The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool


Author: Richard Yancey

Title: The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 261

Geographical Setting: Knoxville, Tennessee and Tybee Island, Georgia

Time Period: Current

Series: The Highly Effective Detective Series, number 3

Plot Summary: The beautiful Katrina Bates hires unlicensed private investigator, Teddy Ruzak, to provide proof that her husband of twenty years, Tom, is having an affair. Katrina soon fires Teddy, after he calls and confronts Tom about his cheating ways, instead of secretly following him. As Teddy struggles to keep his PI company open, even though he has failed the state of Tennessee’s licensing exam three times, he discovers that Katrina Bates is missing. Katrina’s soon to be ex-husband insists that she has a pattern of running away for weeks at a time, but Teddy isn’t sure that he should trust Tom. When Katrina’s long-estranged father gives Teddy a puzzling key, he is certain he has a mystery on his hands. Teddy’s eccentric dialog and observations will keep readers laughing through this compelling mystery.

Subject Headings: Extramarital relations; missing persons; husband and wife; detectives; Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; mystery stories; humorous stories

Appeal: compelling, steady, humorous, suspenseful, quirky, well-drawn characters, investigative, character- centered, contemporary, details of Knoxville, Tennessee, smart dialect, and  concise

3 Terms That Best Describe This Book: humorous, quirky characters, and smart dialect

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