In Deep Shitake (Shitake Mystery, #1)
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In Deep Shitake (Shitake Mystery #1)

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Take one devastatingly handsome movie star.
Add one outrageously sexy female private eye with a penchant for food-word obscenities.
Mix in a dose of mistaken identity and a handful of Russian mobsters...And they're all In Deep Shitake.
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Zuzalley Books
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Mimi Barbour
I don't know how anyone can give this book anything less than 4 and realistically 5 stars on a review. It's got everything from Russian mafia, weird-crazy girlfriends and a journalist driven by vengeance. Even though it's a suspense story, it's crazy-hilarious. What I liked about it the most? It was different. A heroine called Imogene Tuttle (Mo for short) who has to control her bad habit for swearing and so uses names of vegetables to replace the cuss words you know she's aching to let loose. I...more
Natalie Gibson
Sweet Pickles this was a good book!
Mo is a private investigator but mostly she just poses as the 'honey pot' for husbands suspected of cheating. One day she gets an assignment to break into a car and gets stuck in a most vulnerable position. (this is the first scene of the book and it was really funny - I read it twice) The owner of the car, Ross Grant, (a actor from a popular movie who's been out of work for a while) finds her and they somehow get tangled up in a blackmail plot involving the Ru...more
Shelly
The best thing about this book was the cool twist the author did on the swearing; using food instead of swear words. Not all were as blatantly obvious as the shitake mushroom and most were funny. Good writing style and clever witicisms. I got to wondering though, in our current era of constant visual stimulation it seems as if the modern author writes as if their story will be turned into a screenplay. Simply add a few, "fade in; transition to outside building; cue sound effects" etc. and voila,...more
Frederick Brooke
This book has a lot going for it -- a light, breezy style, likeable characters, a funny quirk with the main character, Mo, having decided to replace all cuss words with food terms. That's what drew me to the book -- I love anything to do with food in literature. The plot also races along, with lots of physical and verbal humor, sort of like Three Stooges meets the old Airplane movies with Lloyd Bridges.

Unfortunately the book is also riddled with typos and other errors, like "to" where "too" shou...more
Lynn
The food words instead of swearing wore thin after the first 10 pages. A poor attempt to imitate Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. Neither humorous, romantic or suspenseful. Don't waste your time.
Dan Absalonson
This was a really fun read. Think of an action thriller mixed with a romantic comedy and you have In Deep Shitake. The characters were awesome and you really come to love and root for them as they stumble through their many misadventures.

This novel was really funny. It had me laughing all the way through. The two main characters and their interesting relationship was a driving force pulling you further into the story as the characters constantly faced more urgent matters. There is a big mystery...more
Jill
I can't even finish this. There are so many errors, I seriously can't read another sentence. The one that put me over the edge was "he seen him" - seen instead of saw. omg. The writing isn't great either - the characters overreact like it's a daytime soap.
Linda C
Imogene (Mo) Tuttle, PI, is sent to take note of info to be found in a certain car, but gets stuck, half in and half out, by the owner, Ross Grant. Ross is an actor well known for his super spy character, Stephen Dagger, in a film made 10 years prior, He is trying to get backing from a producer in Savannah for an entirely different kind of film, but can't seem to go anywhere without being recognized. The heroine is trying to give up swearing and substitutes food items for swear words; starts as...more
Dellani Oakes
Mo (short for Imogene) Tuttle works as a private detective. She's done everything from serving papers to car repossessions. It's a dirty job, but Mo is good at it. At least, she likes to think she is. However, when she gets caught breaking into a car (on the job, of course) by the car's owner, she rethinks her skills. Armed with a sharp wit and her mad skills, Mo uncovers an intricate plot that goes much deeper than she or her new client thought.

Why Shitake, you might ask. Because Mo tries hard...more
Maureen
Well, I found this to be laugh out loud funny. The romance was charming, too - a winning combo for me!
Phil
The plot was okay. The story line was okay. The humor was annoying and the writing failed. Using vegetables as swear words is only funny the first time. After that, you become an annoying little twit. The humor was pounded into the ground. I've read books where I have laughed so hard, I had tears running down my face. This didn't even make a smile.

The humor didn't carry this book and it needed a major rewrite of the scenes. As someone else said, it's an Evanovich clone and even Evanovich has wo...more
Lori McD
3.5-4 stars

I really, really liked this book - LOL! And that surprises me, 'cuz it was a freebie from Ebooks... you never quite know what you're gonna get with a freebie.

But the quirky title got me. I have a friend who swears creatively, trying not to use the more common (and vulgar) words. So the title totally reminded me of something my friend would come up with. Turns out Mo (Imogene Tuttle - what a name!) works for a P.I. office and has had client complaints about her swearing; so Mo, a forme...more
Kate
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Chloe
I got this on Goodreads Firstreads.

So... Ross used to be really famous, but his time has passed and now he's a failure. His agent doesn't have his best interests at heart. Ross still thinks he's awesome. Mo works undercover to find and provide information about other people to clients. They meet in an awkward situation(with Mo vulnerable and exposed) and get mixed up with the Russian mob, not by any fault of their own.


