get lost in an adventure. I can see Cece pursuing her mystery-solving skills in another episode, maybe even in conjunction with a certain handsome police detective! **I received a free copy for an honest review.**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Cece Cavanaugh learns that not only is her vacation to Italy canceled but it seems her marriage vows are now null and void as well. Her husband has a new playmate, has emptied their bank accounts, failed to pay the mortgage and is headed to Rio, leaving Cece to explain to their daughters. Before she has a chance, her eldest daughter is involved in a murder. Cece is a problem solver. She has enjoyed the life of a trophy wife for many years but now it is time she step up, pull her head out of the cl Cece Cavanaugh learns that not only is her vacation to Italy canceled but it seems her marriage vows are now null and void as well. Her husband has a new playmate, has emptied their bank accounts, failed to pay the mortgage and is headed to Rio, leaving Cece to explain to their daughters. Before she has a chance, her eldest daughter is involved in a murder. Cece is a problem solver. She has enjoyed the life of a trophy wife for many years but now it is time she step up, pull her head out of the clouds and straighten out her life. Cece is not afraid to do whatever it takes, regardless of the mistakes she makes along the way. The last couple chapters of this book are very exciting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a fun, light mystery. Cece is facing life on her own after her jerk husband up and leaves her. Struggling to make ends meet and maintain her relationship with her teenage and grown daughters while dodging the judgment and interference of her wicked mother-in-law, CeCe finds herself cleaning crime scenes. Soon she finds she's in the middle of a murder investigation herself, one that may implicate her oldest daughter and her daughter's closest friends. And then she finds herself with a com This is a fun, light mystery. Cece is facing life on her own after her jerk husband up and leaves her. Struggling to make ends meet and maintain her relationship with her teenage and grown daughters while dodging the judgment and interference of her wicked mother-in-law, CeCe finds herself cleaning crime scenes. Soon she finds she's in the middle of a murder investigation herself, one that may implicate her oldest daughter and her daughter's closest friends. And then she finds herself with a complicated crush the lead detective on the case. The pacing of this novel is about perfect and it's great to watch CeCe emerging as a self-reliant and determined woman.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    Cozy Chick Mystery What a great week this has been for discovering series and I love! I was not a fan of Cece's in the beginning but even then I was drawn into the story and into her life, and it didn't take long for me to become a full fledge fan. A blend of cozy mystery and chick lit, Murder Is a Dirty Business hits all the notes for both genre . I quickly came to admire Cece and rooted for her as she juggled a new and not altogether pleasant career and an amateur murder investigation. A cheati Cozy Chick Mystery What a great week this has been for discovering series and I love! I was not a fan of Cece's in the beginning but even then I was drawn into the story and into her life, and it didn't take long for me to become a full fledge fan. A blend of cozy mystery and chick lit, Murder Is a Dirty Business hits all the notes for both genre . I quickly came to admire Cece and rooted for her as she juggled a new and not altogether pleasant career and an amateur murder investigation. A cheating husband, a manipulative mother-in-law, and an empty bank account become the leader of her concerns when her adult and two friends become persons of interest in the murder case. I got the first book from KU but bought the second because I know this is a series that I will want to keep.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolee DeWitt

    After her husband dumps her for a younger, skinny breast enhanced girl, Cece gets a job as an CSC. She later finds out that the CSC stands for crime scene cleaner. Her oldest daughter's best friend's is having marital problems and is murdered. She then becomes the #1 suspect for the murder. There are many curves in the solving of the murder, but she is able to solve the mystery. Cece to the surprise of her ex ends up having two men interested in dating her. It is hard to know which one to choose After her husband dumps her for a younger, skinny breast enhanced girl, Cece gets a job as an CSC. She later finds out that the CSC stands for crime scene cleaner. Her oldest daughter's best friend's is having marital problems and is murdered. She then becomes the #1 suspect for the murder. There are many curves in the solving of the murder, but she is able to solve the mystery. Cece to the surprise of her ex ends up having two men interested in dating her. It is hard to know which one to choose, the sexy detective or the builder who is caring and is able to give her work so she can start paying the bills that her ex has left her with.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valya Mobley

    Snarky Cece Cavanaugh was my new best friend as I followed her through the turmoil of her philandering husband, the subsequent advances of aspiring male admirers, the drama of two strong-willed daughters, and a new career path all while solving a murder. I savored the antics of this believable, resilient, sharp-witted accidental sleuth and her gal pal cop friend Angie late into several evenings. Humorous quotes from the characters open each chapter. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of Snarky Cece Cavanaugh was my new best friend as I followed her through the turmoil of her philandering husband, the subsequent advances of aspiring male admirers, the drama of two strong-willed daughters, and a new career path all while solving a murder. I savored the antics of this believable, resilient, sharp-witted accidental sleuth and her gal pal cop friend Angie late into several evenings. Humorous quotes from the characters open each chapter. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this well written journey. * I received a free copy for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gill

    Cute Cozy with a surprising ending. I really enjoyed getting to know Cece and her crew. Cece is a go getter. I liked that when her creepy husband left, she didn’t sit around and lick her wounds. No, this woman got out and took whatever job she could to make ends meet. Cece is a very likable character. So are her children and her neighbor. I’m hoping there’s a next one because I want to find out more about the sexy detective. The mystery was a mystery up until the end. I really didn’t see that one Cute Cozy with a surprising ending. I really enjoyed getting to know Cece and her crew. Cece is a go getter. I liked that when her creepy husband left, she didn’t sit around and lick her wounds. No, this woman got out and took whatever job she could to make ends meet. Cece is a very likable character. So are her children and her neighbor. I’m hoping there’s a next one because I want to find out more about the sexy detective. The mystery was a mystery up until the end. I really didn’t see that one coming. Overall the book was a very enjoyable read and I can’t wait for more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Felfe

