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Well since we were talking about Virginia earlier today,
it's only right to share this new mystery coming out next week!
When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in a pool of blood outside the Moonshine Inn, Richmond, Virginia's premier redneck bar, the victim's sister enlists Hazel Rose to ferret out the killer.
At first Hazel balks--she's a romance writer, not a detective. But Brad Jones, Rox's husband, is the prime suspect. He's also Hazel's cousin, and Hazel believes in doing anything to help family. Never mind that Brad won't give her the time of day--he's still family.
Hazel recruits her book group members to help with the investigation. It's not long before they discover any number of people who feel that a world without Rox Howard is just fine with them: Brad's son believes that Rox and Brad were behind his mother's death; Rox's former young lover holds Rox responsible for a tragedy in his family; and one of Rox's employees filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her. The killer could be an angry regular from the Moonshine Inn--or just about anyone who ever crossed paths with the willful and manipulative Rox.
If Maggie's name sounded familiar, it;s because I reviewed the previous book in this series, Murder at the Book Group, already and shared it with you! This book picks off a few years down the road, when all the dust has settled and Hazel has assumed her regular life, or so she thinks. Until she is asked once again to look into a suspicious death, that the police have gotten nowhere with.
As Hazel looks into Roxanne's death she comes to 2 conclusions- she's glad she wasn't her friend, and there were plenty of people who wanted her dead. With the book club members all pitching in, soon they have more clues and suspect than they can handle. Then when a second murder occurs, everything goes into the proverbial basket and they have to start all over!
I won't tell you how the story pans out- that's party of the fun of it! This is a quick, fun mystery. it's encouraging to have older characters who are still active and involved (and showing the younger people a thing or two), and who of course solve the mystery at hand, thanks to their intuition and resourcefulness! It's a fun Fall read, and I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose, amateur detective series. Maggie has also penned the short stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” for the VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES anthologies.
Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Glen and cats, Morris and Olive. She is hard at work on her second Hazel Rose adventure. Check out her website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more!