Never Happened
Debra Webb
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Never Happened
Debra Webb
304 pages
July 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Alex Jackson is a happily single, sexy 40-year-old who owns her own business: Never Happened, a service company that cleans up messes. The mess usually happens to be the aftermath of a death, whether by murder, suicide or natural cause. While the job is obviously gruesome, Alex takes pride in her work. Her best friend, Shannon, works for her, as does Alex’s recovering alcoholic mother, Marg, a studious man dubbed ‘The Professor,’ and last but not least, Brown, a transvestite.

This piece of evidence got a detective and Alex’s former lover killed, and Alex thinks his death is a murder while the police think it was an accident. Alex does her own sleuthing to get to the bottom of the matter. After all, she owes it to her former lover and friend, a nice man who wanted the long-term commitment from Alex that she was unwilling to give to him. While Alex investigates the murder, she runs into a mysterious, good-looking man named Austin. He is clearly a player in the murder, but Alex does not know whose side he is on – she just knows that he is on her tail.

Never Happened is an enjoyable, light mystery that has a nice blend of humor and sleuthing. While Alex investigates, she waxes eloquent on her personal life and begins to wonder “what if” she was willing to give a commitment and settle down with one man. Alex’s employees are a zany group and I enjoyed reading about them. Fans of mystery and romance will enjoy Never Happened.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Shannon Bigham, 2006

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