Charlotte Illes is Not a Detective by Katie Siegel is cozy LGBT+ mystery that follows the story of former child detective Charlotte Illes. The 25-year-old spends most of her time looking for a job, going on only first dates and denying her natural abilities as a super sleuth. One day her brother calls her on the old blue detective landline. He has a case that he wants her to solve.
So Charlotte travels to New York City to check out the story of her brother’s girlfriend’s work mystery. At first, she believes that it will be an open and shut case that she can solve in a day or so. The case involves possible kidnappings, murder and an unbelievably hostile work environment. It’s a lot more complicated than the simple cases that Charlotte had when she was a kid.
Charlotte is brilliant but for reasons unknown to her seems to be in a rut. She doesn’t seem to be able to move forward with personal or professional relationships. She’s still living at home with her mom. Charlotte is capable and smart so why is she failing to launch?
Her besties, Lucy and Gabe, join her in New York City to help investigate. Gabe is one of my favorite characters. He’s a trans man, an influencer on the rise and charming as can be. Gabe is the wild card while Lucy is the voice of reason. Everybody needs friend dynamic like this one.
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy then it is very likely that you will enjoy this book. Some reviewers think that younger adults will like it more than old people. I think that most adults will like this book regardless of their age.
However, if you are closed-minded about sexual orientation or gender identity, then you might be too weird for this book. Nothing offensive happens in the book except murder and workplace hostility, which is what we really should be offended by.
I guess if you are a criminal, homophobic or a homophobic criminal then I suggest reading Dumbest Criminals Ever: 200 + True Crime Dummies.
- I received this ebook from NetGalley. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.