DONE TO DEATH by Charles Atkins


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The show must go on when a television hostess’s murder sends a sleuthing couple behind the scenes to determine which of her enemies had the most to gain from her demise.

In their time together, Ada Strauss and Lil Campbell have faced more than the challenges of being an aging same-sex couple. They've had to turn amateur investigators countless times (Best Place to Die, 2013, etc.) to solve the mysteries that keep popping up in little Grenville, Connecticut. When Lil receives an email from Lenore Says producer Barry Stromstein asking for more information about her “Cash or Trash” antiques column, she has no idea that more of the same awaits. Barry, under pressure to pitch something different to demanding host Lenore Parks, has taken inspiration from Ada and Lil about how to save his job. After a quick meeting with the two, he comes up with a mix of “Antiques Roadshow meets The Hunger Games on the set of Gilmore Girls” whereby each estate sale turns into a fierce competition. With Ada in place as the host, Barry is sure Final Reckoning will be a hit even though Lenore’s unimpressed. The show’s barely gone into production, however, when Lenore is gunned down in her dressing room. Though suspicion falls on Barry, whose relationship with the mercurial host was less than ideal, public speculation is that Lenore’s unstable daughter, Rachel, may have had a hand in her murder. With Lenore’s other child, Richard, serving as both Barry’s co-producer and Rachel’s only ally, Lil and Ada aren’t sure where to start in their own informal review of suspects and leads.

It doesn’t take much effort to finger the culprit, but Atkins continues to provide the blend of plot development and well-rounded characters that makes the series so successful.

Pub Date: July 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7278-8374-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Severn House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2014


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