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Book Title: The Death of an Ambitious Woman|
The author of the book: Barbara Ross
ISBN 13: 9781594148989
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 917 KB
Edition: Five Star (ME)
Date of issue: August 18th 2010
Read full description of the books The Death of an Ambitious Woman:It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book as much as “The Death of an Ambitious Woman,” the debut mystery by Barbara Ross. It could be termed a police procedural, but with a twist. The opening scene in chapter one grabs the reader instantly, and Ross doesn’t let up until the very last scene in the book. In the process, she takes us on a hair-raising ride (both literally and figuratively).
Acting Police Chief Ruth Murphy is a shoe-in to be named the permanent chief in the small Massachusetts town of New Derby, even though she’s had her ups and downs with the local district attorney. Until she’s called upon to investigate the death of Tracey Kendall, a prominent businesswoman who inexplicably slammed her luxury SUV into a stone wall while talking on her cell phone to her four-year-old son’s nanny. A tragic accident? Ruth doesn’t believe it.
Then, the handsome mechanic who recently worked on Tracey’s car disappears. And Ross tosses in a few more suspects to keep the reader guessing: an unfaithful artist husband, a greedy business partner, a jealous best friend, and the husband’s desperate art dealer. The prominence of the suspect list inflames the strained relationship between Ruth and the district attorney, who urges her to term the death an accident or else he’ll do everything he can to stop her promotion.
Excellent writing, believable characters, and terrific plotting make “The Death of an Ambitious Woman” a must-read for all lovers of good mysteries.
Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author “Moving Can Be Murder” for Suspense Magazine
Read information about the authorBarbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries--Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, and Iced Under. Stowed Away, the sixth Maine Clambake Mystery will be published December 26, 2017.
Her holiday novella featuring amateur sleuth Julia Snowden was published along with novellas by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder from Kensington Books in October 2016.
Barbara's books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer's Choice Awards, as well as the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.
Barbara blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.
In the summer, Barbara writes on the big front porch of the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
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