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Red Is for Rookie (A Holly Garden Mystery #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A kidnapping. A ticking clock. Three hot PI’s. A Black Widow kills again. Will Holly’s first case end in disaster? Will the two men in Holly’s life give her too much heat?

Motivated by the murky circumstances surrounding her father’s reputation-ruining murder, Holly vows to clear his muddied name, prove herself as a PI, and redeem Garden Investigation’s integrity and dwin
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Published May 15th 2015 by Elk Lake Publishing (first published May 14th 2015)
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Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene has Holly Garden trying to prove that her father was not a dirty private investigator to restore his good name and that of Garden Investigations. She also wants to prove that she is a good investigator since her own mother does not trust her. Garden Investigations is providing security at a gathering for lonesome workaholics (at $500 a person) hosted by Violet Garden, but Holly learns that Violet also hired the competition, Ace Investigations as well. The dashing ...more
Becky Lewis
Definitely a Winner!!

One of my favorite types of books, a cozy mystery with lots of romantic suspense, I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Greene's first book of the Handcuffed in Texas series.
An over-the-top Valentine's banquet for rich, young professionals provides the start for this fast paced book which takes off with a sudden bang and never slows down. Holly Garden, the hapless heroine, is serving security at said banquet when her best friend is kidnapped.

Holly has her work cut out for her. She must
Rheetha Lawlor
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the same vein as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Anne Greene has given readers a cleaner, southern hospitality of Holly Garden, PI. This contemporary mystery incorporates the elements of action, intrigue, comedy and romance, and all with the underlying theme of how Christian faith is essential to keep going. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humor / romance/ mystery fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
Hollyhock Garden has a keen investigative mind, and a strong devotion to her Christian faith. She is not above admiring a hunk or two with her best gal pal or her Granny, but they all pray together - and carry big guns - naturally with legal conceal carry permits.

Welcome to Texas.

Her mother worries about her being in such a high risk profession, and trusts her own payments to a competing agency to keep Holly safe - whereas granny trust God and prayer - as well as the Glock Holly carries, and th
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by Anne Greene was definitely a first for me in that it combined an outright good detective story with religious beliefs and upbringing. The good thing about the book was the actual detective story and the characters were solid, and, the religious beliefs of some of the characters while adding a flavor to the book, did not overwhelm the reader, tended to stay in the background. I am looking forward to adding other Holly Gardner mysteries to my TBR. This is a voluntary review of an Adva ...more
Pat Eroh
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very easy-to-read, fast-paced, with a strong woman who faces many frenemies even within her own family! She continues on to work toward her goals against all odds. This book is well-written with wonderful characters that I hope will continue on to more adventures (I think they will!)

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holly Garden, P.I.: Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene is a fun, entertaining, and original romantic suspense story that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend. Twenty-four-year-old Holly suffered a major, regrettable setback to her P.I. career when her father with whom she was working on a case was killed. The police department among others believe her father was corrupt, and she vows to clear his name and to restore his sullied reputation. The only problem is that there is no one in her family (her ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-read-2015
This was a fun story of Holly, a klutzy, accident-prone young P.I. working her first case, the kidnapping of her friend, Matt. The scene of the overturned banquet table at the matchmaking gala is hilarious. She tries so hard to be sophisticated and professional after Matt is snatched, but the bleu cheese salad dressing on her clothing, her putting out a fire with a slab of prime rib, and her shaking hands with sour cream on her palm cause her great embarrassment and the reader great comic relief ...more
Anne Rightler
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red is for Rookie is an entertaining romantic suspense book by Anne Greene. Fast-paced, lots of action (some of a bit comical) with an edge-of-the-seat climactic ending. Holly is a newbie PI and one of her best friends goes missing at a Valentine’s gala. Is it a kidnapping? Is it related to her what happened to her father? Will Holly be able to find him before he’s killed or before she herself is? Lots of twists and turns in the plot, one especially was a ‘wow, I didn’t see that coming’ scene. C ...more
Petra Creasy
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the book down once I opened it. Written in first person, this mystery takes the reader through a thorough day of a "green" PI. Holly is a strong woman who daily tries to protect her heart from getting hurt, AGAIN, and realizes that sometimes the Lord wants to use those emotions to draw out the best in her. The author does a marvelous job in making Holly a real person who tries to overcome her fears as she grows in her passion/career. I cannot wait to read the next one!!! ...more
Susan Hamann
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hollyhock Garden (her real name, but goes by Holly) lives in a family with women with flower names. She and her mother inherited her father's private investigation firm. Holly used to work there when she was younger, so she has some knowlege. She also has a PI license and a gun. She doesn't have a lot of confidence, but enough to get started in her new role.

