Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder – REVIEW

Workman’s Complication is the first book of the McCall & Company series, published by Laugh Riot Press. I was kindly sent this book to read and give an honest review. 

bookcoverworkersfinal2Kate McCall is an off-off-off-off Broadway actress in her mid forties. When her father is found brutally murdered in a company elevator, Kate inherits her fathers private investigation business. Kate has helped her father through the years but feels nowhere close to wanting to change profession from actress to PI, but going through the case files in the company she stumbles upon something that might be connected to her fathers murder.

A new case also lands in her lap. A possible insurance scam. She was ready to burry the business with her father, but she could really use the money and decides to do this one final job.

Kate assembles the extremely unique, quirky and eccentric tenants of her building complex and her acting colleagues and gets herself and them in a whole lot of trouble along the way to solve both cases.


The Writing

The writing was so witty and hilarious. I went into this not really knowing what I was going to get, but this book had me giggling at the third page already. Leder writes in a way that really captivates, entertain and holds your attention throughout the whole story.

The Characters

I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately and I was in dire need of something more adult now and it was so refreshing to read a book with such a strong and funny female protagonist. I loved Kate from the very beginning. She is smart, hilarious, sexy, doesn’t take crap from anyone and she is confident. I think the real female confidence is what I’ve been really missing in a lot of other books that I’ve been reading lately, but Kate definitely brought that to the table. That combined with the human flaws that made her so relatable made her an amazing character.

When it came to the side characters, I have two personal favorites.

Ray was a phenomenal character. Every time he came around I knew that I would laugh out loud from the words coming from that old man.

And Fu is my absolute favorite. He’s a mystery and just lovely and all kinds of quirky in a lovely way!

The Plot

I really did fly through this book and it had me curious and at times at the edge of my seat. The book’s plot was consistent and good.

The only thing I missed here was that I would have loved for the “edge of my seat” moments would have a lasted a bit longer. It just felt like some of the problems were resolved a little bit too fast.


This was such a fun and interesting read! Highly recommend if you want a funny and different kind of mystery read!

I can’t wait to read more of this series and to see what happens next with Kate.


Thank you so much to Shannon and Rich for sending this my way!! 


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  One thought on “Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder – REVIEW

  1. March 26, 2015 at 15:39

    Thank you, Christina, for your time and your kind words and your happy 4-star review! I’m so glad you had fun with Workman’s Complication; I had a blast writing it. Kate and Fu and the rest get into trouble all over again in the second book, Swollen Identity, and I’m writing the third book as we speak.

    Your encouragement means a great deal to me…

    Rich Leder

    • March 26, 2015 at 15:42

      It was my pleasure and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to explore this wonderful series! I will definitely get my hands on Swollen Identity soon 🙂

      All the best of luck with the third book 🙂

  2. March 26, 2015 at 15:56

    Fantastic review!

  3. March 27, 2015 at 12:06

    I wouldn’t say a strong independent heroin is the difference between YA and adult fiction. The fact that a lot of YA lacks – you would know, you read more of it than i – is a pretty sad sign that the genre’s a little stuck.

    • March 27, 2015 at 13:11

      No I wouldn’t say that’s the big difference between the genres, but YA lacks confident protagonists for sure.

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