Tara Sharp might be good investigator, but she doesn’t need to use her psychic skills to know that she’s in a bit of trouble in Perth, thanks to her past couple of jobs. So when her friend (and sometime sidekick) Wal finds her a gig in Brisbane, she thinks it’s worth taking, even if minding troubled rap stars isn’t part of her usual line of work. But even in Brisbane, trouble seems to find Tara wherever she goes. Looking after music star Sledge isn’t easy, and then there are the people who are out to make sure his tour runs anything but smoothly. And Johnny Viaspa, the man she upset in Perth, is involved in whatever it is that’s going down. Tara has to wonder if she’s bitten off a bit too much this time.
Stage Fright is the third title featuring Tara Sharp, a Private Investigator with the ability to read auras, and, like its predecessors, is action-packed and exciting, as well as humorous. Sharp has an eclectic blend of friends and enemies, including other psychics, bikies, and a luscious toy-boy model. The situations she finds herself in sometimes defy belief, but that is part of her appeal.
Great for summer reading.
– Aussie Reviews
“Marianne Delacourt’s heroine – Perth PI Tara Sharp – invites comparison with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, and there’s no doubt if you’re an Evanovich fan you’ll enjoy this. Sharp, however, has the added wrinkle of being able to read peoples auras, as much a curse as a blessing. Stage Fright is the third outing for this character, and with the recent announcement of an impending Tara Sharp TV series, this is a good time to see what the fuss is about.”
– Scoop Magazine
The story weaves a tangled web through the dark belly of Australian organised crime and the 6 degrees of gangs and mobsters, it is so believable for a story of fiction. I would definitely recommend the book to all my friends I loved it that much. I can’t wait to read more from Tara Sharp.
– Kelly Jones, Goodreads
Tara is proving to be a savvy investigator, able to talk herself into, and out of, almost any situation. She works hard for her client though still manages to find herself in the midst of absurd situations including wielding a Peking duck as a weapon and cooling the ardour of a young man during his first lap dance. Tara’s blend of smarts and wit ensures she is an appealing character and I appreciate that Delacourt is really allowing Tara to mature and gain skills without losing her amusing quirks.
As always Tara is supported by a cast of great characters. Smitty is certain Henny is cheating on her, Aunt Liv is hysterical when Wal goes missing and Nick Tozzi is in a strange mood. In Brisbane, Tara contends with the bizarre behaviour of Slim, the odd appearance of Harvey, hippy dippy Inigo and bikie Sergeant-of-Arms Bon Jovi (Big Nuts) Ames.
Stage Fright is an entertaining, fast paced crime caper and this sharp (pun intended) series is a favourite of mine.
– Shelly Rae at Book’d Out