Review: Workman’s Complication

Title: Workman’s Complication (McCall & Company #1)

Author: Rich Leder

Rating: ★★★★

Provided Synopsis: Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

Review:  Kate McCall is an actor. But is she more than that as well?

Upon the sudden murder of her father, Kate is bequeathed his private investigations business — complete with the unfinished cases he left behind. Written on a napkin and kept amongst his files are notes that might lead to those responsible for his death. And with the police unable to follow the lack of clues left by the killer, Kate decides to take matters into her own hands. Not only does her years-long experience as an aspiring actor provide her with plenty of disguises to go undercover, but the members of her off-off-off-off broadway company are more than willing to provide their services, too. When those colorful characters combine with the tenants of the building Kate is a supervisor for, the result is plenty of hilarity along the way.

Workman’s Complication surprised me. I was immediately taken in by Kate, those around her, and the city of New York. I typically do not read many contemporary detective stories, yet this book has caused me to rethink that decision based upon how much fun I had with it. There is not one case to solve, but two — the second of which gives the book its name, as Kate must expose a construction worker who wants to sue his employer based upon a fraudulent injury. As she immerses herself fully within the trade of her father there are moments of blundering mistakes and belated enlightenment. But Kate grows on you. As do the rest of the cast of supporting characters, whom I hope the reader gets more of a chance to experience with greater depth now that the initial introductions have been in.

In conclusion, I consider Workman’s Complication to be a great start to a new series. Those who want to be entertained by their reading material should be sure to give this one a fair shot. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by it, too.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)


3 thoughts on “Review: Workman’s Complication

  1. Thank you for reading my book, Cam. I’m grateful for your time and your kind words. I’m glad you had fun with Workman’s Complication. I had a blast writing it. Kate and her crew get into trouble all over again in the second book, Swollen Identity, and I’m writing the third book as we speak. Again, many thanks for your happy 4-star review.


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