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The Step Between by [Penny Mickelbury]

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In her third outing, African-American lawyer-turned-detective Carole Ann Gibson is still recovering from the death of her husband, Al Crandall, who was murdered in One Must Wait, the first novel in the series. Carole Ann and her partner, Jake Graham, a former cop, run a highly technical detective agency specializing in surveillance in Washington, D.C. Wealthy businessman Richard Islington hires Carole Ann to investigate the disappearance of his daughter, Annabelle, a young woman who has been estranged from her mother, Islington's ex-wife, and who has now seemingly deserted her father for some unknown reason. Meanwhile, Jake decides to take the case of OnShore Manufacturing, which has hired him to investigate a large corporation looking to take over the company. The two cases appear straightforward, until Jake's wife, Grace, is abducted and hints arise that Jake's two investigations may be connected. Mickelbury's prose is uneven, with some nail-biting episodes followed by dull interludes, and the characters just don't excite interest, except for Ruthie Eva, Annabelle's mother, who has managed to create a successful if somewhat unhappy life for herself. Several murders, a large warehouse fire and a finale in the Maryland woods can't rescue a muddled tale containing little spark or personality. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy. (Feb.)
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Carole Ann Gibson, the Washington attorney who turned to sleuthing after her husband's death, makes her third appearance. Hired to locae a wealthy man's missing daughter, Gibson discovers three bodies and a kidnapping. More action, excitement, and suspense from the author of Where to Choose.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00H5F2U38
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Original ed. edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 17, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1966 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
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Penny Mickelbury’s newest novel, BELLE CITY, is her first non-mystery to be published. It is a novel of the South, and like many Southern stories, family is the focus—along with race and land. BELLE CITY spans two World Wars, Jim Crow, the Great Depression, and enters the high-tech 21st century. The story ends almost where it begins, asking—and answering—the question: Whose land is it? Penny is best known as the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series: The Carol Ann Gibson Mysteries, the Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries, and the Philip Rodriguez Mysteries. She also is an accomplished playwright. Before turning to writing full time, Penny was a pioneering newspaper, radio and television reporter, based primarily in Washington, D.C., an experience which provided the basis for her richly-drawn characters and their myriad experiences. Her short stories have been included in several anthologies and collections, among them “Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime and Suspense Fiction (Paula Woods, Ed.),“The Mysterious Naiad” (Grier and Forrest, Ed.), “Shades of Black: Original Mystery Fiction by African-American Writers (Eleanor Taylor Bland, Ed.), and “Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail (Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons, Eds.) She also has contributed articles to several mystery magazines and publications. The Carole Ann Gibson books are published in French and German, and the series won the Prix du Roman d’Adventures award given by French publishers. “Night Songs,” and “Darkness Descending,” the second and fourth Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione novels, were Lambda Literary Award finalists; and “Paradise Interrupted,” the fourth Carole Ann Gibson book, was the winner of the 2001 Golden Pen Award for best mystery, given by the National Black Writers Alliance. Mickelbury was a resident writer at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat, and she is the 2003 recipient of the Audre Lorde Estate Grant. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a fifth generation Georgian.

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