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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No viable suspects, no decent leads - Death by Romance by Anne Kennison

The murder of Gordon Taylor, prominent businessman and philanthropist, has Detective Ryan Hamlin stumped. No viable suspects, no decent leads. When a chance conversation breaks the case wide open, Detective Hamlin suddenly has a long list of unlikely suspects who...

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The murder of Gordon Taylor, prominent businessman and philanthropist, has Detective Ryan Hamlin stumped. No viable suspects, no decent leads. When a chance conversation breaks the case wide open, Detective Hamlin suddenly has a long list of unlikely suspects who, with a "perfectly legal" multimillion dollar investment to protect, must make sure that none of them is convicted or everything will be lost. That's when the deception and finger-pointing begin. The detective is certain he's headed down the path that will lead to the killer, but is he?

EXCERPT

The coroner stood up and backed away from the car to give Ryan a clear view into the front seat. “Single bullet through the head.”

“Robbery?”

“Nope. His wallet is in his back pocket. Nearly a thousand bucks in cash.”

“That’s more than the balance in my savings account. Guess I should have been a titan of industry instead of a lowly crime fighter.” Ryan paused, wondering briefly what it would be like to have that much money in his wallet. He shrugged off the thought. “Suicide?”

“Nope. No gun. This snow is going to make the investigation a real bitch, isn’t it?”

“They’re never easy, are they?” Ryan removed his hat and peered into the car. “Jesus, what a mess.” The detective ran his fingers through his hair, set the hat back on his head, and gave the crown a sound tap as if to lodge it firmly in place. He slowly and carefully surveyed the area. Red and blue lights from patrol cars splashed across the snow as men and women in uniform, beneficiaries of the industry of homicide, went about their business. The corpses of those who died mysteriously meant job security for cops, coroners, lab techs.

Ryan was tired of it. He was tired of the death, tired of the greed. Tired of the dark side of humanity. Maybe retirement wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Ryan reached into his pocket and, with as much thought as he gave breathing, popped the top off the antacid bottle that was always in his pocket, extracted two tablets, tossed them into his mouth, and chewed. He turned his attention back to Sommerville. “Who found the body?”

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About the author:
Anne Kennison’s unique plot twist comes from a fertile imagination honed by 20-plus years as a trusts and estates attorney. Now retired from the practice of law, Anne lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Dale and two Ragdoll cats Grady and Elliott. When she’s not writing the sequel to Death by Romance, Anne loves to travel, dabble in photography, and spend time with her two adorable granddaughters.

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16 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I love a good murder mystery!

Victoria Alexander said...

I love mystery books and this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Ree Dee said...

Another good excerpt! Thank you!

Angie D said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks!

Betty Woodrum said...

I enjoyed the interview! Thank you for sharing!

Jan Lee said...

I love mystery stories; this looks like an awesome book. I'd love to read it when it's in print :)

Anne Kennison said...

Thanks so much for featuring my book. I'm thrilled that people are enjoying the excerpt. Jan Lee, the book is in print! It's available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.

Best,
Anne

nurmawati djuhawan said...

thx u for hosting :)

Arf2-D2 said...

Great excerpt. I liked the phrase "beneficiaries of the industry of homicide," - it gives an interesting twist/imagery to the job of law enforcement/homicide.

Anne Kennison said...

Hi, Art2-D2 --

I'm so glad you liked the excerpt. I hope you read the whole book and like it just as much.

Best,
Anne K.

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! Can't wait to read this book!

Anne Kennison said...

Hi, Ally --

Thanks! I hope you love the book. Let me know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon.

Best,
Anne

Dan Denman said...

I like the cover and excerpt of the book. This sounds like a good mystery.

Anne Kennison said...

Thanks, Dan --

I like the cover, too. Sometimes people ask if those are my legs. I wish!

I hope you'll have a chance to read Death by Romance. Let me know what you think by leaving a review.

Best,
Anne