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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463503652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463503659
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,249,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Alexander spent part of her life as a stay-at-home mom, constantly in pursuit of the elusive part-time job. Thanks to her law degree from Harvard, she was often able to find part-time work, allowing her to keep in touch with the working world while she spent most of her time with her young children. Susan has worked as a lawyer in the public interest and has served as a federal judge’s law clerk, an arbitrator, a law school professor, and a consultant on legal writing. She also spent several less than exhilarating years working at three Chicago law firms. A writer since childhood, Susan now focuses primarily on writing. Her writing has appeared in a wide array of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, The San Francisco Daily Journal, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and a host of other professional and mainstream publications. She was the first editor of The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, and her short story “Neglect” was a winner in Chicago Lawyer magazine’s first annual fiction competition. Susan lives in San Francisco. Her first novel, A Quicker Blood, was published in 2009. Please see the listing for A Quicker Blood, including many 5-star customer reviews, on Amazon.com.

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This is a cleverly plotted book and the ending satisfies.
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The main character, Alison Ross,is very likeable, and the description of her life is filled with realistic insights.
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The book kept me turning pages until I finally got to the startling twists at the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BJR on September 13, 2011
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This is a book that you will find hard to put down. The young woman who is the main character is extremely endearing, as she struggles with the difficulties of managing her marriage, her young children, and a passion for her work--and also in the way that she shares her fears and insecurities. The mystery plot is quite wonderful, with many convincing but ultimately false leads. The solution to the mystery is both surprising and satisfying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Shore on August 28, 2011
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I can't wait to finish this 2nd novel; so I'm jumping the gun on writing a review. A Quicker Blood, her first, was filled with interesting, flesh and blood characters and plenty of plot twists. So far, this hits the mark and promises even more to the mystery reader. Susan Alexander creates memorable female characters. Her descriptive locations become a real presence in her work and function well as an additional character in the plot.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JTK Chicago on February 6, 2012
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Jealous Mistress is a great read. While the story takes place in the 1980s on Chicago's North Shore, the issues are both contemporary and important. A young mother, in a great marriage, struggles between fulfilling the potential of her education and her wish to be at home with her young daughters. In the midst of this real dilemma, she stumbles upon a mystery she can't resist. And she pursues the clues wherever they take her with brains and bravery--and does it without a cell phone! The plot twists are smart and the ending is a surprise. This book has the suspense of a unexpected thriller with a heroine whose life feels real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JHM on November 15, 2011
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Susan Alexander's first novel, A Quicker Blood, set the bar high, but she demonstrates again with her new novel, Jealous Mistress, that she is an extraordinarily gifted story teller. Susan has created another strong and very real female character with whom we (males and females alike) can all identify. I was totally immersed in the story and could not put the book down until I had finished. I am looking forward to a sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JS5 on November 9, 2011
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An engrossing read with a gutsy, likeable heroine. This "whodunit" offers many paths, and just when you think you know the story, guess again. It also captures the bind for women in the early 1980s (and today), who long for fulfillment both professionally and in their home life. Here, Alison finds a way to blaze her own trail so she can be who she needs to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MSS Nashville on February 9, 2012
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Susan Alexander has a knack for creating characters who are believable...the kinds we encounter every day. Her genius, though, is that she takes these characters and instills in them a quirk that drives a riveting story line. For the main character Alison Ross, it is an unquenchable curiosity. This trait leads her to unexpected and often times dangerous situations. For readers, the result is a great read filled with lots of suspenseful moments on the way to finding the real killer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merry Crafter on December 15, 2011
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A great read! The story of a suburban mother who makes a grisly discovery at her daughter's nursery school really drew me in. I strongly related to the author's portrayal of a smart, driven woman who is taking time out from her law career to raise her kids but ends up becoming a part-time private eye to sleuth out a killer. The way the protagonist balances her home life with her investigation of the sinister crime makes for interesting tension as the story develops.

Most of all, I loved the way the main character peeled back the onion-like layers of depravity in her seemingly quiet suburban community. The book kept me turning pages until I finally got to the startling twists at the end.

If you like this book, definitely pick up the author's earlier novel, A Quicker Blood. It's a suspenseful thriller. Both books are highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Gerald E. Kuroghlian on October 26, 2011
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While the setting of JEALOUS MISTRESS is the north shore of Chicago in the 1980's the central character's conflict between family and vocation is one with which contemporary mom's can relate. Arriving at her daughter's day care facility and finding its director dead sets the main character off on a journey replete with Christie like clues and hair pin turns in the plot. I am developing as a devoted fan of Ms Alexander and hope she continues to create additional characters that are so well developed.
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More About the Author

Susan Alexander is an erstwhile lawyer who focuses primarily on writing. She has worked as a lawyer in the public interest as well as a federal judge's law clerk, an arbitrator, a law school professor, and a consultant on legal writing. She also spent several less than exhilarating years working at three Chicago law firms.

Susan spent part of her life as a stay-at-home mom, constantly in pursuit of the elusive part-time job. Thanks to her law degree from Harvard, she was often able to find part-time work, allowing her to keep in touch with the working world while she spent most of her time with her young children. Susan's experience parallels that of the protagonist in her second novel, Jealous Mistress.

Susan's first novel, A Quicker Blood, is a suspense-packed thriller published in 2009. The listing on Amazon.com includes many 5-star customer reviews. Her second novel, Jealous Mistress, is an exciting murder mystery with more than one shocking twist. Published in 2011, it has also garnered many 5-star customer reviews on Amazon.com.

Susan's non-fiction writing has appeared in a wide array of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, The San Francisco Daily Journal, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and a host of other professional and mainstream publications. She was the first editor of The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, and her short story "Neglect" was a winner in Chicago Lawyer magazine's first annual fiction competition.

A complete list of Susan's publications appears on her website, susanalexander.com, and her blog, Susan Just Writes. Susan spent most of her life in Chicago but now lives and writes in San Francisco.

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