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- Publication Date: January 10, 2018
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- Language: English
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Prestige, Privilege and Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A week later, the hot guy turns up on her doorstep, in uniform, with his cop partner, to question her about her husband’s murder. Of course she’s Suspect No. 1, what with the pending bitter divorce and all. But there were people way angrier than Stacie who might have wanted him dead.
In addition to murder, the plot also touches on domestic violence and the power of money, sexual harassment in the workplace, complicated familial relationships, and infidelity.
Stacie is an intriguing main character. She’s vulnerable, intelligent, doesn’t take stupid chances, respects the police (and they come to respect her), calls her attorney when necessary and listens to his advice. There’s a sense of unfinished business about her – she wanted to go into counseling, but marriage got in the way, and she ended up working in an insurance office. Sure, it’s a decent living, but she yearns for something more. Her BFF, Jillian, is a strong, solid character, and a good support system for Stacie. I also liked the potential romance angle with Rick Murdock, the cop. He’s respectful of her and really seems to care about her.
I am a big fan of another one of the author’s series (the Cold Creek Mysteries), so was a little nervous starting this one for fear of being disappointed. Sometimes I will love one series by an author and not love the next one. This was a pleasant surprise – it’s well written, the characters are all dimensional, the topics sensitively handled, the ending a surprise. No spoilers, but Ted, the deceased husband, turns out not to be quite as big of a weenie as I initially thought. And Stacie regains custody of Jasper, the family dog, a plus. If you like a quiet little mystery with good characters and a satisfying resolution, give this one a try. I look forward to reading more about Stacie, Jillian, Jasper, and Rick.
I received an ARC from the author, but liked this enough that I bought my own copy. I think this will be a series I will want to revisit.
The author describes the interrogation room perfectly and I was just as nervous as Stacie was when she started being questioned. I always wonder what goes through a detective's head while questioning a suspect. Stacie will soon find out that she has a hard road ahead as the investigation heats up. Stacie's father-in-law is a powerful and intimidating person. He definitely sent shivers down my spine. There is certainly no love lost between him and Stacie. I could picture him as this overbearing man who demanded everything to go his way. He is one person I kept my eye on during the story. Does he know more about Ted's death than he is telling? There does seem to be secrets floating around the family that could raise suspicion for several members.
The author tackles a tough issue dealing with domestic violence in a very graceful way. It is an integral part of the story and one that will leave several people stunned. The description of domestic violence in the story was hard to read about but I'm glad the author shed a light on a topic that needs more awareness. I really liked the story and found it to be intense at times which is exactly what I would expect due to the topic. The author is direct and really does a great job of showing how someone in a battered relationship thinks and feels. I was quite surprised at who the killer was. The book is very well written and I look forward to the next in the series.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.
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