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For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take u For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take up residence in the corner booth until the murderer is caught, Janet is forced to get involved. She'd rather be dealing with unruly customers, but instead Janet reluctantly mounts her own investigation to find out if the dead man's complicated past could have anything to do with his death, whether an unreliable employee's absence is mere coincidence, and why police are purposefully feeding her bad information about the case. Janet's sharp tongue and coarse personality make her the guilty pleasure heroine you've always wanted.


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For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take u For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take up residence in the corner booth until the murderer is caught, Janet is forced to get involved. She'd rather be dealing with unruly customers, but instead Janet reluctantly mounts her own investigation to find out if the dead man's complicated past could have anything to do with his death, whether an unreliable employee's absence is mere coincidence, and why police are purposefully feeding her bad information about the case. Janet's sharp tongue and coarse personality make her the guilty pleasure heroine you've always wanted.

30 review for Last Call

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ti.Me

    Amid a few business annoyances, a guy is found dead behind Janet's bar, and the cops like her boyfriend for the murder. She decides it's now or never to save her business and bf - so launches into sleuth mode in a bid to untangle the mess. Just as things begin coming together, another body shows up. This time, it's a cop. Last Call has a light-hearted touch and a hint of humor. There are plenty of PG-13 moments, and those are mostly tolerable. Despite the publisher's summary, you don't have to li Amid a few business annoyances, a guy is found dead behind Janet's bar, and the cops like her boyfriend for the murder. She decides it's now or never to save her business and bf - so launches into sleuth mode in a bid to untangle the mess. Just as things begin coming together, another body shows up. This time, it's a cop. Last Call has a light-hearted touch and a hint of humor. There are plenty of PG-13 moments, and those are mostly tolerable. Despite the publisher's summary, you don't have to like or even tolerate Janet Evanovich to read Libby Kirsch. I can't stand the former, but I'll be picking up the next in Kirsch's Janet Black series. Last Call: 3.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book was kind of all over the place. Sometimes it felt like I had to be inside Janet’s head to know what she was talking about.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    One of my favorite characters from the Stella Reynolds Mysteries has her own series! Janet & Jason have moved to Knoxville and opened a bar. Lots of mystery and the right amount of romance makes this a perfect read. Can’t wait for more!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Glandorf

    The settings were too contrived and unlikely. When do police invite a bartender to join them in an interrogation? The writing was good, the plot and story line, not so much. I won't be bothering with another from this author. The settings were too contrived and unlikely. When do police invite a bartender to join them in an interrogation? The writing was good, the plot and story line, not so much. I won't be bothering with another from this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary L.

    How long does righteous rage last! I really don't know the found time for all the sex in the midst of solving the mysteries. And how women can be so gullible. However it was fun to read this for a change of pace. How long does righteous rage last! I really don't know the found time for all the sex in the midst of solving the mysteries. And how women can be so gullible. However it was fun to read this for a change of pace.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    I had to skim the middle of this novel just to get through it. I love Stephanie Plumb, so I thought it would be good. Every character seemed flat and silly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    A 31-year-old bar owner is bound to have great stories to tell, but the murder of one of her regular customers right behind Janet’s bar is more than she bargained for. Adding to this new complexity in her life is the realization that one of her employees is stealing from her cash register. Her security-expert boyfriend, the cops, and the murder victim’s daughter, all seem to have their own agendas in solving the murder, which isn’t helpful. So it seems necessary to Janet that she do some investi A 31-year-old bar owner is bound to have great stories to tell, but the murder of one of her regular customers right behind Janet’s bar is more than she bargained for. Adding to this new complexity in her life is the realization that one of her employees is stealing from her cash register. Her security-expert boyfriend, the cops, and the murder victim’s daughter, all seem to have their own agendas in solving the murder, which isn’t helpful. So it seems necessary to Janet that she do some investigating of her own. Janet is a flawed, complicated character who’s not always likeable. She can be mean and judgmental at times. While she does feel sympathy for certain characters, she definitely lacks empathy for others who probably deserve better. It makes her realistic, which is what I look for in protagonists. This is a story about people whose inability to put closure on past traumas comes back to haunt them in volatile ways that entangle others. The author supplied plenty of red herrings and some clues, but I didn’t figure out who committed which crime until all was revealed. This is the first in a series that many mystery readers will enjoy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Selah

