Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rigged by D.P. Lyle

Today I'm showcasing another offering from fave Florida Indie Mystery house Oceanview Publishing, Rigged by D. P. Lyle.

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

Release Date: 5-19-2020

Jake Longly #4


First loves are never forgotten. Ever. Certainly not for Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers. His first-kiss, sixth-grade love, Emily, who he has not seen since grammar school, is sliding toward divorce in the artsy Gulf Coast town of Fairhope, Alabama. Longly Investigations has been charged with looking into the finances involved. When Emily doesn’t appear for their nervously anticipated meeting, Pancake’s radar goes on high alert. Her body, along with that of Jason––one of two guys she has been dating––is found murdered, execution-style, Pancake calls in Jake, Nicole, and Ray. Who would have done this? Could it be the soon-to-be ex, who has an ironclad alibi; the other guy Emily was seeing––jealousy being a motive for harm; or do the drugs found in Jason’s pocket indicate a drug-related hit? That world yields a host of suspects. As they peel back the layers of this idyllic community, dark secrets come to light and convoluted motives and methods of murder are revealed.
The Series


In Lyle’s fast, fun fourth Jake Longly thriller (after 2019’s Sunshine State), Longly describes himself as an “ex–major league baseball stud, restaurateur, defender of frivolous lawsuits, lover of women, well, one in particular, and for sure a world-class avoider of work.” He reluctantly helps out at his father’s Alabama PI firm, where his girlfriend, Nicole Jamison, and his best friend, Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, work as operatives. Pancake is assigned to the financial side of the divorce of a woman he last saw in grade school, Emily Patterson. He’s looking forward to meeting Emily again, but she fails to turn up for their appointment and is later found murdered, along with her friend Jason Collins. Drugs found in Jason’s pocket and the gangland-style killings lead the local police chief to suspect a turf war between rival dealers. Emily’s brother hires the Longly team to bring her killer to justice. The characters are fresh and well-defined, but it’s Jake’s snappy patter and amusing riffs, often focusing on his monumentally annoying ex-wife, that drive the narrative to its Glock-blazing conclusion. This series just keeps getting better. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Assoc. (May)
Publishers Weekly

"The plot is fantastic, the action is fast, and Pancake steals the heart."—Suspense Magazine

Praise for the Jake Longly series

“We all know Lyle’s erudition and expertise—but who knew he was this funny?”—Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author

“The release of a new D. P. Lyle book is a highlight of any year, and Sunshine State is his best yet! This is one of those rare novels where everything in your life stops until you read through to the end. Jake Longly rocks!”—John Gilstrap, New York Times best-selling author

“D. P. Lyle returns in superb form in Deep Six. Smart, wickedly funny, expertly constructed and deftly executed, Lyle is at the top of his game as he takes his readers on a romp on the Gulf Coast that goes down as smoothly as a cold beer on a hot day at a bar next to the beach.”—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author

“Sunshine State sizzles with just the right mix of action and mystery, a rollicking roller-coaster ride on a track lined with thrills and spills.”—Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author

“D. P. Lyle hits it over the fence with A-List. This mystery, featuring former Major League pitcher and reluctant PI Jake Longly, is fast-paced, slick, and funny. Bad times in the Big Easy mean a great time for readers. Head to New Orleans with Jake, and enjoy the trip.”—Meg Gardiner, best-selling author

“With an ingenious plot, lots of laughs, plenty of romance, and a hot, Florida locale, Sunshine State is the definition of the perfect beach read.”—Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author

“Corruption, vendettas, cartel killers, oh my! Deep Six puts the fun back into late-night reading with this fast-paced romp through murder and mayhem. Prepare to flip the pages.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling authorFrom the Publisher

04/01/2020 Library Journal
Tommy "Pancake" Jeffers has never forgotten his first love, Emily Patterson. When Emily files for divorce, her attorney asks Longly Investigations to check out finances. Pancake heads to Fairhope, AL, where he hears nothing but good things about Emily. When she doesn't show for their meeting, Pancake calls on the local police chief. Emily and her boyfriend are found dead, shot execution-style, so Pancake calls his boss, who brings in Jake Longly and his lover, Nicole. Emily's husband was on an oil rig at the time of her murder, so the investigation focuses on a possible drug connection. The story unfolds slowly, while the characters are the actual draw in this book. There's a great deal of humor in the conversations among Jake, Nicole, and Pancake. The sexual innuendo and off-the-wall phone conversations with Jake's ex are fun. VERDICT The follow-up to Sunshine State is labeled thriller, but it's a step-by-step investigation with a great deal of dialog. The witty banter and Jake's character might remind readers of Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin. Fun for those with a penchant for good conversation and detectives under the thumb of a beautiful woman.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

About the author:
D. P. Lyle is the award-winning, best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Sunshine State is the third in his best-selling Jake Longly mystery series. Earlier books in the series were finalists for the Shamus Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and USA Best Book Award, and included on Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2016 list.