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Ausziehen! (A Chrissy McMullen Mystery #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,700 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews

Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomst
Published January 8th 2007 by Goldmann (first published January 1st 2005)
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There comes a time when you just need to put your analytical and critical mind aside and just enjoy a silly book.

While reading the first few chapters the Good Reads reviewer in me was screaming out profanities and insults at the ridiculousness of the book. Silly, one dimensional characters, constant mentions of boobs (around 70 times to be exact), a far-fetched murder mystery, etc. However, it finally dawned on me that I was actually reading a silly book. It's SUPPOSED to be silly. It's not pret
Mar 15, 2012 Cmkage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment, similar to the Stephanie Plum books, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed the voice of the heroine Chrissy, a cocktail waitress turned psychologist who gets accused of murder when one of her clients drops dead in her office with his pants unzipped.

Chrissy is funny, sassy and at times sarcastic. There aren't that many characters, the book focuses mainly on Chrissy, Rivera (the cop investigating the murder, her best friend Elaine, computer
Barbara ★
OMG what a fun book! Chrissy's one-liners were priceless. And I loved the fact that she kept messing up Rivera's name (which really pissed him off though he did his best not to show it.) I just loved Rivera - what a hoot. I will definitely continue this series as I have to know how they get on once they are a couple.

The storyline is enjoyable and the mystery flows nicely though it is surprising (well sort of anyway) that Chrissy is more interested in clearing her own name than finding out who ac
Apr 14, 2015 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at a bit over 25%

Okay. That's it. I can't take any more of this.

I understand this is supposed to be a humorous, light-hearted mystery. But for that, you need to have endearing characters and dialogue and situations that actually are funny. Instead, we have unlikeable, unprofessional, and downright stupid characters. The repeated use of offensive stereotypes and cliches was more lame than infuriating, but it was but one of many annoyances. The last straw was when Chrissie stole the Porsche fr
Jan 16, 2010 Sandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unzipped starts off a bit too slow but eventually picks up after a few chapters. The storyline and plot is too dull and lacking. The characters are two-dimensional. Their personalities aren't believable and a bit dry. The mystery? A client of psychologist Christina McMullen drops dead in her office during a session. She tries to clear her name as she believes she's the suspected murderer. Enter Lieutenant Jack Rivera. He's in charge of the case and clearly tries to get Christina to confess. But ...more
Written at the first person, with limited characterization either from the narrator or from the persons she knew or just met
The investigation took place over a matter of weeks/days, and frankly never did the narrator show any real psychological analysis capacity, nor PhD brain for that matter. The way she found clues and jumped on them was by pure chance all the time.
Entertaining, distracting, very light read, that could occasionally be funny, though way less for me as it was probably intended
❂ Jennifer
Oct 16, 2010 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy humor in their mysteries.
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Loved this book enou to go out and immediately order all the rest in the series. Comparisons to Syephanie Plum are misplaced in my opinion. The main character is witty and funny, but there was none of the slapstick you find in the Plum novels. Indeed there are a few very serious scenes throughout the book that make it hard to fit this book into a cozy category. Definitely a great find.
Molly Mirren
The writing was good, but the author used so many similes and metaphors that they went from funny to tiresome. Still, Chrissy was a likable character, except for her unexplained attraction to Lt. Rivera. I'm all for heroes who start out as jerks but eventually redeem themselves. However, Rivera was just an a**hole. All he did was insult the heroine and constantly accuse her of being a whore and a murderer. Yet she still is attracted to him solely because he's hot. I found that extremely annoying ...more
Mar 09, 2015 EMP rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't mind silly books every once in a while, but not only is this silly, but it's boring. The characters are annoying and the main character's *constant* smart alecky internal banter (cute at first) got old after about 6 pages.
This was an enjoyable cozy mystery with some nice humor and good chemistry between the main character, Christine McMullen - psychologist, and the love interest, Lieutenant Jack Riviera. There were some silly plot points, like Christine becoming more and more determined to clear her name even though it was becoming more and more obvious that the police don't really consider her a suspect at all. Then again, cozies aren't known for their rock solid plots and it was an enjoyable enough read to inte ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Jumps rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad that I kept saying, "Just one more chapter... give it another chance..." until I finally just gave up and returned it to the library. The characters are stereotypes with no depth. The lives are more ridiculous than tv shows. The main character: a therapist who doesn't know if it's ok for her client to show up and drink booze during an appointment. The cop: a rude man who seems to have absolutely no knowledge of the law. Etc.

I am sorry I wasted my time reading as much as I d
Mar 01, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dialogue is frustrating...very slow moving. Too many attempts to be funny and falling flat.
3.5 stars. I picked it up under the mistaken impression that it was a cozy, but it doesn't quite fit under the category. There's a lot more blatant sexual tension (and almost-action) between Chrissy and Rivera, for one thing. But I enjoyed it all the same; Unzipped is hilarious and a great way to while away a few hours. As for the comparisons to Stephanie Plum, I found little resemblance to the Plum books other than a slight similarity in general tone and style. It's far from a rip-off, and I fo ...more
3.5 star read!

This was a nice mystery although not quite in the 'cozy' style as there was just as much focus on the developing relationship between Chrissy and is almost in the style of Chick Lit.

