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Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is looking forward to a much-deserved summer vacation in the Outer Banks. When the mayor of the beach town turns up dead, Kit and her friends need to put their fun on hold to help solve the crime.
Before I could answer, Tobias spoke up. “The mayor got clobbered, at least politically speaking. It was a real mess. Lots of people were yelling, including her brother.” He pointed at me again.
Gomez turned to me. “Is your brother still in town?”
“Yes, we’re on vacation together. We’ve rented a beach house in Duck for the week,” I said.
“Sebastian is my significant other,” said Lisa. “That’s how Kit and I know each other.”
Gomez chewed on the end of her pen. “That’s enough for now. Wait over there until I tell you otherwise.”
We walked back to our original location. “If Ronan was murdered, it probably happened sometime last night, don’t you think?”
“The medical examiner should be able to figure that out,” she said. “But yes, I would assume that would be the case. There’s a lot of people on this boardwalk when the restaurants and businesses are open. If someone tossed a body into the sound, someone would notice.”
“Then we don’t have anything to worry about.” I sighed in deep relief. “If it happened in the middle of the night, you can serve as Sebastian’s alibi.”
Lisa shifted from one foot to the other. “That’s going to be a problem.”
“What do you mean, Lisa?” I asked in a shaky voice.
“I woke up in the middle of the night and Sebastian wasn’t there,” said Lisa. “I don’t know where he went, but he wasn’t with me.”
4 out of 5 (very good)
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I've slipped into the middle of a series... I need to read the others!!
To say we are reading a murder mystery, Dead as a Duck is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the closeness of the main characters, the different personalities bouncing off each other.
Kit is a bit if a firecracker and very determined in the things that she does.....especially when suspicion is cast close to home.
As I said this is part of a series, however, it could easily be read as a standalone... don't do it!! Go for the whole series and treat yourself to a cheeky bottle of wine.
4 out of 5
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Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association.
Colleen is a member of Sisters in Crime. "Stabbing in the Senate" was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. "Homicide in the House" was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. “Calamity at the Continental Club” was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. She splits her time between Arlington, Virginia and Duck, NC in the Outer Banks with her husband Rob and beagle mutt Conan.