Author: J M Griffin
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Dirty Trouble Here!
Rating: You Need To Read
Reviewed By: Kellie
Someone is stalking Vinnie Esposito. But that’s just the start of her problems…
Criminal justice instructor Vinnie Esposito is having a very bad day. After barely escaping serious injury in a car accident, Vinnie runs into a former adversary she suspects is stalking her. Then she learns her 60-year-old aunt has been arrested and is palling around with mobsters. Suddenly Vinnie finds herself over her head in trouble — dirty trouble. It’s an awkward situation to say the least for someone who’s constantly surrounded by law-enforcement contacts — including the hunky State Trooper Marcus Richmond and FBI agent Aaron Grant.
Dirty Trouble by mystery author, J.M. Griffin is the second book in the Esposito Series. The series follows Vinnie Esposito, the spunky and sassy Italian from Rhode Island. Family means everything to her and she has a rather ravenous appetite for Italian cuisine, but there’s also something else about Vinnie. This 30 something criminal justice instructor has a knack for trouble. She doesn’t necessarily look for trouble; it just has a strange way of finding her. From the first chapter, onward, trouble manages to find her, in a big way. When Vinnie’s car is run off a busy highway, she attempts to brush it off as just an accident, but when she discovers that she is being stalked by a creep from her past, she isn’t so sure anymore. As if having a stalker isn’t enough, try adding Aunt Muffy to the equation. She is a rather headstrong 60 year old who has a penchant for dating mobsters. When she gets arrested, Vinnie has to come to her rescue. Now Vinnie’s stuck with a stalker and mobsters, how exciting.
Dirty Trouble was a fun escape with likeable characters. I especially enjoyed Vinnie’s interactions with the people in her life. Her relationship with the men in her life however was a bit confusing. By men, I mean her boyfriend, Marcus (he is a State Trooper) and Aaron (an FBI Agent who lives above her). She is clearly attracted to both men and they are clearly attracted to her. However, I was perplexed by Marcus’ behavior. He is well aware that Aaron is attracted to his girlfriend but he doesn’t seem to care too much. Also, Vinnie and Aaron’s touchy feely relationship is questionable, especially since she continued to say that she was committed to Marcus. I am quite certain that as the series progresses this little brewing threesome will evolve into something more. Also, the men in her life (including her father) are overly protective at times and chauvinistic in a way. They constantly nagged her throughout the book about staying out of trouble, they even had people spy on her. Vinnie is a woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself, and she proved that later in the book. I will not give too much away, but let’s just say when you come at her with a fight; the likelihood of you winning is slim to none.
Vinnie’s world was fun and I look forward to reading more about her adventurous life. The mystery side of the story could have been a bit more flushed out, but it was still enjoyable. Vinnie is a likeable heroine, who is the perfect mixture of strength and sass. Griffin has a winner with the Esposito Series.