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Got No Friend Anyhow (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – February 9, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594149321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594149320
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,511,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth “Maxx” Maxwell and her band, Maxximum Blues, are doing well in the Manhattan blues scene, but having a CD to sell would help them get festival bookings. Maxx is working with Rick Schneider of Prowling Rooster Records, her preferred label, to produce the disc, but he disappears just before finishing it. He may have run away with his old girlfriend, Brenda Honeycut. Maxx goes looking for the CD master in Rick’s studio and discovers a pool of dried blood and his pet rooster, Red. The next day she identifies his body at the morgue. The police believe that he was pirating music and became the victim of a Mob feud. Maxx wants to clear his name, so she searches for the real killer and discovers that Rick had some strange business partners and a complicated personal life. The New York music scene is a colorful background for this action-filled story rife with eccentric characters. The rooster adds to the fun. --Barbara Bibel

More About the Author

Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who lives in New Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a doctorate in Medieval Literature, and her publications include a prize-winning nonfiction book. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Peggy's blues mystery, SWEET MAN IS GONE, was published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage in 2008. The sequel, GOT NO FRIEND ANYHOW, appeared in 2011. Both books are now available on Kindle and Amazon Prime. Her short stories have appeared in numerous venues, both print and online, and two story collections are now available on Kindle. As a guitar player, she performs with the Still Standing Band in the New York City area.

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Format: Hardcover
Maxx Maxwell is the lead singer of the Maxximum Blues band. She has big hopes that a CD her boyfriend Rick Schneider is producing for the band will help them with getting gigs in Manhattan. However, when she goes out to his home in Nyack, New York, he is missing. Initial evidence implies he returned to his former girlfriend Brenda Honeycutt, which would break Maxx's heart for the second time; guitar player Sandy being the first.

However, .she becomes concerned when she notices dried blood on the wall in his home. Maxx also wonders what happened to the CD master that should have been in Rick's studio, but is not. Soon after her visit, Rick is found dead executed by a bullet to his head. The cops assume Rick was killed by the mob for selling pirated CDs. However, Maxx has doubts that he would betray her. Wanting her band's master, she starts investigating looking into when Rick played with Meal back in the 1980s; she is stunned to learn two other band members are also dead with two still surviving for now.

The second blues amateur sleuth (see Sweet Man Is Gone) is an enjoyable look at the Manhattan (and Hackensack) music scene in which Peggy Ehrhart describes literally a cutthroat competition with piracy adding to the criminal activity. The story line is fun to follow as the magic of the blues is in murder not music leading to an entertaining gig.

Harriet Klausner
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By Elisabeth on July 19, 2013
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Even better than the first book, "My Sweet Man is Gone". It's not often that series get better as they go on, but Peggy Ehrhart has succeeded. I loved the characters, the locale, the mystery, and the music. I loved it all. And can't wait for more.
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Peggy Ehrhart's Maxx Maxwell books are fun, smart, and cool--like the Blues. Maxx, a hard-working singer with her band she tries to find gigs for and keep together, while waitressing to make ends meet, takes the reader into a world of NYC blues clubs and bars, anywhere a band can find to play. The scenes, landscape, and characters are authentic, even though it's a world most readers may not know. In both Sweet Man Is Gone (her first novel) and Got No Friend Anyhow, Ehrhart convincingly and deftly handles the plot problem of why a person, not a police detective or a PI, should get involved in solving mysterious deaths. Maxx goes her own way, and she cares about people, which makes us care about them too.
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Got No Friend Anyhow (Five Star Mystery Series) is a chilling new mystery by talented author Peggy Ehrhart. The second in the series featuring the beautiful but down-on-her-luck blues singer Maxx Maxwell whose penchant for picking bad boyfriends has, once again, left her without one. This time though, her latest love interest is dead! Ehrhart does a terrific job keeping the reader guessing right to the end. With several suspicious characters that have motive and opportunity, quirky band mates, and a rooster-in-mourning, it's easy to get swept up in this riveting plot!

Elizabeth "Maxx" Maxwell loves singing the blues with her new band Maxximum Blues but when the producer of her band's demo CD turns up dead, Maxx begins an investigation of her own to clear his name and find his killer. As Maxx wades through the array of suspects and unsavory characters to find Rick's killer, she must do so while dodging bullets. Can Maxx find Rick's killer before the killer finds her?

Ehrhart pens her Maxx Maxwell mysteries in the first-person narrative so that the reader can experience first-hand what it's like to be in the middle of the action; to feel like they are inside Maxx's head, experiencing all the emotions and excitement that Maxx is feeling, and seeing exactly what Maxx is seeing. But Ehrhart's real talent lies in her descriptive prose which, not only sets the scene for Maxx's surroundings but are so filled with detail that the reader is immediately transported into every dangerous, suspenseful situation in which Maxx finds herself. With all the adrenaline pumping thrills of a high speed chase, Got No Friend Anyhow is a good old fashion mystery that will keep you entertained right to the end.
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