Review: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder

Posted December 11, 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: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder Swollen Identity by Rich Leder
Series: McCall and Company #2
Also in this series:Workman’s Complication
Also by this author: Workman’s Complication
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Mystery
Release Date: September 7, 2014
Publisher: Laugh Riot Press
Format: E-book
Source: Laugh Riot Press
Pages: 392
ISBN: 0991176979
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Google Play Kobo
Minx's Rating:

Beautiful Billionaire SocialiteCold-Blooded Corporate AssassinMcCall Company Back In Business

Before Kate McCall ends up in jail or on the wrong side of a murder, she promises the police—and her assistant DA son—that she’s all done cracking cases in the Big Apple. But when the CEO of Superior Press shows up dead in exactly the way Kate’s father was killed and beautiful socialite Brooke Barrington claims someone has stolen her identity, all bets are off. Call the House of Emotional Tics. Cue the Schmidt and Parker Players...

McCall Company is back in business.

Which means evil twins, international counterfeiters, and Kate being arrested (again!), this time for impersonating a hooker.

Can Kate recover Barrington’s identity, survive the Bulgarian mob, and finally find her father’s killer?

If the truth serum kicks in before she starts stripping, she’ll have half a chance.


Swollen Identity is a hilarious story filled with quirky characters, near impossible comedic situations, and a mysterious case of stolen identity. Swollen Identity is the second book in the McCall & Company series and this story picks up directly after the end of the first book, Workman’s Complication. This is not a series that has to be read in series order to enjoy because there is a mystery that is started and finished with each book but there is also an overarching plot that extends throughout the series regarding Kate’s investigation into who killed her father. In order to fully understand that plot you would want to read this series in order.

Kate McCall was called to be one thing in life and that was to be an actor! That was a dream that although realized did not pay very well for an off, off, off Broadway actor. After inheriting her father’s private investigation business, Kate has grudgingly decided that she can be an actor and a private investigator too, at least until her career takes off. Despite not being fully committed to the idea of being a private investigator, her late father’s attorney keeps sending cases her way and being a private investigator is better than her last job of a dog walker.

When a case of identity fraud comes her way, Kate decides that she is going to commit to the idea and be a private investigator. She accepts the case but little did she know that she was being swept up into a high stakes game of life and death pitted between two twins who were out to kill one another for not just millions but billions of dollars. Not only does Kate have to solve the mystery, of which twin is which, but she also has to stay alive in the process. Not only that but one of the twins keeps kissing her and Kate begins to question where her love life has gone and fields allegations that she kisses like a man.

In addition to a full-time case, an acting career, and wanting to please her son who is insisting that she give up her fledgling career as a private investigator, Kate was haunted by the idea that her father’s killer got away. She had vowed to catch the killer no matter what it took and when she learned of a killing that was committed that had all the markings of being the same person that murdered her own father, she pulls out all the stops to hunt him down. Kate was determined that he was not going to escape her and that he would be brought to justice for the murder of her father. Although this was easier said than done as Kate and the assassin enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

With the help of her unusual neighbors and her acting troupe, Kate will get in and out of crazy situations while she is both solving the case of identity fraud as well as following the clues to find the killer of her father. I am talking hilariously crazy situations that will have you laughing out loud as you read what Kate manages to land herself in. I also love the supporting characters in this series because they each fill the perfect role that helps to carry this story along at its fast pace! I was definitely entertained by Swollen Identity and I am looking forward to the next book in this story and wondering if and when Kate will catch her father’s killer.

*Thank you to Laugh Riot Press for this complimentary copy of Swollen Identity*


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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2 responses to “Review: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder

  1. Thank you, Minx! I’m thrilled you had fun with the book and that you’re laughing along with the series. Your support means everything to me.

    What fun to be a part of your cool blog today!


    • This series is beyond hilarious! All the characters are entertaining and there is always a neat mystery snuggled in the story. You are most welcome 😍.

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