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The Disappearance of Polly Dixon and the Persistent Petnapper "Funny and insightful." Best friends Paige and Sophie are putting their psychology skills to the test – they’ve opened an investigations agency. They’ll be a detective duo like no other! At least, that’s what Paige believes. No one else thinks they’ll make something of this new and unexpected venture. But why wouldn The Disappearance of Polly Dixon and the Persistent Petnapper "Funny and insightful." Best friends Paige and Sophie are putting their psychology skills to the test – they’ve opened an investigations agency. They’ll be a detective duo like no other! At least, that’s what Paige believes. No one else thinks they’ll make something of this new and unexpected venture. But why wouldn’t they be a success? Paige understands the mechanics of the mind and Sophie can read behaviour like a book. They’re a little light on investigative experience or, erm, practical life skills, but they make up for it with intelligence, tenacity, and diligence. After a couple of frustrating months without even a whiff of a client, they finally get a break. Someone is kidnapping pets, and the head of the Remuera Ladies Bridge Club wants them to find out who. As they start investigating with gusto, the possibility of another case appears. Nineteen-year-old Polly Dixon has disappeared. Can they prove everyone wrong and find the missing girl? "Loved this book from start to finish. It’s so funny, witty… good story line that keeps you guessing. The characters are written in such great detail that I could see them in my mind. I can’t wait for the next and hope there are many more to come!" S & S Investigations is a cozy mystery series set in New Zealand. With a bit of crime-fighting, humour, romance and drama, this series has it all. Get started on the Squirrel & Swan adventures today. Sign up to M. D. Archer’s mailing list - [email protected] - to hear about new releases (and special deals), first! You can also find her on twitter @mda_008. *Note, Squirrel & Swan: Precious Things is 55,000 words.


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The Disappearance of Polly Dixon and the Persistent Petnapper "Funny and insightful." Best friends Paige and Sophie are putting their psychology skills to the test – they’ve opened an investigations agency. They’ll be a detective duo like no other! At least, that’s what Paige believes. No one else thinks they’ll make something of this new and unexpected venture. But why wouldn The Disappearance of Polly Dixon and the Persistent Petnapper "Funny and insightful." Best friends Paige and Sophie are putting their psychology skills to the test – they’ve opened an investigations agency. They’ll be a detective duo like no other! At least, that’s what Paige believes. No one else thinks they’ll make something of this new and unexpected venture. But why wouldn’t they be a success? Paige understands the mechanics of the mind and Sophie can read behaviour like a book. They’re a little light on investigative experience or, erm, practical life skills, but they make up for it with intelligence, tenacity, and diligence. After a couple of frustrating months without even a whiff of a client, they finally get a break. Someone is kidnapping pets, and the head of the Remuera Ladies Bridge Club wants them to find out who. As they start investigating with gusto, the possibility of another case appears. Nineteen-year-old Polly Dixon has disappeared. Can they prove everyone wrong and find the missing girl? "Loved this book from start to finish. It’s so funny, witty… good story line that keeps you guessing. The characters are written in such great detail that I could see them in my mind. I can’t wait for the next and hope there are many more to come!" S & S Investigations is a cozy mystery series set in New Zealand. With a bit of crime-fighting, humour, romance and drama, this series has it all. Get started on the Squirrel & Swan adventures today. Sign up to M. D. Archer’s mailing list - [email protected] - to hear about new releases (and special deals), first! You can also find her on twitter @mda_008. *Note, Squirrel & Swan: Precious Things is 55,000 words.

30 review for Squirrel & Swan Precious Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Amann

    Squirrel & Swan PHD Dectives For a first cozy of this series it was very entertaining but slightly silly. However as the book moved on it became interesting! The ladies will be capable of solving crimes. I think their next case might be with Roman solving Paige’s dads “accident”! Looking forward to that!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Smita Deshpande

    This is the first book in a series about two Psychology PhDs who start a detective agency. I thought the lead characters were well fleshed out and quite interesting. But the author seems to feel more sympathy for Sophie, the clumsy but beautiful co-heroine. The book is a little naive but the solution was interesting but with a few coincidences. Its a good try and a cute book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne Peugh

    Slow but has potential The characters in this book were slow to get their detective business going. I felt they were stumbling around until the middle of the book when the action actually started. Having said that, I felt the series has the potential to improve in their next book, which will make a more readable book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Gillan

    Really good cozy about two PhD students to have had enough doing research for an ungrateful professor. They venture out on their own and start a psychological investigation agency. They struggle to get clients and keep their business above water with a lot of humor and tenacity. This was a refreshing read compared to the mountains of "bakery" cozies out there. Really good cozy about two PhD students to have had enough doing research for an ungrateful professor. They venture out on their own and start a psychological investigation agency. They struggle to get clients and keep their business above water with a lot of humor and tenacity. This was a refreshing read compared to the mountains of "bakery" cozies out there.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne Turnley

