Love, Honour & O'Brien
Allen & Unwin, $22.99 pb, 360 pp, 9781742375830
When Holly Love heads to the Blue Mountains to marry her fiancé, Andrew McNish, after a quick romance, she doesn’t expect to end the day penniless, homeless, jobless, and jilted. After she takes refuge in Andrew’s empty office with her few remaining possessions and a bottle of Moët, Holly’s shock is replaced by a determination to find and confront him. She hires a private investigator, the ‘sly, tired and eggstained’ Mick O’Brien, but things don’t go to plan and Holly finds herself briefly (and mistakenly) accused of murder by O’Brien’s neighbours. However, the women quickly befriend Holly and even encourage her to move into O’Brien’s vacated apartment. A series of misunderstandings sees Holly masquerading as O’Brien’s business partner, pursued by thugs, and employed by the fanatical Una Maggott, who is also looking for Andrew.