Jan 5, 2018, 16:44
5 star review from Miss Lynn's Books-N-More
5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite
5 star review from Linda's Reviews
4 1/2 star review from Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
#27 on the Amazon Mystery Bestseller List
5 Stars! “This is an excellent start to the newest series by the author Karen Wiesner. I’m reminded of some of my favorites from the past: Nick and Nora Charles and Perry Mason. This is a real page-turner. It held my attention to the very last word. Mystery fans will not want to miss RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS.” ~Readers Favorite
5 Stars! "This is a terrific inspirational mystery that grips the audience with the early introduction of the partners. The storyline is character-driven, especially by Sylvia who carries a ton of baggage on her heart and soul. She knows God forgave her long ago but has not forgiven herself so believes Den deserves much better than her. The case is sold, but it is the relationship between the lead protagonists who provides a terrific opening Denim Blues Mysteries." ~Follow the Clue
4.5 Stars! “This is a story that presents wonderful characters, romance, mystery, and a forgiveness message in a clean, fun and engaging read. Denim is sexy, charming and handy to have around in a crisis. He has recently retired from his private investigation (PI) business because of a bullet wound. The injury and danger to himself and his partner, Sylvia, has caused him to take a look at his life and where he wants to be and who he wants to be with... specifically his ex-partner, Sylvia. Sylvia was a police officer before she went into the PI business with Den. She really loves Den but hasn’t been able to get beyond some secret hurts and fears from her past to allow her to feel worthy of love. Her former police partner, Orlando is another close friend who loves her too. Although the men vie for Sylvia’s heart they are mature in their behavior. Sylvia misses Den and is sure he won’t be happy retired from the excitement of the PI business. She jumps at the chance to call Den in to help on a new case and he makes haste to get to the office to be with her in the hunt. They have been asked to find a missing 6.1 carat engagement ring. The flashy “almost” bride, Naomi, reveals that her would be groom, the wealthy town mayor, Thomas, walked out of the wedding when he found her in the closet with the best man. Oops! Now he wants the ring back but she claims it’s lost. The mystery unfolds while Sylvia and Den engage in sharp, snappy dialogue with lots of humor that will make you smile. Underlying the romance and mystery is Sylvia’s emotional and spiritual struggle. The faith based messages are not preachy but are clear and direct as part of the characters’ life fabric. The emotions and mystery keep you pulled into the story from start to finish as you read to discover Sylvia’s secrets, how she resolves her love choices and how they solve the mystery. Ms. Wiesner has a great talent for writing real to life characters and issues with warmth and humor. If you enjoy inspirational stories, romance and mystery this is a story you won’t want to miss.” ~Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf
4 Stars! "In the first Denim Blues mystery, Wiesner pens both an excellent love story and mystery while bringing the Lord's words and forgiveness into the story to help Sylvia with her healing process." ~RT Book Reviews
“RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS is the first in the Denim Blues Mysteries by Karen Wiesner, the author of over one hundred novels. Her tagline is “Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time.” And she does it well. Her characters are realistic and flawed, her stories well-plotted with numerous twists and turns that are guaranteed to keep readers turning pages as they personally get to know each of the main cast. A strong Christian thread throughout the novel suggests the belief of the author, and her main character, and is a pleasant addition to the story without causing readers to feel pressured to change their viewpoint. Although there is more than one thread to the story, the author is able to keep the novel smoothly and swiftly moving along. Emotions are often strong and used in an appropriate manner. It’s obvious to this reviewer that Ms. Wiesner takes her time to get her stories ready for public consumption. We are looking forward to the next installment in this series.” ~BellaOnline's Mystery Books
4 Stars! “This was a great tale. It had all the things I like in a story. Great dialogue, a mystery that I couldn't figure out, and a great leading couple. As I was reading the story, what came to mind was the TV show Hart to Hart. This story sorta had that feel to it except the lead couple are not married. I really liked how the author held the mystery a mystery until the end and then it's all laid out. I thoroughly enjoyed Denim and Sylvia (although I was a little frustrated with Sylvia at times for not trusting Denim). Orlando was a great guy, too. One thing I appreciated was the way that Denim and Orlando reacted to each other. Though they both had feelings for Sylvia, they behaved like grown men. This is a story that kept me turning pages and was difficult to put down. If you enjoy a clean romantic read with a great mystery, then I recommend RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS. Looking forward to LOVE IS BLIND…AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER.” ~Love 2 Read Novels Blog
