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Charlie Davies is not really qualified to solve a murder. She's not really qualified to do anything, unless it involves publicly embarrassing herself. She's great at that. "The funniest book I've ever read... It gave me stomach cramps from laughing so much!" - Morgana Best, best-selling mystery author When Charlie's former high-school nemesis, James McKenzie, is accused of h Charlie Davies is not really qualified to solve a murder. She's not really qualified to do anything, unless it involves publicly embarrassing herself. She's great at that. "The funniest book I've ever read... It gave me stomach cramps from laughing so much!" - Morgana Best, best-selling mystery author When Charlie's former high-school nemesis, James McKenzie, is accused of his uncle's murder, he jokingly offers Charlie twenty thousand dollars and a house if she can clear his name. Charlie decides to take him up on the deal. What's the worst that could happen, right?  Oh yes, she actually thought that.  Unfortunately, that means McKenzie keeps hanging around, annoying her, and sometimes (even worse) being nice. The audacity of this guy. Things start to heat up a little for Charlie. Not in that way. (But kind of in that way.) And what if, after all this, McKenzie has tricked her? What if he's guilty? What if she doesn't get paid? Charlie might actually go insane. Or, you know, end up dead. Either way, what a ride, right? ***Contains some swearing.*** 'Losing Your Head' is the first book in The Charlie Davies Mysteries. If you enjoy soft-boiled mysteries with a snarky heroine, give this series a try! Make sure to head to clarekauter.com/freestuff to pick up your free starter library! Books in this series:1. Losing Your Head2. Unfinished Sentence3. Graceless4. Higher Learning 5. Santa's Little Helper0. Short Fuse (prequel - available free from clarekauter.com/freestuff)


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Charlie Davies is not really qualified to solve a murder. She's not really qualified to do anything, unless it involves publicly embarrassing herself. She's great at that. "The funniest book I've ever read... It gave me stomach cramps from laughing so much!" - Morgana Best, best-selling mystery author When Charlie's former high-school nemesis, James McKenzie, is accused of h Charlie Davies is not really qualified to solve a murder. She's not really qualified to do anything, unless it involves publicly embarrassing herself. She's great at that. "The funniest book I've ever read... It gave me stomach cramps from laughing so much!" - Morgana Best, best-selling mystery author When Charlie's former high-school nemesis, James McKenzie, is accused of his uncle's murder, he jokingly offers Charlie twenty thousand dollars and a house if she can clear his name. Charlie decides to take him up on the deal. What's the worst that could happen, right?  Oh yes, she actually thought that.  Unfortunately, that means McKenzie keeps hanging around, annoying her, and sometimes (even worse) being nice. The audacity of this guy. Things start to heat up a little for Charlie. Not in that way. (But kind of in that way.) And what if, after all this, McKenzie has tricked her? What if he's guilty? What if she doesn't get paid? Charlie might actually go insane. Or, you know, end up dead. Either way, what a ride, right? ***Contains some swearing.*** 'Losing Your Head' is the first book in The Charlie Davies Mysteries. If you enjoy soft-boiled mysteries with a snarky heroine, give this series a try! Make sure to head to clarekauter.com/freestuff to pick up your free starter library! Books in this series:1. Losing Your Head2. Unfinished Sentence3. Graceless4. Higher Learning 5. Santa's Little Helper0. Short Fuse (prequel - available free from clarekauter.com/freestuff)

30 review for Losing Your Head

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angie R Geissman

    Pretty good book. Started off really slow and I didn’t think I would like it but ended up picking up and being a pretty good book. I gave it 4 stars because the beginning. Once you get past that and into the story it was really good

