Series: Calamity Jayne Mystery #1
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
HOW DOES A BLONDE SPELL ‘FARM’?
Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never-ending string of dumb-blonde jokes and a longtime nickname that’s harder to get rid of than lint from a belly button. Dubbed ‘Calamity Jayne’ by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, Rick Townsend, Tressa’s out to gain a little hometown respect–or die trying. Unfortunately, that may be the case. She’s just been handed the perfect opportunity to get “Ranger Rick,” the doubting Don Juan of the DNR, and a skeptical citizenry to take her seriously. How? By solving a murder no one else believes happened…No one, that is, except the killer.
Confused but still found enjoyment. Mostly.
Thoughts on Calamity Jayne
Part of me doesn’t know what to think of this book. While I understand there’s supposed to be a humorous element to Tressa’s wacky hijinks, a big part of me wished she’d been able to stick it to her family for treating her so… I don’t quite know how to put this… uncaringly. Maybe. Not that they don’t love her, but she’s constantly compared to her sister and it was a little painful to watch. The only time I got the feeling that anyone noticed how all the comparisons got her down was at her sister’s birthday when Rick seemed to see her. Which he then walked all over by making her accidentally use her catastrophic powers of destruction to pull a table cloth off a table and ruin the meal.
Not that I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. Tressa’s stick-to-it attitude when it came to standing by what she had seen (a dead body in the trunk!) amused me. The fact that NO ONE took her seriously (because she’s CALAMITY JAYNE and she probably imagined it!) was kind of freaky. Rick just confused me. It’s almost like he doesn’t know what to think of this potential relationship blossoming between them so he kept running hot and cold.
I did enjoy Tressa deciding to take control of her life. She didn’t necessarily do it gracefully, but she found what she wanted and marched into the newspaper office to present her case. And then she followed through.
I was amused. I wasn’t amused. I’d read the next in the series if the opportunity presented itself. DO YOU SEE HOW CONFUSED I AM HERE?