Monday, January 23, 2012

Organized Grime Book Review

I have long been a fan of mystery books. I especially enjoy the ones where you don't know who that bad guy is before the ending. I mean, what is the fun of reading a suspense novel if you figure out who did it by the middle of the book? So, I am always on the lookout for authors who write good mystery books. And let me tell you, I found just such an author in Christy Barritt. And today I have a review of her new book, Organized Grime.

Gabby St. Claire knows how to clean up scum. She can get blood out of carpet, pick shattered bones from plaster, and clean up other less-than-enticing fluids from nearly any surface. St. Claire also knows how to clean up another kind of scum -- the scum of the earth. — Crime scene cleaner and wannabe forensic investigator Gabby St. Claire knows her best friend, Sierra, isn’t guilty of killing three people in what appears to be an ecoterrorist attack. But Sierra has disappeared, her only contact a frantic phone call. Crime scene evidence Gabby discovers while cleaning tie seemingly random murders together -- and point to Sierra as the guilty party. Just what has her animal-loving friend gotten herself into?

If that’s not disturbing enough, who’s the person following Gabby? A federal agent who hopes Gabby will lead him to Sierra? Or someone with more sinister plans? To find Sierra and prove her innocence, Gabby will have to rely on all of her training and abilities, plus the help of a man she loves and the protection of a God she’s only recently begun to believe in.

Now, if that doesn't sound interesting I don't know what does? Not ever day you get the chance to join a crime scene cleaner doing her daily job? But in this book, not only do you get to join Gabby doing her wonderful grisly job, but you also get to come along as she solves a crime, save her best friend, and best of all, fall in love! And let me tell you, this book is adventure the whole way through:)

This book is the third book in the Squeaky Clean Series. So if you have not read the others, you just might want to pick them up first. You can read this one as a stand-alone novel, but you will definitely be better off having read the others before-hand. There are some things you will not understand if you only read this book. Her array of friends, family troubles, and the three men in her life will be much easier to keep straight.

I really liked the mystery in this book better than the others. I did not figure out who did it before the ending of the story. Of course, Gabby has her job of cleaning up crime scenes and at times this can be a bit grisly. But the main part of this mystery is dealing with enviromental crimes that everyone thinks her best friend, Sierra, did. Such as blowing up a building etc. Gabby never turns her back on Sierra but has a hard time when she can't even find her. There are several stalkers in this book:) Ohhh the mystery!!

One thing Gabby is dealing with in this book is her recent salvation. I like how Christy writes about this. Gabby doesn't get saved and all her problems disappear. Gabby still has daily trouble with bitterness, guilt and forgiveness. Her father has gotten away from the bottle and seems to be on the right path for good. But Gabby can't forget the way he treated her all her life. And she can't get away from the guilt of not watching her brother better the day he was kidnapped. I don't want to reveal too much for those who haven't read the book yet but there was wonderful closure to this aspect of the book.

The other aspect of this book was her relationships. Not only with her father but with Riley, Chad and Parker. If you have not read the other books, you will not know who these men all are, but they all at one time had a dating relationship with Gabby. This is very confusing and detailed in the explanation so I am not going to say much. And let me tell you, it gets on the edge trying to figure out who she will end up with. But Christy came through and Gabby marries the guy I thought she should:)

So, overall a very good book. I noticed a couple typos that did not really detract from the reading at all. A suspenseful mystery and a great ending to this series. Can't wait to read Christy Barritt's next book! And readers, if you haven't bought a copy of this book yet, you can enter my giveaway for Organized Grime, or purchase a copy off Amazon at this link-Organized Grime.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

1 comment:

jamie braun said...

im a huge lover of mystery books myself! ive never heard of Christy Barritt. I'll check it out for sure, cuz it looks like a great read!

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