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Also Known as Armchair Detective (AKA Investigations #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  131 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Jobeth O'Brien awakens on the floor of her kitchen, her battered face and the memory of an angry visitor tells her that she is close to something important in her investigation. In between this surveillance and delivering newspapers, her beloved '62 Falcon is the scene of middle-of-the-night romps with a lonely socialite, who gives her more than she bargained for. Her ques ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 14th 2009 by Createspace (first published April 1st 2002)
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Kate Genet
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian
The most appealing thing about this novel is its narrative voice. Written in first person, this novel is wry and humorous. It's the first thing that draws you into the story and it's at once self-depreciating and self-assured, which is an interesting combination. For a while I thought this self-assurance bordered on cocky, but by a few chapters into the book I was captivated. It's a strong voice and it never falters once in the whole novel.

By describing the novel's voice I'm also describing the
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
you get something different out of each book you read.
This one was an interesting story, and the character development was phenomenal, but the thing that i found myself saying at the end of the book was: "wow, she's a really talented author."
This book shows a really well rounded project. storyline, characters, the dry cynical humor that i love, depth, emotional manipulation, literary prose here and there... but mainly, none of it seemed forced. You could tell that this author could just start ty
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, f-f, romance
I was wary of the way Jobeth was described at first— a sort of macho lesbian who touts NRA rhetoric, likes ridiculously conspicuous (for a detective) cars and helps a pedophile who's being blackmailed by a (quoting our dear hero) "bimbo madame". This isn't strictly a romance, considering our love interest has little characterization and is mostly there to be fallen in love with, and it isn't strictly a mystery novel, considering how little mystery there is and how that part of the plot only seem ...more
This one has a bit of a noir feel - Jobeth is a drifter of sorts, working nights delivering papers while she studies for her PI license. The two main plotlines are introduced early on, where Jobeth is hired by a man who is being blackmailed and she meets a wealthy woman who she becomes entangled with. A simple job of "watching his back" leads to her getting deeper into the investigation and her fling with Phoebe also develops into more than she expected. There are some holes and leaps in the plo ...more
Connie R. Ramsey
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes quality lesbian fiction
I was a literature major, and I've read my share of every genre, and many different styles. Not every author in print is in command of the craft. Kelli Jae Baeli, I assure you, IS. One thing i noticed right away with this book is that Baeli is a master of dialogue. I've read so many books where the dialogue was so forced or even contrived, but the interaction between her characters flows so effortlessly, and it's so authentic, so entertaining, and often laugh-out-loud funny. But she does somethi ...more
This was a fun read. It has a Rainey Days vibe to it with Kelli Jae Baeli's signature sense of humor. The chemistry between Phoebe and Joebeth is done well. Joebeth has a dry, sarcastic wit and Phoebe's personality is fun and playful. The book has a bit of everything romance, comedy, drama, and mystery. The plot, while doesn't do anything new, is intriguing and hard to put down. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Kelli Baeli
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

"BRAVO! Kelli Jae Baeli, Armchair Detective had me captivated from beginning to end. I really hope you plan on doing a sequel to this book as I'd love to read more about Jobeth O'Brien and Phoebe McMasters.
The graphic descriptions of these characters made me sit on the edge of my seat, hardly containing myself, wanting to know what is going to happen next.

I found myself laughing, crying and holding my breath with Jobeth and Phoebe. I felt like I was there with these ladies experiencing all that
Lexxi Kitty
Good grief this oozed sex. The mystery really took a back seat to lots and lots of sex.

I was going to open with something like 'I reminded myself of how that J.M. Redmann series started, in that first book, Micky was rather quick to become involved in sexual escapades. That calmed down as the series progressed.' But then, even that first book, had a deeper tie to the mystery plot. It's not like Armchair Detective doesn't have a mystery plot line. It does have one. It's that there appear to be tw
Terry Baker
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amateur unlicensed Private Detective, Jobeth O’Brien, is living on the breadline, she’s not even keeping her head above water. Her night time job delivering newspapers doesn’t even begin to pay the bills. She’s hiding a secret which prevents her from getting her private investigators license. The one thing she has to her name that she loves, is her 1962 Falcon.

Jobeth meets rich socialite, Phoebe McMasters while she’s delivering her newspapers. Jobeth is smitten. Unfortunately, Phoebe is married
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, intrigue
This is one helluva of a romp, including a great love story and cool detective tale. Two gals initially from completely opposite ends of the economic spectrum grow and merge to be a fantastic team and astoundingly fine lovers. Accentuating and complementing this story is the author's colossally humorous slant on almost everything at some point in time. I laughed out loud a lot, while being enthralled. Inarguably a winner and gloriously entertaining!

Jobeth O'Brien is one super delightful “gay les
Wayne Spiceland
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first of Baeli's AKA Investigations series almost two years ago, which was before I did much at all in the way of reviewing. I'm currently a bit over halfway through Book 3, which naturally brought to mind Book 1, and I realized I needed to correct that omission. Why? Cos of my memories of how much I enjoyed it, and how impressed I was with Kelli's(?), Jae's(?), Ms. Baeli's(?) writing style. I remember at the time thinking it was sort of Plum meets Chandler; it's funnier than Plum, th ...more
Told in the first person with an engaging style and lots of action, this series has the potential to have a wide following if more of Baeli’s plot lines were believable. As it is, there are way too many major coincidences, some so outrageous that it turns off the reader. There are a number of sex scenes, which are pretty vivid and well done. I like it when the title of a book does work—like Penny Mickelbury’s Keeping Secrets, which has several layers of meaning. However, the title Armchair Detec ...more
Jenny Yates
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This genre novel is a lot of fun. It doesn’t try to be anything except what it is, an erotic lesbian detective story, and it does that really well. The hero is a smart, sassy woman who loves to please women. She gets a lot of sex, and we readers get fairly graphic descriptions. She’s not shallow, though. She’s a well-defended butch who isn’t too comfortable with being on the receiving end till she meets the right woman.

That’s the romantic/erotic side of the story. The detective part is suspense
Ann Riley
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbt
I didn't enjoy the book. The dialogue seemed juvenile and the story line was like a teenage fantasy.
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