This was a pretty corny story. Ross and Mo work together to escape from the...more
Leanna
This story is probably best described as action/comedy with some romance sprinkled in. Yes, it does have a love scene or two, and sexual tension, but it isn't the focus of the story. For me, this is a bonus as I haven't quite found straight up "romance" stories up my alley. Throughout this book, I couldn't help but imagine Ross as John Hamm with Clove Owen's personality, and totally envisioned Mo as Lana in the cartoon Archer. Each character is well fleshed-out and has their own flaws, which is...more
Adrienne Testa
This book is not for everyone, it is offbeat and quirky. Most of the characters are stereotypes but it is amusing as hell. Mo Tuttle is a private investigator in Savannah Georgia. Her boss told her she could no longer curse, so she uses food words as a substitute. Hot,sexy movie actor Ross is trying to shed his super spy image, in Savannah to obtain financial backing for a film project he wants to develop, when suddenly he learns someone is using the character he portrayed to blackmail a Russian...more
Melissa
I really enjoyed this story. The main character (Mo, short for Imogene) works for a private investigator and gets tied up in a mystery with an actor who is in town looking for financing for his upcoming film. Mo is a bit of a hot head and though she and Ross Grant are attracted to each other, their tempers and pride keep them snipping at eachother. Due to the inevitable misunderstandings, Mo and Ross are thrown together into a mystery involving the Russian Mob. A cute story and a good read.

Mo is...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
I just finished In Deep Shitake by Patricia Masonand I actually liked it a LOT more than I thought I would. It was like a different take on a Stephanie Plum novel. I love how the author changed the curse words and after reading this I know I would like to touch some asparagus on a hunk.. and no I am not talking the frontal sort. You have to read it to find out! I liked the plot and loved the landlord and liked that the author kept me guessing through the whole book. Many times with a mystery you know who done what. I love the...more
Holly
Mo is a private investigator unknowingly sent on a job that isnt really for her office. While trying to squeeze her way through a car's sun roof in order to do the job she meets the owner of said car, movie star Ross Grant. He goes to her boss and she fires her (or pretend fires her) and tells her she needs to figure out why the assistant told her to go on this job and what else is going on. This leads to russian gangsters, clingy model girlfriends, comic book conventions, silly costumes and of...more
Spiral2007
Okay, I'll admit it. In Deep Shitake was funnier than I expected it to be. The characters were rather out there, but not so much that they're supremely unlikable.

The romance was cute. Did it seem more physical than emotional? A little bit, but then considering the time frame, a realistic amount of love seemed to blossom.

The mystery aspect was a bit convoluted... and predictable, at the same time. And then, at the end there, it seemed to go, "Ah, just kidding! We sure did commit these crimes, but...more
Jennifer
I had such high hopes for this book--it started out really funny and promising (even though I hated the heroine's name--"Mo"???) but then it was just tedious. I plodded through the story and then it all miraculously wrapped up in a couple short chapters, with some pretty important details left unexplained. Also, this book is in SERIOUS need of an editor--preferably one who knows the difference between they're and their (actual quote: "I can't feel my fingers. Their going to fall off." Sheesh.) T...more
Lisa


Somewhat amusing light read, but most of the peripheral characters I which I assume were meant to be comical were more annoying than funny. While I've no doubt that there are some stupid people, they seemed to all be in this one book...the cops, the crooks, the tourists, and all service industry workers apparently can't think their way out of a paper bag or understand any but the most commonly used words in the English language. The main characters were likable and had good chemistry, but the l...more
Jessica
I really loved the beginning of this book. The humor and dialogue between the two main characters was great. Their opening meeting was perfectly written and a great way to draw a reader in. The chemistry was slow building and fun to see develop. The storyline was great-lots of action. The only negative thing I have to say would be late in the book both Mo became a little weak. She got very attached to Ross, and after seeing how stubborn and tough she was in the beginning, I didn't expect her to...more
Heather
If there was a choice of no stars, this would get it. This is a "Janet Evanovich" wannabe that I got for free on BookBub. I'm not rethinking joining BookBub. The mystery itself was okay, but the protagonist meets a hot guy and the gratuitous sex scenes start, and frankly it all gets really, totally unbelievable. Like when they are kidnapped and locked in a Mob warehouse with a parade float and they hide inside the float and the Mob guys don't find them and then uhoh, another gratuitous sex scene...more
Kathryn Moore
This would have been better as a short story. It should have kept to the point and been done. It went on and on just to fill the pages. There was literally an entire chapter to finding her missing cat. Please, there are so many better books out there than to waste time reading the stupid ones. Then, to make it worse, I got to the end and realized this was same author who wrote "A Girl, A Guy and A Ghost." That was a book I couldn't finish because it was so bad.
Laurie Franco
Really cute book! I loved Mo and her veggie and fungi related curse words. This book was a fast paced mystery that was really a good read. All of the characters were great, even the nutcase Heather. There was only one or two references to sex between Mo and her super spy Ross, and they were not explicit by ANY means. A great, easy read. Hope to read more by this author, if this book is anything to judge by! 5 stars! : )
Alex
Quite an amusing caper, but spoilt by a couple of things. There was a graphic extended sex scene which jarred with the tone of the rest of the book - it was an unnecessary intrusion and not particularly well written. The other drawback was the lack of decent proofreading - bad spelling, poor grammar and on a couple of occasions the wrong word entirely.

I don't regret reading it, but I won't be looking for any more by this author.
Joe Owens
I thought this was a really good book. The main character Mo, was described in a way that caused me to want meet her. I found a great balance of humor and drama as she fought to outwit the mobster that kept getting in the way. The characters were also distinct in development so that it was clear when the dialogue was going on. I liked the duality between the movie star's alter ego and the agency wanna be.
Kathy
I liked this a lot. Mo Tuttle is a PI who gets caught trying to break into a Mercedes in an embarrassing fashion. The car belongs to Ross Grant, an actor shackled by his big role as a spy in a movie favorite. Think James Bond but not quite as cool.

The plot was improbable at times but I liked the characters, there was hot sex and the ending all came together. It was a nice, fun read.
Kerry
I had to give up on this one, just to 'cutesy' and ridiculous. The idea of replacing 'curse words' with food items to break a habit seemed 'cute'. Unfortunately the plot was basically nonexistent and did not hold my interest.
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