Monday, October 27, 2014

Whiskey for Breakfast by Dominic Stabile ~ A Nick Dioli Mystery

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Reading Press (September 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O0EB3KS

 September 28, 2014

Nick Dioli is a world-weary private investigator, who spends most of his time at the bar down the street from his office. Most days are slow, and that’s the way he likes it. But when the love of his life, local bartender, Kim Riley, tells him there is a local judge willing to pay a lot of money to have his runaway daughter transported home from Appalachia, Nick figures it will be easy money.

However, when he locates the girl, he is promptly kidnapped by the girl’s grandmother—an old lady who runs a cupcake bakery—and finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation. From masked, gun-toting thugs to corrupt, do-anything-for-a-dollar land developers, Nick’s going to need a few drinks to get through this one. 

My take on this book:
With Whiskey for Breakfast Dominic Stabile provided a page turning mystery that kept me guessing as to who the real killer might be!

What should have been an easy job for retired cop turned P.I. Nick Dioli is actually anything but! When a local judge hires him to bring his thirteen year old runaway daughter Chelsea home, it should be a piece of cake, after all the judge even gives him the address where he can find her. The last think Nick plans on finding is a pistol packing, cupcake baking  grandmother who isn't about to let Nick take Chelsea anywhere. Instead he learns that Chelsea might have witnessed a murder and that her life is in danger. Nick decides to get to the bottom of the mystery, but with several people involved in the case being murdered, he finds himself a target as well. Can he figure out what is going on before he becomes the next victim? 

Whiskey for Breakfast provides a fast paced plot that grabbed me from the beginning and didn't turn loose until the final page. Dominic Stabile provides an interesting cast of multi-layered characters blended together with a well written mystery to make for a suspense filled saga that certainly kept me guessing.Crisp, descriptive  writing allowed me to be visualise the various settings of the story. While the author provides more than a  few clues as to who the perps might actually be I really never suspected who the actual killers were until the author revealed it which is something that rarely happens! More than a few secondary characters kept the plot moving along, but it was the character of Nick Dioli a retired cop turned P.I. who intrigued me the most. I couldn't help but wonder what sort of cop he might have been. Even though he has a drinking problem he doesn't let that get in the way of solving a case. We learn that his wife is dead, but the shocking statement he made in the final sentences of the epilogue certainly grabbed my attention and leaves me anxious to read the next installment of this series!

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