    Why do I believe publisher blurbs comparing a new book with another author / character I enjoy? It’s almost always a lie 🤦🏻‍♀️ Janet Evanovich isn’t a great writer, but the Stephanie Plum books are quirky, goofy, fun (after the first one, which was darker). This book is just a mess. Also, having characters named Nell and Mel is *super confusing* when you’re listening to an audiobook!! 2.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Fun Reading! Janet and her partner, Jason, own a bar. One of their regulars is found dead under some plastic trash bags next to the dumpster. This leads to a comedy of errors, er, an investigation that causes Janet to do some investigating herself to protect Jason who, because of his security business, is not being forthcoming to Janet. The characters are generally likable and colorful (some not so much) and the plot twists and turns will keep mystery fans reading. Thanks to the author and publis Fun Reading! Janet and her partner, Jason, own a bar. One of their regulars is found dead under some plastic trash bags next to the dumpster. This leads to a comedy of errors, er, an investigation that causes Janet to do some investigating herself to protect Jason who, because of his security business, is not being forthcoming to Janet. The characters are generally likable and colorful (some not so much) and the plot twists and turns will keep mystery fans reading. Thanks to the author and publisher for an e-galley for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Quarrie

    A fun read. Janet Black - is a no nonsense gal - goes after and gets what she wants.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Janet is a bar owner who takes no prisoners. She will stand toe to toe to the best of them, but she doesn't go looking for trouble...it finds her. This time, it finds her boyfriend, who the police think killed the person in the dumpster out back of her bar. Really? How convenient for her boyfriend that a dumpster is big enough for a dead body back of her bar?! Then the victim's teetotaling daughter has 'moved into the bar until the killer is found'. Janet has better things to do, but she feels s Janet is a bar owner who takes no prisoners. She will stand toe to toe to the best of them, but she doesn't go looking for trouble...it finds her. This time, it finds her boyfriend, who the police think killed the person in the dumpster out back of her bar. Really? How convenient for her boyfriend that a dumpster is big enough for a dead body back of her bar?! Then the victim's teetotaling daughter has 'moved into the bar until the killer is found'. Janet has better things to do, but she feels she must save her boyfriend. I love this lady! Great characters. Yes, there is swearing in this book....you have been warned. Thank you Hidden Gems for a copy of this book so I could review it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Icy Sedgwick

    Ah this book was so much fun! Janet Black starts out investigating a fairly mundane mystery - who is stealing from the till at her bar? When a dead body turns up in the alley, she has to ask even more questions and start digging to find out the truth to protect her staff and her boyfriend. The story kept me guessing - every time I thought I'd figured it out, another twist took me off on a tangent! Janet's a rounded character, full of flaws, and I can't wait to read the next one. Ah this book was so much fun! Janet Black starts out investigating a fairly mundane mystery - who is stealing from the till at her bar? When a dead body turns up in the alley, she has to ask even more questions and start digging to find out the truth to protect her staff and her boyfriend. The story kept me guessing - every time I thought I'd figured it out, another twist took me off on a tangent! Janet's a rounded character, full of flaws, and I can't wait to read the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Uwe

    It is like a teenager writes a book spontaneous off his mind and just hopps from one thing to the other. Might be great if it is about party, girls and makeup. But murder, murder subjects, detectives seems to me a bit ....... don’t know, not for me anyway!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cath

