Review by Lorie Lewis Ham
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Male Revues and Subterfuge is the fourth Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery by Heather Weidner. P.I. Delanie Fitzgerald is once again working for strip club owner Chaz Wellington Smith, III. Chaz has opened a club called the Cheeky Monkey that caters to girls’ nights out and bachelorette parties with their all-male revue, but someone has been pulling pranks at the club that are costing him money. He wants Delanie to find the culprit and put an end to the pranks.
Delanie begins hanging out at the club and asking questions as the pranks continue to escalate. To make matters worse, someone’s dressing up creepy-looking dolls the size of small children and leaving them around town. One dressed up like a cowboy ended up by Chaz’s club. Delanie isn’t entirely convinced that the two things are related but investigates both to be sure. Her computer-savvy partner, Duncan Reynolds, helps her on the tech side of the investigations, together with his dog Margaret. Delanie also has to deal with overtures from the club’s manager, and while he is attractive, there is something about him that feels off.
Even though I hadn’t read the previous books in the series, I never felt lost. The characters are fun and the setting of the strip club with the all-male revue was interesting—I enjoyed getting to take a peek behind the scenes of that world. Delanie is a strong and likable character who can take care of herself, and Duncan and Margaret are a lot of fun. Many P.I. novels tend to be on the darker side and are more graphic with their violence than cozies, but this one was on the lighter, fun side which was nice—though it did keep me on the edge of my seat at times and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more of this series. If you enjoy a PI mystery on the lighter side, I recommend checking out Male Revues and Subterfuge.
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