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I wish I could give 3.5 stars... It was a good enough book that I just picked up book 2, but to tell the truth I almost abandoned it at the beginning. I'm not usually one to give up on a book so I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did because it picked up and became fairly delightful. Charlie sounds like someone I would love to hang out with. We have the same aversions (exercise and health food) and the same addiction (chocolate). What more do you need to cement a perfect friendship? I've got a coupl I wish I could give 3.5 stars... It was a good enough book that I just picked up book 2, but to tell the truth I almost abandoned it at the beginning. I'm not usually one to give up on a book so I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did because it picked up and became fairly delightful. Charlie sounds like someone I would love to hang out with. We have the same aversions (exercise and health food) and the same addiction (chocolate). What more do you need to cement a perfect friendship? I've got a couple other books on deck, then on to Unfinished Sentence.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Love it! I really enjoyed this. Its hard to find a good mystery with humour, and this ticks all the boxes. Looking forward to seeing what charlie gets up to next. Really enjoying the banter between her and James, its hilarious! And the ending was very cleverly done. Try it! You Wont be disappointed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This book was really quite good, it took some getting used to with her talking to herself etc. but it added to the book. And it actually made the book more interesting with the things she came up with. I also read the except of the next book of Clare's and it sounds interesting also, can't wait to read something else from this author. This book was really quite good, it took some getting used to with her talking to herself etc. but it added to the book. And it actually made the book more interesting with the things she came up with. I also read the except of the next book of Clare's and it sounds interesting also, can't wait to read something else from this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Great book. I loved it. It has everything a good book needs. Humor, mystery, likeable characters, great plot, and enough interest to make me want to read the rest of the series. I can totally relate to Charlie, she is a normal person. I like characters to be somone I would like to be friends with and I could picture that while reading this. Great job.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Carr

    Losing Your Head I totally loved this hilarious mystery. Charlie Davies is the. Princess of Snark!! I can really relate to Charlie and her clumsy disasters ( after all, I ran over myself with my car). I laughed out loud so often! Although the villains were no surprise, I was in to the end! Next!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    'Losing Your Head' completely surprised me. I loved it. Full of humor, crazy characters and a good mystery. Charlie is a mess. She's one of those characters that you shake your head at and wonder how they got as far as they did in life. But, for me, it made the story better. I look forward to reading more. 'Losing Your Head' completely surprised me. I loved it. Full of humor, crazy characters and a good mystery. Charlie is a mess. She's one of those characters that you shake your head at and wonder how they got as far as they did in life. But, for me, it made the story better. I look forward to reading more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Coco

    If you enjoy irony, this is for you. Plenty of LOL moments, there is a tiny cliff hanger but it won't spoil your enjoyment of the book, it's merely just a slight encouragement to continue with the series. If you enjoy irony, this is for you. Plenty of LOL moments, there is a tiny cliff hanger but it won't spoil your enjoyment of the book, it's merely just a slight encouragement to continue with the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J POOL

    Interesting little book Was not sure this was my thing,but glad I continued reading ,likeable characters crazy situations,murder and a budding romance among other things.Looking forward to the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eve Jones

    Stunning From the start I fell in love with the main character. She's funny, strong and in your face. Definitely going to be getting the next book as I am now hooked. I really enjoy the way Clare writes her books, even with dead bodies there is comedy. Stunning From the start I fell in love with the main character. She's funny, strong and in your face. Definitely going to be getting the next book as I am now hooked. I really enjoy the way Clare writes her books, even with dead bodies there is comedy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa G

    I picked up the book as it seemed to get good reviews... at first I was not so sure I would like the book but as I got into the story I ended up really enjoying it. Its a good light read. reminds me of a "Stephanie Plum" style novel with the Aussie twist. I picked up the book as it seemed to get good reviews... at first I was not so sure I would like the book but as I got into the story I ended up really enjoying it. Its a good light read. reminds me of a "Stephanie Plum" style novel with the Aussie twist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    paulette sarelli

    Great mystery Loved the way the author told this story. Great humor throughout. Loved the main character who was definitely a real nerd. Loved the ending. Can't wait to w the next book. Great mystery Loved the way the author told this story. Great humor throughout. Loved the main character who was definitely a real nerd. Loved the ending. Can't wait to w the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A real over the top mystery. Charlie seemed to hate everybody. Promised a house and a huge cash sum if she found out who killed James uncle. A lot of highly unlikely scenarios later the killers walk in on Charlie and James making cupcakes!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Had some humor, but probably won't read anymore. It read like a ya book, and may very well be but I didn't see any notation. Had some humor, but probably won't read anymore. It read like a ya book, and may very well be but I didn't see any notation.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue Shipley

