Date night for Georgie Shaw and handsome detective Jack Wheeler goes terribly wrong. A botched heist at Marvelous Marley World has everyone scrambling as trigger-happy bad guys head for the Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park. With Hullabaloo-Boo in full swing, figuring out whodunit could take a little extra work. The Park is packed and everyone’s in costume. Will Jack and Georgie nab the faux-furred fiends before they can wreak more havoc or escape? (Goodreads)
The writings of Anna Celeste Burke are always a pleasure to read and this third installment of the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series is no exception. All Hallow’s Eve Heist sees Georgie and Jack on a date when things go terribly wrong (like they seem to do for these two!). FYI – the author provides sufficient back story so that reading the first two books in the series is not necessary when one reads this title.
The story begins with Georgie and Jack enjoying a night in, prepping a delicious sounding meal (Coquilles St. Jacques with a spicy pumpkin soup, fresh salad of locally grown baby greens, and warm crusty French bread and for dessert a rich chocolate mousse). There romantic banter is very endearing… Jack saying to Georgie re: him being a fan of women (unlike Holmes):
“Well, I am. A fan of one woman in particular.” Jack pulled me toward him and brushed my forehead with a kiss. As he did that, Miles wrapped himself around my legs. An affectionate cat, Miles couldn’t stand being left out if there was hugging going on.
So make a note – Miles is an integral part of this family 🙂 And so he should be…says this cat lover 🙂
Unfortunately, this romantic evening at home is interrupted by the fact that both Georgie and Jack got pinged with messages indicating there was an active shooter at Marvelous Marley World Headquarters. At this time – there is a Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park. It gets more complicated – many patrons are dressed in costume and so are the bad guys! Will Jack be able to find and apprehend the bad guys? And what part will Georgie play in their capture?
As I have come to know, Georgie in her life at Marvelous Marley World, will of course be the amateur sleuth and assist her boyfriend in apprehending the bad guys (like every cop wants a civilian partaking in a case!). She tends to get herself in tight situations, but it usually ends well. Georgie is actually a good amateur sleuth who cares deeply about her place of employment – and will protect it and the people working there as best she can. The story and how it unfolds is an enjoyable read, capturing my interest until the last word has been written. No more details will be provided so that you can enjoy this Halloween themed story yourself.
As always – I really enjoy the writings of Ms. Burke and this title is no exception. She definitely knows how to spin a tail, especially with such strong characters as Georgie and Jack. If you like cozy mysteries, strong principal characters, Halloween and theme parks then I suggest you pick up All Hallows’ Eve Heist and settle in for an enjoyable read.