Last Call

Last Call

by Libby Kirsch

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A dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run.

Unfazed after finding a body behind the dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take up residence in the corner booth until the murderer is caught, Janet is forced to get involved.

She'd rather be dealing with unruly customers, but instead Janet reluctantly mounts her own investigation to find out if the dead man's complicated past could have anything to do with his death, whether an unreliable employee's absence is mere coincidence, and why police are purposefully feeding her bad information about the case.

Janet's sharp tongue and coarse personality make her the guilty pleasure heroine you've always wanted. Get lost in Last Call today.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161854785
Publisher: Sunnyside Press NY
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Janet Black Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,733
File size: 676 KB

About the Author

Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning reporter whose work has also been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, and RTDNA.

She has 8 book babies (THE BIG LEAD, THE BIG INTERVIEW, THE BIG OVERNIGHT, THE BIG WEEKEND, THE BIG JOB, LAST CALL, LAST MINUTE, LAST CHANCE), and 3 real life babies. In fact, her entry into motherhood was announced in dramatic fashion on live TV by Phil Donahue when he visited the set of her morning news program, and now her three young children enjoy regular dramatic outbursts for which she can, sadly, only blame herself.

She is the author of the award-winning Stella Reynolds Mystery Series and the Janet Black Mystery Series, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “excellent escapist entertainment.”

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Last Call 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Didnt flow. Not much of a story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun mystery, not sure who the 'bad guy' is until the end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Could not finish it iboring
KimHeniadis 7 months ago
This one has potential, but I don’t know if it’s enough for me to read the next book in the series, Last Minute. I liked the idea of the series taking place in a bar, because I think it has a lot of potential. There are so many different characters that can inhabit this world. There’s also a lot of conceivable drink recipe competitions, bar fights, and theme night mishaps, that could add some humor to this story. I think the two things that put me off were how unlikable Janet was, and I didn’t really like her boyfriend either. I realize Kirsch was using his profession for the reason why he couldn’t communicate with Janet, but it just wasn’t justified enough for me. And I think having a main character, who is at least a little likeable, is pretty important. Especially in the first book in the series! There’s also the story itself, it just wasn’t fast paced enough. Instead of giving us a detailed description of running around doing errands, but not accomplishing anything, dive deeper into the characters backgrounds and personalities. And I know in a lot of mysteries, especially cozies, the police are on the stupid side, but I felt they were especially stupid. If you need your detectives that stupid, so your main character can solve the mystery, perhaps the story needs to be reworked. Some of the characters have a lot of potential, especially the women who work at the bar. I hope Kirsch delves more into their stories. If she does that, adds some more zany bar customers, and tightens up the plot, I think this series could head in the right direction.
zider 7 months ago
Good quick read. I didn't figure who the killer was which was nice for a change. But let's get some variety in the names of characters. Nell, Mell and O'Dell.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the main character.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is good but it needs to move a little smoother from one part of the story to another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story w/ fun characters.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Janet Black and her boyfriend, Jason, bought The Spot, a bar in Knoxville, a little over a year ago. Recently, Janet has noticed that some money has been missing. Her bouncer, Frank, is a former police officer and seems to prefer calling the police rather than trying to calm the situation. This is a problem for Janet who is getting fed up with his attitude. Ike Freeman is one of the bar's regulars and he frequently gets very drunk and ends up having a cab called to take him home. After one such evening, Ike Freeman is found the next morning beside the dumpster under some trash bags and he is very dead. The detectives assigned to the case are Mark Finch and Patrick O'Dell. O'Dell questions Janet and the staff, while Finch roams around the bar looking for anything that might be evidence. When Jason tells them that his security system was hacked and he has no video to show what happened, Finch does not believe him and seems dead set to prove that Jason had something to do with Ike's death. While asking around, Janet learns that Ike had killed a bicyclist ten years earlier while driving drunk, but had never been held accountable. Who killed Ike? Why was he killed? Can Janet prove Jason's innocence and help discover the real killer? This is the first book in a new series by Libby Kirsch. Although there is no graphic violence or sex, there is a sprinkling of strong language. The language is done in a unique way, since Janet has a "Swear Jar" in the bar that gets used on several occasions. The story has a couple of sub-plots along with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to keep you guessing. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Janet Black, co-owner of the Spot Bar, is worried about the money that is missing from the nightly till. Which of her employees could be stealing from her? She has her partner and lover, Jason, wire the bar with security cameras to catch the thief. Janet thought this was the worst of her troubles until she finds a body behind the bar near the dumpster. The police are all over the scene especially after the security camera near where the body was found was covered with tape and the system was down. Who could have wanted the man dead? Was his past crime involved in his death? Will Jason be a suspect? Janet will have to try to figure out who is the killer in order to save her partner and the bar. A very entertaining mystery with a strong female lead and a variety of interesting characters. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One star. Very slow, poorly written book. It doesn't flow, & a lot of details don't match up. Well, at least it was free.