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Deadly Interest (Alex St. James Mystery #2) Hardcover – September, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (September 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159414494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594144943
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hyzy's second cozy to feature Chicago TV reporter Alex St. James delivers on the promise of the first in the series, Deadly Blessings (2005). When Alex returns home after a humiliating evening with her former lover, she's dismayed to discover that Evelyn Vicks, her elderly neighbor, has been murdered. Evelyn, who worked at a bank, had earlier asked Alex's advice about some suspicious financial business involving the bank. Alex soon finds herself stalked by an ex-con and dealing with the victim's estranged son. New romantic interests and the care of her handicapped sister further complicate Alex's life as she puts her keen investigative skills to work for the police under the direction of the efficient, astute Detective Lulinski. The fast-paced plot builds to a spine-chilling ending. (Oct.)
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I look forward to reading more books by Julie Bush.
Throughout the novel the writing is exceptionally good and there are a number of interesting characters.
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This book kept in on the edge of my seat, it was difficult to put down until I finished it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lesa Holstine on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Poor Alex St. James. She feels guilty about the murder of her neighbor, Mrs. Vicks, because she brushed her off the same evening she was killed. When she brings her disabled sister home for two weeks, she misses a work trip with a newsman she admires. And then she's attacked when she enters her neighbor's home.

Alex, a researcher for a news magazine show in Chicago, reluctantly agrees to look into the neighbor's financial dealings, and then the murder itself. She's threatened and pushed around, but once she's involved she's determined to find Mrs. Vicks' killer. She's an admirable character, determined to do right for other people. She's one amateur detective that admits "This isn't the job I signed on for, you know. News research isn't supposed to be a life-threatening occupation." Anyone looking for an amateur sleuth who knows her limitations will appreciate Alex St. James in Deadly Interest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Alex St. James, a TV reporter in Chicago, comes home from a night of public humiliation by her former lover to find her elderly neighbor, Evelyn Vicks, has been murdered. Earlier that evening Mrs. Vicks had asked Alex for help with a financial situation. Feeling guilty from pushing her off, Alex does some investigating into Mrs. Vicks' life.

She discovers Mrs. Vicks had been secretly looking into the lending practice's of the banks she worked at. Mrs. Vicks' son is soon hounding Alex because he was promised money from his mother and the bank won't let him see her safe deposit box. Add to that the fact that Alex has been attacked and appears to be stalked, Alex knows she must help the police find her killer and fast.

I couldn't put this book down. I kept picking it up to read another chapter to find out what happened. I loved Alex. She is such a great character. Her being a TV reporter really added to the story.

I can't wait to read more in this series. I highly recommend this book! Just make sure you have lots of time to read as you'll not want to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carl brookins VINE VOICE on July 29, 2013
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Alexandrine St. James, or Alex, as everyone calls her, is a Chicago television news magazine researcher. She develops stories, gets all the facts together, and lays the file on the desk of the writer who prepares the piece for the on-air talent. It can be an interesting job, but it can also be pretty boring at times. This is her second adventure from author Hyzy.

Alex, sort of in love with the writer she usually works with, has a habit of attracting people with hidden and often nefarious motives. Sometimes she gets in the way of these low-lifes with occasionally violent results. In this particular instance, the situation develops out of her willingness to help her elderly neighbor get back into her own house. It's only a case of mislaid keys, of course, but when the neighbor turns up murdered shortly thereafter, Alex is sucked quickly into a clever plot, that turns deadly in short order.

The book begins with a fine strong scene in which Alex and her station are publicly humiliated at a local recognition dinner for broadcast journalists. These affairs, which happen in real life with great frequency all over the country, culminate of course, in opportunities for rival station staffs to indulge in some outrageous gossip and back biting. Radio and television stations set great store by these awards and Hyzy has written a great opening scene in which her defeat for a top award is described with considerable effect. We learn a good deal about Alex, some of her co-workers, and about her competition, all of which enriches the story, even though the scene has almost nothing to do with the plot.

The novel is an emotional one. The subplot dealing with Alex's romantic upheavals and there are several, slows things down and lengthens the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IndElaine on July 20, 2013
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Alex St. James is a everyday girl turned super-sleuth. Her drive and desire to uncover the truth while at the same time maintaining her vulnerability is really endearing and makes me want to read all of her books as soon as I can download them! My new favorite heroine(along with Ollie from the "White House Mysteries!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Chicago TV reporter Alex St. James of the Midwest Focus Newsletter is running late for an award ceremony in which she is a nominee so somewhat brushes off her neighbor Evelyn Vicks when the older woman wants to show her something. She does help Evelyn get back into her locked house before racing off to the gala where she watches her former lover, Dan Starck of a rival show win the award. He humiliates her in his rambling speech dubbing her as the engine that could implying no matter how hard she tries she can't with no hint that he stole her story.

When she returns home she learns someone killed Mrs. Vicks whose son Bart insists she help him with probate because the president of the bank where Mrs. Vick work David Dewars insists Bart killed his mother because he needed his inheritance. Alex, who wants to help, is being stalked by a dangerous con just released from prison. As Chicago Police Detective Lulinski investigates, Alex finds she is caught in the dangerous middle even as her older sister Lucy, who suffers from Williams Syndrome, temporarily moves in with her during renovations at the assisted living facility where she lives.

The second "deadly" tale is a terrific investigative thriller starring a likable protagonist whose life becomes quite complicated when her sibling moves in with her, her neighbor is murdered just after speaking with her, and several men enter her life interested in her. The story line is fast-paced and the ending surprising but plausible as readers will count their blessings that Alex is on the case. On top of that is a fascinating coda at a gas station between Alex and Chicago private detective Ron Shade (Michael A. Black's literary sleuth).

Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

Julie Hyzy is the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House Mysteries. She's won the Anthony, Barry, Derringer, and Lovey Awards for her novels and short stories. Her first Manor House Mystery, Grace Under Pressure, earned a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Grace Under Pressure
Grace Interrupted
Grace Among Thieves
Grace Takes Off
Grace Against The Clock (summer, 2014)

State of the Onion
Hail to the Chef
Eggsecutive Orders
Buffalo West Wing
Affairs of Steak
Fonduing Fathers
Home of the Braised

Originally published in hardcover books now available on KINDLE:

Artistic License (standalone romantic suspense)
Deadly Blessings (first in Alex St. James series)
Deadly Interest (second in Alex St. James series)
Dead Ringer (book two-and-a-half in the Alex St. James series, co-written with author Michael A. Black)

Also on KINDLE
Short Story Collection, Volume 1
Writing Dialogue
Deadly Shorts, Alex St. James short stories

Available on KINDLE - under the N.C. Hyzy pseudonym (decidedly less cozy!):
Playing With Matches
Mystery Short Stories, Volume 1
Tracer's Blues

And, under the S.F. Hyzy pseudonym - Science Fiction shorts
Science Fiction Short Stories, Volume 1

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