    Janet Black, the main character of the title, has changed direction in life and bought a bar, called the Spot. She covers some of the shifts and does the paperwork and has a bouncer, Frank, a recent hire, who she dislikes. He was hired due to his size and experience as an ex-cop, but she still doesn’t trust him and is waiting to get rid of him before his trial period ends, but not without someone to take his place. Janet and her partner Jason, also have income coming from the property attached to Janet Black, the main character of the title, has changed direction in life and bought a bar, called the Spot. She covers some of the shifts and does the paperwork and has a bouncer, Frank, a recent hire, who she dislikes. He was hired due to his size and experience as an ex-cop, but she still doesn’t trust him and is waiting to get rid of him before his trial period ends, but not without someone to take his place. Janet and her partner Jason, also have income coming from the property attached to theirs as a rental and have new tenants moving in. Jason installs state of the art surveillance systems and also helps Janet at the bar when needed. Janet starts off in a bad mood as she discovers more money has gone missing from the till overnight and suspects one of her staff, Elizabeth, as the most likely suspect. She has been hiding something and Janet doesn’t know what. She asks her other bartender, Cindy-Lou, if anything unusual happen the night before, but just the usual of a regular having to be kicked out, without his keys, as he was too drunk. Janet insists her staff call for a taxi when this happens and keeps the keys until they come back the next day and reimburse her. She is a responsible owner and insists her staff do this for anyone too drunk to drive. Last night’s drunk was regular Ike. Elizabeth is late for her shift, someone hasn’t bothered to put out the rubbish and so Janet goes to do it. She finds bin bags on the floor beside the dumpster and starts to lift them into the dumpster where they belong. Unfortunately, doing so uncovers the bare foot of a dead body. She catches the cops Frank called to the bar for a drunken, homeless man, trying to get in, directly disobeying Janet’s rules and request for him to call a taxi! The bar ends up being closed for a day as more police come to investigate the death of one of her regulars. Frank it seems, still has friends on the force and Janet can’t get a straight answer to her queries from the police. Is her missing bartender somehow involved or is the dead man’s past the reason he was killed? Add in the problems of an infected finger, cut at work, and problems with the new tenants rent ad Janet is not in the best of moods. The camera system she got Jason to install, to help catch the thief and provide general security around the bar, has mysterious gone down and Jason’s system has been hacked. Lack of funds coming in as the bar has to remain closed are not helping matters either. If Janet is ever going to find out what happened, she is going to have to investigate it all for herself. The author has given you several interesting characters to focus on. Cindy-Lou with her inappropriate clothing is one and Janet’s sharp tongue, filling up the bars swear jar, and quick decisions are not always what is required to help with matters. The police are looking at Janet and Jason as main suspects, especially since his security system went down at just the right moment and someone has covered the lens of the only camera focused on the alley with the dumpster in. A good murder mystery with other threads of intrigue added in as well and a main character in Janet, having to take on the role of a PI to solve what is happening to threaten her future. It seems like a good introduction to the start of a series with Janet in the lead. A down to earth, rough around the edges and straight talking woman of somewhat older age than most heroines these days. I look forward to reading the next book, by the author, in this series. I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    After finding the dead body of a drunk customer behind her bar, Janet just wanted to let the police do their job and get on with her life. But when the detectives started suspecting her boyfriend, and wouldn't look past him, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. This has a cozyish vibe, except for the fact that the Protagonist has a penchant for cursing. Any sexual content is alluded to. I liked the fact that while this has the cozy vibe, and it features an amateur 'sleuth', said After finding the dead body of a drunk customer behind her bar, Janet just wanted to let the police do their job and get on with her life. But when the detectives started suspecting her boyfriend, and wouldn't look past him, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. This has a cozyish vibe, except for the fact that the Protagonist has a penchant for cursing. Any sexual content is alluded to. I liked the fact that while this has the cozy vibe, and it features an amateur 'sleuth', said sleuth wasn't sticking her nose where it didn't belong because she was curious or lack confidence in the police in general, she did it because the police were solely looking at her boyfriend, and dead set in finding evidence against him, they weren't looking elsewhere, despite the fact that there were a heck of a lot more people with even greater reasons to want the victim dead. There was the big reveal, but this booked lacked that one scene that the Protagonist's life is threatened. (Not saying that's a bad thing, just one of those things most cozies include.) Another thing that sets this book apart from your average cozy, is that it has a more edgy feel to it. I mentioned the cursing, but also it lacked a lot of the compassion for the victim. Yes, they were sorry to see it happen, but there weren't many tears shed, and everyone just wanted to go about their business. Of course part of this comes from finding out more about the victim's past. The Protagonists character was strong and almost unflappable. She didn't really take no BS from anyone. She was however, quick to jump the gun on things. She was referred to several times in the book, as having a good read on people, but there wasn't much proof of that displayed. In fact she was wrong about them more times than not. There were a couple little bits in the book that felt like they were unresolved (not in regards to the main mystery,) but this is the first book in the series, so I'm assuming those parts will roll over into the rest of the series. It was easy to read, and read fairly quickly. Written in third person POV. While, it is a clean read for the most part, there is a bit more language included, so I would recommend this for 16+. *I volunteered to review an ARC of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    After finding the dead body of a drunk customer behind her bar, Janet just wanted to let the police do their job and get on with her life. But when the detectives started suspecting her boyfriend, and wouldn't look past him, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. This has a cozyish vibe, except for the fact that the Protagonist has a penchant for cursing. Any sexual content is alluded to. I liked the fact that while this has the cozy vibe, and it features an amateur 'sleuth', said After finding the dead body of a drunk customer behind her bar, Janet just wanted to let the police do their job and get on with her life. But when the detectives started suspecting her boyfriend, and wouldn't look past him, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. This has a cozyish vibe, except for the fact that the Protagonist has a penchant for cursing. Any sexual content is alluded to. I liked the fact that while this has the cozy vibe, and it features an amateur 'sleuth', said sleuth wasn't sticking her nose where it didn't belong because she was curious or lack confidence in the police in general, she did it because the police were solely looking at her boyfriend, and dead set in finding evidence against him, they weren't looking elsewhere, despite the fact that there were a heck of a lot more people with even greater reasons to want the victim dead. There was the big reveal, but this booked lacked that one scene that the Protagonist's life is threatened. (Not saying that's a bad thing, just one of those things most cozies include.) Another thing that sets this book apart from your average cozy, is that it has a more edgy feel to it. I mentioned the cursing, but also it lacked a lot of the compassion for the victim. Yes, they were sorry to see it happen, but there weren't many tears shed, and everyone just wanted to go about their business. Of course part of this comes from finding out more about the victim's past. The Protagonists character was strong and almost unflappable. She didn't really take no BS from anyone. She was however, quick to jump the gun on things. She was referred to several times in the book, as having a good read on people, but there wasn't much proof of that displayed. In fact she was wrong about them more times than not. There were a couple little bits in the book that felt like they were unresolved (not in regards to the main mystery,) but this is the first book in the series, so I'm assuming those parts will roll over into the rest of the series. It was easy to read, and read fairly quickly. Written in third person POV. While, it is a clean read for the most part, there is a bit more language included, so I would recommend this for 16+. *I volunteered to review an ARC of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Presler

