Brazen Gambit (Arnie & Zellie Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)


I raced in to the sight of her sitting placidly on my couch – completely, utterly, stark naked.

Only a small blip in the lives of lifelong best friends Arnie Fischer and Zellie Morgan, who with no license and even less practical experience form a detective agency. Their fervent desire for a nice little “find stuff” business rapidly devolves into perilous encounters with a mysterious buxom blonde client, a dead body, assorted mobsters, a sleazy detective, a sinister fashion designer, a car dealership owner only vaguely clinging to reality, and yes, a naked ex-girlfriend on the couch. And even more dangerous – navigating a burgeoning romantic relationship. No problem.

Of course, saving Zellie from the clutches of very dangerous people might be a little more difficult…

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About the author
Eric Small, a long-time public servant who wrote extensively for work, began writing fiction in retirement. A lover of cozy mysteries himself, the genre perfectly fit into his desire to write something containing humor, romance, mystery and just plain fun. As a longtime reader of cozy mysteries, he found such stories a natural fit for his writing. Brazen Gambit is the first of a planned series of Arnie & Zellie Investigations, set in the environs of Middletown, New Jersey, where Eric was born and raised. He now lives in Florida with his wife of over thirty years.


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  1. […] My Review This was a fun, fast, laugh out loud little cozy mystery. Right from the first page I was laughing, and the characters are so cute I was immediately invested in their stories and what was happening. The interactions between best friends Arnie and Zellie are sweet and hilarious. There is a mystery and a dead body mixed in with the laughs that provide a perfect balance for this book. I can’t wait to read more of Arnie and Zellie’s story!   Follow the Book Tour […]