She wants to clear her late father's name, which has been smeared. Meanwhile, she gets drawn into investigating the kidnapping of her best
Douglas Williamson
Family can be a mixed blessing, incredibly helpful when supportive and incredibly frustrating when not. As our heroine knows first hand.

This was an interesting read. Our heroine is new to the PI biz, but trying hard to prove herself and other things as well. The story features of host of characters, some likable, some not, but all with good solid backgrounds which make them real. And their interactions with our heroine certainly keep her on her toes.

The story is well written with an intriguing
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman PI trying to make it in a "man's world". Holly Garden is following in her late father's footsteps, but she has to work twice as hard to prove herself to others and more to herself that she can do the job. I love that the author makes the main character, Holly, a strong Christian woman. There is a secondary story going on, but you will have to read the next in the series to find out what happens.

*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my honest opinion.
Carrie Langendorff
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read! It grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it though out the book. I love how this book emphasizes how they look upon their faith within their actions. I felt that having suspense and romance work together well in this book.

**I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is a rookie PI and she has to try to clean her father name. She has two men in her life but when a friend is kidnapped and everything changes. How will it all change? Can she clear her father name? Can she save them? See how she gets on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sherry Brown
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed RED IS FOR ROOKIE! The story is based around Holly. Who is a Private Investigator and trying to prove she is worthy and capable of being one. A lot of adventures and surprises going on in this
book! I definitely recommend it for everyone!
T Olsen
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trying to write tough language (without swearing), it starts out being quite messy. The story is also messy, with the unknown past, but it gets better and the end explains most (as it should). The characters are very good, and I like reading from the romantic female sleuth' perspective. ...more
Linda Palmer
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the style of the story. It was a fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. And I can’t wait to pass this book on to my husband to read. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my honest opinion.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charlene by:
A fun read filled with suspense and humor. This book has it all! Wonderful complex and interesting characters and a fabulous storyline making it a real page turner. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my honest opinion.
Nickie Sale
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The characters we well developed and there were a few twists and turns although I did feel some of it was a bit predictable

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery novel. It’s would make a great Hallmark movie. Wish there were more in this new series about Detective/ P.I. Holly. You don’t find out whodunit until the end.
Deana Dick
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from for an honest review

Holly is a private detective who has several agendas. She is trying to clear her dad's name, find out who killed him and prove to her family that she can handle the job of being a PI and being able to protect herself. The action starts at a Valentine's meet party. Holly and her partner Matt are doing security for the party. Holly notices a group of men that look out of place and before you can blink an eye, chaos erupts.

When th
Billie Conrad
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is Valentine’s Day and Holly Garden is working security for her mother’s latest venture for the Dallas Ladies Auxiliary – a Valentine Meet-A-Thon. What she really needs is a real case; she works for Garden Investigations which is headed up by her uncle. And underneath all, she wants to solve her father’s murder and sanitize his reputation. During a commotion caused by a group of wrestler’s Holly’s partner and next door neighbor, Matt Murdock, is drugged and taken away by ambulance and another ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story starts out sounding like an old-time private eye series such as Mike Hammer. Not bad at all, but full of odd saying that would be used in that type of series. The tempo picks up right away and really doesn't slow down. The characters, for the most part, are well developed. I enjoyed the story but for my taste, too descriptive. Also, just my taste, there was a character introduced that really wasn't relevant and never tied up at the end. The main story did tie up nicely, but left other ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good novel. It is written in the style of the Stephanie Plum series but Holly is a Christian. She works for her uncle's PI firm. She gets into all kinds of trouble, wrecks cars, etc. She has a sidekick for stake outs, a gun toting grandmother and a super hero kind of guy who comes to her aid. I was pleased that the novel was pretty well written and the characters well crafted. I recommend the novel to those who like the Plum novels but have been wanting something similar from a ...more
Lori Weller
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an exciting and enjoyable book. Holly was a young P.I. trying to solve her first major case, a kidnapping of her best friend. Through a comedy of errors and mishaps, she came up with a list of suspects. She is fighting relatives to keep her position as a P.I. and her father's rather poor reputation. Overall, it is a light fun read. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Red is for Rookie," is book 1 of Handcuffed in Texas Series, written by Anne Greene. This is a very light, fast paced mystery. Poor Holly is such a sweet gal. But, things just seem to keep happening to her! She stumbles, quite literally, over things all the time. She desires to clear her father's name, to solve mysteries, to be a good friend and daughter, to be a good Christian, to keep her job, and yet, she often messes up. Sounds sort of...human.
When Holly's friend Matt is kidnapped she is
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