November 17, 2019

Series Sunday: Dirty Daniel

(Mickey Stanislawsky #1) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Dirty Daniel, the first book in the Mickey Stanislawsky series by Jennifer Lewis Williams. Oh, how I love new series! They bring new adventure to the fictional side of my brain and a bright smile on my face. What makes Dirty Daniel so special is the author. I know when I pick up a Jennifer Lewis Williams novel, that I am in for a twisted mystery featuring colorful characters.

"A deacon's job is never done." ~ 50%

Meshelle "Mickey" Stanislawsky is a new detective. She is assigned her first murder case barely one hour into the position. A janitor at the New Birth Free Pentecostal Church was found dead. No blood, no prints, no wounds. There is a congregation full of shady suspects; everyone from the Reverend to the widow seems to be hiding dirty secrets of the victim's and their own.

Let me set the stage of my reading experience of Dirty Daniel. I purposely waited until the weekend to start reading. I did not want to limit my reading time because of an early morning. I poured a glass of wine and made a snack plate of colby jack cheese, hard salami, sweet hot mustard and a sleeve of Ritz everything-flavored crackers. I had no plans other than getting lost in this new novel.

"The authorities knew who ordered the deed, but they could not prove it. Someday, I will. You can believe that." ~ 20%

Like most good mysteries, I started page one and kept reading until the wee hours of the night. I did not realize it was almost two in the a.m. until I got up for water. I checked my progress and saw how engrossed I was into the fictional life of Mickey, her ex-boyfriend-now-detective-partner and her first murder case. I read half of the book in one sitting!

Mickey is a strong, smart, bi-racial woman. Even though the story is told in third person, the author shares Mickey's inner thoughts with readers. Along with her detective skills and will to solve cases, Mickey is a keeper at both the Peaceton Police Department and my home library. I am looking forward to the next installment of this well-paced series and highly recommend Dirty Daniel for my mystery bookhearts.

Title: Dirty Daniel
Author: Jennifer Lewis Williams
Published: October 2019
Pages: 196
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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