Murder by April Kelly
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What has six legs, black stripes and kills people?
A homicidal magician and the biggest tiger in his
world-famous show. Murder will be hard to prove,
though, because the dead guy never existed, all the
evidence seems to have been eaten, and the victim’s corpse isn’t the only thing that has disappeared.

When Maureen O’Brien suddenly vanishes, P.I. Blake Ervansky learns about her shocking former life, a past he doesn’t think he can live with. Then, before he can tell her their partnership is over, a call from a client in hysterics reveals that a recently solved case has come messily unsolved.

Putting aside their own differences, Maureen and Blake circumvent a corrupt sheriff and draw closer to the truth, until Blake winds up in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in which he’s the mouse, and the cat outweighs him by 400 pounds. It’s a cage match he won’t survive unless the skills Maureen learned in her dark past can neutralize the killer before Blake becomes cat chow.
 

About April Kelly

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Marsha Lyons and April Kelly were de-bate team partners at Colonial High School in Orlando and roomies at The University of South Florida, before Marsha went to law school on a mission and April went to Hollywood on a whim.While Marsha's career includes teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, becoming the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami, and going into private legal practice, April's began in stand-up comedy, moved into writing on shows such as Mork & Mindy and Webster, then to producing her own shows like Boy Meets World.Throughout their wildly different professional lives Marsha and April have remained best friends, finally deciding to put their separate talents together to write a show-biz crime novel, MURDER IN ONE TAKE, their debut as a team.Marsha is married with children, and April is single with dogs.
 
Published June 13, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What the now-private investigators uncover suggests that Ali may indeed have fooled them all, and they’ll have to turn to Maureen’s screenwriter father for a show-biz solution to this perfectly crafted Hollywood murder.

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The revelations about Maureen’s CIA past, along with how her father ties in, could have easily been a novel unto itself, but instead, it shares an already crowded focus with an equally sensationalistic tale of killer stage tigers.

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If booksellers publicize that honor, and give healthy display to this book, which carries a nifty cover of Jefferson looking downright puzzled, this could prove to be Langton's most popular Homer Kelly to date.

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Civil War buffs will especially appreciate Langton's 17th Homer Kelly mystery (after 2002's The Escher Twist), in which the Harvard professor/sleuth and his wife, Mary, plunge into research in an effort to exonerate Seth Morgan, Mary's great-great-grandfather, a Harvard man suspected of desertion...

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Suite 101

Janet Evanovich is one of those writers who can make a reader laugh out loud and she has done it again with Smokin' Seventeen.

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Common Sense Media

Dependent upon her money and fearful that she'll leave him, Tony spends months planning the "perfect crime" and blackmails an old college classmate into carrying out Margot's murder.

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Dial M for Murder is a great great film!

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Fantasies Are Murder is the first book in the Kim & Kelly mystery series written for young adults.

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The New York Review of Books

“From Tehran.” “What do you have on your cart?” “Griboyed.” Alexander Griboyedov had been murdered in Tehran by an angry mob during the storming of the Russian embassy.

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Open Salon

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry (Viking, 2010) is a book that is really more than the sum of its parts.

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