Book Review | Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair

Book:  Detectives Don’t Wear Seat Belts: True Adventures of a Female P.I.
Author: Cici McNair

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From the Publisher:
Growing up in Mississippi, Cici McNair was always more the tomboy her mother supported than the Southern belle her father demanded. She escaped her suffocating upbringing the first chance she had to travel the world. Whether working at the Vatican in Rome or consorting with a gunrunner in Haiti, she lived a life of international adventure. When Cici finds herself in New York, divorced, broke, and fashionably starving to death in a Madison Avenue apartment, she impulsively decides to become a private detective.
But, as Cici soon learns, the world of P.I.s is tight-knit and made up almost exclusively of former law enforcement officers. By nature, they are a highly suspicious group and are especially wary of a newcomer with an untraceable past. Diligently working her way through the Yellow Pages, doggedly pursuing the slightest lead, Cici is finally hired by a private investigator willing to take a chance. The next day she’s working side by side with a pair of seasoned detectives and a skip tracer who is scary to meet but like silk on the phone. She quickly realizes she’ll need all her energy and wits to succeed in this new world.
Being a private investigator is as exciting and liberating as Cici ever dreamed, from creating a false identity on the spot on her first case in the field to surviving adrenaline-rushing car chases. Working with law enforcement, she goes undercover, dealing with the ruthless Born to Kill gang in Chinatown and the Middle Eastern counterfeiters west of Broadway. A detailed account of the hidden world and real-life cases of a P.I., this action-packed memoir is as entertaining as any detective novel you’ve ever read.
My Review:
I love a good mystery so I was excited to delve right into Cici McNair’s memoir and see what life as a real female PI was about. The book follows Cici’s path in becoming the world class detective she is today. It was fascinating to read all the real life situations she was in and exciting to know that they were all true and she actually lived them! She brings humour to her book which I enjoyed and allowed me to feel like I was getting to know her as a person which I think is a sign of a great memoir.
I like how she let the reader into her life when she spoke of her past with her troubled relationship with her father and siblings. I feel real empathy for her and was shocked that a family could act like that. I’m glad that she had such a strong bond with her mother and it was touching to read about how great their relationship was.
I liked the author’s style of writing and it was very easy to read. It was one of those books that you can’t put down. Cici’s life is so much more exciting than my own. I loved reading of her past journeys all over the world and her portrayal of the colourful people in her life. Great book!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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