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Love, honour and O’Brien by Jennifer Rowe

Jennifer Rowe (Allen & Unwin, $28.99)Poor Holly Love. She's down on her luck, having been ripped off and left at the altar. And if that's not bad enough, she's about to discover that no matter

Jennifer Rowe (Allen & Unwin, $28.99)

Poor Holly Love. She’s down on her luck, having been ripped off and left at the altar. And if that’s not bad enough, she’s about to discover that no matter how terrible things are, they can always get worse. *

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Love, Honour and o’Brien is a mystery novel. Don’t make the mistake of judging this book by its pink cover – there’s very little romance, and plenty of Holly trying to get revenge on runaway groom Andrew ocNish.

of course, Holly’s friends and family were against the match from the start – they suspected the smooth-talking, good-looking charmer was bad news – and sure enough, they were right.

Too embarrassed to admit defeat, Holly vows to track down her cheating ex so she can get her life savings back.

This is easier said than done and Holly has to hire a cut-price detective, o’Brien, to help find him. This is when things start to get interesting.

This book becomes quite a page-turner when the private investigator is found dead and Holly unwittingly steps into his shoes.

It seems Holly is a natural detective and getting assistance from the local psychic gives her new career the extra push it needs.

Easy-to-read, with a likeable heroine, Love, Honour and o’Brien is also a bit of fun.

Trying to solve the mystery reminded me of reading a Trixie Belden book, and by the end I had the feeling that Holly Love will have more riddles to solve in the future. I hope so because there are still a few loose ends for Aussie author Jennifer Rowe to tie up, and she’s already experienced at writing book series, such as the Verity Birdwood murder mysteries. She’s also published several children’s books under the pseudonym Emily Rodda.

Heroine Holly is easy to love and I want to know what happens next.

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