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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Great fun – until somebody turns up dead... Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Series by Cassidy Salem

"This was a great story! The characters were so personable, and even the secondary characters were memorable and interesting. The story line was good and the steady pacing kept the reader involved as Adina gathered clues. With so many possibilities, it was impressive watching her work! Don’t miss this one – and see if you can guess “whodunit”!!!" Emily, Goodreads

Description:

Think Murder (#1) 

Good friends, wine and conversation… Great fun – until somebody turns up dead.

Adina Donati came to Washington D.C. to find excitement, not a dead body. When a friend is murdered, Adina is drawn into the middle of the police investigation. Tensions rise as the suspect list expands to include Adina, her friends, and colleagues at the prestigious think tank where she works. But every cloud has a silver lining. 

Between the nice detective, the hot new volunteer at the dog rescue center, and the newly available preppy ex-boyfriend, Adina’s dating dry spell appears near its end. That is, if she doesn’t become the next victim. 

EXCERPT

“I understand that this is upsetting, however I need you to think back to what you saw. Close your eyes. Try to remember and describe everything you did and saw from the time you entered the restroom.” 

I took a deep breath and let it out slowly, then described the scene to him to the best of my recollection. I could almost envision the restroom as it had been when I entered. The white sinks, the gray and white swirly wall tiles, and the open stall doors. Seemingly empty, until I approached the end stall. 

It all came back to me and I started to tremble. “Hilary was laying on the floor, on her side, her hair falling into that pool of blood. Shockingly red and dark in contrast to the cool gray of the ceramic floor tiles.” Something wasn’t right, “Something bright green in her hair?”

I opened my eyes to find the detective watching me. He nodded. “You did great.”

Dying For Data (#2) 

A rival suitor and a deadly attack are enough to put a damper on any date.

A romantic evening with a hot guy goes downhill fast when dinner is interrupted by the scream of sirens and the arrival of Adina's favorite police detective. Afraid her bartender boyfriend might be accused of murder, Adina's neighbor enlists her assistance, and in the process exposes her to the seamier side of illegal immigration and crime in the city. Hard as she tries to limit her involvement, the more Adina learns, the more she needs to know - until a case of mistaken identity lands her in hot water. Will she uncover the truth before it's too late? 

EXCERPT

At first I thought Tony might just be a slob, that is until I saw the drawers were almost empty and the bed was made. The closet door was open, with empty hangers on the rod and an assortment of clothing and shoes on the floor.

Scattered photographs littered the top of the bureau. I was examining them when Elena entered the room. Her eyes opened wide as she looked around the room.

“Elena, was Tony’s room normally this messy?”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so. At least not from what I saw the few times he left his door open.” Then she saw the photos in my hand.

“It might not be cool for me to be snooping around in here, but these photos were out in the open,” I said. “Some of these are pretty old. Probably family members. Do you know who any of these people are?”

Elena picked up a color photo of a younger version of Rafael and another guy, both clad in jeans and t-shirts.

“This one I know. That’s Rafael and Tony. When Tony first came to America.”

The family resemblance was pronounced. Both had the same dark hair, dark eyes, and lean build. Unless the camera lied, Tony had a more prominent, crooked nose — almost as if it had been broken. Without a doubt, Rafael was the taller and more handsome of the two men.

“How long has Tony been here?”

“I think five years. Rafael told me Tony came to study computers and didn’t finish. When his visa ran out, he just stayed.”

Killer Reputation (#3) 

Adina can’t resist snooping when someone she knows turns up dead. Again. 

When a colleague at a prestigious think tank meets a violent death, Adina’s not convinced any of the obvious suspects disliked him enough to want him dead. Can the young research assistant, her quirky neighbor, and a lovable rescue pup help the police put together the pieces of the puzzle?

Killer Reputation is the third mystery in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Series by Cassidy Salem. The books are standalone reads and can be read in any order. 

EXCERPT

“Patrick, we saw the commotion at your house yesterday. How are you feeling? What happened?” Lynda asked.

“Fine. Just a headache. No big deal.” 

“From what we heard it certainly was a big deal. I thought the neighborhood was safe. And, here you get clocked by someone from behind. Scary. I might have to rethink my early morning runs.” 

“I wouldn’t worry too much if I were you.” 

“Any idea who it was or why?” I asked. 

“Clueless. Probably some random crazy.” He looked at the floor. 

“Let’s hope the attacker doesn’t come back.” Jonathan looked at Lynda and me. “Keep alert.” 

Patrick’s eyes darted from left to right as he searched the room. When his eyes suddenly lit up, I followed his gaze to the entrance where Mona Blackwell stood. Mona, an exotic, dark-haired beauty worked in the Foreign Policy department. Her long hair was swept up on one side into an elegant knot. 

Patrick’s smile belied his admiration for the woman. His smile disappeared as quickly as it had appeared when a handsome man in his late-thirties took her arm and guided her into the room. She was accompanied by her husband, Gavin Blackwell, a successful criminal defense lawyer. 

About the author: 
Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional) and police procedurals. Over the years, her favorite mystery authors have included Agatha Christie, Kathy Reichs, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Grisham. When she's not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Cassidy is the author of the Adina Donati Mystery Series, which includes Think Murder, Dying for Data, and Killer Reputation. Cassidy co-authors, together with Christa Nardi, a YA mystery series, which includes The Mysterious Package, Mrs. Tedesco's Missing Cookbook, The Misplaced Dog, and Malicious Mischief. 

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2 comments:

Stephanie LaPlante said...

These books sound very interesting. The covers are super cute.

Nancy P said...

Cute cover