    Janet Black and her boyfriend, Jason, bought The Spot, a bar in Knoxville, a little over a year ago. Recently, Janet has noticed that some money has been missing. Her bouncer, Frank, is a former police officer and seems to prefer calling the police rather than trying to calm the situation. This is a problem for Janet who is getting fed up with his attitude. Ike Freeman is one of the bar's regulars and he frequently gets very drunk and ends up having a cab called to take him home. After one such e Janet Black and her boyfriend, Jason, bought The Spot, a bar in Knoxville, a little over a year ago. Recently, Janet has noticed that some money has been missing. Her bouncer, Frank, is a former police officer and seems to prefer calling the police rather than trying to calm the situation. This is a problem for Janet who is getting fed up with his attitude. Ike Freeman is one of the bar's regulars and he frequently gets very drunk and ends up having a cab called to take him home. After one such evening, Ike Freeman is found the next morning beside the dumpster under some trash bags and he is very dead. The detectives assigned to the case are Mark Finch and Patrick O'Dell. O'Dell questions Janet and the staff, while Finch roams around the bar looking for anything that might be evidence. When Jason tells them that his security system was hacked and he has no video to show what happened, Finch does not believe him and seems dead set to prove that Jason had something to do with Ike' death. While asking around, Janet learns that Ike had killed a bicyclist ten years earlier while driving drunk, but had never been held accountable. Who killed Ike? Why was he killed? Can Janet prove Jason's innocence and help discover the real killer? This is the first book in a new series by Libby Kirsch. Although there is no graphic violence or sex, there is a sprinkling of strong language. The language is done in a unique way, since Janet has a "Swear Jar" in the bar that gets used on several occasions. The story has a couple of sub-plots along with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to keep you guessing. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This one has potential, but I don’t know if it’s enough for me to read the next book in the series, Last Minute. I liked the idea of the series taking place in a bar, because I think it has a lot of potential. There are so many different characters that can inhabit this world. There’s also a lot of conceivable drink recipe competitions, bar fights, and theme night mishaps, that could add some humor to this story. I think the two things that put me off were how unlikable Janet was, and I didn’t re This one has potential, but I don’t know if it’s enough for me to read the next book in the series, Last Minute. I liked the idea of the series taking place in a bar, because I think it has a lot of potential. There are so many different characters that can inhabit this world. There’s also a lot of conceivable drink recipe competitions, bar fights, and theme night mishaps, that could add some humor to this story. I think the two things that put me off were how unlikable Janet was, and I didn’t really like her boyfriend either. I realize Kirsch was using his profession for the reason why he couldn’t communicate with Janet, but it just wasn’t justified enough for me. And I think having a main character, who is at least a little likeable, is pretty important. Especially in the first book in the series! There’s also the story itself, it just wasn’t fast paced enough. Instead of giving us a detailed description of running around doing errands, but not accomplishing anything, dive deeper into the characters backgrounds and personalities. And I know in a lot of mysteries, especially cozies, the police are on the stupid side, but I felt they were especially stupid. If you need your detectives that stupid, so your main character can solve the mystery, perhaps the story needs to be reworked. Some of the characters have a lot of potential, especially the women who work at the bar. I hope Kirsch delves more into their stories. If she does that, adds some more zany bar customers, and tightens up the plot, I think this series could head in the right direction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I received the ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read by this author but will not be the last. Last Call starts with a bang and continues with a great mystery that the main character, Janet tries to solve. The body of a regular at her bar is found outside and Janet is drawn into the investigation and she feels compelled to try to solve it. As the police start to investigate the crime and many subplots are revealed. We begin to wonder about all of th I received the ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read by this author but will not be the last. Last Call starts with a bang and continues with a great mystery that the main character, Janet tries to solve. The body of a regular at her bar is found outside and Janet is drawn into the investigation and she feels compelled to try to solve it. As the police start to investigate the crime and many subplots are revealed. We begin to wonder about all of the characters and how they might be involved in this man’s death. Also, we learn a lot about the past of the victim and who may have wanted him dead. This also hits home for Janet as the police begin to suspect her and her live-in boyfriend, who is also a security expert. The story kept me interested and reading. The secondary characters were a quirky cast of characters that definitely fit this book and this type of story. I can see this turning into a series that I would like to continue with these characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tobie

