Lisa Lutz is the successful author of the humorous Spellman crime stories. In this novel, she has co-authored with David Howard, a poet and Lisa's former boyfriend. Lisa and David write alternate chapters in this zany novel and between chapters, they debate the merits of the prior chapter and the possibilities of plot in the next chapter. It is a wonderful device that gives the reader insight into the writer's thoughts and considerations.
How would someone react if they found a dead body on their front lawn but couldn't report it to the police because they had a field of pot growing behind the house and it was sure to be discovered?
Paul and Lacy Hansen are in their mid twenties. They live in their parents home after their parents died during a vacation. With college debts and a bleak job market they began growing pot and selling it to discriminating markets, i.e. a woman with chronic pain, and patients and staff at an assisted living home.
Lacy is the more curious of the two. As this part of the action is taking place, I pictured the movie "A Weekend at Bernie's." Paul and Lacy bundle the body up and dump it on a hiking path at a nearby rest stop.
After this is done, they expect someone to notice the body but not long after dumping the body, Lacy is startled when she finds it on her front yard again. This time Lacy recognizes a tattoo as that of her old boyfriend, Hart Drexel.
The story takes many turns and twists as Lacy and Paul try to solve the crime themselves. Lacy is a character who is reminiscent of the wonderful character of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum. She bumbles her way through the story attempting to find everyone's alibi. Suspects continue to wind up dead and even the authors argue about what should come next.
This novel describes such a hilarious escapade and was so much fun that I wanted to find who was the killer but I didn't want the story to end.
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