No one in the small town of Placentia, California is surprised when Benny Needles's house catches fire. The outside hasn't seen a paint brush in years. The inside is stuffed with Dean Martin memorabilia. It would be a simple case of homeowner negligence, except for the body found inside.
Under suspicion of both murder and arson, Benny turns to the one person who has always helped him, private investigator Peri Minneopa. Fire investigation isn't on her menu of services, but Peri's weak spot for Benny overrules her reluctance, and she agrees to look into things. Her investigation takes a dangerous turn as she uncovers family secrets, going back several decades.
There are skeletons in everyone's closet, and even Benny's bones are rattling.
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It kept me guessing
I really enjoy listening to Wendy Pitts readings. She brings every character to life and they each have a voice
The Hot Mess is Hot Stuff
I would recommend The Hot Mess to friends, relatives and even perfect strangers because I like books that keep you guessing and this one does. You think you have it all figured out and then the clues don't line up. The end was a real nail biter.
One of my favorite moments comes near the end when Nick tries to atone for what he has done by doing something for Benny. It makes me smile all over. Get the book and find out what he did.
Wendy Pitts has a lot of male voices to do in this book and does them very well. For me she has perfectly matched Benny Needles voice to his character, and, of course, Peri Minneopa's voice is great. Her performance is a great asset to the story line.
I was so happy to learn the reason Benny's dad left and what he did so make sure Benny and his mom were taken care of. And my absolutely most favorite moment is when Benny says, "Miss Peri, even I know people are more important than things."
I love to read and I love to listen to good books read. I can still "do my chores" and "read" with audio books. The Hot Mess kept me up late because I did not want to go to bed without knowing "what happened."