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Murder in the Collective (The Pam Nilsen Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Wilson
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Book Description

Seattle printing collective owner Pam Nilsen is on the case when a member of the group turns up dead before a controversial merger

Pam Nilsen and her twin sister, Penny, inherited Best Printing four years ago when their parents died in a car crash. Unwilling to sell their family legacy, the sisters turned it into a collective run by a cadre of activists whose arguments over the business can be just as impassioned as their support for progressive causes. But internal divisions at the collective pale in comparison to those between Seattle typesetters B. Violet and Moby Dick—once a single company that has since broken apart into an all-female (and lesbian-run) company, and an all-male (and quickly bankrupt) operation.

Shortly after Best Printing and B. Violet begin discussing a merger, the offices of the typesetter are ransacked, one of their members nowhere to be found. Then an employee of Best Printing is found murdered. It appears as if someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to prevent the merger. And it’s up to Pam to get to the bottom of this deadly turn of events before the killer strikes again.

Murder in the Collective 
is the first book in the Pam Nilsen Mystery trilogy, which continues with Sisters of the Road and The Dog Collar Murders.

Editorial Reviews


“The narrative is engrossing, evenly paced, and refreshingly unique.” —Booklist

“The action never lets up, the writing is taut and smart, and every time a cute, pat solution for a situation arises, Wilson steers clear.” —Voice Literary Supplement

“A strong, witty and very well-written book.” —Time Out London

“A radical stab in the back for that tired old genre, the whodunit. We all did it, that’s the point of a collective.” —The Listener

About the Author

Barbara Wilson is the pen name under which Barbara Sjoholm has published the Cassandra Reilly Mysteries and the Pam Nilsen Mysteries. Gaudí Afternoon, of the Cassandra Reilly series, won a Lambda Literary Award and a Crime Writers' Association Award, and was made into a film by the same name. Like her detective Cassandra Reilly, Sjoholm is a translator, but of Norwegian and Danish books. In addition to her fiction and the memoir Blue Windows, Sjoholm is the author of the travel books The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea, Incognito Street, and The Palace of the Snow Queen. Her essays have appeared in theAmerican Scholar, Harvard Review, the New York Times, Smithsonian, and Slate, among other publications.

For more about Barbara Sjoholm, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3WL5K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not expected... September 13, 2000
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I found this mystery on the sale shelf of a local bookstore. Even though the book was written over a decade ago it isn't dated. I enjoyed Barbara Wilson's characters and her infusion of geopolitics. Nothing felt contrived or cliche, which of course is rare for mysteries.
I especially liked her sleuth Pam Nilson. The characters, dialogue and the plot all seemed logical. My only minor complaint would be with the climax, which seemed a bit of a letdown, but otherwise I can recommend this msytery.
I look forward to reading other books in this series and also her other mystery series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $ March 23, 2014
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Superficially constructed characters. Stereotypical lesbians Fran the "man" dyke; softball players. I didn't care about a single character. Police who couldn't solve their way out of a donut box . What kind of a publishing company would pay cash money for this? No suspense; tenuous storyline; weak characters;waste of time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Expected March 15, 2014
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What a screwed up group of characters. Don't expect a true murder mystery, it's more of a story about one person trying to figure herself out and playing detective.
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2.0 out of 5 stars RATING June 16, 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I bought it! June 13, 2014
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A waste of time, too many jumps in story line and way too much info on intimacy. I am a mystery fan, but this one didn't cut it with me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 15, 2014
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I enjoy reading fiction in which I find at least one character to relate to, or at least like. Unfortunately, none of those who people these pages elicit any sympathy, or even interest, from me. I have not yet finished the book, picking it up again only when I am without other reading material (including cereal boxes or product warning labels) and may never find out who murdered the perhaps fortunate victim. At least he did not have to endure these dull characters all the way through the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOMEWHAT RESERVED May 14, 2014
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Took me a while to get into it. A lot of characters, not fully fleshed out. I haven't finished it yet.
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