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Temporarily Insane

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Book 2

Bad job. Wrong love. And murder.
Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available...in the Big Apple, far away from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at NLB Accountants where two auditors turn up dead. 
Detective Allan Wellborn dumped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who coincidentally is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. But when Allan interviews Hattie, he must figure out why all signs point to her as a possible suspect.  
Can Hattie find out who is murdering auditors before she’s arrested?

Trixie had some nerve.
“Stop it, Hattie!”
Her reprimand, the one which had shot a stabbing pain to my right eye, sounded terribly out of character, like she had little patience for me. Ordinarily, she was the nicest person I knew, didn’t have a mean bone in her body. The kind who rescued animals, picked up trash at Sommerville Park, and prepared food for the elderly.     
Not today. I narrowed my eyes and crossed my arms across my chest in a school girl flaunt.
Trixie tilted forward in her desk chair, her bosom almost resting on her desk. “This nonsense has to end. Your moan sounded like an obscure breed of a bizarre...untamed...wounded animal.” She returned to an upright and seated position and in tiny increments, rotated her chair from side-to-side, waiting for me to say something not stupid.
In truth, Trixie had pounded the nail on the head. I had nothing to add. My whole life had turned into an obscure, bizarre, bad reflection of itself, thus wounding me to my core. I sighed and pouted an if only.
Don’t go there.
My funsister friend owned the employment agency Jobs Inc., and on occasion, she’d happily assisted me in finding temporary work since my dream job had been flushed down the proverbial toilet a few months back, thus soiling my picture perfect life. For this newest assignment she’d located, I’d be employed as an administrative assistant for the managing partner at Northside, Lancaster, and Brookside, Certified Public Accountants, headquartered in my hometown of Sommerville.  
At first, she’d sounded oh-so pleasant when we began our yak about the opportunity. “Think accounting,” she’d teased, followed by a small chuckle.
Her laugh had spoken volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica proportions.

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Funny, drama, entertaining will keep you from the first page as favorite characters invite us back in their world of utter crazy. I really liked this book because it was a great funny story that kept me entertained from the beginning till the end. This book will have you falling out your seat laughing hard at Hattie and the trouble that seems to follow her. The writing was good and consistent. I never felt loss and I loved that this story kept up with the main characters so we knew are not lose or trying to figure out where they are going. Allen and Hattie are in another book that will take you back on the rollercoaster that has been going on for a while.

This series is definitely worth reading the characters are fresh and enduring and they hold this book together perfectly. The writing, the plot, the characters all draw this book together and leave you wanting more. When this story ended I wanted more, wanted it to be longer, wanted Allen and Hattie together do many wants not enough book. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this series because whatever it is it will be great.  United Indie Book Blog

“Temporarily Insane,” Vicki Batman’s follow up to “Temporarily Employed,” is an unpredictable combination of humor, romance, and mystery. Hattie Cooks is smart and sharp-witted. The author takes the reader right into Hattie’s head from the very first page and readers are with her every step of the way.

Hattie makes her living as a temporary employee or “temp” accepting short-term job assignments. Her latest is as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA firm. The title of this book must stem from Hattie’s job interview because that entire scene was the zaniest of job interviews from start to finish. Nevertheless, despite her misgivings, Hattie needs the job and accepts the position, taking readers on a wacky ride.

Detective Allan Wellborn is “hot.” He and Hattie had known each other from childhood. Hattie muses over circumstances from the previous novel that brought them together again, but not as close as Hattie would have liked. “Temporary Insane” finds Hattie and Allan still as “friends,” with Allan involved with another woman.

When two auditors at the CPA firm turn up dead, Allan and Hattie find themselves in the mix – both professionally and personally.

The humor is dry-witted, the mystery theme almost like something out of a Hallmark Channel movie, the identity of the killer freaked-out this reader, and the romance? Let’s just say Hattie is a true heroine.

From Jane Reads: I just read a really good book, y'all — Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman. Let me tell you a little about it.
               Temporarily Insane is a romantic comedy mystery, Book Two in the Hattie Cooks Mystery Series. Book One in the series is Temporarily Employed.

                Temporarily Insane is a fun, quick read that I had a hard time putting down. In Sommerville, Author Vicki Batman has created a setting that feels genuine, peopled with real and likable characters. I especially enjoyed the lead character Harriette (Hattie) Cooks, with her snarky wit and sass. The action is told by Hattie, in first person.

                Here is a snippet about Hattie and her friend Trixie. Trixie is trying to convince Hattie to accept the perfect temporary position Trixie has found for her — in an accounting firm (not her favorite place to work).
                ".... Quit being obstinate. This job's perfect."
                Obviously, Trixie seemed overjoyed with her efforts to match me. She continued her sales pitch with assurance. 
                "You're highly organized. Great with people. Professional. A true asset. Just think of all the typing, filing, and phone answering — skills you excel at." 
                Typing, filing, and phone — oh my! 
                "And you dress sooo well." 
                Hattie eventually realizes that, if she is going to continue to dress sooo well, she's going to have to suck it up and accept this dreaded accounting firm job, so she can pay for her couture habit. Since this is a murder mystery, you can correctly surmise that things don't go well for Hattie. To find out everything that happens regarding this temp job, and regarding Allan, you'll just have to READ THE BOOK!

                I recommend Temporarily Insane to all fans of romantic comedy mysteries. I think it will particularly appeal to fans of Vicki Batman's other works.

                I really enjoyed Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman, and award it Four Kitties!

Let me just start by saying, author Vicki Batman is a master at creating quirky characters. Ten minutes inside her heroine’s head is like a private trip to a padded room. Hattie is a delight. To cohabitate inside Hattie’s weirdly wired mind is strange at first but then, as you get to know her, you find yourself anticipating the next off-beat thought.

Mix all of her quirkiness with an assortment of equally unusual characters and a hot hunk of a hero and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good book. Add in a murder mystery and the story elevates to great.

If you enjoy your mysteries with a side of humor, Temporarily Insane is the perfect book for you. I have to admit, in the beginning, I was wondering why our hero, Detective Alan Wellborn, would dump someone as obviously off-kilter brilliant as Hattie in the first place. But then I figured it out … he couldn’t keep up! - Nancy Fraser

Vicki Batman has done it again! Her quirky and endearing character Hattie Cooks has once again taken us on a wild ride full of romance, humor, and mystery.

When Hattie finally agrees to take a temporary job in an accounting firm to pay for her basic needs, like shopping and chocolate, she is once again in the middle of a dangerous situation with coworkers and a possible rekindling of romance with Alan Wellborn.

There is just the right amount of fun loving humor to offset the suspense and danger surrounding Hattie throughout her adventure.

As the reader I found myself routing for Hattie to overcome her bias about accountants, solve the mystery of suspicious deaths around her, and find out maybe Alan isn't the jerk he appears to be. Temporarily Insane is a thoroughly enjoyable story with believable characters. I recommend you get to know Hattie Cookes in her most recent adventure! Hopefully there will be a third Hattie Cookes fiasco coming out soon! reader, Laura Watson


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