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A Shot to Die For: An Ellie Foreman Mystery, Book 4 Audible – Unabridged

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By Laurel Johnson on September 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Old fans and new will surely be delighted with this fourth in the Ellie Foreman mystery series. This one begins and ends with a mystery.

This time around, Ellie is scouting locations for a documentary video to be shot at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva is an enclave populated by powerful, influential "old money" families cocooned inside their mansions for generations. Ellie expects a leisurely shoot, free of the danger and murder she seems to attract like a magnet. As she returns home, her thoughts are on daughter Rachel, now 15 and not so easy for a single mom to

handle. At a rest area between Lake Geneva and Chicago, Ellie overhears a cell phone conversation and pauses to converse with a troubled young woman. Seconds later, a pick up truck speeds past and the woman standing beside her is shot. A shaken Ellie vows she won't get involved this time but one clue leads to another until she's up to her eyebrows in a murder mystery germinating for thirty years.

Ellie's widowed father and her best friend Susan Siler try to warn her off the hunt for clues, but she needs a distraction. Ex-husband Barry has his girlfriend du jour. Rachel is spending more time with Barry and his girlfriend than she is at home. Her lover David Linden has been less than attentive. And her old friend Fouad has worries of his own. So sleuthing

it is, in the best Ellie Foreman style.

What do the death of a young girl thirty years ago and the recent sniper incident have in common? The deeper Ellie digs for truth the worse it looks for Luke Sutton. The feelings Luke ignites in Ellie are more powerful than anything she ever felt with David.
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Video producer Ellie Foreman was drinking a Diet Coke and relaxing outside of a Wisconsin rest stop when a shot rings out and drops the woman standing next to her. Even though Ellie had just exchanged a few friendly words with Daria Flynn Ellie is content to let the police handle the case while she films a documentary about a former Playboy Bunny resort. However, the detective ("Columbo on Xanax") seems suspicious of Ellie and the pleas from Daria's mother and sister push Ellie into looking closer at the shooting. If there's one thing Ellie knows it's Mother's Guilt, and Ellie finds herself investigating Daria's last boyfriend, Luke Sutton of the powerful Sutton family. Recovering from a betrayal by a boyfriend Ellie finds herself reluctantly drawn to the charming but troubled man even as her friends warn her off when Luke begins to look guilty for past crimes involving his family.

This fourth Ellie Foreman mystery continues to display the same wit, suspense, and thoughtfulness seen in the previous novels. Ellie's family once again plays a major role as her teenage daughter has a masters in the art of manipulation and is becoming close to Ellie's ex-husband's new girlfriend who just happens to be an ex-Playboy Bunny. When Ellie's own father shares a secret that shakes her to the core it forces her to look closely at the relationships within her family. Hellmann has created a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating read in a series that continues to delight and engage the reader.
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Ellie Foreman is a documentary filmmaker. She stops at a rest stop on her way home from scouting shoot locations. She overhears a distressing phone call and engages in conversation with the woman. Before Ellie realizes it, the woman, Daria, is shot in a drive-by sniper shooting.

Since Ellie was the last person to speak to her, the police talk to her at length. Then Daria's mother and sister visit asking Ellie for any information she has as to why Daria was shot. They ask her assistance in finding out more.

When Ellie does a little digging, she finds a murder from thirty years ago and wonders what the connection might be. She also meets Luke Sutton. Ellie finds herself attracted to him, but she is concerned because he seems to be very involved in these murders. She works harder to uncover the truth, hoping to clear Luke in the process.

I had never read any books in this series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others. Ellie is a very likeable character. The setting is well written and inviting. I found this to be a book you kept wanting to read to find out who did it and why. I highly recommend this book.

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Ellie Foreman is on her way back to Chicago from shooting a video at a newly renovated Lake Geneva resort when she has a quick conversation with a woman at a roadside rest stop. A van pulls up and someone inside the van shoots the woman dead. Ellie is a reluctant witness, and even more reluctantly agrees to investigate the incident for the family of the murdered woman. This investigation pulls Ellie into some ancient history in Lake Geneva, and (once again) she finds herself at personal risk.

Hellmann is a good plotter. She has the ability to give enough of a sense of place for the reader to feel connected without also being overwhelmed by the details. While I enjoy her characters, I do sometimes find that Ellie worries about things that wouldn't faze me while ignoring situations that would have me blowing a gasket. This does make me examine Ellie's motivations, and sometimes I find that Ellie is behaving more in character than I had thought at first glance. A SHOT TO DIE FOR is the fourth book in a series that keeps improving.
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