9/15/13 ** Thanks mom! I don't need a new mystery author to keep track of! My mom loaned me this book. I couldn't place the author or main character (at least until I read the first chapter.) I thought I'd look at Amazon to see others' reviews. I was interested that as I opened the site (before searching for titles), the first recommendation that came up was for another book in this series. I guess it was karma that I read this.
I enjoyed it, though found some of the characters "over the top." I read the whole book in one day - no wonder no dissertation work or paper grading was done!