This week it is a new series with a male lead (fairly unusual) and set in the Dallas area (love books set in Texas!). This series is the Stay at Home Dad series by Jeffrey Allen who is also known as Jeff Shelby, mystery writer. The first book is called Stay at Home Dead.
When stay at home dad Deuce Winters finds the dead body of his old high school rival in the back of his mini-van, it quickly throws his quiet life into disarray. As the number one suspect in the court of public opinion in his small hometown in Texas, Deuce is determined to clear his name, with a little help from his wife, Julianne, a high-powered attorney. His search for the killer leads him to a business plan gone awry, a gaggle of jilted lovers, a group of merciless PTA moms and a diminutive detective with quite the attitude.
I can’t remember if I have ever read a cozy series that featured a male lead that did the sleuthing. Sure there have been supporting men, but not one that is involved this much. I have to say I really liked the set up of this story…stay at home dad who is ridiculed by the people in his small home town for staying at home (I personally think it is a cool thing for him to do), a kick butt wife and a precocious daughter. Of course Deuce’s life is also not without the women hitting on him despite no encouragement from him. So if you are looking for a slight change from your usual cozy, check out this series. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for book 2 which is called Popped Off and due out on September 1, 2012.