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Unzipped (A Chrissy McMullen Mystery #1)

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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
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ebook, 360 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Dell
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Lilyan
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
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Linda
Apr 13, 2015 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
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LORI CASWELL
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I started reading this book I immediately thought of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. She and Chrissy both have the worst luck. Imagine being a psychologist treating a football hunk for a certain dysfunction and have him say he is cured and gives you very private visual evidence as he chases you around the office. Yup, that happened to Chrissy, and then the guy keels over dead at her feet. A quick 911 call should bring help but instead brings Detective Jack Rivera, also
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Cmkage
Mar 14, 2012 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
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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
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❂ Jennifer
Sep 13, 2010 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.
Stacie  Haden
4.5 stars. It's a mystery/thriller, but it was funny! I love Ms. Greiman's sense of humor and will definitely continue with the series.
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Chrissy is a shrink who is attacked one night in her office, and the man drops dead at her feet. Things start to get complicated for Chrissy when the detective Jack Rivera decides that she may be the only suspect. But these two have chemistry, and when Chrissy decides to investigate the matter herself this turns from bad to worse in ten seconds flat.

This book was okay. I didn't like how Jack called his ex-wife his wife, and I also didn't like how I felt
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Sandy
Dec 30, 2009 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
LaFleurBleue
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
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EMP
Mar 09, 2015 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.
Maria
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dialogue is frustrating...very slow moving. Too many attempts to be funny and falling flat.
Marti
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly entertaining book featuring a psychologist, her clients, and an interested policeman. The author has another one called Unplugged--I may look for it.
T. Rosado
4.5 Stars!

I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery/rom-com. After a shock of a beginning, I was completely invested in seeing where this story would go. Chrissy's voice, inner musings and antics had me smiling and laughing often. The enemies/love interest was the perfect pull to keep me invested in the romantic outcome. Although, I wasn't surprised by the mystery reveal, I also wasn't entirely sure and the red herrings kept me guessing. I'm new to these types of mysteries with only a handful under
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Laurie Beemer
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would have thought turning a girl who was slinging drinks into a psychologist would make such an entertaining read? Chrissie decided to change the course of her life, no longer wanting to serve drinks she went to school to become a psychologist and along the way realizes her clients are not always telling the truth. What happens when one of her clients ex football player for the Lions decides to try and change their professional relationship into more personal? Hilarity and mystery ensues.

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Sheila
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, wom-2017
When one of her patients drops dead in her office, psychiatrist Crissy launches her own investigation
Laura
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had a hard time getting into this book. Really don't need to read the rest of the series.
Marlene
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty funny and a good mystery. I love when I can't figure out the bad guy until the end.
Hannah
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
Eereeder
Easy read murder mystery. Enjoyable characters.
Cleopatra
This honestly has been a really crapy couple of reading months for me. I have not been able to finish a novels at all. And it's really irking me. This novel started out interesting, there's chemistry between Chrissy and Jack and that's well written, but Chrissy's obsession with the death of Andrew the Bomb, and the circumstances surrounding his death, not really interesting. It started out funny, there's no denying that, and as far as I've gotten still funny, but the plot surrounding the Bomb is ...more
Nicole
Dec 13, 2013 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
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Robin
Aug 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give this book one star because I am almost embarrassed to say I read it all the way to the end. I did want to know who set the series of murders in motion. But, unfortunately, like the rest of the book the resolution was "frothy" at best. I found two things in this novel that really bothered me. First, the psychologist-central character doesn't name the attack she suffered as attempted rape until the middle of the book. I suppose this oversight could be explained by the fact that she w ...more
AM
Jan 18, 2009 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
Kristen
Jul 26, 2014 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
BJ
Jun 05, 2010 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
Lori Whitwam
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Kat
May 15, 2014 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
Kara
Apr 28, 2010 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
Veronica
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
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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.

Since selling her
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