The Sweet Scent of Murder by Susan P. Baker
A Mavis Davis Mystery (Mavis Davis Mysteries)

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Former probation and child welfare officer, Mavis Davis, aims to prove she can succeed in her new profession as a P.I. without anyone’s help. When she arrives at her office one day, Mavis finds her associate, Margaret Applebaum, has absented herself and her high school helper, Candy Finklestein, has told a classmate they’d find his missing sister. Though it won’t further her ambitions to be a big-time detective, Mavis reluctantly agrees to spend a couple of days searching for the girl. Little does she know that her investigation will lead her to the richest neighborhood in Houston and to fraud, kidnapping, child abuse, and murder.

After the missing girl’s brother disappears, their father drops dead at Mavis’ feet, and the police, including her boyfriend, Sgt. Ben Sorensen, order her off the case, Mavis becomes more determined than ever to solve the mystery of the missing kids. If in the course of her investigation she happens to solve the murder, so be it. But when Mavis’ negligence results in a deadly assault on a witness and when she is arrested and charged as an accessory to kidnapping, it’s time to reevaluate her situation.

A night in the county jail makes Mavis realize that she must not only clear her own name, but that of the alleged kidnapper-murderer as well. The only way to do that is to make bail with the help of a lawyer-cousin of Candy’s and hit the streets to finish what she started. In the end, although Mavis wants to catch the killer herself to prove her competence, she finds that accepting help is not always a bad thing and may even save her life.

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Published April 9, 2013 by BookBaby. 213 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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