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Tipping the Valet: A Workplace Mystery (Paperback)
Adele and Gina the Cookie Lady Recommend:
Tyler Benson works as the lead valet at a small casino, a thankless job where the highlights of the evening prove to be calling a cab for an intoxicated patron. When he’s offered the chance to move upwards in the company he jumps at the opportunity to work a prestigious event at an upscale restaurant. The one night he is determined to leave a lasting impression, he unwittingly finds himself in need of an alibi rather than a resumé.
When shots are fired at a celebrity chef, Tyler finds himself surrounded by a set of circumstances all pointing back at him, and two detectives hot on his trail. Fingerprints on the trunk of a car where a dead body is discovered, his father’s slipper at the scene of the shooting, and a previous felony conviction are just a few of the hard to explain incidents. Coincidence, fluke, chance or plain bad luck all seem to conspire against him as the evidence mounts, leaving him to rely on wits and quick thinking in an effort to remain one step ahead of the police, wishing to incarcerate him, and the Russia mafia, wishing to eradicate him.
Delicate timing, a rich sense of humor, and a varied and widely interesting cast of characters keep the suspense building at a steady pace in this local flavored mystery set around a slightly mundane job.
Gina says: This was my first taste of K.K. Beck’s writing and I was pleasantly surprised by the way she kept the tale flowing and captured more than once the small jolt of ‘I’ve had moments like that’ as circumstances collided.— Gina the Cookie Lady & Adele