4 Stars! “I do not read much Christian Romance, but, when I do, Karen Wiesner is one of my absolute favorite authors. This story will clearly show you why. This is the first mystery in a new series. The case involving an expensive ring begins and ends here. It is a stand-alone tale. The private lives of the main characters get equal time. The author does not force religion down the throat of the reader, but the characters' beliefs certainly help each one to deal with personal troubles. I find this jewel to be a fulfilling story of trust and faith. Memorable!” ~Huntress Reviews
4 Kisses! “RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS is a nice, sweet mystery with a little touch of romance. It’s perfect for someone wanting a clean read. There is sexual tension between Denim and Sylvia, but they do not act upon the tension. It is a nice touch. I cannot wait to see how their romance heats up in subsequent books. I very much like Denim and Sylvia. Neither will speak out loud their feelings towards one another. It is fun to watch them as they work together and struggle to hide their feelings towards the other. I liked that the author made it easy for me to simply enjoy the story and its conclusion. Ms. Wiesner has written a clean, beach read that is fun. I look forward to the next installment of the series so I can revisit Denim and Sylvia.” ~Two Lips Reviews
“A strong heroine with a gut wrenching past and a devilishly charming hero solve the mystery of a missing engagement ring and piece together the puzzle of their own relationship. RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS is the first Inspirational mystery I’ve read, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. While faith is a strong undercurrent of the book, it’s definitely not preachy or quoting Bible scriptures. In between investigating the mystery of the missing ring, the story shifts perspective back and forth between Denim and Sylvia which gives an in depth view into both characters. The byplay between Sylvia and Denim is delightful and more often than not, playful. I would have to say RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS leans more toward romance than mystery. The plot is solid and interesting. The second half of the book picks up speed as Denim and Sylvia progress in their relationship, and the action heats up in solving the mystery. RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS is a wonderful mix of faith, love, and crime solving. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.” ~Long and Short Romance Reviews
5 Stars! "Compelling and real…a great read! I enjoyed reading Karen Wiesner's RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS (Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 1). It's well-written just like the other books I've read by this talented author. If you like a lot of romance in your mysteries, then this book is for you. It’s emotional and a page turner. I also enjoyed the way Karen inserted humor into the story with her crisp dialogue between Sylvia and Den. By the way, it’s an inspirational book and faith is a huge part of the strong heroine’s life but it isn’t preachy. I highly recommend RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS." ~author Diane Craver http://www.dianecraver.com
“RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS opens your heart to Den and Sylvia who both seem to be able to find the best in each other and bring that out. There are a few twists to the story including Sylvia having to choose between two men who both want the chance to love her. With a little faith and hope, Denim and Sylvia will find the road they have ahead of them will be easier together.” ~Single Titles
Long and Short Reviews
Aug 26, 2017, 09:48
A strong heroine with a gut wrenching past and a devilishly charming hero solve the mystery of a missing engagement ring and piece together the puzzle of their own relationship.
Despite their inability to maintain a personal relationship, Sylvia Price and Denim McHart’s private detective business is thriving. Sylvia is wrestling with the demons of her past, and whenever Denim tries to get her to open up to him, she pushes him away. But on the job, they have each other’s backs, and they trust each other implicitly. With careful and insightful introspection, both Den and Sylvia realize the ways in which they have let the past interfere with their future. And Sylvia discovers that she doesn’t know Denim quite as well as she thought she did.
Retired And On The Rocks is the first Inspirational mystery I’ve read, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. While faith is a strong undercurrent of the book, it’s definitely not preachy or quoting Bible scriptures. In between investigating the mystery of the missing ring, the story shifts perspective back and forth between Denim and Sylvia which gives an in depth view into both characters. The byplay between Sylvia and Denim is delightful and more often than not, playful.
I would have to say Retired And On The Rocks leans more toward romance than mystery. The plot is solid and interesting, but the main focus of the first half of the book is more on self-analysis than crime solving, and it was a little slow and repetitive on occasion. The second half of the book picks up speed as Denim and Sylvia progress in their relationship, and the action heats up in solving the mystery.
Retired And On The Rocks is a wonderful mix of faith, love, and crime solving. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.