Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Workman’s Complication (McCall & Company, #1)” as Want to Read:
Workman’s Complication (McCall & Company, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Workman’s Complication

(McCall & Company #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  42 reviews

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the con
Paperback, 394 pages
Published September 7th 2014 by Laugh Riot Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Workman’s Complication, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Workman’s Complication

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.16  · 
Rating details
 ·  83 ratings  ·  42 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Workman’s Complication (McCall & Company, #1)
Do NOT call Kate McCall a Private Investigator, she is an actor, but it could be her mad, crazy acting skills and her off-off-off-off Broadway talents and troupe, as well as her quirky neighbors that prove that this Not-A-Private Investigator should be. Kate’s father left her in private investigations firm when he was brutally murdered and it looks like the police are getting nowhere. Time for Kate to make use of all those mad skills her father taught her. While she’s at it, she is determined to ...more
Nicole Chinnici
Workman’s Complication is the story of off Broadway actress Kate who inherits her father’s PI business after he’s murdered. When I first heard about it, it sounded like it would be right up my alley. And it absolutely was!

“It was harder to sing with the vampire teeth than I thought it would be.”

Usually when I read a book, I make sure to pause and note highlights and my thoughts along the way. This time around, I was so pulled into the story that the only note I made was the first sentence. This
Vikki P
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an eBook of Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way effected my review, because either way this review would definitely reflect the rating that I’ve given it!

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a good mystery. Couple that with humor and bam – you have a 5 star read! My major problem with most books is that the starting isn’t compelling enough for me and I have to suffer through it to get to the good part. That was definitel
Lilac Reviews
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks that like humourous mysteries
Shelves: mysteries
We’ve all heard the phrase diamond in the rough. It’s a phrase to indicate future potential but lacking refinement or polish. One of the reasons I started Lilac Reviews was to help new authors become visible to readers. I am so tickled to tell you about this book. The author has already looked over his story and decided on the perfect ‘cut.’ He has polished the edges and held it up to see it sparkle in the light. It is a diamond, period, end of sentence.
I loved the chapter titles, the formatting
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
McCall & Company: Workman's Complications by Rich Leder

Kate McCall, a small time actress inherits her fathers private investigators business after her was murdered. Her father was investigating a life insurance scam and Kate decides to look into this case, as well as who killed her father. She finds herself in hot water when she lands in jail as a suspect in a murder. Will she get out of jail, prove her innocence and find the murderer?

A fast paced well written murder/mystery. I really liked Kat
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in reading Workman’s Complication because I like reading stories about private investigators and a story where a private investigation business is inherited, well it peaked my interest that’s for sure. I enjoyed this story from the very beginning and it was hilarious. It had great one-liners and the main character Kate McCall had a lot of Moxie and I love that in a character. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Kate McCall was an actress first and foremost as far as she was conce
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggling actress Kate McCall begrudgingly inherits her father’s private investigation business after he’s found murdered in an elevator of a large office building. Tasked with completing a job her father left unfinished, she sets out to solve it, and in the process, find out who killed her father.

The story’s highly entertaining, but starts out a little slow and is a bit long. The mystery aspect of the plot is interesting, but my favorite thing about the book was the characters, especially the
*Source* Publisher*
*Genre* Mystery, Hijinks
*Rating* 3.5-4


Workman's Complication, by author Rich Leder, is the first installment in Leder's McCall & Company series. Meet Kate McCall. Kate is an off-off-off-off Broadway actor playing the part of a vampire/subway ticket sales agent. But, Kate's world is soon shattered when she learns that her father was brutally murdered and left at a high rise called Monument Life Insurance Building. What's even more curious, is that Kate is left holding
DJ Sakata
My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

“But the acting career path I was planning took a sharp left turn when I got pregnant at sixteen and gave birth to a boy, Matthew, exactly on my seventeenth birthday. The young man who assisted in getting me pregnant left immediately for San Francisco to be, among other things, gay.”

“She was a person who deserved an adjective at all times, at least in the privacy of my own mind.”

