A Dead Red Miracle by RP Dahlke

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    For a quiet little town, people are dropping dead like flies. Ron Barbour, a P.I. is killed in an explosion at his house, a big-shot car dealer goes missing and presumed dead, and a popular pastor is found hanged from a rafter in his church. Cousins and investigative partners Lalla Bains and Pearlie Mae Bains are eager to solve the cases in hopes of getting their P.I. licenses and their own business in the small Arizona-border town of Wishbone.

    Thinking to jump start their careers as private investigators, cousins Lalla and Pearlie Bains buy into it with a local P.I.

    Unfortunately, their nifty plan starts circling the drain when they discover he’s a blackmailing, two-timing, client stealing dirtbag.

    But before they can confront him, his unscrupulous business practices end in his untimely death.

    Now the duo have to scramble to save their business. They will have to corral a wall-climbing Apache ninja, pacify their former boss’s greedy ex-wives and nail their partner’s killer…before they end up murdered too.

    All they need is a miracle or two.

    Review by Sonsq’o:

    RP Dahlke
    RP Dahlke

    For a quiet little town, people are dropping dead like flies. Ron Barbour, a P.I. is killed in an explosion at his house, a big-shot car dealer goes missing and presumed dead, and a popular pastor is found hanged from a rafter in his church. Cousins and investigative partners Lalla Bains and Pearlie Mae Bains are eager to solve the cases in hopes of getting their P.I. licenses and their own business in the small Arizona-border town of Wishbone.

    Lalla is a tall, blonde former New York City model who quit the big city to return home to Modesto to help her father run his crop-dusting business. Her boyfriend is the county sheriff. Together with her blonde, pert, and vivacious cousin Pearlie they have driven fast cars and flown small planes, shamelessly using their feminine charms to disarm suspects and witnesses to get the information they needed, while solving crimes in California. Recently Lalla had inherited a house and land that included an old gold mine so she and her father had moved to Arizona.

    Sheriff Caleb Stone soon followed, married Lalla, and got himself elected as county sheriff. Pearlie had her little ole heart set on opening an investigative business so she gladly moved from Texas to Sierra Vista. Ron Barbour had agreed to let them work as interns with him for the three years required in order to get their licenses.

    The only hitch was that he had to write the State Board a letter of recommendation and he died in the last month of their agreement. Now they are out to solve the mystery of his murder and just their luck, two more deaths had taken place. Will the cousins be able to solve the mystery of all these murders and and get the licensing bureau to give them their P.I. licenses?

    There is humor, caring for family and community, only implied sex, and clean language. I have read every book in this series because I wish the characters were my friends. I’m just hoping that there will be many more Lalla and Pearlie, stories to come.

    Review by Nancy L. Silk:

    This is a great murder mystery series which I’ve enjoyed tremendously. It’s well written and packed with surprises. Ron Barbour Investigation Agency is where cousins Lalla Bains and Pearlie Bains are working. Soon they will be eligible to get their Private Investigation licenses in the state of Arizona.

    Their agency mainly provides services to divorce attorneys and insurance companies and there has not been one murder case while they worked there. Both women are over thirty years old, both are blond, and for some reason, it’s been difficult for them to be accepted as interns by other investigative agencies. You know, those blond jokes…! Ron’s agency is losing customers, and to help keep him working so they can get their licenses, they buy the business at a reasonable price with a signed contract that Ron will stay on during the internship.

    Once he retires, he can go fishing! Well, Lalla and Pearlie feel Ron is walking away with some clients to make profits for himself. They plan to confront Ron, but they have to find him first. They do find him in his old dilapidated house. Peeking through a window, they see him laying face down on the floor, with flames creeping on the floor toward Ron and the window.

    A huge explosion blows through the window knocking them down in the gravelly front yard. They are lucky to only have a few scrapes and bruises. Their investigations lead to more murders and chaos, especially when you realize that Lalla is the wife of Chief of Police Caleb Stone. And Caleb is way too familiar with Lalla and the trouble that always surrounds her and Pearlie.

    This story is fast moving and reveals the difficulties for women investigators. There is also humor, excitement and mysteries. If you like Janet Evanovich’s novels, you’ll love these whimsical yet stellar mysteries of R.P. Dahlke.