What Doesn't Kill You, The Mystery

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Lauren Beck’s phone, home, credit and credibility are gone, severed with surgical precision by an enemy intent on framing her for murder. Is it one of the insureds she was hired to investigate? A fellow employee she upstaged? Does her landlady's daughter hate her even more than she thought?
Whoever targeted her should beware. A former cop and cancer survivor knows how to fight for her life. More

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About Donna Huston Murray

Donna Huston Murray’s mystery/suspense novel WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, the first Lauren Beck Crime Novel, had an especially lucky month. Following inclusion in the Smashwords Bouchercon thumb-drive promotion, it garnered Honorable mention for genre fiction from the 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Awards. Earlier, Murray’s cozy mystery FINAL ARRANGEMENTS (originally published by St. Martin’s Press) simultaneously achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list and #1 for Female Sleuths. The series opener, THE MAIN LINE IS MURDER attained #2 for Female Sleuths. Murray’s work can also be found in the Edgar-award winning companion book, THE FINE ART OF MURDER, and the LETHAL LADIES I and II anthologies by Berkley. Donna and her husband live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area and have two adult children.

Also in Series: The Lauren Beck Crime Novels

Reviews

Review by: Susan Lehman on Nov. 05, 2012 :
The book introduces us to a new gutsy, independent female role model, who takes life's lemons and makes really sour lemonade. Yet she triumphs in this breezy, curl up in a big chair with a cup of tea, thriller. I look forward to more exciting adventures with Lauren Beck.

Susan Lehman
Assistant Professor TV/Film
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan Lehman on Nov. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The book introduces us to a new gutsy, independent female role model, who takes life's lemons and makes really sour lemonade. Yet she triumphs in this breezy, curl up in a big chair with a cup of tea, thriller. I look forward to more exciting adventures with Lauren Beck.

Susan Lehman
Assistant Professor TV/Film
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan Lehman on Nov. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The book introduces us to a new gutsy, independent female role model, who takes life's lemons and makes really sour lemonade. Yet she triumphs in this breezy, curl up in a big chair with a cup of tea, thriller. I look forward to more exciting adventures with Lauren Beck.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Barrett on Oct. 04, 2012 :
Lauren Beck, a young ex-cop newly hired as a special investigator for a large insurance company in Landis, Pennsylvania, has recently survived a major battle with cancer. After Beck helps a dear friend, Corinne, cope with the same illness, Corinne dies and Beck is accused of her murder. Beck finds herself the target of a vicious and deviously clever enemy who deprives her of her resources (including her home and all her money) in a way calculated to frame her for Corinne’s murder.
If you enjoy Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, you will love Lauren Beck--a strong-minded, intelligent, and gutsy heroine with the enlightened life-focus of someone who has narrowly escaped death. Beck is a genuine and complex character with just enough humor and vulnerability to make her immediately likeable. This is an intriguing mystery with no drag in pace or suspense. Beck faces one obstacle after another, and just as one seems to be overcome, another takes its place. But she perseveres until she uncovers a crime so heinous that it shocks even her jaded sensibilities.
CURED is a wonderful start to a new series by Donna Huston Murray. I am already hooked on Lauren Beck and cannot wait for the next installment.


Kathleen Anne Barrett
President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and author of the Milwaukee Mystery Series and three Thumbprint Mysteries.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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