    Fascinating I loved this duo of young women starting their own business. Well educated but, inexperienced, they make good use of their individual skills for a successful conclusion. I look forward to more of these.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Fun series beginning This is the first of a contemporary PI series. The two main characters are best friends with degrees in psychology. It's fun seeing their relationship and how they are able to solve their cases. Plus, there is a bit of romance. Fun series beginning This is the first of a contemporary PI series. The two main characters are best friends with degrees in psychology. It's fun seeing their relationship and how they are able to solve their cases. Plus, there is a bit of romance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    It's a fun detective agency. Sophie and Paige use their qualifications in psychology and body language as their main investigative tools. They have just opened their agency and so have money problems due to a lack of cases. A good read It's a fun detective agency. Sophie and Paige use their qualifications in psychology and body language as their main investigative tools. They have just opened their agency and so have money problems due to a lack of cases. A good read

  8. 5 out of 5

    A_Friend

    Squirrel & Swan Precious Things Fantastic mystery! Characters and storyline are fantastic. Two girls try to start up an investigation office but not for sure about it. Lots goes on for them to solve a couple case with great outcomes. A definite must read to get all the fun

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allison Effie Moss-Fritch

    Pleasant break from reality. If you like puzzles if you enjoy sessing out who done it then these are good books well written and good entertainment. I don't want to give you the plot I don't want to give away the good stuff but you'll enjoy these! Pleasant break from reality. If you like puzzles if you enjoy sessing out who done it then these are good books well written and good entertainment. I don't want to give you the plot I don't want to give away the good stuff but you'll enjoy these!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Received through the Vorachious readers only website for an honest review. I found it hard to get started but ended up loving it and considering buying the next 3 books in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate Merson

    two delightful characters finding their way as beginner investigators.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Good story, SPOILED for me by the author's abuse of the word *Holy*. This is blasphemy and is NEVER acceptable. Loses you 1* Good story, SPOILED for me by the author's abuse of the word *Holy*. This is blasphemy and is NEVER acceptable. Loses you 1*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Joy

    Reading this was like walking through mud in a hurricane. Not enjoyable .

  14. 5 out of 5

    vicki carnicle

    Squirrel and swan precious things Two girls starting there own business investigators looking for lost pets and missing people and do before the police take a look into it

  15. 5 out of 5

    bex

    2.5 stars Didn't really work that well for me. Main characters likeable enough, but for me the head hopping and extra POV shifts detracted from the story and it just felt slow. 2.5 stars Didn't really work that well for me. Main characters likeable enough, but for me the head hopping and extra POV shifts detracted from the story and it just felt slow.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Rogers

    Two friends having finished college decide to start a P.I. business. Is difficult at first, but as time goes on they get involved in two cases. This is exciting and stressful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Very cute. I recommended it to a friend who is from New Zealand. At first I thought the gals didn't act like they were smart enough for PhDs, but they redeemed themselves by the end. Unpredictable! Very cute. I recommended it to a friend who is from New Zealand. At first I thought the gals didn't act like they were smart enough for PhDs, but they redeemed themselves by the end. Unpredictable!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aera

    The first half of this book was a chore to read. I kept counting the pages to see how many more pages were left to go. With all the mishaps, bungling & stumbling with irritating & annoying characters made worse by the amount of pages devoted to them, it read like an extended "I Love Lucy" episode with none of the wit or intrigue. I was despairing why I even picked up this book but I plowed on and by the 75% mark, the story got better! Things started to pick up, the two main characters started to The first half of this book was a chore to read. I kept counting the pages to see how many more pages were left to go. With all the mishaps, bungling & stumbling with irritating & annoying characters made worse by the amount of pages devoted to them, it read like an extended "I Love Lucy" episode with none of the wit or intrigue. I was despairing why I even picked up this book but I plowed on and by the 75% mark, the story got better! Things started to pick up, the two main characters started to get their act together and wasn't nearly as scatter brained or harried & hopeless like they were at the beginning and at least one of the mystery (there's two) wrapped up with an interesting and cozy twist. As for the other mystery, I guessed really early on who the guilty party was when the character first made an appearance. Which means the mystery is pretty easy to solve because I hardly ever guess correctly (wanting to be surprised I deliberately try not to) but in this case, you could not ignore it. It was that obvious. But I did like the two main characters (they grew on me). And there were cozy elements that I liked. But I can't say, I enjoyed reading this book. It dragged. It was slow. It would've been better if 100 or so pages were shaved off.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Driscoll