    Today, I'm giving Last Call by Libby Kirsch three stars. I love a good murder mystery and I felt the scene for this one would be amazing. However, the story is written from an omniscient narrator and that's just not my favorite. The story is about Janet, who owns a local bar. One day Janet is cleaning up at her bar and wondering who stole money from her register when she finds one of her loyal customers dead out back by the dumpster. Janet ends up getting involved in the investigation despite he Today, I'm giving Last Call by Libby Kirsch three stars. I love a good murder mystery and I felt the scene for this one would be amazing. However, the story is written from an omniscient narrator and that's just not my favorite. The story is about Janet, who owns a local bar. One day Janet is cleaning up at her bar and wondering who stole money from her register when she finds one of her loyal customers dead out back by the dumpster. Janet ends up getting involved in the investigation despite her best efforts to stay out of it. I liked the concept of the story, and to be honest, I kept reading because I was curious about the murderer. But I really think this story would have had more if it were told in first person. I can usually finish a book in a day or two but this was just a slow read for me. I didn't have the desire to keep going so it took me much longer than expected.

  21. 5 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lame. Stupid plot. Poor character development. For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take up residence in the corner booth until the murderer is caught, Janet is forced to Lame. Stupid plot. Poor character development. For fans of Janet Evanovich! Last Call is what you'd get if Stephanie Plum owned a bar and loved to swear. A Dumpster, a body, and a killer on the run. Unfazed after finding a body behind the Dumpster of her bar, Janet Black is ready for business as usual until police start eyeing her boyfriend as the possible killer. When the victim's teetotaling daughter decides to take up residence in the corner booth until the murderer is caught, Janet is forced to get involved. She'd rather be dealing with unruly customers, but instead Janet reluctantly mounts her own investigation to find out if the dead man's complicated past could have anything to do with his death, whether an unreliable employee's absence is mere coincidence, and why police are purposefully feeding her bad information about the case. Janet's sharp tongue and coarse personality make her the guilty pleasure heroine you've always wanted. (

