Review: Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder

Posted October 13, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Laugh Riot Press. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder
Series: McCall and Company #1
Also in this series:Swollen Identity
Also by this author: Swollen Identity
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery
Release Date: September 7, 2014
Publisher: Laugh Riot Press
Format: E-book
Source: Laugh Riot Press
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0991176936
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo
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Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it's going to be a whole lot of hilarious.


I was interested in reading Workman’s Complication because I like reading stories about private investigators and a story where a private investigation business is inherited, well it peaked my interest that’s for sure. I enjoyed this story from the very beginning and it was hilarious. It had great one-liners and the main character Kate McCall had a lot of Moxie and I love that in a character. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Kate McCall was an actress first and foremost as far as she was concerned. Forget that she had spent the better part of two decades aspiring to be an actress, she would someday land “the role” that would give her the career she had always dreamed of. Until then, she worked odd jobs in order to pay the bills. She could not commit her time to any other career than the one that she was destined for, hello Broadway. So, when her father was murdered and she inherited his private investigation business she was none too pleased.

It was not that she had anything against being a private detective, after all she actually had a private investigator license from when she would help her father out on jobs. No, the issue was that Kate was an actress and being a PI would interfere with that. Kate had no interest at all in keeping the PI business but when one of her father’s customers came to Kate asking for her to pick up the case her father left off, well Kate…she said no. She was an actress after all and did not have time, that was until he started to talk about her wages. Something every actor knows was that money in the acting world was hard to come by for aspiring artists such as herself.

Kate agreed to take on the job but it was going to be a one-time gig. She could use the money to help her get by until her career picked up. Meanwhile she would also see what she could do about finding her father’s murderer since the local police where coming up with zilch. Using her skills honed from years, and years, and years of acting Kate took up the mantle of PI and started several lines of investigation, many times while in disguise. Pulling whatever strings of information she could find and seeing where they led.

With the help of her friends and apartment tenants, Kate would ferret out the information she needed to break her cases wide open. Only her methods of investigation were highly illegal, unorthodox, and downright hilarious! Workman’s Complication was nothing short of a page turner that kept me entertained from start to finish! This is one murder mystery novel that you must read!

*Thank you to Laugh Riot Press for this complimentary copy of Workman’s Complication*


About Rich Leder

Author Rich Leder

I’ve been a working writer for two and a half decades. My screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

I founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for my funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.

I’ve been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. I live on the North Carolina coast with my awesome wife, Lulu, and I’m sustained by the visits home of our three college kids.

I hope you’ll read my books and laugh out loud. That’s why I wrote them.

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