9 DAYS – A Dee Rommel Mystery
9 Days is Book Two in Jule Selbo’s Dee Rommel mystery series and reads well as a standalone novel. Dee Rommel is a police officer turned private investigator for G&Z Investigations. After being shoved off a six-story building two years ago, Dee walks with a prosthetic leg. After a visit to her prosthetist, Ebenberg, Dee and her best friend Gretchen find themselves in a major car accident that seems deliberate. First, a Volvo cuts them off, then a Yukon slams into them. The Yukon disappears and Dee tries to find out more about this crazy driver by doing a little investigative work.
Soon after, Gretchen’s boyfriend, Kevin, an attorney, brings a client into Dee’s office. The client is a twelve-year-old boy who calls himself Zar. Zar comes from a wealthy family and his mother has just been put in jail for killing their new gardener, Benny. Zar is confident that his mother is trying to cover something up and wants to hire Dee to prove that she did not kill Benny. Little does Dee know, that her car accident and this new case are linked.
This book has a really well-written storyline. Dee is able to find more and more information about the people in Zar’s family and those who are close to them. What I really enjoyed was the lighthearted dialogue between Zar and Dee. These characters really meshed well even though Zar is only a child. His over-the-top intelligence and different way of thinking make his character cherishable. Dee is patient with him and takes on a caring, motherly role despite the fact that she is a badass.
The only thing that I had a hard time with in the book was the number of characters that were seemingly irrelevant to the story. There were several main characters, but there were also several supporting characters that I felt did not really add to the story. This included Hilary, the nurse, Reader, the nomadic nephew of another character, and Abshir, Dee’s coworker, who appears here and there in the story. There were also other background characters that came in and out of the story. All of the characters made it difficult to remember who was who. I realize that this is Book Two in the series, and maybe the author is setting the reader up for future books, but if these books are to be written so readers don’t need to read them in order, it would be helpful to take out a few of the irrelevant characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed 9 Days. I found it to be fast-paced with a fantastic, strong-willed, likable main character. I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series as well as any future books.
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