By Lisa Maas. Published by Black Rose Writing.
Softcover, 238 pages, Colour, 2022.
Calli Westbrook is a failure. Well, maybe she's not a failure, but her amazing private eye themed business certainly is. All she wants to do is tuck her fedora under her arm, retreat to suburbia, and lose herself in a cozy mystery. Instead, she comes home to find her girlfriend in the arms of another woman.
Now sleeping on the couch in the office she can no longer afford, Calli's luck takes a turn when a strange woman offers cash to sublet a room. But when the new tenant suddenly vanishes, Calli finds herself catapulted into a real-life mystery.
Enlisting the help of a motley crew of friends, neighbours, and a vagabond cat, Calli is on the case, discovering, perhaps for the first time, what she is truly made of.
From the back alleys and rooftops of Victoria's historic Chinatown to the stormy waterfront, Softboiled is a wild and rickety bike ride full of danger, daring, drones, friendship, typewriter repair, and a quirky cast of characters you won't soon forget.