A Hard Bargain by Jane Tesh
A Madeleine Maclin Mystery (Madeleine Maclin Series)

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After solving her first big murder case in the small town of Celosia, North Carolina, Madeline Maclin hopes at last to be taken seriously as a private investigator. She’s opened an office in the home of her best friend Jerry Fairweather, a man haunted by his past who enjoys running harmless scams. Jerry doesn’t feel worthy of anyone’s love—bad news for Madeline—although she thinks Jerry’s sister Harriet knows more about their parents’ death than she’ll say.

Madeline is hired to find Kirby Willet, an eccentric inventor who left boxes of his belongings, including one filled with money, at Frannie Thomas’ house. Meanwhile Voltage Films director, Josh Gaskins, is in town and thinks Jerry’s old house will be perfect for his horror film, Curse of the Mantis Man, about Celosia’s mythical beast. Is this monster actually real?

Celosia is also hopping with the Pageantoids, rabid fans from Madeline’s days as a beauty queen, who have come to Celosia to produce more pageants. And then there’s Rick Rialto, one of Jerry’s shady con artist friends. When Gaskins is murdered, Madeline uncovers many suspects and is forced to make—and investigate—some hard bargains. At least one of which is with Jerry….
 

About Jane Tesh

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Jane Tesh lives and writes in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. A media specialist/librarian for grades K-6 for 30 years, she retired to write and exercise her creative side. A rehearsal pianist and sometime orchestra conductor for community theater, she also plays the violin, and is a certified kick-boxing instructor.
 
Published May 12, 2010 by ReadHowYouWant. 241 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When director Josh Gaskin is poisoned during the shoot, Mac has a host of suspects, among them the missing inventor who lost a film award to Josh in high school, the over-the-hill movie star unhappy with his role, Jerry’s sleazy con-artist friend and a local group who fear the Mantis Man publicit...

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After solving her first murder case in 2006's Case of Imagination , former North Carolina beauty queen and budding PI Madeline "Mac" Maclin is swamped with three mysteries in this charming but chaotic second installment in Tesh's cozy series.

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The missing person's case really isn't much of one (Madeline locates him with minimal effort), and it's hard to believe that the police investigating the deaths of her friend's parents decades ago didn't put forth the very same questions Madeline asks the family today.

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