December 6, 2010 / ISBN 978-1933515793
by Dennis Collins
“More or Less Investigations” is the name of the freshly
licensed detective agency run by Skip Moore and James Lessor. With
next to no experience in private investigations the pair needs to
accept any sort of paying job available. Skip Moore sells and installs
household alarm systems and James has just taken a job as marketing
director for a traveling carnival.
The carnival known as Moe Shows has recently been plagued by a
series of suspicious accidents, one of which produced a fatality.
Moe Bradley, owner of Moe Shows hires the pair to look into the
string of mishaps to see if there has been any sabotage. Even the
nebulous and naïve detectives have to wonder why they were
contracted for a large fee even though they had no references or
track record. But they accept the deal and blunder ahead.
The investigation is barely underway when one of the concessionaires
is found murdered in his travel trailer.
Skip’s girlfriend Em shows up to provide a little logic and
organization to the inquiry and their P.I. buddy Jody comes to the
rescue to supply them with state of the art electronic surveillance
devices with the promise to “bill you later.”
It seems as if all of the carnies know why Skip and James are aboard.
The rookie detectives face obstacles at every turn. At one point
a pair of ride operators try to scare them with a ferocious ride
on the “Dragon’s Tail” and a Tequila swilling
dwarf who runs the petting zoo makes them feel most unwelcome. James
is assaulted in the fun house and one of the staff’s dogs
even steals Skip’s spy pen.
To make matters worse the boyfriend of one of Moe Bradley’s
two sisters, who co-own Moe Shows, imposes a deadline on Skip and
James to come up with some answers.
Author Don Bruns keeps this story moving at a high rate of speed.
His characters appear to run in circles at times but there are good
reasons for everything that happens in the book. The humorous dialog
keeps things from slowing down even when bringing out otherwise
potentially boring details.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is a really fun book
to read and it’s just light enough to consume in large chunks.