McCall & Company: Workman's Complication


Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade?  She might, but it's going to be a whole lot of hilarious. 


It’s Like Getting a Hiaasen Fix from a New Source!

It would be hard to argue that Carl Hiaasen didn’t pioneer a genre. Actually, he kind of pioneered a genre and a sub genre: comedy mysteries and Florida-based comedy mysteries. Some of my favorite writers have found success in his wake. Guys like Bill Fitzhugh, Lawrence Sanders and Laurence Shames have all found enthusiastic followings by raiding the ranks readers like me; people who just can’t get enough Hiaasen. But, because the genre doesn’t have an army of writers that genres like romance or gritty police procedurals have, we can actually run out of new books to enjoy! That’s why I was so thrilled to have happened upon self-published author Rich Leder. Maybe I got lucky or maybe I’m just incurious, but if there is more of this stuff in the world of self-publishing, I’m going to have to get better at finding it.

I just finished reading McCall and Company: Workman’s Complication and I had a ball. Not only did Leder craft a page turner of a story, he peopled it with a great cast of characters and even caught me off guard with the “who” as in “done it.”

First, “McCall,” is a woman; Kate McCall. Leder gets serious respect for his Tom Robbins-level gift for channeling a female. Then he surrounds her with not one cast of quirky characters but two. One is drawn from the residents of the NYC building Kate manages and the second is comprised of her (terrible) off-off-off-off Broadway theater group. And, not surprisingly, each well-crafted personality brings a specialty to her investigative efforts without which she would undoubtedly fail. Are they far fetched? Yeah, but Hiaasen devotees seem to have digested a glass eye-wearing, perfect smile-baring, former Florida governor turned swamp-living nature boy crime fighter without it repeating on them so, what’s it to ya’?

I want to keep writing about this writer and this book, but I’m headed dangerously close to spoiler territory, so let me just say this; if you like your mysteries told with a healthy dose of belly laughs and an actual plot (!) you owe it to yourself to give Rich Leder a try. This was also my first Kindle book and I read it on my Android. Since finishing it, I keep wanting to reach for the phone to get more… so, I’m going to buy the second book in the McCall and Company series, Swollen Identity (the set up for which closes the first book), and get me some.
— 5 Star Goodreads Reader Review
I have a new favorite author.
— Felita Daniels, Lilac Reviews, 5-Star Review
... there’s the murder, the unsolved case and an unexpected romance with one of the detectives working on her father’s murder. However, the author never confuses the reader and the story flows beautifully. It’s rife with quirky characters and funny scenes and dialogue, simply a really good read that keeps you turning the pages until the end. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this new series.
— M. A. Stanley, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
A humorous book with a bevy of complex characters. The gut reaction is to alternate between incredulity and being mesmerized. One can’t help but want to hug and advise Kate as we follow her through her many situations. Though Kate has (so much) support, acting skills, bravery and a great disguise is a ROUGH road to finding the killer.
— A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus, 5-Star Review
I just can’t recollect when was the last time I laughed out this heartily reading a book! This book had me in splits all the way through. It’s a tremendous and terrific job that Leder has taken up and accomplished - carving out black comedy (and bits of enjoyable slapstick) into a beautiful book... Mix a fast-paced murder mystery with that, and the combination is lethally funny - literally. My sides are aching from all the laughing.
— SiMPLiREAD, 5-Star Review
... an excellent read for mystery buffs and for those who just like a good story.
— J. Robert Ewbank, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
Worker’s Complication is an entertaining fast-paced comical read! With so many scenarios going on, it was difficult to figure out who done it! I can’t wait to read author Rich Leder’s sequel! Kate is definitely my hero.
— Susan Elizabeth Barton/eBook Review Gal, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
If you’re looking for a romp, this will fit the bill. I’m sorry now that I waited so long to read it. Loved it. Get you copy and start laughing now.
— Sandy Penny, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
I have been looking for a new author to read and I feel like I just won the lottery. Move over James, Mickey, Robert and Sara, there’s a new detective mystery writer in town and his name is Rich Leder. Kate McCall is my kind of P.I. – no wait; she’s not a P.I. she’s an actress – smart, sexy and witty with a memorable cast of characters and just the right amount of guile to get into and out of some very unique situations. Rich Leder’s style is much to my liking. His sentence structure lends a writer’s voice that is intimately more conversational and incomparably more humorous than any other author I have read. OK, full disclosure – I have already bought and started the second book in the McCall & Company series.
— Mark M, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
I read Workman’s Complication and the second book in the series, Swollen Identity, back to back, and loved them both. Each fast-paced book has everything you could want in a mystery detective novel—or any novel for that matter: an exciting and original plot including gunplay, disguises, car chases, elaborate sting operations and a cast of idiosyncratic characters surrounding, supporting and out to get the feisty actress-turned-PI Kate McCall. Highly entertaining and hilarious, with devious and surprising plot twists and turns, these books had me looking forward to the next in the series so that I can once again visit the D-Cup for another crazy, blood-spurting production; the House of Emotional Tics for a barbecue, a rental car and some putdowns from a parrot; and most importantly, Kate McCall and her hectic, dangerous and intriguing life.
— Graphrique, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
I fell in love with the personality of Kate, her very quirky tenants, and her acting troupe.
— Fictionzeal, 4-Star Review
Workman’s Complication, by Rich Leder is a novel I would recommend to any adult reader who likes a good mystery with a touch of dry wit. (I actually did recommend it to one of my friends last night.) I give it 5 stars.
— Chris Pavesic, 5-Star Review
... a great story. I would read more by this author. I recommend Workman’s Complication to readers who like of those books that makes you cheer for the underdogs.
— Books that Hook, 5-Star Review
Fast – paced, and with a casual narrative that makes the reader feel like he is having a conversation with the author, Workman’s Complication is the perfect blend of mystery, wit, and hilarity. There are some graphic bits, but they flow with the narrative and just add to the story. Make sure you do not have anything else to do before settling in to read – you will not be able to put this down!
— Triskele Reviews, 5-Star Review
You’ll laugh, but you’ll also be racing through the book to see how she solves the case and what demented character she meets next. The novel is more of a black comedy that manages also to be suspenseful. It is, after all, a mystery, and Leder masterfully juggles all of these different elements. There’s a new surprise on virtually every page. In the seven years I’ve been reading and reviewing books for SPR, I’d put Workman’s Complication in the top five. There is absolutely nothing suggesting this work is self-published. “Page turning” might be overused, but I couldn’t wait to get back to this book when I put it down. It’s funny, exciting, insightful, and inventive: the kind of book where you forget you’re reading. Get this one.
— Self-Publishing Review, 5-Star Review
... such a fun and interesting read! Highly recommend if you want a funny and different kind of mystery read!
— Christina de Vries, Amazon Review, 4-Star Review