“From Jimmy, I had inherited some distinctly Irish DNA that had compelled me since childh
B.K. Walker
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bk-s-library
From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down. When I had to, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, it IS that good. Leder does a fantastic job of drawing the reader in, not to mention keeping you entertained through the entire thing. It felt like an old time movie, you know? The good one’s they don’t make any more? I could see in my mind a young Katherine Hepburn playing the role of Kate, and Cary Grant playing as Detective Herriman. You may see someone else, but you will definitel ...more
Margaret Millmore
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kate is an off-off Broadway actress, and like most in her position, she must take on other jobs to make ends meet. In Kate’s case, she’s done it all on the career spectrum of an unknown actress, including working as a private detective with her father, Jimmy. However, when Jimmy is murdered, not only is Kate confronted with the terrible news, but Jimmy left the PI business to her with the expectation that she’d pick up where he left off. Although Kate isn't interested in being a PI, she does wan ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Kate McCall is an actress struggling to make it -- she's had a few dozen jobs to support her acting (and her son while he was growing up), and is now a building manager, dog walker and off-off-off Broadway actress (I'm probably leaving off a couple of "off"s there). One recurring gig has been helping her father, a private investigator, from time to time.

When Jimmy McCall is murdered he leaves his agency to Kate -- whi
Amanda Hupe
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder is a comedic mystery that has many colorful characters and what seems like an endless plot. Kate McCall is a 45 year-old actor who is starring in an off, off broadway play about vampires. Outside of acting, she walks dogs and is a building manager. She was completely focused on her vampire musical when she finds out her father is murdered. Her father was a private investigator and leaves her the business. Kate wants nothing to do with the P.I. business and wa ...more
Chris Pavesic
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Chris by: Shannon A Thompson
I knew that I would like this novel from the very first line: “It was harder to sing with the vampire teeth than I thought it would be.” This is a very evocative image, especially given the number of television shows and movies that have featured vampires in the last decade. I often wondered how the actors/actresses managed to talk with a mouth full of prosthetic fangs without mumbling or lisping (which probably tells you quite a bit about me and what I think about when watching movies!) To be a ...more
Galit  Balli
3.5 Stars :)
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


After I read the blurb and all the reviews of this story, I was really looking forward to reading this book. However no matter how much I tried, it didn’t click for me. I really like the overall story and Kate McCall, the main character, as a single mom, actress and fighting to pay her bills. Somehow after a few chapters, it was getting hard for me to really care about what will happen next. I thin
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Review originally appeared on Books That Hook

I am excited to present to you a great book called Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder. It is an entertaining mystery about an off-off-off-off Broadway actress who inherits a P.I. business from her father after he is murdered. Kate gets in way over her head with two cases–the investigation into who killed her
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

Leder toes the line between absurd and realistic with this novel with wonderful balance, displaying the right set of circumstances and components that pull off the strange events in this story and make it work smoothly and effectively. The narrative is easy to read and the story is engaging and captivating, making it compelling to read and very hard to put down.

From early on the humour is evident but it never stands out
Diane Coto
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate McCall is an actress; at least that’s what she keeps telling us. So, when her father, Jimmy, is murdered, she inherits his PI business and ‘stuff.’ That stuff is in a box that includes his closed files; his open files; his urn; and his gun. Kate has actually held many jobs, one of which was helping her father every now and again with his caseload, so she already has her PI license. She can step right in and work the open cases – if she wants to. Instead, she brings the box with her father’s ...more
Susan Barton
Workman's Complication is a must read murder mystery! From the first word to the last I was truly entertained! I immediately fell in love with the main character, Kate McCall. Kate dedicated herself to acting when she was just in the seventh grade. Her acting was put on temporary hold when she became a teen mom. But through determination and hard work, Kate raised her son on her own. Between acting gigs she would do private investigator work, including surveillance, as well as odd jobs for her f ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A two genre mix that you don't see enough of these days is that of comedy and crime. This may be put down to the fact that it's a hard combination to balance without looking like you're trying to parody the crime genre.

Yet Rich Leder seems to have got that balance down perfectly within this first offering in his series alone. Workman's Complication is a fine balance of crazy, serious crime solving and genuine glances into normal everyday life.

