A Crack in Everything by Angela Gerst
A Susan Callisto Mystery (Susan Callisto Mysteries)

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Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. The man in her life, Massachusetts police lieutenant Michael Benedict, has unaccountably left her without a word of goodbye. Her consulting firm caters to entry level candidates, and while business is good, money is short.

Late in the season, political novice Charles Renfrow begs Susan to help him run for mayor of Telford. But Renfrow is a scientist not a politician, and his pockets are far too deep. Susan is tempted—Renfrow knows how to seduce—but her suspicions, if not her libido, are aroused.

When a friend insists Renfrow’s biotech company is dumping deadly toxic waste, Susan decides to find out the truth before committing herself. Instead of truth, she finds a corpse, Renfrow’s gorgeous assistant Torie Moran. The murder weapon is a microtome blade, razor sharp and accessible to anyone at Renfrow’s lab. After Torie’s murder, violence shadows Susan and people close to her. She is attacked in her driveway. An elderly client is beaten and left for dead. The young daughter of a candidate is abducted on her way to play camp. All sticky strands of a web with her name on it, Susan fears.

Then Renfrow himself turns up dead. Was he was the spider, the liar, the pitiless master of cause and effect? The murders bring Michael Benedict back into Susan’s life, and when another of her candidates is charged, she elbows her way into Michael’s investigation.

Working on parallel tracks, Susan and Michael uncover trails no one else wants to follow…..

About Angela Gerst

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After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts where over the years she worked for literary journals, as a Boston Globe correspondent, as press secretary for the French Library, and most recently for Newton Magazine. Her interest in local issues involved her in organizing and running Newton campaigns for alderman and mayor, and from thence to creating the fictional world of Susan Callisto, political consultant. She and her husband live near Boston.
Published November 22, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 271 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Nino is beaten unconscious, presumably by Lombard’s thugs, Susan uses the power of attorney Nino assigned her to cut a deal with Lombard that gives Nino a new site in Cambridge plus an apartment.

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A Crack in Everything is a debut mystery novel that is well written and full of characters that you will quickly like and want to get to know better.

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Better to leave the reader satisfied and marveling at how well everything ties up than trudging onward.Peter Falk, who played Detective Columbo on television, explained was what actors used to refer to as Moshe the Explainer Scene:“And that's when the detective, he takes two pages—he talks for tw...

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Susan Callisto is pleased with her decision to leave a prestigious Boston law firm to strike out on her own as a political consultant.

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Review: Political consultant Susan Callisto's latest client is channeling his inner Clint Eastwood, running for mayor to change the zoning law in his town, but is murdered before a single vote can be cast in A Crack in Everything, the first mystery in this series by Angela Gerst.

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@Lael_Lenehan @melmoes could you make a You Tube Video that way we could post it afterwords?

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When I first opened this book, I thought I was in for some sort of Janet Evanovich knockoff: Susan Callisto is a tough lady lawyer who left a big firm to do real estate law and become a political consultant.

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