Deadman's Switch by Barbara Seranella

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From the author of the acclaimed Munch Mancini crime novels comes a new mystery series featuring an appealing and resourceful sleuth.
 Charlotte Lyon is a woman who can handle a crisis.  She's turned that talent into a lucrative business in crisis management, in which she supplies excellent, and often unusual, advice to suddenly troubled company heads about how to handle the press, shareholders, and the public.  When necessary, she goes beyond the basic job description to discover the cause of the crisis itself, and whether it was an accident or not.
The job she has now is one of the latter.  The mysterious derailment of a train has killed both the engineer and a famous movie actress. The disaster gets international attention and Charlotte is brought in to manage the heated situation. But Charlotte has her own demons to contend with---the recent death of her husband and a dangerously narcissistic mother. And the more she investigates, the more danger surrounds her. But no matter the threat, she will get to the bottom of this tragedy, or die trying.
Barbara Seranella, a unique and beloved voice in crime fiction, delivers a crafty puzzle and vivid, unforgettable characters in this first book of an exciting new series.

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Barbara Seranella was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Pacific Palisades. After a restless childhood that included running away from home at the age of fourteen, joining a hippie commune in the Haight, and riding with outlaw motorcycle clubs, she decided to settle down and do something normal---she became an auto mechanic. Barbara retired from wrenching in 1993.Barbara is a member of the Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego chapters of Sisters in Crime (although she is probably one of the few members who was ever actually a criminal), and the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in La Quinta and Laguna Beach, California.
Published August 6, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Can you imagine how many potential biohazards there are in a hospital?) Although the media storm over the accident, which killed movie icon Rachel Priest, is intense, the staff at SunRail—from the CEO to his eager assistant Andrew, customer-relations rep Mary Nightengale and train master Stanley...

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It's impossible to discuss DEADMAN'S SWITCH without talking about Barbara Seranella, who died far too young in January 2007, only a few months before the release of this book, which was to begin a new series.

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