Warner, Dec 2003, 5.99, 353 pp.
Five years as a Vegas private detective Charlee Champagne fears little. However, one of her two phobias arrives at the Sikes Detective Agency when wealthy investment banker CHARMED AND DANGEROUS hunk Mason Gentry charges through the door. An irate Mason demands to know where his grandfather is. Apparently, he vanished with a half a million dollars in embezzled funds. Charlee has no idea what the crazed man is talking about, but he insists her partner Maybelline Sikes does.
Though she has difficulty accepting her grandmother Maybelline would do anything nasty, Charlee takes Mason to Maybelline's home to see what they can learn. Not only is she surprisingly not there, but someone tries to kill them. As they follow the trail to Los Angeles, the banker and the sleuth fall in love, but first must insure their respective grandparent is safe from someone willing to kill to insure the real felon remains hidden.
Private investigative screwball romance readers will be pleased with the Wilde LICENSE TO KILL. The story line is part amusement and part dangerous sleuthing with a gender reversal of roles. Charlee and Mason are delightful as opposites falling in love even as they follow the money to Hollywood. The support cast adds wackiness to the mix even those who seem upper crust straight elitists (his side of course) as fans will enjoy this jocular caper on the wild side.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner