Billie Bly is the female P.I. in Bleeding Blue. Her day starts off with her psychic warning her of a murder. Unfortunately it’s Billie’s murder. Billie wakes up in the hospital with a bullet hole in her and the knowledge that someone wants her dead. Life gets worse as people around her start dying including one of her beloved brothers.
I found it a little hard to get into the story. There are a lot of well worn character types in the novel and several times I got frustrated at the predictability of the plot. Even so the book grew on me and by the time I got to the second half of the story I was enjoying the story. That Billie Bly is supposed to be a hard-boiled private investigator is appropriate because the book reminded me of the old dime store novels. They were a lot of fun to read even when you had a pretty good idea of what’s coming next.
Overall I think I will recommend the book to people who just want to read an old fashioned mystery. The plot and eventually the characters rise above some of the rough edges of the book to give a satisfying read.