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Karen McCullough is the author of ten published novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and fantasy genres and has won numerous awards, including an Eppie Award for fantasy. She’s also been a four-time Eppie finalist, and a finalist in the Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, Scarlett Letter, and Vixen Awards contests. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications in the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. Her most recent release is A GIFT FOR MURDER, published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale Group Mysteries. She invites visitors to check out her home on the web at http://www.kmccullough.com and her site for the Market Center Mysteries series, http://www.marketcentermysteries.com
on Nov. 22, 2013 :
Commerce and chaos collide when a company executive is found dead in a dumpster during the huge Gifts and Decorations trade show. Murder? Most likely. The suspect? The victim’s wife. But Heather McNeil, assistant to the director of the Commerce & Market Show Center in D.C. (and the person who found the body), doesn't believe the beautiful trophy wife killed her less-than-faithful husband.
With nothing more than gut instinct to guide her, Heather moves into amateur sleuth mode as she gathers facts about the victim and the events leading up to his death. But trying to uncover the culprit and keep the investigation separate from her job proves tricky indeed. Help comes in the form of handsome security guard, Scott Brandon, who used to be a cop. Soon, though, not only is Heather’s job in jeopardy but her life and Scott’s life as well.
This is a fun, fast-paced read that takes you deep into the world of a trade show and the workings of a convention center. The list of suspects grows and then narrows. All the while, Heather manages the madness on the showroom floor, dealing with anything from an angel display gone awry to the smell of burnt popcorn from an overzealous promoter. Heather is smart and capable, and the rising respect and attraction she has for Scott adds fuel to the story. This is the first book in the Market Center Mysteries series by Karen McCullough, who proves that she clearly has a gift for mystery--and for murder!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)