When neighbor Roy Groody disappears, lactation consultant wannabe Thea Gallas is hot on the trail. Roy’s wife Dolores says they argued and Roy left her, which satisfies the authorities. Case closed. But why is Dolores digging in her back yard? And why has a crew shown up to pour a concrete slab out back? Thea Gallas might not be fiction’s last word on lactation consulting but she’s the first. And hottest.Thea Gallas Always Gets Her Man is a sexy, dark cozy mystery that will keep you up all night turning pages! —
I really loved this novel about an aspiring IBCLC who solves both breastfeeding problems and an intriguing murder mystery. Thea Gallas is a pregnant mother of three young children and a concerned neighbor who won’t let the strange disappearance of man next door rest.
Even though everyone around her tries to dissuade her suspicions, Thea continues to investigate the suspected murder of her next door neighbor in between making house visits to solve breastfeeding problems as well as taking care of her three small children (she’s also planning a homebirth!). I got a kick out of seeing her use her midwife’s suggestion to “take it one breath at a time” to cope with the other challenges in her life and her mention of reading Spiritual Midwifery. Thea Gallas is clever, fast-paced, and funny too:
“Demonize her? Is that what I was doing? That had never occurred to me and I didn’t think so, but if that was the case, it would be super un-feminist and un-cool of me…”
Lest it sound too lightweight, the book has some very dark themes including abuse and infant loss. The issues the book explores are complex ones without simple interpretations and this is definitely more than just a comedic mystery romp. There is also a smoky subplot involving a youthful “bad boy” of a neighbor who is nearly successful in tempting Thea to stray from her husband!
The author is an IBCLC and the breastfeeding information in this novel is solid and informative. In between talking to the police and being threatened by creeps, Thea helps diagnose a cleft palate, gets babies to latch on by suggesting “laid back breastfeeding” and makes amusing cracks about attempting to read very dense issues of The Journal of Human Lactation. A delightful read!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.