Best Place to Die by Charles Atkins

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Retiree sleuths Lilian and Ada find that though their town might look postcard pretty, there’s something rank festering below the surface . . . Lilian Campbell and her best friend and lover, Ada Strauss, are woken early by the sound of sirens: the local nursing home, Nillewaug Village, is ablaze. The police and fire chiefs find evidence to suggest the fire was accidental, but Detective Mattie Perez can’t help but wonder why the smoke alarms didn’t work. Soon, it’s looking less like accident and more like arson . . . and Lil and Ada are swept up into an investigation that grows increasingly more complex, and frightening, by the hour.

About Charles Atkins

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Charles Atkins is a practicing psychiatrist and member of the Yale Clinical Faculty. His first novel, "The Portrait," was published in 1998. He coauthors a weekly column for "The Waterbury Republican" and has published short stories and articles in a variety of publications. He lives in Connecticut.
Published December 1, 2012 by Severn House Digital. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One of three football heroes who had put their town on the map with a series of state championships, quarterback Warren and his less mentally gifted friends have become wealthy and respected men.

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A devastating fire at the Nillewaug Village Assisted Living Community has repercussions both personal and professional for Lil Campbell and her best friend and now lover, Ada Strauss, in Atkins’s pedestrian second mystery set in Grenville, Conn.

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