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Janet Black is just trying to run her bar and won’t let a body found behind a dumpster faze her one bit. However, when the police begin to suspect her boyfriend and the victim’s daughter has taken up residence at the bar, Janet finds herself involved in solving the murder. If that wasn’t enough, she must also determine if the absence of an unreliable employee has something to do with the murder or not. Janet is a no-nonsense sharp-witted character with a take charge and takes no prisoners attitud Janet Black is just trying to run her bar and won’t let a body found behind a dumpster faze her one bit. However, when the police begin to suspect her boyfriend and the victim’s daughter has taken up residence at the bar, Janet finds herself involved in solving the murder. If that wasn’t enough, she must also determine if the absence of an unreliable employee has something to do with the murder or not. Janet is a no-nonsense sharp-witted character with a take charge and takes no prisoners attitude. There are a few comical moments, including a swear jar just for Janet and her mouth. While the investigation has her second-guessing her boyfriend innocence, she continues to pursue answers and justice. With a great storyline, characters, and plot, this book has enough twists and turns to keep a mystery reader completely engaged.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    Janet Black, co-owner of the Spot Bar, is worried about the money that is missing from the nightly till. Which of her employees could be stealing from her? She has her partner and lover, Jason, wire the bar with security cameras to catch the thief. Janet thought this was the worst of her troubles until she finds a body behind the bar near the dumpster. The police are all over the scene especially after the security camera near where the body was found was covered with tape and the system was dow Janet Black, co-owner of the Spot Bar, is worried about the money that is missing from the nightly till. Which of her employees could be stealing from her? She has her partner and lover, Jason, wire the bar with security cameras to catch the thief. Janet thought this was the worst of her troubles until she finds a body behind the bar near the dumpster. The police are all over the scene especially after the security camera near where the body was found was covered with tape and the system was down. Who could have wanted the man dead? Was his past crime involved in his death? Will Jason be a suspect? Janet will have to try to figure out who is the killer in order to save her partner and the bar. A very entertaining mystery with a strong female lead and a variety of interesting characters. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Geter

    Terrible lead character I seldom stop reading a book in the middle but the main character, Janet, is so very annoying! I hoped she would be defined as other than angry or wanting sex with her boyfriend, but it’s taking too long. Janet gets frustrated and responds with anger to every issue. there’s a vague excuse of helplessness such as only Frank applied to be the bouncer I’m 20% in and Janet has complained nonstop about her father, bouncer, her barmaid, her tenants and now the murder victims dau Terrible lead character I seldom stop reading a book in the middle but the main character, Janet, is so very annoying! I hoped she would be defined as other than angry or wanting sex with her boyfriend, but it’s taking too long. Janet gets frustrated and responds with anger to every issue. there’s a vague excuse of helplessness such as only Frank applied to be the bouncer I’m 20% in and Janet has complained nonstop about her father, bouncer, her barmaid, her tenants and now the murder victims daughter. Yet she hasn’t looked for a missing employee or reported her missing. It seems she’ll pursue the mystery because it’s inconvenient for her business. . I will not follow this Debbie downer through a mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    Janet Black co owner of the Stop Bar goes to put trash in the dumpster when she finds the body of Ike Freeman who they said was drunk and was asked to leave the bar after they called a taxi to take him home. Someone messed up the security camera near the dumpster so the police was investigating the alibi's of everyone connected with the bar. Janet got involved in questioning people that knew Ike only to find out he had killed someone riding on a bike and got away with no punishment. Things happe Janet Black co owner of the Stop Bar goes to put trash in the dumpster when she finds the body of Ike Freeman who they said was drunk and was asked to leave the bar after they called a taxi to take him home. Someone messed up the security camera near the dumpster so the police was investigating the alibi's of everyone connected with the bar. Janet got involved in questioning people that knew Ike only to find out he had killed someone riding on a bike and got away with no punishment. Things happen with another murder that Janet gets involved in too. Keeps you guessing and wondering who was the killer.A very surprising ending!