    I couldn't finish this book. I liked the characters, but too much drama and chaos and inner talk. Charlie never seems to have a calm moment. I couldn't finish this book. I liked the characters, but too much drama and chaos and inner talk. Charlie never seems to have a calm moment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alina Popescu

    The laughing was a real problem. Hard to keep my tablet straight. Like really, it was embarrassing after a while. I love Charlie and the mystery was quite intriguing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    An ok read but too much juvenile dialogue; have to have not again and again. Too silly. Also, if you like this type of book, just read Janet Evanovich’s stephanie plum series and enjoy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou Graff

    Cute little mystery. Joking around with words. How interesting. Would like to see more descriptions describing characters. So we get a picture of them in our minds.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Wonderful Humorous and mysterious with a bit of romance thrown in. This is a very worthwhile book to read and I enjoyed it immensely.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea-Rose Hutton

    Just the best Funny, entertaining, what can I say. I love this series. It reminds me of the Stephanie Plum novels. I recommend them highly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melle

    Entertaining Good read including some humor. Unexpected ending. Enjoyed the cast of characters and their unusual relationships. Profiteers to another book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Petrea Burchard

    I give 5 stars to books that changed my life. "Losing Your Head" didn't change my life, but every page delighted me. It's a light-hearted mystery narrated in an irreverent and very funny voice, with laugh-out-loud moments throughout. I loved it. I give 5 stars to books that changed my life. "Losing Your Head" didn't change my life, but every page delighted me. It's a light-hearted mystery narrated in an irreverent and very funny voice, with laugh-out-loud moments throughout. I loved it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexi

    Buried under the layers of dry wit and the ridiculously embarrassing blunders of Charlie Davies, is a pretty damn solid murder mystery. While the book starts off with a larger focus on the characters of Gerongate, there's more than enough substance to keep you going until the meat of Charlies murder investigation truly gets going. Charlie Davies for some reason reminds me of a small(er) town, Australian Veronica Mars (except a bit more uncoordinated). Its an interesting take on the Private Invest Buried under the layers of dry wit and the ridiculously embarrassing blunders of Charlie Davies, is a pretty damn solid murder mystery. While the book starts off with a larger focus on the characters of Gerongate, there's more than enough substance to keep you going until the meat of Charlies murder investigation truly gets going. Charlie Davies for some reason reminds me of a small(er) town, Australian Veronica Mars (except a bit more uncoordinated). Its an interesting take on the Private Investigator mystery; the character is dropped into a murder investigation pretty much for the sole purpose of winning a bet against her old nemesis from high-school, who also happens to be the lead suspect in the murder. She gets a job at a private security firm as a receptionist almost by accident a couple of days after quitting her job as a supermarket checkout chick in a pretty spectacular fashion and everything kind of rolls from there. None of the plot or characters seem contrived or out of place (which is a refreshing change given the class of character you see in some mystery novels), and I didn't quite guess who the murderer was before the resolution. There are some great, off-beat characters here that you don't normally find in this kind of book (a couple of which are probably deserving of their own standalone novel) and even without the murder investigation to keep the plot moving, I think I could've read a whole book about Charlie and the people in her life. Its the type of novel I breezed through in one sitting and had a great time doing so. Can't wait to see what else is coming from Clare Kauter!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Oh.My.God!! Laugh out loud, pee your pants funny! I love Aussie authors and the cultural references made me blow Coke out my nose (the drink, not the drug) while simultaneously nodding my head in agreement. "My name is Charlie Davies. I’m nineteen, and I have sometimes-curly, sometimes-straight blonde hair (it still hasn’t decided on its true identity), and dysfunctional blue eyes (read: I have to wear glasses). Being roughly 5ft 3, most fully-grown humans are taller than me. Some people think I Oh.My.God!! Laugh out loud, pee your pants funny! I love Aussie authors and the cultural references made me blow Coke out my nose (the drink, not the drug) while simultaneously nodding my head in agreement. "My name is Charlie Davies. I’m nineteen, and I have sometimes-curly, sometimes-straight blonde hair (it still hasn’t decided on its true identity), and dysfunctional blue eyes (read: I have to wear glasses). Being roughly 5ft 3, most fully-grown humans are taller than me. Some people think I have anger-management issues. I disagree with this. I disagree with most things." Charlie Davies is the master of sarcastic, witty repartee and certainly gives as good as she gets from her new colleagues at Baxter & Co Security and her nemesis James McKenzie. The story revolves around trying to find out who is the real killer of James' uncle Frank to save James, who is numero uno on the list of suspects. Add in a stunning resignation from her check-out chick job, her hiring as a secretary at mysterious firm Baxter & Co, an altogether weird mother and a punishing new exercise schedule set by her employers, and you have a rollicking good read filled with hilarity. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Charlie's life and get more info about B & C (as they call themselves) and their employees. Something is not altogether right about them - which employer demands supreme fitness and fighting skills, a canteen filled with disgustingly healthy fare and top of the range vehicles for all their employees? One of the funniest books I've read this year.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    It was her sharp-tongue that had Charlie Davies looking for another job and fate was on her side, a position as a receptionist for Baxter & Co. offered her a lifeline when she needed it most. This job was so much more than shuffling paperwork, she became a field operative on her first murder case, the same crime James McKenzie, well-known to her, was a suspect. Beginning on a humourous note with klutzy and embarrassing moments, I knew “Losing Your Head” was going to be a pleasant read. Seventeen It was her sharp-tongue that had Charlie Davies looking for another job and fate was on her side, a position as a receptionist for Baxter & Co. offered her a lifeline when she needed it most. This job was so much more than shuffling paperwork, she became a field operative on her first murder case, the same crime James McKenzie, well-known to her, was a suspect. Beginning on a humourous note with klutzy and embarrassing moments, I knew “Losing Your Head” was going to be a pleasant read. Seventeen short chapters written in a chatty format, the smart-mouthed, sarcastic dialogues and thoughts were aptly entertaining. The style kept the story light and witty, I laughed so many times with tears rolling out. Characters were an odd mixture, yet they were believable. Reactions, concerns and interactions blended well among some of the characters in a protective way. An evolution of maturity and acceptance without losing the true sense of the characters unfolded nicely. I would have given this mystery romance a higher rating if not for the errors, more editing was required. My review was based on the free kindle version.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin Dix

