Skin and Blond

Skin and Blond

by V. J. Chambers

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Dark. Raw. Gritty. Blond.
from USA Today bestselling author V. J. Chambers

Ever since blond detective Ivy Stern got herself kicked off the police force for "sexual conduct unbecoming an officer," she's been slumming it as a private investigator. But she's handling the fact her life is in shambles just fine, thank you very much. She manages to get up to open her office by the crack of noon every day, no matter how hungover she is or whose bed she woke up in.

When Miles Pike, head of homicide and her it's-complicated-ex-boyfriend, refers a distraught man to her, Ivy's ready to get cracking. Her new client is frustrated that the police are treating what he thinks is clearly his sister's murder as a run-of-the-mill missing persons case.

Well, Ivy's good with murder. Real good. And this case has her intrigued. There's no evidence that the victim has been killed, but she's gone, leaving everything behind from her cell phone to her credit cards. Everything except her bed sheets.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151064736
Publisher: Punk Rawk Books
Publication date: 08/22/2015
Series: Blond Noir Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 556,974
File size: 2 MB

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Skin and Blond 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't fathom the point of this book! Sleeping around with random men, non-stop, while solving a missing person's case might have been okay if the story would have been much more entertaining! Gets a case gets drunk have random sex. Gets clues on case gets drunk have random sex. Talks to a few people gets drunk have random sex. Gets a lead gets drunk have random sex! Cant find a link.....i know, lets get drunk have random sex!!!! See the pattern? I kept thinking okay okay i get it your nympho. Its been explained repeatedly that you're a nympho who loves having sex GOT IT! The plot to this book evolved around her non-stop sex life!!! Got old after awhile. I cant recommend thus book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really just so unrealistic .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, fast-paced read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Great read! Suspenseful and crazy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fails the suspension of disbelief test.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quirky. Human. Fun. Insightful people struggling with purpose thuough the crime scene of life. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clueless women as a detective. She believed that every suspect was telling the truth? Pathethic book, stupid women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an OK read. It was repetitive and main character wasn't very likeable.
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
Got to page 8. The non stop sex was boring. The main character needs to figure out a way to keep her panties on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only finished reading to find out who killer was. Won't be reading any more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't leave this book laying around where anyone under the age of 18 can get their hands on it. I'm no prude by any means, but this one was way to raunchy for me. Sorry could have been decent if only we did'nt have to wade thru an alcoholic's mattress hoping. Sorry can't recommend!
PaulBadger More than 1 year ago
Total confession, I picked up this book because I was bored out of my mind with the things I had been reading, and thought I could use a "return to base" as I have always loved detective stories, going back to A.C.D. and Raymond Chandler. V.J. Chambers did not disappoint. What we get in this first book in the Blond Noir series are pretty solid characters, many of the mandatory "noir" elements (in the vein of Raymond Chandler), a killer who actually does not come from central casting, and some dialog that made me chuckle. All of this made for a pretty decent experience. Our cast: Ivy Stern, disgraced police officer turned private investigator Miles Pike, Ivy's ex-boyfriend and police captain Crane Drakeley, English professor and sometimes-sex partner of Ivy's (Ivy's sex life is a plot point, trust me) Brigit Johansen, Ivy's newly hired secretary The lesser cast, some likely only for this book, others appearing to present potential for future stories, do come a bit out of central casting, but this is noir, we should expect nothing less. We have the killer, the mobsters, the suspects, the drug dealers, and the person who hires Ivy. Far be it from me to telegraph the ending, which actually made the feel like Chandler had come back was picked a female character to lead some new stories (did I mention I am a huge Chandler fan?) and, like Phillip Marlowe, she stumbles onto threads of the story completely by accident, which means the reader has no more idea of what is happening than Ivy does. I should caution the reader: if some semi-graphic depictions of sex addiction and binge drinking are going to offend you, stay clear of this book. It does noir very well, and Ivy is quite the fallen character as we start out. Part of her appeal to me is that she is not some white knight, but neither is she some bum. She has standards, even if she falls short of them, and some of the best dialog in the book centers around Brigit or Miles reeling her back from the abyss. Also of great appeal is that the main plot pulls in threads that clearly telegraph future books; the landscape of the story is expansive and the lesser cast clearly matters to the author. V.J. Chambers does something special here: we get a female lead, but she is a detective first and foremost. Being a woman serves her well, even if it also leads to a VERY disturbing scene when she tries to pull a stunt on a mobster. But a detective can take a beating, and she sure does. Pick up this book, seriously. Its not a long read, and I am pretty sure that if you like noir, this book will hit all of the right buttons for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ugly story line was ok but who wants to hire an alcoholic pi an trashy slur gets a life ivy