  26. 4 out of 5

    annette jordan

    Good Mystery, good book, but not humorous. I enjoyed this book! Good mystery with great characters,but it does not have humor. I hate when the reviews say, humorous, or laugh out loud, or compare the stories to Evanovich, or some other writer like that, when it’s not true. This book is not that. It is a good solid mystery. The main character Janet owns and runs a bar. She and her security company owner boyfriend become embroiled in a series of murders. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books i Good Mystery, good book, but not humorous. I enjoyed this book! Good mystery with great characters,but it does not have humor. I hate when the reviews say, humorous, or laugh out loud, or compare the stories to Evanovich, or some other writer like that, when it’s not true. This book is not that. It is a good solid mystery. The main character Janet owns and runs a bar. She and her security company owner boyfriend become embroiled in a series of murders. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Just remember if you’re looking for funny, humorous , this isn’t it. If you want a good read, good mystery ,with good characters, then this is your book

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha March

    I have been a fan of Libby Kirsch since the first book I read, and I was so excited to see a new series from her. And I could tell right off the bat this is going to be a good one. There is plenty of action, a whole crew of suspects – including Janet’s own boyfriend – and just as with the Stella Reynolds mystery series, the writing is perfect for making me feel I was right there in the action. I’m pumped to see there is already a book two in the series (Last Minute) and I will be grabbing that o I have been a fan of Libby Kirsch since the first book I read, and I was so excited to see a new series from her. And I could tell right off the bat this is going to be a good one. There is plenty of action, a whole crew of suspects – including Janet’s own boyfriend – and just as with the Stella Reynolds mystery series, the writing is perfect for making me feel I was right there in the action. I’m pumped to see there is already a book two in the series (Last Minute) and I will be grabbing that one as well! Highly recommend Libby Kirsch and both these series! I received a review copy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annette Aguilar

    A fun read, fantastic plot. Full of funny, crazy, and zany characters, with lots of drama, mystery, murder, mayhem, and weird twists and strange turns. Lots of true to life stories, and situations that happen to people. Very believable, with lots of emotions both happy and sad. Broken families, broken promises, anger and disappointments all come together to create a story you will can in any bar, any where. Realizing that family is your friends, employees, and crazy customers and accepting them A fun read, fantastic plot. Full of funny, crazy, and zany characters, with lots of drama, mystery, murder, mayhem, and weird twists and strange turns. Lots of true to life stories, and situations that happen to people. Very believable, with lots of emotions both happy and sad. Broken families, broken promises, anger and disappointments all come together to create a story you will can in any bar, any where. Realizing that family is your friends, employees, and crazy customers and accepting them as they are. Great story. Loved it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Janet Black expected problems owning a bar, discovering a dead body was not one of them. Naturally, the business attracted its share of mixed characters in the murder mystery, “Last Call”. With their odd personalities, they delivered the suspicion and misdirection to keep the story moving along and delayed the solving of the murderous crime. In the forty-one chapters, the frustration and sense of urgency of the main character were felt. I love reading mysteries, but there was something off with Janet Black expected problems owning a bar, discovering a dead body was not one of them. Naturally, the business attracted its share of mixed characters in the murder mystery, “Last Call”. With their odd personalities, they delivered the suspicion and misdirection to keep the story moving along and delayed the solving of the murderous crime. In the forty-one chapters, the frustration and sense of urgency of the main character were felt. I love reading mysteries, but there was something off with “Last Call”, it did not connect with me at all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alita

    3 stars for excellence in this genre, Last Call is a good easy-read and actually surprised me with The Who-dunnit reveal. I will definitely continue with this series. Refreshing to have the female protagonist neither a cop nor detective, housewife snoop or bakery owner (a la Hallmark lady amateur ‘detectives’) but a bar owner who is not always perfectly put together and maybe a bit rough around the edges. Good characters, some will recur and it is obvious those who will not. Interested to see wh 3 stars for excellence in this genre, Last Call is a good easy-read and actually surprised me with The Who-dunnit reveal. I will definitely continue with this series. Refreshing to have the female protagonist neither a cop nor detective, housewife snoop or bakery owner (a la Hallmark lady amateur ‘detectives’) but a bar owner who is not always perfectly put together and maybe a bit rough around the edges. Good characters, some will recur and it is obvious those who will not. Interested to see what happens to them all next.

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