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Side Hustle by A. J . Lape is the first book in the Darcy Walker Crime Thrillers series. Darcy Walker is about to enter the Police Academy to join the fight against crime, but in the meantime, she delivers pizza. When she finds a customer dead, she can’t help but look for clues while waiting for the police to arrive. When they turn down her offer of help, Darcy takes matters into her own hands and withholds a key piece of evidence. Although she’s risking her entire future career on this, she’s determined to solve the murder, no matter where it takes her. Can she catch a murderer before the cops come after her?
Side Hustle by A. J. Lape is a great start to a new series. It’s an action-packed thriller with a side dose of humor and a fantastic main female lead, perfectly complemented by a whole host of other characters, all well-developed into likable, relatable people. Darcy is a very strong character, a solid example of how a good female lead should be written, and the more you read, the more you admire her. This story has plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading, and the fast-paced action will leave you breathless as you race to the end. This isn’t a long book and leaves many unanswered questions, but that’s the nature of a series – if you want the answers, get the next book. This is an entertaining story for when you have a couple of hours spare because you won’t put it down once you start reading.