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Bad Blood [Kindle Edition]

Evelyn Smith
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Book Description

Alexis J. Smith, a young private investigator, returns to California after a case in England where she was a witness to murder—although the British court ruled it "death by misadventure." The dead man's overbearing sister, Monica Beck, is her first office appointment. It soon becomes clear that there is bad blood between Monica and her stepmother, Francine Faraday, and Lexie finds herself in the middle of a family feud over a valuable necklace that has gone missing.
She barely has time to solve the mystery of the missing jewelry, and heal the rift between Monica and Francine, before she is called back to England to work on another case with her friend, Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard. It seems that Lexie's old forensic science professor at Sacramento J.C. is teaching a course at Cambridge and raising alarms by sounding like a communist. More worrisome yet, he has supposedly discovered a formula for artificial blood, worth millions to any country that could get exclusive rights to it. The United States is in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and there is fear in both the US and Britain that the professor will sell his formula to the Russians. Her assignment is to prevent that from happening.

Product Details

  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phoenix International, Inc. (February 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for Mrs. Smith July 16, 2014
Great characters, particularly the women - a CIA agent, a housewife, a secretary and at the center Mrs. Smith herself.
A woman of many parts and skills, she knows a few pawnbrokers in town; the ins and outs of the latest in blood science and can also suit up for a formal soiree. When mixing with the swells she comments - "That night I saw more black ties than in all of Fred Astaire's movies."

Cleverly crafted with compelling settings. Alexis J. Smith aka Lexie conducts "Discreet Inquiries" from her soon-to-be demolished office in 1948 Sacramento. The former high school cheerleader and young widow (who has also studied forensic science) is on the case.

Always intriguing to see how a woman gets around the limitations of the times and even uses them to her advantage. Being a widow helps - free from the fetters of husband or father she can go where she will with her derringer concealed and ably abetted by a cab driver with a yen for adventure. Her assignments take her from domestic distrust and theft, within the family of her first love, to international intrigue involving a former professor and foreign clandestine services. She's well worth a read and I'm looking forward to reading the prequel to this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, Fun, Fast Read May 30, 2014
Alexis Smith, a young private investigator, is hired by the wealthy Faraday family to investigate some mysterious happenings in Bad Blood, by E.E. Smith. Alexis has just returned from England where she barely escaped with her life while working a case, and is concentrating on getting her business – Alexis J. Smith, Discreet Inquiries - back to normal. Her office is housed in a dilapidated old building awaiting the wrecking ball, and she is required to find new office space immediately. Just as she gets to the bottom of the family mystery, Lexie is summoned back to England to work with MI5, England’s equivalent to the CIA. She isn’t happy about this, but feels obligated, since during her last visit, she got her English boyfriend, DI Harry Hawkins, in trouble with his employer, Scotland Yard.

Once Lexie gets to England, she must pose as a student at St. Edmunds College in Cambridge to spy on a favorite professor, Dr. Gore, from her college days, who has been brought from the states to teach a class and is rumored to have communist ties. Since the story takes place in 1947, this is a serious charge. Her room in the dorm is bugged, but Harry takes her to visit his sister and her husband where she can talk freely and is reunited with Daisy, a cute little dog who once belonged to Lexie’s late friend and true love, Frank Faraday. Lexie discovers that the professor at the college is an imposter and takes Daisy with her to find the real Dr. Gore, who has been kidnapped.

Bad Blood is a fast read – it actually can be read cover to cover in an afternoon – and it is a nice change from the suspense novels that contain graphic violence and murders. There is suspense, however, and Lexie seems to be in constant danger. Dr.
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3.0 out of 5 stars love her works July 30, 2014
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Exciting reading. love her works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! April 7, 2014
What an awesome book to get to read! The book was filled with one confused woman. She'd just gotten back into the USA after the loss of a friend and before she even returned to work for an hour, right in the front door came the sister of the lost friend.

She put on one more show. Then the father wanted to have a meeting with her. She were to show up one hour early. When she did, he wanted to hire her to pretty much follow his wife and find out about a missing necklace.

Well the case was solved and she really ticked off one of the lost friend's relatives ...not saying which or who due to it would give it all away.

As she was trying to wrap that case up, she ended up being evicted from the current building that they had been in for a few years.

After that, she was back off to London to work another case with a friend of her's. What she didn't expect was that it was against her old professor from college. She had to convince him not to sell something that he invented that had to do with artificial blood.

I highly recommend this book to any and all that love mystery and Private detective work.

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Having had the pleasure of reading E. E. Smith's book DEATH BY MISADVENTURE I was excited to see where she would take young private investigator Alexis J. Smith next. With Bad Blood, she did not disappoint.

If you are need to the character Alexis, don't feel as though you have to read the first book in this mystery series to get the full story of Bad Blood. It builds enough context for you to know what our P.I. has had to deal with and how she uses that knowledge and experience moving forward. In this book we see an amazing play on words with the title. In one case Alexis is really dealing with a situation that shows "bad blood between a stepmother and step-daughter, and in another case it seems to be "bad blood" between nations.

Will Alexis be able to handle both, each of which takes her not just out of the country but in some ways out of her comfort zone in order to get to the truth? That is what the reader is able to see---and you are able to do it through her voice.

Definitely a book that will entertain you and leave you wanting more, E. E. Smith's BAD BLOOD is a great read for mystery lovers.
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