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  • The Worst Detective Ever Mystery Series, Books 1-3

  • The Worst Detective Ever Bundle, Book 1
  • By: Christy Barritt
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Summary

Have you met Joey Darling yet? Books 1-3 in her Worst Detective Ever series are now bundled for your convenience!

Ready to Fumble

I'm not really a private detective. I just play one on TV.

She played the spunky character for five years on the hit TV show Relentless, which catapulted her to fame and into the role of Hollywood’s sweetheart. 

When her marriage falls apart, her finances dwindle to nothing, and her father disappears, Joey finds herself on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, trying to piece her life back together away from the limelight. A woman finds Raven - er, Joey - and insists on hiring her fictional counterpart to find a missing boyfriend. When someone begins staging crime scenes to match an episode of Relentless, Joey has no choice but to get involved. 

Joey’s bumbling sleuthing abilities have her butting heads with Detective Jackson Sullivan and kindling sparks with thrill-seeking neighbor Zane Oakley. Can Joey channel her inner Raven and unearth whodunit before she ends up totally done in? And where is her father anyway? Can she handle fame, or is disappearing into obscurity the wiser option? 

Reign of Error

Sometimes in life, you just want to yell “Take two!”

When a Polar Plunge goes terribly wrong and someone dies in the icy water, former TV detective Joey Darling wants nothing to do with subsequent investigation. But when her picture is found in the dead man’s wallet and witnesses place her as the last person seen with the man, she realizes she’s been cast in a role she never wanted: suspect. 

Joey makes the dramatic mistake of challenging the killer on camera, and now it’s a race to find the bad guy before he finds her. Danger abounds and suspects are harder to find than the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. But when Joey finds a connection with this case and the disappearance of her father, she knows there’s no backing out. 

As hard as Joey tries to be like her super detective alter ego, the more things go wrong. Will Joey figure this one out? Or will her reign of error continue? 

Safety in Blunders

My name is Joey Darling, and I’m a disgrace to imaginary detectives everywhere.

When actress Joey Darling discovers a mermaid tail with drops of fresh blood on it while hiking in a remote nature preserve, she knows something suspicious is going on.  

As details surface, Joey realizes she’s dealing with a problem she has encountered one too many times: someone desperate for fame who falls victim to a predator. With the help of her neighbor Zane Oakley and the opposition of local detective Jackson Sullivan, Joey hunts for answers, unaware of the deadly net in which she’s about to entangle herself. 

Joey knows she’s a fish out of water when it comes to cracking cases, but can she use her talent - acting - to help find the missing woman? Or will Joey end up swimming with sharks?

©2019 Christy Barritt (P)2019 Christy Barritt

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Delightfully light and entertaining,..

... these stories almost fit in the Cosy category but have a little more punch than the average such. Both Barritt and Santomasso sell Josy as a woman naturally upbeat but bearing her scars and dealing with that long shadow the past can cast. With a backdrop of the Outer Banks, the beach and the sea are rairly out of shot leaving a holiday/vacation feeling (even when it's the Off Season).
It’s 5 stars as I will be back reading/listening to these stories again.

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  • JA McMillan
  • 01-02-20

Great story & narrator

I really loved this narrator. She’s one of the best I’ve heard in a long time.

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  • Janet
  • 16-12-19

Humorous, serious, and a mystery!

I love Christy Barritt. We listened to this on a road trip. Let’s of chuckles and was so entertaining with no sex, language, and was faith inspirational. Patricia Santomasso did a wonderful job of all of the characters.

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  • Monica Miller
  • 23-05-22

Entertaining

I had low expectations for this series, as the last detective book bundle I bought was not that great. I was pleasantly surprised by this series. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Joey and I like that this series is done in first person. It’s a cute series, and I look forward to finishing it (I’m on book 7). I will definitely be looking into Barritt’s other series when I’m done.

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  • Mike & Ellen
  • 26-05-21

not worth $14 each

cute, fun, terrible puns that make you groan, and well performed BUT pretty predictable and not worth $14 for a 5 hour book. bummer. i would've liked to see what happened next.

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  • Lindy
  • 08-01-21

Good, clean fun

If you like Stephanie Plum, then you’ll probably like Joey Darling. If you made Evanovich’s novels PG rated and threw in some old-fashioned values, you’d be in the same ballpark as this series. Patricia Santomasso does a GREAT job with all the characters. I was considering buying the rest of the series as ebooks, but can’t deny myself the pleasure of this narrator’s reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-22

Excellent!

Great series so far. Story kept me listening with all the drama, mystery, romantic tension, and quippy humor between characters. Instead of just reading the words off the page, Patricia Santomasso became the characters and brought them to life. Especially loved how she portrayed the main character Joey Darling. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • grace baker
  • 14-08-22

Loved it!!

Exceptional narration!! I love the cheeky humor throughout the series. Just a really nice listen, the characters were fabulous and love the ending.... so more should be coming right!?!

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  • Julie Salomon
  • 03-08-22

good story

good story. mystery, and romance tied together. it was an enjoyable listen. The narrator did a great job!

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  • Lawrence L, Menzer
  • 20-05-22

Very dissatisfied

This is one of the worse books I have read in years. The story is inane, and the main character, a woman is made to seem stupid and irresposible with no common sense whasoever. I am a man and this bok is an insult to the women's movement.
Don't waste your time or money.