Gator Queen

· Critters and Criminals Book 1 · 8th Note Press
2 reviews

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Full of laughs, hijinks, and a bit of steam, Gator Queen is a cozy mystery plus romance fusion perfect for fans of Arsenic and Adobo and To Have and to Heist.

“You’re the girl who traps gators?” Maggie Andrews is used to this question. Even in the quirky town of Wahoo, Florida, twenty-five-year-old Maggie is an anomaly—a tiny but tough female gator trapper who isn’t afraid to get dirty. To fulfill her father’s dying wish, Maggie’s left her job at the Boston Zoo and returned home to take over the family gator business. Reunited with her twin sister Vera, who is opening the town’s first romance bookstore, Maggie’s ready to embrace her wild side.

Enter Jack Bianchi—a young criminology professor from Miami who is renting a room from the twins. Jack’s hot as hell, smart, and good with Maggie’s kitten, Catsy Cline. But while Maggie’s debating whether she has time for a steamy fling, Vera’s getting into hot water. A rival gator trapper turns up dead in a swamp after a spat with the twins, and bullets from Vera’s stolen gun are found in the body. Maggie knows her sister isn’t a killer, and it’s up to Maggie to prove it.

As she peels back the layers of small-town secrets, Maggie and Jack team up— fake (or maybe not so fake?) dating to help the investigation. It turns out that finding the real killer is far more dangerous than trapping an angry twelve-footer. Despite the twists and turns, Maggie isn’t about to let her family’s legacy, Vera’s bookstore, or her situationship with Jack, go down without a fight.

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2 reviews
Andrea Romance
March 27, 2024
In Wahoo, Florida, petite gator trapper Maggie reunites with her twin Vera after their father’s death. Their lives take an unexpected turn when Vera’s gun is linked to a murder. Maggie and charming criminology professor Jack pretend to date while investigating the dangerous truth. Love this! The writing style is engrossing, the characters fun, and the plot fast-moving and suspenseful. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received.
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Kristen Lewendon
March 26, 2024
Oh my gosh. That was one heck of a ride. I kind of don’t know what to say about this book other than that it was a ridiculous lot of fun. The mystery was good. There were several possible suspects, and I was kept guessing who the ultimate villain would turn out to be for most of the book. I’m not sure that I really got to know Maggie or her sister very well (yet) so I’m quite curious to see where this series is going to take them in the future.
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