    This book is a cozy mystery with a touch of chick-lit. Two friends with new PhD degrees in psychology establish a detective agency. Female friendship and the anxieties of a shaky business startup are represented in vivid detail. Throw in family issues and relationship mishaps, a lot of snappy dialogue, a bit of tension and you have all the ingredients of an entertaining read. It does take a few chapters to warm up, as the beginning concentrates on minutiae of the agency's rented premises and the This book is a cozy mystery with a touch of chick-lit. Two friends with new PhD degrees in psychology establish a detective agency. Female friendship and the anxieties of a shaky business startup are represented in vivid detail. Throw in family issues and relationship mishaps, a lot of snappy dialogue, a bit of tension and you have all the ingredients of an entertaining read. It does take a few chapters to warm up, as the beginning concentrates on minutiae of the agency's rented premises and the backstory of how the main characters met. I also thought that for women who had presumably completed research projects, written theses and defended them, these two seemed a bit giddy and impractical. Since this isn't intended to be a serious look at academia, that's not a serious flaw. Once the pair start to work on a couple of cases (finding a pet-napper and figuring out if a young woman is really missing), it turns into a genuine page-turner. The Auckland, NZ setting adds a touch of the exotic for a genre more often set in Britain or the US.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    A quick read. It was fun reading a book set in Auckland - lots of city and suburb details. I like the premise of the investigative agency. It seems to be setting up a number of story lines for future books so I’ll definitely read the next one. This is completely different from her Lucan trilogy (which I absolutely loved) but this was a fun little read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Sophie and Paige are 2 new psychology graduates who decide to open a detective agency. They figure their talents at reading behaviour and understanding the mind they should be able to make it work and they are going to prove themselves to anyone who thinks they won’t make it. The first few chapters are a bit slow as we get the background story but the story quickly picks up and is very enjoyable. Between the girls’ quirky personalities, some drama and humour, and of course, the mystery, this boo Sophie and Paige are 2 new psychology graduates who decide to open a detective agency. They figure their talents at reading behaviour and understanding the mind they should be able to make it work and they are going to prove themselves to anyone who thinks they won’t make it. The first few chapters are a bit slow as we get the background story but the story quickly picks up and is very enjoyable. Between the girls’ quirky personalities, some drama and humour, and of course, the mystery, this book will hold your attention! I found it to be an easy and fun read! I definitely recommend this book! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    I was given a complimentary copy of Squirrel & Swan: Precious Things by Voracious Readers Only and the author. I loved this book and could not put it down. I loved the main characters Sophia and Paige. They both were fun characters to get to know. I liked Roman and I hope that he is a character in each story. The author describes what is happening in such great detail that I was able to picture what was going on. They also explaining what why the people had done exactly, not leaving the reader t I was given a complimentary copy of Squirrel & Swan: Precious Things by Voracious Readers Only and the author. I loved this book and could not put it down. I loved the main characters Sophia and Paige. They both were fun characters to get to know. I liked Roman and I hope that he is a character in each story. The author describes what is happening in such great detail that I was able to picture what was going on. They also explaining what why the people had done exactly, not leaving the reader to guess. I definitely will be reading more by this author. I recommend this novel to everyone who likes a fun and entertaining novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Two young psychologists start up an investigative business. Both are smart in their own right but have different skill sets and personality quirks. The book takes a few chapters to warm up, however painting the backdrop during those chapters really highlights the later part of the book. I was concerned it was going to end at a cat napping but thankfully it improved greatly over time. I really enjoyed the characters and am curious about their future. Enough intrigue, humor and smarts to keep the Two young psychologists start up an investigative business. Both are smart in their own right but have different skill sets and personality quirks. The book takes a few chapters to warm up, however painting the backdrop during those chapters really highlights the later part of the book. I was concerned it was going to end at a cat napping but thankfully it improved greatly over time. I really enjoyed the characters and am curious about their future. Enough intrigue, humor and smarts to keep the pages turning without it ending in a soppy romance. Great book! Thank you to Voracious Readers Only for the complimentary copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Scott

    Sophie and Paige open a private investigation agency with a twist. They both have doctorates and concentrate on behavior to help them solve cases. Dealing with a difficult financial situation, they search for a serial pet napper and a missing young woman. I enjoyed both characters who were looking for more meaning in their careers and will follow this series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vix (alittlemixofvix)

    I found this very light-hearted and fun to read. I can totally relate to the fact that whilst Paige and Sophie are intelligent women, they can also be scatter-brained and useless with men. It definitely gets better later on, so I’m looking forward to the next installments where they can get straight on with new investigations – though I’m expecting “Dick” to make an appearance… *I received a complimentary copy of the e-book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky Soileau

    Loved it Loved this book from start to finish (even think it would make an amazing tv show). It’s so funny, witty, good storyline that keeps you guessing. The characters are written in such great detail, including personality wise, that I could see them in my mind. I can’t wait for the next and hope there are many more to come!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monkleton Reads

    A nice new find in crime fiction. Light without being twee, which is always a bonus! I can't wait to read the second book. A nice new find in crime fiction. Light without being twee, which is always a bonus! I can't wait to read the second book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanda R

  29. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Miller

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica McWilliams

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