Lost Cause is the first book in the Daisy Dunlop Mysteries by JL Simpson.
Daisy Dunlop wants to be an heir hunter. However, her past record shows that to date, she hasn’t managed to make a go of any of the careers she has set her mind to. So, Paul, her husband and the father of her 14 year old son, Sherman, insists that she goes to work with his best friend, Solomon, a private investigator, to learn some tips and tricks from him before she starts out on her own.Of course, she agrees, but only because she loves her husband, but Daisy and Solomon don’t really get along…
Their first case together involves the search for a missing aristocrat. It should have been simple, but where Daisy Dunlop is concerned, things very rarely are…
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great, especially Daisy, who is determined to prove to both Paul and Solomon that she can succeed as an heir hunter. Paul and Solomon were also very interesting as we are slowly fed the back-story of their friendship, adding to the engaging nature of the story.
The plot flowed seamlessly and the dialogue was witty and entertaining. As it is set on the south coast of England, the backdrop to the story is stunning.
Daisy’s personality (and impractical dress sense) ensures that Lost Cause is refreshing, enjoyable and entertaining, and I seriously struggled to put the book down. This was a fantastic, captivating read, which I highly recommend to fans of contemporary cosy mysteries. I am looking forward to reading book two in the series, Lost and Found.
I downloaded a copy of Lost Cause for free from Smashwords.