Quick on the Draw by Susan Moody
(An Alex Quick Mystery)

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...the reader doesn’t feel any stronger connection with Alex. Baffling plotlines are irritating (at one point, while being held captive, Alex vomits; sentences later, she says she has a gag in her mouth), and there is little sustained suspense.
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A case of theft spirals into murder in the latest intriguing Alex Quick mystery

Former police detective Alex Quick finds it impossible to refuse when a young family friend begs for her help in discovering which of his friends is a thief. Following a dinner party he’d held at his uncle’s grand Venetian apartment, a pair of valuable items went missing, only to turn up at a London pawnbrokers. But why would a wealthy guest, a member of the glamorous Anglo-Italian jet-set, need to steal in the first place?

Before Alex can discover more, one of the dinner party guests is found murdered. Could there be a connection to the theft? As she heads to Venice to pursue her investigations further, Alex receives news that another person present that night has disappeared and the case spirals into something altogether darker and deeper.
 

About Susan Moody

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Susan Moody was born and brought up in Oxford, and now divides her time between England and France. A former President of the International Association of Crime Writers, she is the author of numerous crime novels, including the Penny Wanawake and Cassie Swann mystery series.
 
Published August 1, 2018 by Severn House Publishers. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
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on May 15 2018

...the reader doesn’t feel any stronger connection with Alex. Baffling plotlines are irritating (at one point, while being held captive, Alex vomits; sentences later, she says she has a gag in her mouth), and there is little sustained suspense.

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