BOOK 1: Looking for La La by Ellie Campbell
To Catch A Creeper description:
Cathy is riding high in her brand-new job at a (surprisingly bitchy) top London advertising agency working with best friend Rosa. But when Rosa’s pregnancy goes amiss and enemies sabotage her new career, she finds herself leading a chaotic double life of lies and deception, hiding a shameful secret from all, especially husband Declan who appears in the throes of a nervous breakdown.
Meanwhile she’s agreed to unmask the notorious Crouch End Creeper, a burglar terrorizing their neighborhood. Little does she know that her meddling, assisted by fellow mothers (the Wednesday Once Weeklies) and the Neighborhood Watch, will lead their dangerous opponent to murder. And that it’s not only the tall elegant transvestite who is placing herself at risk…
This book really got the ball rolling right off the bat, and was just far more exciting than the first book. Not too much time has passed, but a lot has changed. And even with a lot of the people from the last book having moved on, the new characters were really a better bunch in my opinion. A lot more diversified, with the coworkers Cathy’s now dealing with, and even the people who meet with her weekly aren’t all just moms, so I felt there was more to set them apart from each other. Plus Cathy just seemed like a more likeable character, and her gripes were genuine complaints and not just crazy talk of a woman who has too much time on her hands. Because really, if you both work then you should both help around the house. Though I do think she may be a pathological liar, and should possibly seek help. Even the mystery was more realistic, in how she gets drawn in, and who all is involved in it. Cathy does actual detective work, really looking into the facts and trying to find connections. So not as much just blind luck, and really the whole gang that formed around it was a lot of fun. But of course it’s not just about the Creeper, but so much more that really keeps you invested in the story. Who can she trust at work, and who’s hoping to tear her down? And is Declan really going insane? Altogether, everything took a step up and I can’t wait to read the next one.