Monday, November 30, 2009

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts - CiCi McNair

I have always loved detective stories. When I was young, I devoured the Nancy Drew tales and dreamed of joining them. CiCi McNair really did it.

CiCi was born into a wealthy, but dysfunctional family in Mississippi. She 'escaped' as soon as possible, using education as her ticket out. She ended up researching documentaries in Canada, did a stint on Vatican radio and toured around Europe. She then returned to the US , broke and with no job prospects, decides to become a private investigator. She just starts calling listings in the phone book. Well, no one wants to hire someone without a license or experience, but with sheer pushiness and bravado, she is hired on by a somewhat shady firm.

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts is a retelling of past cases, investigations and the path that led her to where she is today - the owner of Green Star Investigations.

Some of the most light hearted cases involve her 80+ year old mother when she moves back home for a time. Her mom happily goes on stakeouts with her. But there are certainly more serious investigations as well - counterfeiters, missing persons and art theft.

Woven in with these stories is the little girl still trying to prove herself worthy. CiCi is honest in her writing and does let us see just how much her childhood trauma has affected her adult life.

CiCi McNair seems to live for adventure and life as a private investigator has given her that! An intersting look into the world of PI's, especially from a female perspective.

You can read an excerpt of Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts or find CiCi on Facebook.


Patti V. said...

Sounds pretty good. I'll have to look for this one!

Donna said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I thought it was fiction at first! Will check out the Facebook link.

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you found this interesting - I hope to read it soon.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Sounds good!

Anonymous said...

This looks such an interesting, fun book. I loved Nancy Drew, too, like so many girls.

Ladytink_534 said...

The elderly sidekick angle reminds me of Stephanie Plum but this does sound neat and unique.