Justina Wright Private Investigator Mysteries
***** Three Cheers for Christmas Review by Rox Burkey
Author CW Hawes delivers three little mysteries with Justina Wright and brother Harry working like a finely turned watch. Blackmail in your Stocking, Mrs. Solberg’s Problem, and The Reluctant Millionaire are December tales through the years starting before Harry married.
Each of these fast-paced stories shows the effective method of Tina, Justina, using all her resources to solve the case, while enjoying herself as much as possible. The brilliant detective skillfully puts the puzzle pieces together. The sample below gives you a taste of the quick-witted prose Author Hawes delivers.
I rolled my eyes. Tina either didn’t see me, or, more likely, chose to ignore me.
“Did you get anything useful from the perennial optimist?” I asked.
“Yes, I did. The dark web, if one has the patience to navigate the sea of chaos that is its very nature, is a treasure trove of lies, deceit, misinformation, and very useful information. Mordor’s Solitary Green Leaf told me LM had apparently gained the ire of a very influential cyber ruffian known as ‘5+5’, who in turn hacked her and spread her real-life persona far and wide.”
“Ouch! But if that was the case, why didn’t she get arrested?”
“The police only had the word of an anonymous cyber thug. Not the sort of thing they could take to a judge.”
“I suppose. So, who is LM?”
Each of the mysteries are concise and fun to read. Big Brother, Harry, helps his sister in many ways that shows his evolution as a critical support character. I enjoyed how he took on additional responsibility in The Reluctant Millionaire. Justine’s quick lines and glib wit add to the fun.
I am delighted to say I’ve enjoyed several of the stories from CW Hawes. I giggled with delight when I discovered the ‘easter egg’ hidden in this story. Yep, one of the Underground Authors appears multiple times inside this Christmas book. Excellent, CW. I highly recommend this book to existing fans or those would want to find a new fun series.
About the Author
CW Hawes is a novelist and award-winning poet.
He’s most known for his Justinia Wright Private Investigator Mysteries series, set in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Rocheport Saga, a post-apocalyptic series set in America’s Midwest; and the Pierce Mostyn Paranormal Investigations series, set wherever there be monsters.
His love of fine food, interesting places, philosophy, music, art, books, and history can be seen in each of his tales.
CW was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 45 years. He now lives in Katy, Texas with his wife and cat.
For more information, check out his blog