By Tina Jordan
Updated July 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Thirty-three-year-old loser Teddy Ruzak — who skipped college, flunked out of the police academy, and ended up as a midnight-shift security guard — takes his small inheritance and opens a detective agency. Never mind that he’s not officially licensed, or that his secretary spends money faster than he can make it. Or, for that matter, that he’s addicted to Krispy Kremes. What begins almost as a joke — who killed the goslings? — turns all too quickly into a real murder case. While my 14-year-old daughter plowed through Richard Yancey’s Highly Effective Detective in one sitting, enrapt, I found it much too light and insubstantial (though quick-moving and funny).

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