With a fast paced story that goes from normal shenani
Just another reader
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I just can't recollect when was the last time I laughed out this heartily reading a book! This book had me in splits all the way through. It's a tremendous and terrific job that Leder has taken up and accomplished - carving out black comedy (and bits of enjoyable slapstick) into a beautiful book... Mix a fast-paced murder mystery with that, and the combination is lethally funny - literally. My sides are aching from
Ashley Tomlinson
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not think I was going to like this book. I thought "great another P.I. story" because I have read so many books about private investigators. But this one wasn't like all the rest, the characters were like-able and funny and the story was a fun read. I thought it was a great mystery with a comical edge to it.

Kate was a working Mom that was just trying to make it in the world. My God her job list was as long as my arm! I thought it was cool that she was following her dream to be an ac
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Workman’s Complication is a fun read that reminds the reader of a gumshoe detective story. There are lots of characters, lots of complications and lots of fun. I really enjoyed the read. I liked the character of Kate McCall a lot. She seems sometimes to be bumbling about, but she’s smarter than she looks – or acts for that matter. The secondary characters in her apartment building and of her acting troupe were great fun. A whole lot of crazy that adds to the enjoyment of the read.

Although I enj
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Workman's Complication and the second book in the series, Swollen Identity, back to back, and loved them both. Each fast-paced book has everything you could want in a mystery detective novel--or any novel for that matter: an exciting and original plot including gunplay, disguises, car chases, elaborate sting operations and a cast of idiosyncratic characters surrounding, supporting and out to get the feisty actress-turned-PI Kate McCall. Highly entertaining and hilarious, with devious and ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Mr. Leder has written a great mystery, with a great plot and great character development making this an excellent read. I enjoyed Rich Leder's books so much that I also ordered his other two books "Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench: A Romantic Hollywood Sex Comedy" and "Swollen Identity (McCall & Company Book 2) (Volume 2)". This is a book for everyone and I am so grateful to have won it on GoodReads that I will be paying it forward and giving to a friend to also enjoy. Thanks again Mr. Leder. ...more
J. Ewbank
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book by Leder is an excellent read for mystery buffs and for those who just like a good story. The main character is well sketched out and you come to really like her. The plot is well done and keeps your attention. The other characters are believable. This is a good read and you should enjoy it. I know I did.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Tashia Jennings
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads and author, Rich Leder, I get the pleasure of reading this book for free. Thanks!
Bona Fide Book Reviews
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a super entertaining book! It is the story of Kate McCall, who basically will only admit to being a way off-Broadway actress, never mind the dog walking or being an apartment manager for a bunch of quirky people. At this moment, she is Farina LeBleu, star of Blood Song and Dance and vampire extraordinaire. Too bad her fangs make her sound as though she’s from another planet. She’s never done much acting beyond commercials that are only watched by insomniacs. Kate is informed that her fat ...more
Clabe Polk
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fine story well told and well written.

In the midst of rehearsing a far off-Broadway play in which she plays a vampire who doubles as a sub-way ticket sales agent, Kate McCall is approached by two NYPD detectives who tell her that her father was found dead in the Monument Life Insurance Company’s elevator. “Why the hell,” wondered McCall, “would her father Jimmy McCall be in the Monument Life Insurance Building’s elevator to begin with…let alone be killed there?” But, wait a minute! He wasn’t k
Skyler Boudreau
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's such a fun read! With great characters and TWO engaging mysteries, this a hilarious thriller you don't want to miss!

A more complete review is available on my website!

« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Please combine editions 6 18 Sep 09, 2015 06:32AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Hell on Wheels (Black Knights Inc., #1)
  • Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1)
  • In Rides Trouble (Black Knights Inc., #2)
See similar books…
Rich Leder has been a working writer for three decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark, feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films, and five novels for Laugh Riot Press.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a

Other books in the series

McCall & Company (3 books)
  • Swollen Identity (McCall & Company, #2)
  • Emboozlement (McCall & Company, #3)

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
25 likes · 21 comments