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Temporarily Employed #1

A humorous romantic mystery

New job. New romance. And murder.
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation.  Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

Vicki Batman never fails to entertain. This novel is a perfect showcase for her humor and spunk. I've eagerly awaited its debut. --Kathleen Baldwin, award-winning, Amazon bestselling author

Vicki Batman has a knack for revealing life's upside down moments, making us laugh while seeing ourselves revealed in her prose. Who hasn't twisted an ankle while trying to walk like a princess, or tried to be witty and come off flat? In Vicki's hands, these moments are golden -- and unforgettable. --Kayelle Allen, award-winning author, founder of Marketing for Romance Writers

Nobody blends humor and great characters like Ms. Batman.--Harlie's Books
I always get excited at seeing another Vicki Batman novel hit the bookshelves. It’s a fun and sexy ride where the writing is so real, the reader literally experiences the excitement unfold from the driver's seat view of the character.--Karen Cote’, Best Selling Romantic Suspense Author 

Vicki Batman is a master of short and sassy romance. I’m in awe of anybody who writes shorts, a whole story with believable characters in the same number of pages some writers use for a chapter or two! --Coffee Time Romance

TEMPORARILY EMPLOYED is Jennifer Cruise on steroids.  I only stopped reading to laugh. Readers will love Hattie Cooks and Officer Whatshisname! -- Donnell Ann Bell, Bestselling author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed

Temporarily Employed is one of those books that will keep you turning the pages while you’re giggling. I’ve read just about everything this author has written, and she never fails to disappoint with her witty dialogue and fast-paced narrative.--Liz Lipperman, National Best Seller of the Clueless Cook Mystery Series

Temporarily Employed is another fun story by Vicki Batman that will leave you giggling and flipping pages to find out what happens next. --Karilyn Bentley, author of The Draconia Tales series

Vicki Batman's stories are always fun and laugh out loud funny. She has a great voice and a real knack for storytelling! You don't want to miss TEMPORARILY EMPLOYED. --Michelle Miles, award-winning author

Vicki Batman’s characters will take you on a ride that will keep you laughing out loud. Temporarily Employed is the perfect feel good read that will leave you smiling. Grab your copy and come along for the adventure.  --Sylvia McDaniel, Amazon bestselling author 

Temporarily Employed is an absolute gem. Batman's quick wit and eye for great story telling come through on every page. --Barb Han, Harlequin Intrigue author

Buckle up for a rollicking, fun ride with a loveable, slightly wacky, heroine, a hot hero, and a cast of inept, shady characters. Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman is a witty, amusing, exciting tale that will take you on a wild journey and leave you breathless and laugher.   --Award-Winning Author, Cara Marsi

I never miss an opportunity to read Vicki Batman. Her stories are funny and entertaining. Always a great way to spend an evening. --Marian Lanouette, author Jake Carrington series.

5 stars. Have you ever had a really, really, really bad day… and then had it turn worse? We’ve all been there and that’s why I fell in love with Hatti Cooks, the heroine of Vicki Batman’s Romantic-Suspense novel, Temporarily Employed.  I’ve hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale, but Hattie’s story is funnier and scarier and one heck of a lot more entertaining than my own. But be warned, while the story starts out light and funny, Batman’s skilled writing turns it into a dramatic tale of love. The story opens with a hot cop catching Hattie at her worst moment and handing her a ticket. Her internal dialogue is a hoot. Self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud comments slid through her head into mine, from the very first page to the last. Out of a job, with no love life and stuck in a town where everyone knows her business, Hattie takes a temp-job and tries to make sense of it all. Meanwhile her bad luck keeps getting “badder.” A murder mystery swirls around her, her best friends want all the dirty details about her love life and a hometown that she once felt comfortable in is hiding a murderer.

Vicki Batman has a wicked sense of humor, but beneath the fun she hits strong chords about love and relationships. The story is more than a collection of the usual Romantic-Comedy, bunching-panty-hose and running mascara  lines. It becomes a deep down, gut wrenching question of self-awareness and the trust required to make love work. My favorite lines: “Nice day?” I gritted my teeth. “I’d kill for a really nice day.”

