Happiness is a Smoking Gun by Alaine Allister

Happiness is a Smoking Gun

By Alaine Allister

  • Release Date: 2016-06-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 68 Ratings
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A bossy cat.  An eccentric aunt.  An unsolved murder.

Out of work reporter Clarissa Spencer is being stalked by a stray cat. She can’t cook to save her life, her garden is an overgrown mess and her chocolate chip cookie addiction is out of control. Then to top it all off, she gets struck by lightning.

Clarissa thinks she has it bad - until she learns the town mayor has been murdered.  Okay, so it could be worse...

Clarissa makes it her mission to expose the true killer before her arch nemesis - an infuriatingly handsome reporter from the city newspaper - can. Unfortunately, solving a murder is easier said than done...especially with the lunacy in Clarissa's life!


  • Happiness is a smoking gun

    By Caught Dead in Wyoming
    Lots of fun. Great descriptions of Cat. Only a cat servant would understand.
  • The story was magic

    By Rxnjsquir
    Funny, entertaining, and I enjoyed it so much that I did not read the ending half way through like I usually do. The ending was unexpected which is unusual in most stories and the characters were interesting enough to keep my attention without skipping to the end. A few typos and sentences that were cut and pasted without being reread but not bad enough to stop reading.
  • A Taste of Cookies...I mean Magic

    By Dr. Beth
    This was a cute cozy mystery...with a little twist of magic. Small town newspaper journalist, Clarissa had a really bad month...she lost her job, was being harassed by a stray Cat who stole her bracelet, was struck but lightening and accosted by the town's oddest resident. All of this and there was a murder in her "safe" little town. Now Clarissa has to figure out who the murderer is so she can get a newspaper back up and running. And enter Parker, the son of the man who cost Clarissa her job. Her competition- a reporter from the nearby bigger town's newspaper. And he just won't leave her alone. And to top it all off, she learns that shemight be a witch!?!? The story was fun and captivating and full of fun and quirky characters (like Clarissa's aunt). There was murder, mystery, humor and maybe even a little love. I'm excited to read the next book to see how the characters and storyline continues to develop.
  • Fun Read

    By GuamOcean05
    I enjoyed the characters and the style of writing very much. The only thing missing is I would like more descriptions of how the characters actually looked like.
  • A Taste of Magin

    By YawWaylon
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery was well written and didn’t give away the ending too soon. It was entertaining also.