A Real Basket Case (Claire Hanover Mystery, Book 1) by Beth Groundwater

By Beth Groundwater

The 1st publication within the CLAIRE HANOVER secret SERIES
An Agatha Award Finalist for most sensible First Novel

Feeling overlooked by means of her workaholic husband, forty-something reward basket clothier Claire Hanover joins an aerobics category on the urging of her ally Ellen. Divorced and bitterly unsatisfied, Ellen and lots of the different ladies within the classification upload a bit vicarious pleasure to their lives through flirting with the good-looking teacher, Enrique. In a second of weak point, Claire has the same opinion to enable the fascinating Enrique come to her condo to offer her a therapeutic massage. She realizes she has made a perilous mistake whilst Enrique is shot and killed in her bed room and her husband Roger is arrested for the murder.

Determined to transparent Roger’s identify and shop her marriage, Claire units out to discover the genuine killer, encountering drug purchasers, jealous ex-girlfriends, and offended police officers alongside the best way.

Praise:
“A stressful, intriguing debut.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Will entice determined Housewives fanatics and those that like cozies with a little bit spice.” —BOOKLIST

“A genuine winner! Don’t omit it.”—Maggie Sefton, bestselling writer of Knit One, Kill Two

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He thought he was in love with that woman,” she continued. “She led him on. ” I waited for more and got it. “I hope she felt guilty and goes straight to hell. ” I could picture her at Saturday’s CAP rally in the park, yelling along with the best of them. ” She glared at me. “Of course I have. ” I tried to explain that I didn’t mean to imply otherwise but I’d already said enough to lose her trust, and clearly the conversation wasn’t going to be pleasant from here on. I excused myself, paid for both coffees at the counter, and left.

When they saw the large sign at the edge of town advertising The Black Cat B&B, they decided to check it out. They still felt like celebrating, and a bed-andbreakfast would be more festive than a motel. They were surprised to find that The Black Cat B&B was surrounded by a high chain-link fence with a security gate at the entrance. But it looked ideal: a large Victorian building on a sprawling lot within walking distance of the Sogobia River, surrounded by shade trees to temper the heat coming off the Nevada desert.

Now for the record, of course it was suicide. Any damn fool can see that. But as soon as I saw the hole in the fence, I knew some asshole would come up with a theory. ” Driving down Main Street, on my way home, I saw Sonny Boy’s mother enter Mom’s Café. I swung into a parking place out front to follow her inside. She was slipping into a corner booth. I approached the table. She was one of those working women with a face that revealed a life of long hours, much worry, and probably too much booze.

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