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World-traveler, blogger, book lover… finding beauty everywhere she looks. Mina De Caro is Italian, born and raised in small-town Southern Italy, close to medieval castles and archeological sites. She is now based in Pennsylvania where she lives with her family, but there are three different countries in the world that she has the pleasure to call home. Mina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bari in Italy with a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Visual arts, traveling and her blog Mina’s Bookshelf are her favorite hobbies. With a background as export manager and a wide experience as international sales specialist, the only lands she hasn't had the chance to touch yet are the Artica/Antartica and Oceania. In an era of high-tech gadgets and electronic readers, Mina is very protective of her books, so whatever she is reading follows her around the house… with two little kids you never know when and where a crayon may leave a mark.

Review Of Popped Off By Jeffrey Allen

(Photo Credit: Kensington Books)

(Photo Credit: Kensington Books)

“As usual, I was the only male in the room, the rest of the waiting parents being moms who were either just coming or on the way to spinning class or a tennis match or whatever else the moms of Rose Petal did during the day. I was an anomaly in Rose Petal – a father who stayed at home – and was regularly viewed with a raised eyebrow whenever I ventured somewhere new during a time of the day when most other dads were at a desk.”

The uneventful life of full-time dad Deuce Winter took an interesting turn, in the first book of the Stay At Home Dad Mysteries series, when he decided to become a part-time detective. In this hilarious new installment authored by Jeffrey Allen (alter-ego of national best-selling mystery writer Jeff Shelby), a small Texas town has to deal with the disappearance of the local youth soccer league president and the theft of the league’s funds.  With the help of his quirky and unlikely business partner, Deuce will solve the mystery and restore order in the palsy-walsy community of Rose Petal all while successfully juggling his jobs as a full-time parent of a four year old girl, efficient household manager, and loving husband of a high-profile attorney.

Popped Off was a down-right funny read and a very good combination of clever mystery plot and hilarious situation comedy. The book is frothing with laugh-out-loud dialogues, quirky characters (how to forget Deuce’s dad ranting over Facebook, the business partner Victor, or the air-headed but ruthless girls from the college sorority) and some very tender and romantic moments.

The Verdict: I strongly believe that the ability to inject spot-on humor at every turn of a story takes natural talent and a considerable amount of writing skill. For a quick and amusing read, I would recommend the entire series: pick it up from the prequel, Stay At Home Dead, and keep an eye on the upcoming third installment Father Knows Death.

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Kensington Books

Author: Jeffrey Allen

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