The Case of the Bygone Brother is the first book in the Alex O’Hara series by Diane Burton
Summary (from Goodreads)
After taking over O’Hara Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex O’Hara’s bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara Palzetti are together again.
While my cheeks burned at the memory of that unwanted kiss, I silently cursed my fair Irish complexion. Genetics betrayed me every time. “Knuckle-dragger is right,” I said. “I guess you didn’t stay long enough to see me deck him.”
This is an entertaining little read; romance, suspense, humour, danger…it has everything an interesting cosy mystery needs.
I liked both Alex O’Hara and Nick Palzetti. She’s determined to make it on her own and is a right little miss independent, while he just wants to protect her and keep her safe. So, of course, this creates a great deal of tension between the main characters.
The pace felt a little off (too fast) towards the end but throughout the rest of the book, the story moved along at a good pace. There were enough plot twists and turns to keep me wondering what was going to happen next. Fair Haven was the perfect setting for this story, with it’s small shops and people who know everyone else (and everyone else’s business). There were a number of references, especially close to the beginning that were reminiscent of old-school detective novels, which I found charming.
The second book in the series is The Case of the Fabulous Fiance, which sounds just as entertaining as the first.