Reminiscent of the many mysteries featuring spunky female amateur sleuths that the New York houses used to churn out.
Russell has crafted a sharp, creative, and thoroughly-rounded character in Billingsley. --Foreword Clarion Reviews
This story is not just a murder mystery. It is one that wraps around business and the woes of a woman trying to move forward in this world. --Midwest Book Review
...a fun indulgent picaresque for a rainy weekend. --San Francisco Book Review
Nola is a refreshingly original sleuth: a woman who loves to shop almost as much as she likes to drink scotch, comfortable in her own skin, but haunted by her past, a feminist who embraces romance and sex. --Bostonia
From the Author
I have tried to produce a good read for professional women to take along on those long, lonely flights. Although what I wrote is a light, irreverent story, it is set in a very serious industry that has produced enormous value, especially in the healthcare field. A Pointed Death is intended as sort of a cockeyed tribute. I was privileged to work in biotechnology from the early days through a quarter century of amazing discovery and progress. Women were a part of this journey from the beginning, and it was not exactly a smooth road. I channeled these women when I created Nola Billingsley, and that is why she is spunky, witty, clever, persistent and unafraid. I want everyone in bioscience today to remember the pioneering females, not just the scientists, but the managers, bankers, venture capitalists, stock analysts, fund managers, journalists, lawyers, accountants, lobbyists and communicators who helped build a new industry.This book is dedicated to the entrepreneurial women of bioscience. While producing great value, you have kept your dignity and your sense of humor.