    This was my first ever cozy mystery. I wanted to know what the genre was all about and picked this one because I'd met the author. I found it entertaining and it kept my attention. It seemed to follow the convention I'd been told in a class were called for by readers of this genre. There were enough clues and red herrings to keep me guessing until the amateur sleuth revealed what she thought had happened. And it was so well done that I believed it, even though it hadn't been the right answer. I ca This was my first ever cozy mystery. I wanted to know what the genre was all about and picked this one because I'd met the author. I found it entertaining and it kept my attention. It seemed to follow the convention I'd been told in a class were called for by readers of this genre. There were enough clues and red herrings to keep me guessing until the amateur sleuth revealed what she thought had happened. And it was so well done that I believed it, even though it hadn't been the right answer. I can't wait for book 2 to come out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Castor

    I really enjoyed this book! This was a new author to me. CeCe Cavanaugh's husband suddenly leaves her for another woman leaving her with an empty bank account and a mortgage that's behind. With one grown daughter and a teenager, she is forced to find a job. She takes a job that turns out to be cleaning crime scenes. When her older daughter's friend's husband is murdered, CeCe gets involved investigating to clear her daughter's friend. Truly enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more books I really enjoyed this book! This was a new author to me. CeCe Cavanaugh's husband suddenly leaves her for another woman leaving her with an empty bank account and a mortgage that's behind. With one grown daughter and a teenager, she is forced to find a job. She takes a job that turns out to be cleaning crime scenes. When her older daughter's friend's husband is murdered, CeCe gets involved investigating to clear her daughter's friend. Truly enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more books in this series. I'd love to see CeCe and Detective Alder in a relationship!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judith Post

    This book offered more than just a good, solid mystery. Characters were well portrayed with layers and surprises. Initial impressions often proved wrong. Even better, the protagonist had a realistic relationship with her grown daughter and her teenage daughter--who often gave her grief. I wasn't a fan of the short, opening chapter blurbs, but that's just me. The gum chewing receptionist/secretary offered some comic relief and Cece made a good protagonist. More than just fun. It had depth, too. This book offered more than just a good, solid mystery. Characters were well portrayed with layers and surprises. Initial impressions often proved wrong. Even better, the protagonist had a realistic relationship with her grown daughter and her teenage daughter--who often gave her grief. I wasn't a fan of the short, opening chapter blurbs, but that's just me. The gum chewing receptionist/secretary offered some comic relief and Cece made a good protagonist. More than just fun. It had depth, too.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    What an intriguing job CeCe has in this hard hitting, yet humorous cozy mystery. A wronged wife, whose husband has disappeared with all the cash in the bank account, plus another woman . Cece is crushed, but determined to get a job and stand on her own....the best she can do is clean crime scenes and other disasters, for a cleaning company. She has two teen daughters to raise and a very mean mother in law. I love Cece's strength, humor, and her determination. So wonderful to read story populated What an intriguing job CeCe has in this hard hitting, yet humorous cozy mystery. A wronged wife, whose husband has disappeared with all the cash in the bank account, plus another woman . Cece is crushed, but determined to get a job and stand on her own....the best she can do is clean crime scenes and other disasters, for a cleaning company. She has two teen daughters to raise and a very mean mother in law. I love Cece's strength, humor, and her determination. So wonderful to read story populated with smart, emotionally strong women.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Symank

    I love mysteries - especially when they are light, easy reads with threads of humor running throughout. The author was able to paint vivid pictures that made me feel I was right there with CeCe, the main character. The book completes a story but not necessarily her story. There are indications we will see more of CeCe and her small town of Wickford, Missouri. **I received a free copy for an honest review**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Dart

    Found myself thinking about characters in "Murder is a Dirty Business" every time I paused reading. Cece's adventures navigating through her life changing personal circumstances and crime solving on the side are both entertaining and thought provoking. Author has a wonderful way of painting each character and making me want to learn more. Laugh out loud funny in an engaging, subtle way. Enjoyed immensely and looking forward to the next one. Found myself thinking about characters in "Murder is a Dirty Business" every time I paused reading. Cece's adventures navigating through her life changing personal circumstances and crime solving on the side are both entertaining and thought provoking. Author has a wonderful way of painting each character and making me want to learn more. Laugh out loud funny in an engaging, subtle way. Enjoyed immensely and looking forward to the next one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janet Graham

    Fun Start to New Series I love so many aspects of this book and new series. Partially, it is a rags to riches to rags story with a cheating soon-to-be-ex and his nasty, class-oriented mother. Mostly, it is a great cozy mystery featuring some strong and sassy women. I love the idea of a formerly socialite mother becoming a crime scene cleaner. The story is full of absolutely believable situations that the entire crew gets involved in. I bought this book and am so glad that I did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pat Wahler

    I don't typically read cozy mysteries, but this one grabbed my attention from the first chapter, as a feisty forty-something year old woman gives new meaning to the notion of re-inventing herself. With humor sprinkled into the story along with clues, CeCe Cavanaugh proves it takes more than a cheating husband to keep a good woman down. I don't typically read cozy mysteries, but this one grabbed my attention from the first chapter, as a feisty forty-something year old woman gives new meaning to the notion of re-inventing herself. With humor sprinkled into the story along with clues, CeCe Cavanaugh proves it takes more than a cheating husband to keep a good woman down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cyrene Olson

    Uncaged Review: This book has a very funny and entertaining storyline. Cece finds herself struggling to make a living after her husband drops a bombshell on her. I found the concept the author makes with this book very gripping and insightful. I’m really hoping this is only the beginning of Cece and her adventures patiently awaiting what happens next. Reviewed by Jennifer

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