Don Bruns,
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
(Oceanview, 2010)

The most inept private eyes in history have been licensed.

And, with the ink barely dry on the form, James Lessor and Skip Moore have been hired to investigate who's sabotaging a traveling carnival, causing a series of accidents and at least one death.

If you've read any of author Don Bruns' previous Stuff novels, you know these two always operate in Murphy's Law mode. If you're not familiar with their antics, be prepared for lots of laughs as they blithely stumble toward a solution in this, their first foray into the world of private investigators and dastardly wrongdoers.

There'll be another murder, a series of near disasters and lots of twists and turns before the caper is resolved to the satisfaction of all but the culprits.

Along the way, you'll meet a cast of quirky characters, including the siblings who own the show, a dwarf with a penchant for tequila, a pair of jealous ride operators and a gorgeous female who appears to have the hots for James. Aiding the boys in pursuit of their objective are Skip's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Emily, and Jody Stacy, purveyor of electronic surveillance paraphernalia at undisclosed prices.

This is the fourth in Bruns' entertaining Stuff series. Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician and advertising executive who lives in South Florida, where the series is set.

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book review by
John R. Lindermuth

22 January 2011

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