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The first P.I. Polly Berger mystery

Faux southern belle Cinda Mae Bradbury, a stripper at the CatWalk located two doors down from P.I. Polly Berger's office in Hollywood, hires Polly to find the dirtbag poisoning her boyfriend. Polly agrees to take the case and begins her investigation at the Santa Muerte Sunday masses, where the boyfriend where the boyfriend is getting sick. Polly knows about the Holy Death cult, a Mexican spin-off of Catholicism, but has trouble buying into Cinda Mae's belief that the Saint is trying to kill her good-looking boyfriend in order to sleep with him in heaven.

When Cinda Mae's soon-to-be-ex-husband turns up dead and her boyfriend is charged with the murder, Polly turns to ex-husband Johnny Birdwhistle, for help. Johnny is a Detective Third Grade with the Hollywood Police Department (HYPD). During the course of the investigation, Polly, Johnny, and Polly's part-time secretary (stand-up comic Bernardo "Bunny" Contreras), become embroiled in a case that includes the smuggling of illegal aliens, as well as more murder and mayhem than Polly's P.I. firm ever bargained for. Not to mention a romantic triangle or two along the way.


Don't say murder can't be fun


". . . Told in the first person, Polly not only leads the reader on a well plotted mystery, but manages to leave the reader with belly laughs, chuckles and smiles. Harol Marshall is a fine addition to the mystery writing field. I look forward to her next book.

~  Agnes Alexander author of Reba's Cowboy.



I'm still laughing!
"What a cornucopia of colorful characters! I just loved the tongue-in-cheek approach Harol Marshall has taken with this book. My guess is it was as much fun to write as it was to read. I literally could not put it down. Funny, funny stuff. More please!"

~ Reader, J. G.

Excellent entertainment

" Such a fun read! This could easily be a nice afternoon's worth of reading, with very enjoyable characters. Cinda Mae is such a character, one who deserves roles in future stories. This P.I. Berger series of books are very entertaining and worth the read."

~Reader J.M.