Calories: A Diana Andrews Mystery by Albert Tucher


Calories: A Diana Andrews Mystery by Albert Tucher
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (7 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Can’t a working girl make a few dollars on Thanksgiving without tripping over a murder victim and taking heat from the cops? Prostitute Diana Andrews should know by now–the answer is always no!

I was amazed to find out that the main character in this story is a prostitute. I was expecting a cozy mystery with a cook featured. That was not to be, and I’m actually glad it wasn’t. Having this unusual occupation added an injection of “food for thought” to the story. (Pun intended.)

The author obviously has given some thought to his plot. This is not the first mystery he’s written with Diana Andrews as the main character. She already knows the cop that shows up at the murder scene after her call. They even have a discussion over why the male would be using her services on Thanksgiving Day. That’s not something my family ever thought about before.

Mr. Tucher writes a good story within a few pages. You not only get a short course on prostitution, you see the cop fail to find the murderer and watch Diana use psychology to figure out the identity of the murderer.

The author manages to amuse you, makes you wonder why the man would be murdered now (he’s not a new customer), and intrigues you with Diana’s thought processes in all of four pages of text. I especially liked the motive for his death; it’s very ironic and not at all what I expected.

If you’re looking for a short read that will entertain you, this is a good one. If you want to know why Mr. Tucher has a prostitute detective, you’ll have to ask him. In my case, it made the story even more enjoyable because it was so incongruous.


  1. Elaine Ash says:

    How nice to see Albert Tucher get some well-deserved praise! Diana Andrews has about 50 short stories she’s featured in, published around the internet. Albert has been a hardworking author, providing well-written stories to the online community. He has other excellent “Diana” titles available through Untreed Reads, s well. Thanks so much for bringing CALORIES to the attention of your readers.


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