    Cute and laugh out loud humor. Enjoyed it right up until the end when there was a cliffhanger. That would be the only drawback. Other than that is a great!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    Charlie is a young adult, actually a still teenager, who tells her story in a light conversational tone, sprinkled with a healthy dose of dry humor. The kind that makes you laugh out loud. An unplanned job change, a local murder, and a bet with an old friend – who happens to be the prime suspect – make for an interesting and unpredictable chain of events as Charlie becomes more and more involved in trying to discover who killed the town millionaire. In the end, when everything came together, I w Charlie is a young adult, actually a still teenager, who tells her story in a light conversational tone, sprinkled with a healthy dose of dry humor. The kind that makes you laugh out loud. An unplanned job change, a local murder, and a bet with an old friend – who happens to be the prime suspect – make for an interesting and unpredictable chain of events as Charlie becomes more and more involved in trying to discover who killed the town millionaire. In the end, when everything came together, I was genuinely surprised to find out who the true culprit was. All in all, an enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Birgit

    The main character was the stereotype of a contemporary, spoilt and whiny teenager, the narration style was rambling and did not seem to lead anywhere - how on earth the author managed to pack a brilliant plot and storyline in there I cannot understand, but fact is, it was a great book to read, with witty dialogues (among the rambling...), fast paced and catching me as the reader until the very end. I want more. Definitely!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Charlie This series opener follows nineteen year old Charlie Davies as she quits her job as a grocery clerk and covert expiration date changer, only to get a job the next day as a receptionist for an international security and investigation company. The prequel, Short Fuse, is available for free through the author. They get 3.5 stars for humor and mystery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    A

    It's a straight up Stephanie Plum rip off but it's still entertaining as hell and worth the read. It's a straight up Stephanie Plum rip off but it's still entertaining as hell and worth the read.

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