Christy Barritt announced in her reader newsletter this morning that this series in a development deal with Emerald Bay Entertainment/Hallmark Movies and Mystery. They’re hoping to create an ongoing series around The Worst Detective Ever books. Somehow it seems fitting that Joey Darling will make her way to real-life television screens, doesn’t it?
About the Book
Joey Darling’s local movie premiere was supposed to be a win-win for everyone involved. All the proceeds would go to the children’s wing at a local hospital, and the online buzz would create positive press for the area’s tourism. But things go awry when the event is sabotaged and Joey’s stunt double is seriously injured.
Suspects seem sparser than quality G-rated movies, and police fear the intended target was actually Joey. Detective Jackson Sullivan and neighbor Zane Oakley—two men competing for Joey’s affection—insist on trading off guard duty until the bad guy is behind bars. To make matters even worse, Joey’s ex shows up right before the release of his tell-all book about his life with the Hollywood sweetheart.
Someone seems determined to create real-life drama. But Joey isn’t one to be deterred. Though a movie-worthy villain wants to pull the plug on this production—and maybe even on a few people’s lives—Joey is determined that the show must go on.
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In My Opinion
In the fourth book of Christy Barritt’s Worst Detective Ever series, things hit close for Joey Darling. A movie premiere, sabotage, and Joey’s ex in town all raise the stakes for the actress.
I appreciated that I got to learn more about Joey’s Hollywood life between her stunt double, her ex-husband Eric, and her agent. The more personal aspect makes Join the Flub a little less light-hearted than the previous books, yet it works in this one. And don’t worry, there are still plenty of Joey’s trademark pop culture references, people believing her on-air persona is real, and romantic tension as our leading lady continues to hash out her feeling for the two men in her life.
With some more hints about Joey’s parents and a bit of a cliffhanger that suggests Eric may get what’s coming to him, you’ll be clamoring to start the next book in the series.
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