in the bag is book two of the celeste eagan mystery series. i reviewed her first appearance (person of interest) earlier this year. and book two picks up about a month after the events of book one. and somehow celeste finds herself in the thick of another murder mystery! the way this happens actually seems to fit in with celeste's normal, so things never feel contrived.
when her best friend, levi is accused of murder and celeste is considered a possible accomplice she falls back on her sleuthing skills--mostly consisting of unrepentant nosiness--and works to clear her name and levi's. her confusing romance with detective shaw muldoon is also in play with some added complications from new suitor, suspect, possible mob guy gabriel grady, and appearances from kellen, the journalist she spent time with in person of interest.
what makes these books so entertaining is celeste's unique voice. she's funny but she's also insightful. her innate clumsiness and ability to land in the middle of a police operation is part of what drives the humor, but this also humanizes her and allows the plot to move forward. how she puts two and two together and solves the crime is well worth reading. she reminds me in many ways of a grown up and modern flavia de luce. and since i adore flavia, i have to admit that i kind of love celeste too.
**in the bag will publish on january 1, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/carina press in exchange for my honest review.