Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: A Killer Column - 2nd in the By the Numbers Mystery series
Author: Casey Mayes
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Paranormal/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Raleigh NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Casey's Website/Blog: www.timmyers.net (writing as Casey Mayes)
A puzzle maker’s mind should be able to sift through clues and speculation fairly easily. Unfortunately Savannah Stone, along with her husband Zach and friend Jenny, is having a hard time clearing her name as a murder suspect…
Her puzzle syndicator, Derrick, has not only summoned her to Raleigh for a meeting but others he held contracts with, too. Some are being fired while others are having their contracts sold. No one is happy, including Savannah. In fact, someone is unhappy enough to have killed Derrick, who no one liked very much to begin with. As luck would have it, Savannah is the one who finds his body making her number one suspect.
Needless to say, she and her husband are going to investigate. They’re checking every angle, every alibi of those on Derrick’s list and they’re not making any progress. The pieces aren’t fitting. They can’t dismiss anyone as a suspect, yet. Who had the most to gain? Who had the most to lose? Knowing how much of a jerk Derrick was, Savannah knows it could be most anyone.
With these questions looming over their heads, they have another scary situation to deal with for Jenny. They have their hands full, to say the least.
Perhaps now is the time to make a few drastic moves in order to be able to put the final pieces in place.
Here we have Savannah and Zach who are a team in every sense of the word. With their heads together they have to think clearly and of course much smarter than Derricks other (ex) clients. Too bad those who were treated like dirt by Derrick are hiding layer after layer of secrets; from Savannah and Zach as well as the detective on this case.
This is obviously a well thought out and plotted series. I didn’t even try too hard (I wouldn’t be much of an amateur-arm-chair Nancy Drew if I didn’t) to figure out "who did it" because the clues were only revealed when Casey Mayes wanted them to be. And even then the answers were held tightly to the vest.
A Killer Column is a brain-teaser of a mystery.
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