4  stars. Hattie Cooks is just like most of us. Bad luck follows her around, she has embarrassing moments in front of the opposite sex, and of course her dream job is out of reach. Allan Wellborn is the geek turned Prince Charming...with a few hiccups of his own. His Detective skills are a little off when it comes to the Girl of his dreams. He will need a little bit of luck to rescue his damsel and show her that life isn’t always turning out wrong. This book is filled with laughter, tears, suspense, and romance. You get a little of everything to enjoy yourself.

5 stars. Funny, quirky and sassy blended into a mystery. Great fun! Looking for a great book to while away the day? Any book by Vicki Batman is guaranteed to be funny, quirky and sassy fun and Temporarily Employed is no exception! This is a charming and fun romp from beginning to end and while Ms. Batman usually writes shorter stories, I'm thrilled to see a full length book by this wonderful author. Grab up your copy today, you will not be disappointed.

5 stars. A fun book worthy of the authors' talents. This is a fun read. If you enjoy her short stories, you will enjoy her novel too! I've worked for those temp agencies before and I can identify with the heroine. This is one book worth your time. Enjoy, I did!

4 paws. Storeybook Reviews: This is a combination of a pretty clean romance story (just 1 almost sex scene) and a smidge of a mystery.

Fact or Fiction? I've had a wide variety of jobs and have worked with some "interesting" folks. So yes, it is possible some of them would show up in my work in some way. Maybe their physical description. Maybe something they said that has stuck with me all these years. Several years ago, I worked out at a local gym. The members received notification that someone had stolen parts off cars parked in the parking garage. That got me to thinking. And yes, I had a Jeep baby stolen--twice. The first time the bad dudes drove it down nearby railroad tracks. It should have been totaled, but wasn't. Not long after that incident, it was stolen again. This time found behind a local restaurant, running. However, it wouldn't go in reverse. That was very funny. Every year, the insurance industry publishes information about the top stolen vehicles. When mine was taken, Jeeps were at the top for that year. Jeep Cherokees were just about it in the SUV-type of vehicles. After that, other car manufacturers developed their version. I just wasn't a mini-van momma.When Handsome bought a very large motorcycle, I was VERY angry. I'd always wanted a Jeep Wrangler. That came out in our argument and two days later, I had one. Handsome says that was the most expensive motorcycle purchase ever. LOL. I'm always asked why I'm such a big Jeep fan. They are no-nonsense cars. Turn on a dime. Look awesome without all the silly stuff. I am not embarrassed to drive it. Easy to unload a baby from the car seat. Hauls stuff. I've had other brands of autos and two will remain my favs. But when I had the choice to buy a new one recently, I had to have a Jeep Patriot.

Discussion Questions?

1. What is your favorite kind of mystery? I like a variety of mysteries, cutting on my teeth on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. In middle school, I discovered Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. As a young adult, I segued to more romantic mysteries. Then I discovered different English mystery authors thanks to the PBS Mystery series. 

2. Do you like humor in mysteries? I do! Mysteries tend to be dark. I relished those funny and snarky comments.
3. Who are your favorite mystery authors? I am particularly fond of Dick Francis and once told Handsome I wished I could write like him. I also like romance with suspense like those by Mary Stewart and M. M. Kaye. Julia Spencer Fleming is very good as is Elizabeth George and Sue Grafton.
4. Do you like series in mysteries? I do! Familiar characters are brought back to delve into new mysteries. And if there are romantic heroes, we all wonder "when?"
5. Why write humorous romantic mysteries? I believe this genre is an extension of my voice and I put that on the page. 
6. Have you had "interesting" jobs? I have. And I've had to take jobs just to make ends meet. But I believe everything happens for a reason and maybe bits and pieces have ended up in my books.



Dee Hendershot Gatrell said...

I like the cover of the book and liked what I read so far.


vicki batman said...

Thank you, Dee! I can't wait to have this baby published. Eight long years.

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