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Murder, She Uncovered
(Murder, She Reported Series)
by Peg Cochran
About the Book
Murder, She Uncovered (Murder, She Reported Series)
2nd in Series
Alibi (May 28, 2019)
Print Length ~230 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07H1X2RT9
An intrepid 1930s Manhattan socialite uncovers deadly secrets during an assignment to the Hamptons in this riveting historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.
Westhampton, 1938. To the dismay of her well-to-do family, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams is quickly establishing herself as a seasoned photographer over at the Daily Trumpet. Growing more confident in her decision to pursue a career, Elizabeth is thrilled when she and her reporter sidekick, Ralph Kaminsky, are sent to Long Island to cover the story of a young maid found dead in one of the glamourous summer homes in the devastating aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane—also known as the Long Island Express.
At first it’s assumed that the young woman was caught in the terrible storm, but when a suspicious wound is found on the side of her head, the police suspect murder. The maid’s death becomes even more tragic when it’s discovered she was pregnant, and with Elizabeth and Kaminsky at the scene of the crime, the Daily Trumpet scoops all the other papers in town.
The young woman’s boyfriend emerges as the likeliest suspect. But as Elizabeth follows the story, she begins to wonder whether someone in the household of the maid’s employers might be responsible—someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth about the baby’s paternity hidden. . . .
About the Author
Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of “work” (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children’s encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.
When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her books’ stats on Amazon.
A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series, the Cranberry Cove series, and the Farmer’s Daughter series.
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You’ll find no recipes, crafts or yarn patterns in Peg Cochran’s MURDER, SHE UNCOVERED, just a good, authentic, well-told cozy mystery that you will find hard to put down.
Set New York in the 1930’s this second book in the A Murder, She Reported Mystery series follows newspaper photographer Elizabeth “Biz” Adams and crime writer Ralph Kraminsky as they rush to scoop that ever elusive “Big Story” before a rival newspaper beats them to it.
The Big Story that catches their attention in this book is the murder of a maid to a upper class family vacationing in the Hamptons. When a vicious hurricane strikes, the family flees to the city for safety leaving the maid to close up the house. When the storm passes and damage to the house is being assessed, her body is discovered in a third floor bedroom, not the result of the storm, but of malicious intent.
Cochran presents a slew of suspicious characters, all with reasons to kill the girl and only a few with shaky alibis. As “Biz” and Kraminsky follow the leads and slowly cross off names, other “breaking stories” send them racing around town to shoot photos and interview victims and witnesses. Three suspects in the maid’s murder finally emerge at the end, each with motive and opportunity to get rid of her, but which one did the deed? Readers are in suspense till the very end.
Cochran’s research on the era, clothes, speech, and locations is impeccable. And she cleverly illustrates the vast divide that separates the privileged high society and the common worker. The fact that her heroine has a foot in both worlds makes it all the more interesting, especially with a budding “forbidden” romance.
I highly recommend this book.
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