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by Lisa Bork

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7387-1866-8
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn

Buyer’s remorse is the order of the day as an upstate New York car dealer confronts murder and mayhem.

Three years ago, she gave up on her marriage to sheriff’s deputy Ray Parker because she couldn’t risk passing on her mother’s bipolar genes to the child he desperately wanted. Now, all Jolene Asdale asks is to be one of the Finger Lakes region’s business successes. But the CEO of the Hughes grocery chain backs out of his deal to buy the 2006 Ferrari Spider she’s selling when accountant Tim Lapham’s body falls out of the front seat. Brennan Rowe refuses to make good the $759,000 she bid for the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster at auction. And Stanley Oliver thinks Jolene owes him more than $10,000 in damages for the DeLorean he ordered but won’t pay for since joy riders took it for a test drive. Nor is business the dealer’s only source of anxiety. Her sister Erica is missing from the inpatient psych center, and her companion in flight looks suspiciously like the thug who’s been robbing local convenience stores. But her biggest problem is Ray, who’s back on the scene investigating Tim’s murder. Ray, who has commitment issues of his own, gave luscious Catherine Thomas a diamond but can’t seal the deal with a proposal. Much as Jolene regrets leaving Ray—she never filed the divorce papers he signed—she can’t reconcile with a guy who thinks she might be a cold-blooded killer.

Bork juggles multiple puzzles deftly in her witty debut.