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In It For The Money

(Blu Carraway Mysteries #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A gritty mystery featuring an ex-military PI in coastal South Carolina, by an author who “nails the voice of new Southern noir” (Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Trust Me).
Lowcountry private investigator Blu Carraway needs a new client. He’s completely broke and the tax man is coming for his little slice of paradise.
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Henery Press
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Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Blu Carraway has bills to pay, including his phone bill and the taxes on his island paradise. His last investigation paid well but that was 3 years ago. The ex-Desert Storm Ranger, now Private Investigator really needs a new client. Unable to reach him by phone a well to do woman and her driver show up at his home to ask him to find her son. They are estranged but he hasn’t made any recent withdrawals from his trust fund and she is worried. Blu thinks this will be a quick, hig
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Carrots, Apples, and Turnips OH MY for Dink and Doofus. Supporting characters in a Find the Missing Person Puzzle. Blu Carraway on his Island paradise waiting for his rotary phone to ring, that has been disconnected, is just too funny! Tough guy PI evaluating the need to sell his boat to pay his property taxes; gets a windfall break when Cynthia Rhoads arrives in her Mercedes. Quick moving plot with no nonsense investigations riddled with contract hits, drug dealers, feisty girl friends, nosy ne ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A cozy mystery, the first book in a new series about Blu Carraway, a private investigator, and his friends. I like his friends, Door is and Dink. The reading flew smoothly and the persona is developed in great depth. The background is the low country. If you like gun battles, fights, and violence, you will like this book. There is plenty. I felt the author was trying to show the male person and missed it. Blu, an ex Desert Storm Ranger is broke and takes a job of locating a missing son for the b ...more
Donna Davis
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Editors looking for a challenge
Here's the thing that makes this title so difficult to review. It has tremendous strengths--strong concept, engaging protagonist, fearless prose. I like his animal sidekicks, Dink and Doofus. Crome is one of the finest sidekick characters I've seen in a mystery.

Thanks go to Henery Press and Net Galley for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this honest review.

On the other hand, there are some serious issues with pacing, which is clearly uneven, and also some of the worst gr
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Terrifically interesting, wryly funny, involved with characters well drawn and different than most pi novels. Even the horses have their own personalities. Who did it? What was done? Just who ARE the good/bad guys? The action goes to the end
Barbara Tobey
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is from one of my favorite publishers of cozy mysteries. This is not a cozy mystery. It is an action adventure mystery. Lots of gun fights and dead bodies. It is cozy like in that it does not contain foul language or intimate sexual details. While cozies are my favorite genre, this series kicks it up a notch without being offensive to me. I look forward to reading more about the adventures of Blu (and his wild horses) and Chrome (and his Harley). The publisher provided a copy via NetGa ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this novel. I liked the setting, introducing me to the low country of the south. The scene descriptions were good. The plot was a bit complex, with layers of bad guys that needed to be confronted in the search for a missing person.

The aspect of the novel I liked best was the characters. Blu is a likable private eye. He'd been a Desert Storm Ranger so knows how to handle himself in a difficult situation. But he is also the kind of guy who knows his weaknesses and drinks sweet iced tea whe
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first David Burnsworth book I have ever read. He is a good author. He makes his books interesting, easy to read and they flow very well. Blu Carraway is a PI living in Charleston SC. He is hired by a local society matron to find her son who has not dipped into his trust fund in weeks. The advance she gives Blu is very tempting and will definitely get him out of his current financial slump. Blu's partner Cromer shows up and the two team up to find this young man. Local television per ...more
Patricia Romero
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Collection

The character of Blu first showed up in another one of the author's books, set in Charleston low country also. I'm glad he got his own book.

He has a little slice of heaven on his little island off Charleston. Horses roaming free and all the privacy he wants. But to keep it, he does have to work every so often.

He has a reputation for getting the difficult stuff done, so of course Cynthia Rhodes hires him to find her wayward son Jeremy.

The supporting char
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a great southern mystery, and this book did not disappoint! Dru Carraway is an interesting character with a heart! David Burnsworth spun an interesting tale that was engaging and believable, with enough twists & turns to keep me fully engaged! Will definitely read future books in this series!
Disclaimer-I received this ARC from Henery Press and this review is unbiased.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-book
I have been a Fan of David Burnsworth for some time now, so when I got the chance to get this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review I jumped on it. This is the start of a new series that features Blu Carraway, and I think it was a promising start. I love the characters and the storyline, it had plenty of action and mystery, a great sidekick Crome, I want to get to know him better, and some romance as well. The pacing and writing was good and I can't wait to see what will happen in the ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In It For The Money, is the first book in the Blu Carraway Mystery Series by author David Burnsworth.

Set in the sultry lowcountry setting of Charleston, SC, the reader follows ex-Desert Storm Army Ranger turned Private Investigator Blu Carraway as he embarks on a Southern noir/mystery investigative adventure.