The storyline was enjoyable and the mystery developed fairly well although Chrissy was more focused on clearing her name and proving she was innocent to begin with. Near the end Chrissy becomes more involved in finding out who the murderer is as she has finally had enough of the disturbance
May 07, 2014 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
2.75 stars, at best. Chrissie McMullen is a L.A. psychologist, and becomes the prime suspect of Lieutenant Rivera when her high profile client, football star “Bomber” Bomstad drops dead of a heart attack chasing her around her office, unzipped. So Chrissie decides she has to clear her name. Some zany characters, but nowhere near as fun as Stephanie Plum. Not sure I'll read another in this series.
Dec 13, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
I really enjoyed this book, Chrissy McMullen is comfortable in her own skin and even though she's a certified psychologist, readily admits to being not that great of an authority when it comes to personal relationships with members of the opposite sex (for instance, her former BF Eddie Friar).

Chrissy reluctantly becomes involved in trying to solve the murder of one her patients, since she was accused of his murder. I've read reviews of this book and have seen that some have compared Chrissy to S
Jan 18, 2009 AM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book came highly recommended by someone who's book taste and mine share a lot in common. So I didn't hesitate to pick it up. Well, actually I forgot about it the first time but I bought it the second time. I will agree it is amusing in parts, but I didn't find it laugh out loud funny. And, by the third attempted rape and various other close calls I was no longer amused. This is the first book in a mystery series, but honestly everything the characters did seem to be convoluted. While it mig ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2014
In Lois Greiman's cozy debut, Unzipped, we were introduced to Christina "Chrissy" McMullen in Chicago. A former cocktail waitress turned shrink, who were literally caught into a compromised position. Former Detroit Lions lineman Andrea "Bomber" Bomstad came into her office for a therapy session, he propositioned her by trying to rape her and literally dropped dead minutes later. From there, the CPD have been hounding her and claiming she was a suspect in his murder. For Chrissy, one annoying Det ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Kayla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this book, I had high hopes. I was looking for something fun and quirky like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Pulm series. This was slightly funny. Maybe I'll revisit it at a later date and see if I have a different opinion at that time, or maybe not.
Jul 03, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder
Steamy murder mystery, almost the opposite leading lady of the Blackbird Sisters series I have been reading. My glasses were fogged in the first 10 pages and it only ramped up after that. Not to say that this classifies as erotica but there is enough sexual tension to hold this book open on a table. After getting past that, the story is actually pretty well done. The mystery is allusive and winding and the ending hits you like an episode of Scooby-Doo: you might have figured it out already but t ...more
Jun 10, 2010 BJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book with pretty good reviews but is not one that I enjoyed. In fact, it drove me nuts with the constant goofy similes. The main character, Chrissy McMullen, is another Stephanie Plum rip off. However, it took me seven or eight books to tire of Stephanie instead of only seven or eight pages as was the case for Chrissy. The interaction between Chrissy and Lieutenant Rivera is unbelievable to the point of being bizarre. The murderer is easy to figure out because there aren't really ...more
Oct 23, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As other reviewers have said this is a silly book. Just sit back and relax and don't think too hard. The charterers are interesting but sometimes frustrating. I'm interested in how they are going to develop over the next few books.
Chick lit mystery

A solid novel. Part chick lit, part mystery and part romance. Some of the writing is really good but the story is a bit slow and simplistic. 2.5 stars
Denise W
Dec 30, 2014 Denise W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun books- kind of like the Stephanie Plum books. The author is from Minnesota aand I actually met her at the mall the other day. She had a booth at the craft fair.
Dec 26, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-e-book
3.5 stars.

Chrissy is quite a funny character. Her banter with Rivera was entertaining for the most part although I didn't really warm to him at first. Some of the ridiculous thoughts Chrissy had made me laugh out loud, her confusion about what 'protection' meant was a good example of that.

The mystery was a bit confusing as we didn't have a lot of the information and as with a lot of books, the pertinent facts are only revealed once the killer is discovered.

I wouldn't mind reading the other bo
Connie N.
What a totally fun and great book! A typical cozy mystery, the death happened right at the beginning of the story. Then we have the whole rest of the book to get to know our heroine, amusing, charmingly funny, down-to-earth psychologist Chrissy McMullen. I love how she mangles the police lieutenant's name every time she says it, and I love how he recognizes that but ignores it. I love her humor and her fairly believable attempts to discover the murderer. Secondary characters are well-formed and ...more
Pamela McDowell
Sep 07, 2015 Pamela McDowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
It took me a while to warm up to Chrissy, but soon she had me snorting with laughter. Fun - nothing more, but sometimes that's just perfect.
Dec 18, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelftalk
If Chrissy McMullen thought psychoanalyzing Los Angeleans was going to be easier then slinging drinks as a cocktail waitress, then she is in for a surprise. Her football star client “Bomber” Bomstad has an idea of how Chrissy can help him with his problems. Once “Bomber” unzips his pants Chrissy knows she’s in for a fight, but that goes wrong when he drops dead. Dark and handsome cop Jack Rivera enters her office and is sure that Chrissy is guilty of murder — or misconduct of some sort. In Unzip ...more
Lori Whitwam
3.5 stars. Christina's "investigative" style is bumbling, even for this genre. She has a terrible time explaining her innocence and dodging questions, and her attempts to solve the mystery and restore her reputation is haphazard. But it improves as the book goes along, and by the end I was liking her a lot better. (I'm halfway through book 2 now, and liking her even more.) One thing I'm not a fan of is neverending sexual tension. Tension, yes, but holy cow... let's resolve it at some point. They ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Wende rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, f-m
Very funny and hot. Jack and Chrissy are very good together. The mystery was good. I was totally wrong on who was involved. Loved that.
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Born on a North Dakota cattle ranch, Lois Greiman graduated from a high school class of sixty students before moving to Minnesota where she professionally trained and showed Arabian Horses for several years. Since that time she's been a high fashion model, a fitness instructor, and a veterinary assistant. But an incurable case of writing fever put a stop to all those occupations.

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