- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564744779
- ISBN-13: 978-1564744777
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,639,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in Los Lobos: A Bella Kowalski Mystery on California's Central Coast Paperback – October 1, 2008
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You have to love a novel about a sewage treatment plant, an ex-nun and a suspiciously familiar small coastal town. But there's more to love here, including a nicely-woven mystery and a darn good read. --Catherine Ryan Hyde, author, Pay it Forward, The Day I killed James
McGinty describes the Central Coast of California so vividly the reader can smell the sea air and feel the fog...a must-read for mystery lovers. --Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series.
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This novel, based on a real life situation in my hometown, was such a kick to write.
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Former nun turned obit writer for the Central Coast Chronicle, Bella Kowalski has no doubt her friend was murdered over the land usage; Bella, having strongly protested against the sewage plant, was forced off the road just before the homicide occurred. Over the objection of her spouse Mike, a former big city cop with a heart problem. Bella considers investigating the homicide. She makes up her mind when the police deem Mike a viable suspect.
This is an engaging relevant regional amateur sleuth that focuses on the debate between nature and development that is in the news today with the oily dig mantra. The dispute drives the story line, but Connie keeps it focused (with help from Mike and their dog Sam). Sub-genre fans will appreciate Sue McGinty's fine whodunit although readers will know which side of the argument she supports.
The characters in this debut novel - the local obit-writer-cum-detective, an ex-nun from Detroit (Murder City, USA); her ex-cop husband, who hails from Chicago (Murder City #2); the main murder victim, a very rich person with sincerely humanitarian values (poor thing); and a panoply of suspects (both likely and unlikely) - come wholly alive in this story sited in a Central California coastal town. The progress of the story and the lively local color it offers combine to keep you glued to the pages as you work your way to the identity of "the doer." And even at the finish, you're still wondering if some new and unexpected twist lies stealthily in wait.
In her debut novel, Sue McGinty has brought us a new and likeable investigatrix, Bella Kowalski (and you'd better make sure you pronounce her name correctly). Let's hope there's more where this comes from.