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Peek Inside Malicious Mischief

Career chameleon, Rylie Keyes, must keep her current job. If not, the tax assessor will evict her ailing grandfather and auction off their ancestral home. When a senior she shuttles for a Bellevue, Washington retirement home winds up dead in her minibus, her goal to keep her job hits a road bump. Forced to dust off the PI training, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan to solve the murder, while juggling the attentions of two very hot police officers.

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Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won’t be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather’s home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660322
Series: Rylie Keyes Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 22, 2013
Page Count: 320
Imprint: select suspense
Genre: mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: road romance

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By Donna October 04, 2013

This is laugh out loud funny. In this new series we meet Rylie Keyes who has yet to find herself. She has always wanted to be a P.I. but has been discouraged from chasing that dream by the one person she loves most, her ex-police detective grandfather. So she has tried and failed at a lot of othe... ...more

By Liza November 03, 2013

Malicious Mischief is a funny, fast paced, action packed, no clue who did it, mystery novel

I read this in a single setting and thoroughly loved it. (I rarely read anything in one setting) but I have David my robot read it to me as I went about my other tasks such as downloading photos.

Rylie Keye... ...more

By Rhonda October 08, 2013



My Review:Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden

4 STARS

This is a funny mystery. Rylie is a fun character. So much happens to her. The other characters are different too. Some of them I just have to know what happens next to them.

The pacing of this story is fast. Everything happens right after eac... ...more

By Casea January 10, 2014


Riley Tabitha Keys -- a little harebrained, a lot of heart.

Riley Keys needs her job at the Fountain of Youth Retirement Center, but it’s hard to stay employed as a driver when someone is trying to run you off the road...and frame you for murder. Luckily, Riley has the desire for detective work,... ...more

By Valerie November 02, 2013

You couldn't help relate to the character Rylie Keyes. You dive into a live actioned mystery with her and of course it doesn't hurt to have attractive cops. She longs to be a PI.. and when a resident she is taking care of is found dead in the back of the company van well ..let's just say its on!... ...more

By Keri October 09, 2013

This was a wonderful surprise! Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this. I had several laugh out loud moments and I enjoyed the mystery all the way to the end. Cannot wait for more from this author! I am anxious to see what Rylie and Talon and Solo and crew get into next!

*A... ...more

By Jen March 28, 2014

This was a funny mystery book that had me laughing out loud.. Loved it! ...more

By SE October 25, 2013

Rylie Keyes dreams of becoming a private investigator as she chauffeurs senior citizens around town in her latest job. Little did she know that she'd get a shot at that life when a resident of the local nursing home is found dead in the back of her company van. As she scrambles to solve the case... ...more

By Melliane October 28, 2013

3.5/5

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I always love this kind of books, humor, investigation and colorful characters … what more can we ask for?

Rylie is a young woman who can not keep a job long enough. Her dream has always been to become a private investigator, however, her grandfather refus... ...more

By Rosemary October 24, 2013

Rylie Tabitha Keyes' track record for holding a job is not good and it doesn't look like that's going to change. She just had her second auto accident in twenty-four hours and now there is a body in her van. It's Otto Weiner, a resident at the senior citizen home where she works . Now Rylie is a... ...more

By Lisa October 19, 2013

I enjoyed reading Malicious Mischief. The book is full of sarcastic humor and funny situations.

Rylie is in her early twenties and her career goal is to be an investigator. Her grandfather is against the idea, but her opportunity comes when she is pushed off of the road by an oncoming vehicle. She... ...more

By Andrea November 20, 2013

4.5 Stars

Rylie Keyes is a hilarious quick-witted heroine. The mystery gets complex (which is not easy to do to me since I figured out all the Nancy Drew books by chapter two when I was ten).

The chapter headings in Malicious Mischief are sarcastic and fit the story-I loved them. The only thing th... ...more

By Melissa November 14, 2013

So i'm going to admit this book wasn't what i was expecting when i started it. I was expecting far more romance than i got (though i suspect that is the publishers fault not the authors) That being said it was still a page turner. The mystery kept me going because i needed to know what happened.... ...more

By Diane December 19, 2014

This is the opening salvo in a new series. Rylie wants to be a Private Investigator but her grandfather objects. When a body is found in her van she has to solve the murder herself to insure that she is not the suspect ...more

By NWReader December 06, 2013

Exciting mystery and a quick read. Rylie, Solo and friends keep you guessing all the way to the end. I am looking forward to reading the next adventures of Rylie in Delicious Mischief. A must read for mystery readers looking for a good "who dun it".















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By Ann November 23, 2013

This is a funny laugh aloud read. Murder and senior sex sirens are at the local senior living center. ...more

By Michelle's July 21, 2016

I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This book cover is on my Pinterest board and my blog, Michelle Dragalin’s Journey. ...more

By Michelle April 23, 2014

A fun mystery. I think it will be fun following Rylie's adventures as she tries to become a private investigator. ...more

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3.50 avg Goodreads.com rating
Marianne Harden

About the author

Marianne Harden

Marianne Harden loves a good laugh. So much so, she cannot stop humor from spilling into her books. Over the years she has backpacked through the wilds of Australia, explored the exotics of Asia, soaked up the sun in the Caribbean, and delighted in the historic riches of Europe. Her goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. She divides her time between Switzerland and Washington State where she lives with her husband and two children.

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