Three years have passed since Blu Carraway's last paying investigative case, and the bills are piling up including the outstanding taxes on Carraway Island, his private 9-acre family-owned
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a new series about a somewhat unconventional Pi, Blu Carraway. Blu is an ex-Army Ranger, who now runs his own PI business, except that things are not going as well as they should. Blu lives on an island that has been in his family for years. Though there are probably no mortgage payments, there are general, overall expenses, taxes that come due, phone bills, car expenses, etc. that demand Blu’s attention. Since his cash flow is not good, Blu accepts a job to find the missing son of a wea ...more
Jessica Bronder
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blu Carraway is an ex-Desert Storm Ranger. He resides in his family’s house on an island off Charleston. Although he doesn’t have to make mortgage payments, he still has to pay for taxes, phone, and food. But work as a PI is really slow. So, when societies Cynthia Rhodes shows up on his door step, offering him a large amount of money to find her son of course he is going to jump.

Jeremy Rhodes has not touched his trust fund in a while and Cynthia is worried something has happened to him. Blu agr
David Burnsworth has created an entirely new series with characters that are rich, diverse, and beg to be explored.

We first meet Blu Carraway in the cross-over novella, Blu Heat: A Blu Carraway Novella, where Brack Pelton and Blu join forces, but Blu really comes into his own in this series. He's a hard working private detective living alone, except for the ponies, on an island in an old house without AC. And things are just fine. Except bills are coming due and he doesn't have any new clients.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story that centers around Blu, a private detective suffering from under-employment.  When a missing person case comes his way, he jumps at the chance to pay his bills. However, he case turns out to be more complicated than expected, and he is soon joined in his efforts by his mostly absentee partner, Crome.  Although both men are macho ex-military types, Blu has a more sensitive side to him and is definitively more likeable than Crome.   The story was well written, howeve ...more
Grace Koshida
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Former Army Ranger turned Lowcountry PI Blu Carraway is almost broke and needs a new client to pay his bills and property taxes on his island home. Luckily, a rich client Cynthia Rhodes shows up and gives Blu a huge retainer to find her missing son Jeremy. But it's not so easy to find Jeremy and soon Blu finds himself dealing with contract hits, nosy and sexy newspaper reporters and plenty of bullets and punches. With the help of his errant business partner Mick Crome, Blu eventually finds a tra ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Blu Carraway has a new case and most possibly there will be action, gunshots and a lot of lies. Ready for Blu?

Blu has a new case, a rich young artist has disappeared... or has he been kidnapped? There's no trace of him for a week, and very few clues to follow him. And of course everyone has something to hide or omit something quite important about the case... so, what's really behind Jeremy disappearance?
While we enter in a quite difficult case, we will meet Blu, his girlfriend and his ex partne
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This the first of Burnsworth's books that I've read -- but it definitely won't be the last! Living in the South, I appreciated his accuracy on the descriptions of places, personalities of the people, etc. The book starts out a little slower that I typically like with a mystery but with a good base, the story really had good traction on the ground it'd been laid. Blu has a bit of quirkiness that I like and it's enough to balance out the serious, tough, rogue side that he has as an investigator. M ...more
Laura Salas
I got to exactly 50% in this book. The story was OK, but I just couldn't take anymore of Blu and the two news women. It felt like the author expected us to applaud every time Blu doesn't sleep with one of them!

"But they're also young and attractive. You've got to make sure nothing happens to them."
"I'm trying," he said, although he wasn't sure if he believed it.

"while Tess hitched a ride with Blu. His spider sense told him this was about as bad an idea as he could have, what with just trying to
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple missing person job is anything but simple when Blu Carraway is hired by a wealthy socialite, Cynthia Rhodes, to find her missing son Jeremy.

Violence and multiple murders made this a fast paced investigation in the diverse locale of Charleston SC as Blu and his partner Mick Crome reconnect.

There is a prequel to this first in the series novel and I would recommend reading it first.

If you enjoy a hard-boiled, tough guy hero, you should enjoy this series. Though not my cup of tea it was wel
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is a man’s man story which will appeal to those who prefer their detectives hardboiled. There’s certainly an audience for this, and I expect Burnsworth will be selling Blu Carraway books for a long time. Recommended. See for the full review. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting was marvelous with descriptions that captured the feel of Lowcountry South Carolina. The characters were well flushed out though were a bit cliché. The action and twists in the plot were interesting but rhythmic. I look forward to the second installment in this Series as I found that authors often relax and write a far more enjoyable read as a series progresses.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
IN IT FOR THE MONEY: A Blu Carraway Mystery by David Burnsworth: A fast paced cozy mystery with nonstop action from beginning to end. These quirky Lowcountry characters are delightful. Eagerly awaiting the next volume of this four-star- read.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
aka. SherleyB.
Not too bad a storyline, a bit of action her and there,
Some of the characters where good,
maybe the next book will be just as fun to read?!
Stacy Pitts
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it well enough that I will read the next in the series...3.5 stars.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
I was introduced to this writer when I read the prequel, BLU HEAT, where the reader meets Blu Carraway P.I. I also read BIG CITY HEAT, a Brack Pelton, P.I., series.

Blu Carraway is running out of money to pay his bills so the timing couldn’t have been better when a very wealthy socialite drives up wanting to hire him to find her son. She has been estranged from him but monitors his activity by his withdrawals of his trust fund but there has been no activity in 2 weeks.

How hard can this case be tr
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David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Burnsworth is the author of the Brack Pelton Mystery Series and the Blu Carraway Mystery Series. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting w ...more

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