I am hopelessly in love with Erin Huss’s fabulous series, ” Cambria Clyne ” mysteries. Wow. Every page makes me laugh, there’s a great thrill and an unexpected twist but I love how, Cambria Clyne, the new property manager for Elder Property Management in LA, gets the better of the police in solving crimes. A complete entertainer, this series deserves nothing less than 100/100. Too good to be missed.
FRENCH VANILLA & FELONIES
Cambria Clyne Mysteries book #1
Cambria Clyne is looking for a job and applies for the post of property manager with Patrick from the Elder Property Management owned by the McGills. She has a three-year-old daughter, Lillie, with Tom Dreyer, an attorney. The story begins on a very humorous note which I won’t like to reveal or spoil. Cambria meets a handsome hunk, Chase, the maintenance man for the property while filling a questionnaire at the interview. Fortunately, in spite of her weird answers, she gets selected for the job and Joyce, the current manager who’s going to retire, gives her necessary on the job training. During the training period, Cambria checks the voicemail left for Joyce to address the various issues faced by the tenants on the property. One such call by Kenneth is a weird message that ends up abruptly. Cambria is intrigued.
Later that day, when she tries to dispose the rotten tuna sandwich, she’s shocked to find a bag containing stolen credit cards and wallets and…..the dead body of Kenneth Fisk from Apartment 21, and the caller with the weird message. Cambria’s curiosity gets the better of her as she tries to figure out what did Kenneth see that got him killed. Then follows a healthy dosage of humor and suspense.Will Cambria succeed in solving a complicated case, that almost gets her arrested for a crime that she didn’t not commit, owing to a conspiracy to frame her? I especially loved the mother-daughter interaction between Cambria and her daughter, Lilly. The description of the tenants and their list of complaints to Cambria adds more fun to the story.
ROCKY ROAD & REVENGE
Cambria Clyne Mysteries book #2
Cambria finds an urn from Apartment 17 vacated by the tenant, Steph Woo. She sees ‘Mom’ written on the vase. Her best friend, Amy, an upcoming actress in Hollywood, tells her that she’s now cursed for possessing the urn belonging to someone else. As if to prove the point, her wax warmer starts a fire accidentally, which is contained to the lobby thankfully. This is followed by the murder of Jessica Wilders, a famous actress known for her character Lola Darling in the popular TV series, Ghost Confidential.
Cambria’s boyfriend, Chase Cruller, who was the maintenance man in the first book, is actually a detective in LAPD. Her best friend, Amy plays the role of a medium in the show and hates Jessica. She ( Amy) becomes the top suspect in the case owing to her strained relationship with her deceased co-star. Cambria can’t see her friend behind bars and starts investigating the case. A string of misfortune piles up as two more people, Jessica’s assistant, Zahra, and her onscreen husband, Lance Holstrom, are found dead. Will Cambria succeed in nabbing the real culprit as she puts her life in danger to save her friend? Awesome story with plenty of humor, especially with Little Lilly, asking innocent questions. Your smile will never leave your face in spite of the heinous crimes.
DOUBLE FUDGE & DANGER
Cambria Clyne Mysteries book #3
Cambria is watching Celebrity Tango with her daughter, Lilly, good friends Mr. and Mrs.Nguyen and Kevin, her neighbor and the son of the owners of the building. Her best friend, Amy Magnolia, is a participant. Suddenly, she receives, a phone call from Dolores Rocklynn from Apartment 105 in the next building, stating that her Apartment is flooded with water. She asks her to contact her manager, Violet. But Violet isn’t picking up the calls. Cambria is contemplating her next move, when she receives another call, from the tenant, Julia, in her building stating that someone was trying to break into her apartment. Kevin accompanies Cambria to investigate and they discover the stranger is none other Larry, a tenant, always complaining of ill health, who’s locked out of the patio. They visit Julia to reassure her that there was no other problem. Meanwhile, Cambria visits the next building to attend to the complaint of Dolores about the apartment.
She’s surprised to find Dolores claiming that they had called for the plumber and she needn’t enter her house. Cambria smells something fishy. She tries calling Violet but in vain. She takes the staircase to Violet’s apartment, but a stranger in a hood, dashes past her to make her fall. The maintenance man, Antonio, follows her to Violet’s apartment which is cracked open. They hear the turn off the running water in the bathroom which is the main source of the flood. Violet’s purse and phone are still in the apartment and she discovers a trail of blood. She suspects a foul play and calls 911. Chase arrives with his colleague, Detective Hampton.
Meanwhile, a stranger is spying on Cambria’s neighborhood. What happened to Violet? Is she dead or alive? And a dangerous stalker on the prowl. Read this super comical thriller.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in the series. If you ever feel stressed or burned out, get this book and poof! Your stress will vanish like a magic. A very hilarious and super thrilling series which I highly recommend for reading.
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