Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Social Insecurity

Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 242

Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. No child custody. No bodyguard or surveillance work. No process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening, and basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really could not expect anything else. After all, your average five foot tall, blue eyed, blond (one friend describes her as looking like a Christmas tree angel) is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there is that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go to person for a security job.

But in SOCIAL INSECURITY, the first in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, professional PI, Brigid Kildare, turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing and she can’t get the police to believe her. As her assistant and long time friend, Kevin, puts it: “Honey, if an old lady like Jessica Fletcher can do it, a one-legged PI and her gay PA can do it too!” Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be. 

About Kate Eileen Shannon
Kate Eileen Shannon is a Writer, Artist, and sometimes Real Estate Agent – as she says, ‘a purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle’. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that.
She has had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery, a farm, and a boat building business; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led her straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant.
Kate is currently living in Rhode Island overlooking the water and a lighthouse; with her husband, Dick Thomas (who won’t let her have a cat); where she spends her time painting, drawing, and of course working on the next book in the Brigid Kildare mystery series, MEDITATED MURDER.

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My Thoughts: 
This was a really cute, quick read that kept my attention from the start.  It was short, but still packed a nice bit of info into it. This is the first in a series, so I could tell there was a little bit of a "establishing back history" kind of ninja info dump. I say ninja because, it never felt heavy handed and was a quite natural feeling bit of storytelling about our main heroine. Usually my biggest complaints about firsts in a series is that the writer feels the need to just dump this BIG lump of info on the reader from the start, but while I did learn about Brigid's past, I never felt bogged down by that. Good Job Mrs. Shannon!

Now to the meaty bits of the book, I really liked the plot. The mystery is established pretty early, rightfully so since this isn't a long book, so you are pretty much rolling from the start! The momentum doesn't really let up until the end, which kept me pretty much wide eyed and anxious for answers! Again, well done! So far this book is hitting them all out of the park! (Is that an appropriate baseball reference? I'm not good at sports!)

Anyhoo, I liked Brigid and I liked Earl. I have to admit to a big DURRR moment when Earl was compared to Rick Fox I was quite confused.

This was my first mental image. ^^..Rick James...I have no idea why. Then I remembered..THIS is Rick Fox...

Very big (Hmmmm) 

Long story short, and two ricks later..I will say this is a great book. The writing was VERY good and the story kept even my book A.D.D. addled brain hooked into the story!


  1. Thank you, Melissa, for having me here and for the lovely review.

  2. Rick Fox is one. No birds, no dogs said hubby. No dogs, but we have twenty or so birds, along with two cats and two rabbits and turtles.

  3. Thank you for being part of this tour!!

  4. Guess I don't know who Rick Fox is - but he's certainly good looking.

    1. I don't know who he is either! But I saw his picture at some entertainment thing, thought he was good looking and decided my character, Earl, should look like him. I think he might have been an athlete. Thanks for stopping by Donna.


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