I sat down on a free Sunday (truly, the only day without something pressing on the calendar) and wolfed down the entire book, Toes on the Dash, by Karen C Whalen. This is rather amazing given my busy schedule and the genre. Toes on the Dash is a cozy mystery, which is not something I've read much of as an adult. Sure, I've stumbled into a few, but Karen has me hooked! And here's why: Delaney.
I LOVE this character.
Delaney is a young woman with a somewhat nagging mother and little direction in her life when she finds herself the owner of a tow truck after her estranged father dies. This shoe-a-hol-ic, who picks what shoes to wear based on the mood their color will evoke, is not a natural fit for tow truck driving, and so, hilarity ensues. But not just hilarity - murder! On Delaney's very first tow, she drives a dead body to the pound and becomes suspect #1 in a murder!
Whalen did an amazing job keeping me guessing by providing half a dozen suspects with 'cause' - and kept me laughing at Delaney. However, the most impressive part of the book is how Whalen developed Delaney into a well-rounded character. She's way more than a ditzy shoe lover. We follow her through guilt over her father, anxiety about whether she is good enough, and compassion toward others. Simply stated, I'm in love with Delaney Morran and am so glad I read Toes on the Dash. I will definitely be reading Books 2 and 3 (Hands on the Wheel, Eyes on the Road) ASAP, and Book #4 (Friends Come to Call) which comes out in October.
Head over to Karen C Whalen's website and join her mailing list. Buy her books. You wont' be sorry. And be sure to let me know what you think!
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