by Lorie Lewis Ham
Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.
Set-Up is the latest Delilah West mystery by Maxine O' Callahan to be republished by Brash Books. I am very glad that Brash has chosen to give new life to this series, as they were a favorite of mine and it's fun to rediscover them. Delilah West was one of the early female PI's who paved the way for those of today.
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Delilah's life is finally turning around. After struggling at first to keep her PI business going after the death of her husband, and to even keep her own life going, Delilah is now pulling her life truly together. She has a condo, a new van, an assistant, and possibly a love life in the works.
In Set-Up, Delilah has just wrapped up a case of embezzlement and the accused, Sandy Renkowski, is taken away by the police. Soon afterward, Delilah is hired by political activist Bobbi Calder for another case, but that quickly takes a bad turn when Calder is accused of murdering none other than Sandy Renkowski, whom it turns out is a young protégée of Calder's. As Delilah investigates, things get sticky as it seems that the two cases are connected, and she begins to wonder what is really going on here. One of the suspects is a corrupt politician who Delilah learns Sandy was actually investigating for Bobbie. Things heat up even more when Delilah is nearly killed and all of her files on the case are destroyed.
This is a well written mystery filled with twists, turns, and surprises. The characters are interesting and well developed, and you will find yourself just as curious as to where Delilah's romantic life will head, as to find out who the killer is.
I highly recommend this book, and this series, and hope there are still more to come.
To enter to win a copy of Set-Up, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Set Up,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 17, 2015. If entering via email please include your mailing address.
Lorie Lewis Ham is KRL's editor-in-chief/publisher. She has published in many venues through the years and has 5 published mystery novels. You can learn more about Lorie's writing on her blog Mysteryrat's Closet.