Work & Wagers

David Wagers, Case #1

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/25/2016
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Author Biography

Sherrie Sushko is the author of three books, Lost Love, Remain, and Work & Wagers (David Wagers Case #1). When not pursuing her passion of writing fiction, she works in the patent legal field. Sherrie also enjoys music and spending time with her family and two dogs. She resides in the United States.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Work & Wagers: David Wagers Case, #1 is a private sleuth mystery novel written by Sherrie Sushko. Victoria Carols was getting over her broken engagement to her fiance, Richard. She had left her home on the California coast to go to school with him in Massachusetts, and had gotten as far as planning a wedding before he moved out of the state and left her behind. She found a part-time paralegal job with an insurance company in New Jersey and set out to make a fresh start. After her first month of the six-month tryout, Victoria knew she didn't want to stay in that job. While she enjoyed the work and interacting with the attorneys, the other paralegals in her team were gossips, and Pam, their leader, seemed a controlling and negative influence on them all. After she was made a full-timer, Victoria was told by Pam that she'd be going to lunch with the team as a regular thing; there was really no other option. She did know that she wasn't the first person in her position, but what she didn't know was that she was replacing a young woman whose brutal murder had never been solved. David Wagers, a private investigator, had been hired by Courtney Tabbin's uncle, who was concerned that the lack of closure was irreparably injuring his sister’s mental health. While Victoria was leery of getting to know anyone after Richard's betrayal, David became an intriguing and friendly companion, and she couldn't help but get involved in his investigation.

Sherrie Sushko's private sleuth mystery novel, Work & Wagers: David Wagers Case, #1, is a tense and absorbing psychological thriller. I enjoyed following Wagers as he proceeded with his investigation and am looking forward to reading about his future cases. The situation Victoria finds herself in at the insurance company is the nightmare of just about any person who's ever found themselves having to work in an office atmosphere and dealt with an office bully. Pam's controlling and scheming nature had me concerned for Victoria's safety almost from the start of this gripping and suspenseful story. Sushko is a gifted storyteller. I quickly became involved in her tale and was reluctant to put it down until I had finished the last words. Work & Wagers: David Wagers Case, #1 is most highly recommended.


Walter Huffs' (attorney) niece Courtney Tabbin (college graduate, graduate student, lawyer, paralegal) had been brutally murdered at the Well Metro health insurance co in New Jersey & the crime was still not solved. Walter had hired David Wagers (PI) to see if he could solve the case.

Will David solve the murder mystery? Will he uncover something else?

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written office murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great office murder mystery movie or a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.


David Wagers is a Private Investigator who has been hired to look into the murder of Courtney Tabbin. Courtney was murdered about a year ago and the police had been unable to find the killer.

Courtney was working in the legal department of Well Metro, a health insurance company, at the time of her death. The night she was killed, she was supposed to meet with some of her co-workers for dinner, but never showed up. In the course of his investigation, David found that Courtney had been pulling away from her old friends, which may have caused some friction. While looking into the people at Well Metro, David meets Victoria Carols. Although she is unaware of it, she replaced Courtney in the legal department. Victoria agrees to help David by "asking around" at work. Victoria discovers that there was some jealousy between Courtney and one of her co-workers.

David is pretty sure he knows who killed Courtney, but can he prove it? Will helping David put Victoria's life in danger?

The story is very well written with good character development, however, there could have been more background information on David Wagers. The story seems to be more of a "Can we prove it" than a whodunit mystery. I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series.


David Wagers is a private investigator who has been hired to take a second look into an unsolved murder that happened a year ago. He enlists the help of Victoria who just starting working at the same company as the murdered girl, Courtney Tabbin.

This is a very well written mystery with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the characters and the pacing, it was a great mystery with moments of suspense and intrigue.
I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a great mystery to read.


Work and Wagers is a murder mystery in which private investigator David Wagers looks into the unsolved murder of a young woman. David enlists the aid of a newcomer to town, Victoria Carols, who works at the same company as the victim. The novel puts me in mind of the old Dragnet TV series; with its understated, straightforward, "just the facts" narrative, and the dry, calm professionalism of the main character. There is an attraction between David and Victoria, mentioned throughout the book, but it remains unexplored in this story. The focus stays on the case, which builds quietly and relentlessly to its logical conclusion. Author Sherrie Sushko's terse and disciplined style keeps a large cast of characters sorted and in line, while carefully building a case with clues and evidence. There are no loose ends, and everyone's moves and motives are accounted for. The ending is no surprise, just a satisfying conclusion to a perfectly solved puzzle, and the hint that David Wagers may solve other cases in future books. Since I enjoyed this one, I'll be on the lookout for more.