Choke – Review


Everyone has a dream job that they really want. Some want to become lawyers, others doctors and one young girl wants nothing more than to become a Private Investigator. Immy has a goal not quit her job as a waitress, go back to school and learn about becoming a Private Eye and following her dreams.

But, fate steps in and plays its own hand and what happens changes the course of her life and her mother’s too. When the Chief of Police comes to question her mother she decides it’s time to try out what she hopes will be her new PI skills that she hopes to learn from reading The Moron’s Compleat Guide to Becoming a PI in order words PI for Dummies. So, armed with her book and her notepad Imogene is going to investigate her Uncle Huey’s murder, which is why the Police Chief came to her door. It seems after she left the diner and quit her job there someone came in and killed her uncle by stuffing a bag of frozen sausages down his throat. Not that original but nonetheless quite effective.

Questioning the girl who works in the beauty parlor, getting her hair done and then finding one of the deputies Immy hopes to build her own case and find out who killed her Uncle and why her mother was taken in by the Chief to be questioned or maybe arrested. But, there is much more to this hilarious story. Imagine Immy as a PI working in a PI’s office. Then, Immy remembers what happened to her father and wonders what why her mother is still at the police station for so many hours. Finding out what happened to her uncle she more facts about the murder and the robbery that took place at the same time.

Taking her trusty Moron’s Compleat PI Guide, she goes off to the station to come up with a plan to get her mother out and solve the crime. A fast thinking Immy, one swift getaway and the two women are as she puts it on the lam. Just picturing the two of them running out of the station after setting of the fire alarm is hilarious. Referring to another book she learns about the use of disguises in order to escape the law. She and Hortense, her mother hold up in a motel, she sneaks back into their house gets some clothes has someone buy some stuff at a costume store and the rest well you won’t believe it. It you can picture this you will definitely crack more than just a smile and really fall in love with these two zany women as they try to prove Who Killed Uncle Huey using the two clues at hand.

One is the sausage and the other a footprint of a cowboy boot which leads are prospective PI to list every male and even some females in town. Cowboy boots are the norm for those living there. So Who Killed Huey? Well Xenia the waitress quit the same day Immy did over her last pay check. Her boyfriend Frankie is angry since she lost control of her car and is in critical condition in the hospital. Clem works there but did he do it? The suspect list is short and the two main suspects are Immy and her mother according to the police. The rest remains to be seen as I continue my review of this very creative and funny novel Choke. I guess that’s what happened when they stuffed the sausage down poor Uncle Huey’s throat he did more than CHOKE!

The fun is still not over as Immy returns to the scene of the crime, calls in an anonymous tip, and gets someone hauled in and goes to visit another in the hospital. Fleeing again going back to the motel Immy after getting more provisions, reads the newspaper and forget that the chili is cooking and instead well you guessed it our girls started another fire and this time it was their motel. But, fret not out of every bad incident the police will find their own hot lining of meth being made in one of the rooms occupied by one her Immy’s so called friends. Poor Baxter just wanted to cook up some meth instead he got cooked. So, where are our two jailbirds now? You won’t believe where they escaped to or how. More clues need to be processed and more plans worked out, as our PI hopeful will not give up until she clears her mother’s name. So, why did Xenia return to the diner? Did she know Hugh was dead? What part does Frankie play and whom does he want Uncle Guido to whack? Just wait and see.

One fast paced novel that will keep the reader on his/her toes enjoying the action and waiting to find out what our Immy will come up with next. Clues that are scant, yet there. Determined to use her PI books to help solve the case before he big interview with the PI firm the following week, just what will keep these two out of the lockup?

The misunderstanding mount up. Immy starts her new job thinking she is going out on her first case but instead gets bogged down with typing invoices and paperwork which is definitely not in either one of her manuals. The suspect list includes Xenia, Clem, Hortense, Immy, Baxter and even Uncle Guido and Frankie. Who killed Uncle Huey and why you have to find out for yourself before you get tangle up in one of her wild plans or schemes? Just how she goes about figuring it out you won’t believe and I won’t tell you. Let’s just say her PI skills are not too bad for a beginner and maybe the police department needs to hire her to replace their desk person Tabitha. Filled with manic, mayhem and much more Imogene Duckworthy is a force to be reckoned with and takes on life by a storm.

With a mother who uses vocabulary that stumps her and needs to be defined, a little girl named Drew who is totally precious and adorable our Immy is one great gal whose persistence, drive and wild ideas just might get her killed or maybe a PI’s license. Does Xenia ever wake up from her coma? What role does Frankie play if any in getting poor Immy in trouble and what role does Baxter play? This you need to read and find out for yourself.  This is a great debut novel with a great new character who is quite different than most PI’s. Let’s hope she comes back soon. Great characters that are well defined and really quite unique and a Police Chief and assistant you have to love, can’t wait for the next one. A definite must read for mystery lovers.

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