Like Stephanie Plum on steroids. Catarina “Cat” DeLuca is on a wild and funny ride from the opening sentence of Sticks and Stones: A Cat DeLuca Mystery. After a short-lived marriage to a serial cheater Cat establishes Pants On Fire Detective Agency where she specializes in getting the goods on wayward spouses. Or, as her momma puts it, she’s a “hoochie stalker.” And she is good at it. She scales balconies, and teeters out side hotel windows to capture the Kodak Moment.
In K.J. Larsen's follow-up to Liar, Liar: A Cat DeLuca Mystery, Cat has just solved the case of the cheating husband of Cleo Jones, who has become a de facto partner. Losing Walter was no loss, and Cleo had the satisfaction of filling his butt full of buck shot when they parted. But Cleo has her eyes on more than divorce court when it comes to Walter, who has skipped out with Cleo’s treasured dog, her money, her clothes, and worst of all Cleo’s sister, “the Ho.”
When Cleo shows up at the office driving Walter’s Corvette, Cat reluctantly agrees to help Cleo pack up some of her furniture and belongings while Walter and The Ho sister are out. Once they arrive at Walters hide out apartment, Cleo grabs her dog, her clothes, a prized Tiffany Lamp, and a designer bag full of money. Switching back to Cleo’s Camry — because it’ll carry more swag than the Vette — Cat and Cleo discover that the dog is coated in blood. Back inside they find Walter, dead.
When Cat calls the cops, they naturally suspect Cleo, and Cleo obligingly was caught on surveilance tape detailing how she was going to murder his cheating ‘heart’. And as if to aid their case, Cleo can’t keep her mouth shut and almost gets Cat arrested along with herself. Fortunately, Cat’s family are Chicago cops going back numerous generations and Cat sets off to find the real killer. Unfortunately, Walter has screwed over everybody he has ever met, or so it seems. Among the people he owes or has cheated or blackmailed money from are loan sharks, gamblers, and a lowlife businessman.