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Finding Sky

(The first book in the Nicki Valentine Mystery series)
A novel by

Agatha Award Best First Book (nominee)



"O'Brien has written one of the most warm-hearted yet realistic cozies I've ever had the pleasure of reading." - Mystery Scene Magazine

"Author Susan O'Brien deftly combines motherhood and mayhem in this lively tale of a single mom tracking down a missing teen. Lots of fun!" - Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mystery Series

"This debut mystery offers menace without violence, intrigue, and the realistic depiction of a single mother struggling to find an identity outside of motherhood. The hint of romance and element of humor further ensures that this novel will attract a following of cozy-reading fans for the upcoming sequel, Sky High." - Kings River Life Magazine

"Nicki Valentine, the heroine of O'Brien's engaging cozy debut, has her hands full as a widowed mother of two... When her best friend, Kenna, phones to tell her that Beth, the 18-year-old mother-to-be of the baby Kenna plans to adopt, has disappeared, Nicki seizes the chance to put what she's learned in her PI training course to work... Nicki proves a resourceful sleuth as she gets on the trail of the missing teen. The conclusion will leave readers eager for the next installment." - Publishers Weekly

"Has a heart and soul and the minute I started reading it, I knew it was something special. Nicki Valentine, the sleuth at the center of the mystery of a missing pregnant teen, felt like an old friend to me and the lengths to which she will go to help a friend is just one example of her integrity and loyalty. I can't wait to read more about Nicki and her journey as a single mom and modern-day Nancy Drew." - Maggie Barbieri, Author of Once Upon a Lie, Lies That Bind and the Murder 101 Mystery Series

"I cannot fully express how much I loved this book. Nicki Valentine was such a great character to follow as she tries to juggle being a single parent, taking classes to become a PI, and investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teenager." - Denise Pappas, LibraryThing

She's a parent. She's (almost) a P.I. No one gets on your case like mom.

Suburban widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine can barely keep track of her two kids, never mind anyone else. But when her best friend's adoption plan is jeopardized by the young birth mother's disappearance, Nicki is persuaded to help. Nearly everyone else believes the teenager ran away, but Nicki trusts her BFF's judgment, and the feeling is mutual.

The case leads where few moms go (teen parties, gang shootings) and places they can't avoid (preschool parties, OB-GYNs' offices). Nicki has everything to lose and much to gain - including the attention of her unnervingly hot P.I. instructor. Thankfully, Nicki is armed with her pesky conscience, occasional babysitters, a fully stocked minivan, and nature's best defense system: women's intuition.

Related subjects include:

Amateur sleuths

Private investigator series

Humorous mysteries

Cozy mysteries

Women sleuths

Book club recommendations


Books in the Nicki Valentine Humorous Cozy Mystery Series:



Part of the Henery Press Cozy Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Used availability for Susan O'Brien's Finding Sky

Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback

Title: Finding Sky
Author(s): Susan O'Brien
ISBN: 1-941962-13-0 / 978-1-941962-13-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Finding Sky: Volume 1 (A Nicki Valentine Mystery)
Author(s): Susan O'Brien
ISBN: 1-940976-30-8 / 978-1-940976-30-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

October 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Finding Sky (A Nicki Valentine Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Susan O'Brien
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA