An Au Pair to Remember:
A Male Housekeeper Mystery
by Stephen Kaminski
About the Book
An Au Pair to Remember: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (January 27, 2019)
Paperback: 260 pages
Digital ASIN: B07NCBZ23L
From the author of the award-winning Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series comes the Male Housekeeper Mysteries, focusing on charming characters, snappy dialogue, eclectic murders, and cunning confidence schemes. To his mind, Cam Reddick has failed—as a husband, as a father, and as a professional. After recognizing that his vanilla credentials didn’t stack up in a big city brimming with overachievers and toiling in drudgery for half of a decade, an emotionally raw Cam returns to his childhood hometown—the quaint and quirky village of Rusted Bonnet, Michigan. He’s determined to resuscitate relationships marred by youthful immaturity, most importantly those with his ex-wife Kacey Gingerfield (who doubles as the village’s Deputy Chief of Police) and their first grader, Emma. Armed with striking looks and an endearing proclivity for mixing metaphors, but saddled by “momma’s boy” tendencies, Cam takes the helm of his mother’s housekeeping business—Peachy Kleen. Access to homes across the village facilitates Cam’s penchant for amateur sleuthing as Kacey’s aide-de-camp. Surrounded by Kacey, his sophisticated mother Darby, garrulous senior housekeeper Samantha, and recuse fish cum confidant Bait, Cam’s circuitous journeys to solving murders and unravelling complex cons hasten his struggle down the path of self-healing to self-respect. And there’s hope that—just maybe—he can rekindle the romance he once had with Kacey.
In An Au Pair to Remember, Cam’s plan for a quiet return to Rusted Bonnet is dashed when a beautiful German au pair, Greta Astor, is found dead in Dutch McRae’s foyer with all signs pointing to a hastily disassembled trip wire at the top of the stairs. When Kacey learns that Cam was cleaning the McRae home the previous afternoon, she confides to him that Chief Bernie Leftwich is set on arresting Dutch for the murder—either alone or in tandem with Greta’s bartender boyfriend. But she worries that Bernie’s been duped. And later, when his mother Darby becomes a suspect, Cam inserts himself into the investigation and stumbles through a series of ostensible incongruities—a thief swallowing a cache of stolen diamonds, a snack food distributor laundering money, and a Cash-for-Gold scam. Meanwhile, Peachy Kleen’s young African housekeeper has disappeared with one of the company vans. All the while, Cam finds himself flirting with his new neighbor and struggling with his complicated feelings for Kacey.
An Au Pair To Remember is the first book in what promises to be a great little mystery series. The concept is different, and I loved it…the main character is Cam, a male housekeeper mystery! I loved it!!!!
It’s a great story with mystery and really GREAT characters. Cam is a character I will definitely remember. He fled his responsibilities as a husband and father years before. He isn’t afraid to own his mistakes as he is trying to be a good father, and he is trying to earn his ex’s trust again. He is a wonderful son to his mother, doing whatever he can to prove her innocence when she becomes a suspect in a murder. I also fell in love with Kacey. She is smart, independent, and a great mother. She is also very forgiving as she is allowing Cam to re-enter hers and Emma’s lives, even if she isn’t even considering a reconciliation right now.
Not only did I love the characters, but I loved the relationship between them, especially Cam and his mother. They weren’t just mother and son but friends. I also enjoyed Cam’s relationship with his ex, Kacey and their daughter, Emma. I loved the chemistry between Cam and Kacey, and I’m really hoping there might be a second chance at happiness with them.
The mystery kept my interest. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. I really recommend reading this one! I think you will love the story as well as the quirky characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!!!!
About the Author
Stephen Kaminski is the author of An Au Pair to Remember, the first installment of the Male Housekeeper Mystery series. He also writes the award-winning Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective books. Stephen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the trade association representing the United States’ poison control system and its fifty-five centers. He lives with his daughter and rescue kitty in the Washington, DC area.
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