Domestic Equalizers - Our Red Hot Romance is Leaving Me Blue

Author: Dixie Cash

Publisher: Avon A

Release Date: June 15, 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.0

Format: PRINT

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Debbie Sue Overstreet and her friend Edwin Perkins Martin own and operate one of the town’s only two beauty salons. In addition, they own a second business, Domestic Equalizers, which specializes in following and investigating cheating spouses and their significant others. This business has been in operation for almost five years now, with great success.

The only parent Sophia Paredes has ever known is now dead, leaving her feeling hopeless and alone. Senora Isabella Paredes, known as Gran Bella to Sophia, had lived everyday of her seventy-two years as if it was her last. After the insurance company had stopped paying for her grandmother’s care, the illness had wiped out both of their savings and stolen her grandmother’s lust for life. Her grandmother had made sure Sophia attended college, and graduated with a degree in elementary education. Since an elementary school teacher did not make much, Sophia had hoped to get her master’s, but that was now an impossible dream.  Not only is Sophia now grief stricken, she is flat broke with a stack of bills to pay.

Justin Sadler, a career firefighter, works long hours to avoid going home.  His wife Rachel died a year ago, but at times when he returns home, he finds her favorite afghan in a disorderly heap instead of neatly folded as he had left it and a magazine is left sprawled open as if someone just left the room for a moment. He also finds her rings lying out instead of put away as he left them and the smell of her perfume is in the air. Could it be Rachel visiting him or is someone playing a terrible hoax on him?

Although Justin would love to think Rachel was visiting their home since he missed her so much, logic told him some living person was doing it. So he hired the Domestic Equalizers to find out whom or what was doing this to him and why they were doing it. Justin would like to think that the things happening in his home is just Rachel trying to get in touch with him. They had been deeply in love before a drunk driver killed her and left Justin with just a scratch. Needing someone to look into the situation, he went to Domestic Equalizers.

Years earlier, when Edwina was having a problem keeping herself and her children fed, a psychic by the name of Isabella Paredes had told her where Edwina’s husband hid his money.  This had changed Edwina’s life. So now that they needed help with Justin’s case, the first person she thought of calling was Isabella, especially after the Domestic Equalizers found a note written in magnetic letters to them on Justin’s refrigerator. Unbeknownst to her, the psychic is now dead, but her granddaughter inherited her grandmother’s psychic abilities and she needs the money.

Debbie Sue and Edwina have had to deal with conniving marriage partners, shady business deals and a variety of happenings in their business, but this is the first time they have had to deal with a ghost. Edwina is definitely outside of her comfort zone, particularly when they start receiving messages from the beyond. With the help of an extremely accurate psychic, they just may be able to solve this case.

All clues lead to Justin’s brother-in-law, Patrick, who wants to buy the land, where Justin lives, for its mineral rights, but even Patrick comes a little undone when he receives a message from his deceased sister. Even more startling to Justin is his attraction to the young psychic.  He had just been longing for a visit from his deceased wife when he spotted the young, beautiful woman. Could Rachel be helping her husband overcome his grief for her by helping him find love again?

OUR RED HOT ROMANCE IS LEAVING ME BLUE, the latest book in the DOMESTIC EQUALIZERS series, is a madcap mystery that will keep you entertained as you try to uncover the culprit along with the southern full time hairdressers/part time investigators, Debbie Sue and Edwina. With the help of her deceased grandmother, Sophia, who hears her grandmother’s voice in her head, helps the investigators solve this mystery. Creating mysteries with a southern flavor is done magnificently by the writing duo Pamela Cumbie and her sister Jeffery McClanahan from Texas who goes by the pseudonym Dixie Cash. Like the titles of their books, the novels are filled with humor with a down home essence, as well as plenty of mystery, danger and charismatic characters.  Do not miss OUR RED HOT ROMANCE IS LEAVING ME BLUE. I highly recommend it. If you enjoy this novel, you may also enjoy the new novel due to be released in April; I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME, BUT I CAN MAKE YOU LEAVE.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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