A Justified Bitch (A Las Vegas Mystery, #1)
When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.
The finger and ...more
It says Las Vegas Mystery #1 and I was all settled down to read a murder mystery or police procedural set in sin city. Somewhere along the line, the murder and the killer took a backseat to Helen’s story. But I am getting ahead of myself.
The dead woman’s severed finger was found just feet from Helen’s door step. Helen used to be a teacher but that was before her husband ...more
You meet Helen, she is the neighborhood crazy cat lady.
Helen hoards junk for the swap meets and talks to her dead husband Bobby.
Helen is good people.
Then her phone sexing neighbor gets cut into a million pieces. The police know that Helen may know somethin ...more
Meet Helen. Crazed cat lady, certifiable hoarder, and a very talented swap meet queen. Helen sees messages in everything. She also sees her dead husband, Bobby. He's quite the cutup. Chasing ghosts, conversing with the dead . . . it's time for your medication, Helen.
I cannot imagine what the marketing rationale is behind either the title or the cover. I would not have even bothered to read the synopsis for this if not for Arah-Lynda's enga ...more
Helen...Helen...Helen...I love Helen....her discussions with her long-dead husband....her love of swap meets....and her love of cats!
Have you ever had one of your furry friends bring you a creepy gift? I sure have (some still alive) and the one that Helen receives from Wary the cat wreaks havoc and brings out the police in full force....but Helen can't remember where the little piece of incriminating evidence came from....so it'...more
I really liked the character Helen, and her conversations with her long-dead husband Bobby, and the fact that Booby answered her back. Helen has a booth at her local ...more
I have battled a very severe and rare mental illness since the age of 7 that has been an ongoing struggle since then. I am thankfully on a stable dose of medication and am able to function properly as possible but that was not a ...more
First of all, I love this cover. I’ve read that most people don’t seem to like this cover, but I seriously love it! I love how the orange grabs your attention, and it just makes me want to start reading. I think it’ ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very realistic. The dialogue is believable, and the descriptions of the Las Vegas environment is accurate and colorfu ...more
The genres of this book are Mystery and Thriller,Suspense, and General Adult Fiction.
H.G. McKinnis does an excellent job in describing the devastating effects of mental illness on a family.
The story starts when Helen Taylor, finds herself holding a finger and sitting near by her house, where a body has been found murdered next door. Helen lives in a delusional world with her ...more
A JUSTIFIED BITCH by H.G. McKinnis definitely grabbed my attention for two reasons: the title (how can you ignore that?) and the tagline - it takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch. Consider me instantly intrigued. I will say, this is a classic example of "don't judge a book by it's cover". It does not do the book justice.
It all ...more
We start off a little awkwardly by viewing the world through the eyes of Helen, named after Helen of Troy. It is so confusing at the start until you understand that the person she is having a conversation with is her dead husband Bobby. Then we are confronted with a pet dropping a gift of love at Helens feet – a severed finger complete with French manicure ...more
Meet Helen Taylor aka the cat lady one day while sitting on the porch one of her many cats delivers a severed finger it's from Bebe a neighbour once beautiful but who has let drugs take over her life now she will do anything for her next fix including prostitution phone sex among other things.
When police visit Helen to see if she witnessed anything they discover the severed finger which make them wonder if she is involved in the brutal murder of her neighbour. Helen lost her hu ...more
The book starts out with the gruesome murder of a Las Vegas former call girl who lived next door to Helen, a middle aged woman suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness that stemmed from the loss of her husband Bobby.
When a severed finger arrives on her doorstep Helen is thrown into the middle of a murder investigation and suddenly her whole life is being examined ...more
As in the words of the Talking Heads, “Psycho killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est?” author H.G. McKinnis captures readers in her debut novel, “A Justified Bitch” with quirky Helen Taylor. Helen speaks to her dead husband, has lots of cats, and sells “antiques” at a jockey lot, looking like a straight-out demented serial killer. When murder erupts in Helen’s sordid neighborhood the only question is did she do it?
McKinnis does a clever job of combing wit, sus ...more
Helen Taylor is Det. Jake Madison's closest thing to a witness, but hardly a reliable one. She exists mostly in a dream world. Bebe, the victim, was extraordinary too - a whore past her prime, gardener, whose new profession provided phone sex.
Pat Hender ...more
This book was refreshingly different than most books i have read lately! It's not the serious action packed thriller mystery you might be expecting. I was actually relieved when it turned out to be funny! It was almost like Okay i can take a breath, relax, and just enjoy the book.
The firs ...more
This book was a very interesting and fast read for me. VERY unexpected, but I really enjoyed it. I read this on a Saturday/Sunday and just flew through the book 100 pages at a time.
This story revolves around both a detect ...more
This book was a very interesting and fast read for me. VERY unexpected, but I really enjoyed it.
This is an outstanding story on many levels. It includes a murder mystery, a family reconciled, emergence from grief, and coming of age. The style of writing helps the story along with just the right level of description for the action being portrayed.
I rece ...more