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Murder Off the Books (Sullivan Investigations Mysteries, No. 1) Paperback – February 1, 2007
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"One howling good whodunit, and a terrific debut. MURDER OFF THE BOOKS offers a plot as twisty and fast as an Irish Wolfhound. Whiskey joins the ranks of beloved four-footed sleuths. Great fun!" --Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of All Mortal Flesh
"Evelyn David's quirky sense of humor sparkles on every page. Murder Off The Books is a clever, witty romp with plenty of twists and surprises. A laudable debut." --Kathryn R. Wall, author, Bishop's Reach
"A fast-paced mystery with a lively and indomitable heroine, a tough-guy hero, and a lovable dog." --JoAnna Carl, author of The Chocolate Bridal Bash
About the Author
Evelyn David has a split personality and an incredible number of out-of-body experiences. Or maybe she's just able to teleport from the East Coast to the middle of the country in the blink of an instant message. Marian Edelman Borden is the Northern half of the mystery-writing duo. She lives in New York, has written eight nonfiction books, edits a magazine for new moms, has four kids, and an imagination that turned deadly when she met Rhonda Dossett, the Southern half of Evelyn David. Rhonda lives in Oklahoma, is the coal administrator for the state, and sees dead bodies - or at least can envision them in mysterious and often hilarious scenarios.
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We have a recently licensed Private Investigator, Maczenzie Sullivan, his trusty partner, Irish Wolfhound, Whiskey as they are fully involved in a stake-out. The coincidences begin. The person being staked-out is the new office manager of Mac's best buddy, Jeff who owns a funeral parlor business. Why is this person being staked out? Because, there is a cool half a million dollars missing from the college, a man is dead, and the insurance company wants their money safe!
Does that sound direct enough? Well, its not as you quickly find out, while laughing aloud, bodies are flying, vehicles are inter-changed, crazed exterminators are out to eradicate, and even kitties are involved. The suspect, you ask? Why, the suspect, is fully championed by his family and friends. In fact that is part of the problem.
This rollicking adventure through Washington, D.C. will have you laughing, amazed at the twists and turns, caught up in the chases, stake-outs, kidnappings, and more. The deaths will startle you, yet this novel can be enjoyed by both cozy murder mystery lovers as well as more edgier fans of the genre.
This novel is available in all formats, so please give it a read, or re-read.
This book would appear to be a "cozy" with the cover featuring a cute dog, but it's a deception. The body count is too high, there's too much violence, even some police brutality. The dog, who is the best part of the book, has an incident of being treated violently.
I would classify it as more of a serial killer thriller, because until the very end, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why some of the victims are killed and because the armchair detective is never given enough information to come close to figuring out who might have "done it."
I regret buying the book - should have tried the library first, or waited for it to come on the used market.
Just when you thnk you've figured it out, this talented author throws in another twist, another turn. Actually Evelyn David is the writing name for two talented writers working together. (Check out the author's Web site to see whom the two authors are).
Mac Sullivan is a retired DC cop who is now setting up his own detective agency. His dog sidekick is an Irish Wolfhound named Whiskey. He's Mac's buddy, his confidant--you get it.
Rachel Brenner is a cat lover who is recently divorced mother of a teen-age son. Her cat helps her through her mid-life crisis, like having to take her skills to work at a funeral home.
P.I. Mac is staking out Rachel's house and following her to work, because her brother (who may or may not be guilty) of murdering his boss.
The fun begins quickly n this zany and fast-paced mystery. P.I. Mac has his new job, Rachel in her job, both starting over to some degree, both learning to copy with the changes.
Of course Mac is good looking--so there's a little romance thrown in for good measure.
I hope this is the first in a long line of Sullivan Investigations Mysteries--and that the next one is ready so I don't have to wait so long to read more about these wonderful characters.
Armchair Interviews says: Great first book from this duo of gifted writers.
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