Twenty-year-old Nellie Monroe has a perfect college GPA, a job that’s beneath her, and a restless brilliance that makes her a bit of an odd duck. Oh, and she wants to be a private investigator, even though her tiny Ohio hometown offers no hope of clients.
Until she meets Amos Shetler, a refugee from the local Amish community who’s carrying a torch for the girl he left behind. So Nellie straps on her bonnet and goes undercover to get the dish. Literally, since she’s talked her way into Amish cooking lessons.
But though she’s brainy, Nellie is clueless when it comes to real life and real relationships. In short order she has alienated her best friend and angered her college professor—and appears to have botched her case. Will the boy still get the girl? Can Nellie save her career in criminal science? And more importantly, will she ever learn how to make a decent piecrust?
Stuart (Stretch Marks) confects Nellie Monroe, a 21-year-old PI wannabe who was dubbed a literary luminary in fifth grade, in this tale of comedic errors. The often flippant yet likable and fun-loving protagonist is bursting with quippy comebacks in external and internal dialogue as she attempts to navigate her youthful way through a dysfunctional family and along an uncertain career path. Nellie's dream comes true when she's offered a PI job by Amish dropout Amos Shetler, who hires Nellie to spy on a former Amish flame. Nellie goes undercover in full Amish regalia and infiltrates Amos's ex-sweetheart's community to get the goods for her client. Between trekking back and forth between her home and an Amish town, Nellie unearths the truth for Amos and inadvertently learns some life lessons. Neatly done, Stuart's work certainly provides amusing spiritual takeaways for readers to privately file away for later reference.