I like to feature other suspense authors on my blog from time to time. If you like a dramatic sleuth mystery with a strong female lead, consider "One Dead, Two To Go."
If Kinsey Millhone had a love child with James Rockford, their offspring would be Eddie Shoes, Private Eye.
Private Investigator Edwina "Eddie Shoes" Schultz's most recent job has her parked outside a seedy Bellingham hotel, photographing her quarry as he kisses his mistress goodbye. This is the last anyone will see of the woman... alive. Her body is later found dumped in an abandoned building. Eddie's client, Kendra Hallings, disappears soon after. Eddie hates to be stiffed for her fee, but she has to wonder if Kendra could be in trouble too. Or is she the killer?
Eddie usually balks at matters requiring a gun, but before she knows it, she is knee-deep in dangerous company, spurred on by her card-counting adrenaline-junkie mother who has shown up on her doorstep fresh from the shenanigans that got her kicked out of Vegas. Chava is only sixteen years older than Eddie and sadly lacking in parenting skills. Her unique areas of expertise, however, prove to be helpful in ways Eddie can't deny, making it hard to stop Chava from tagging along.
Also investigating the homicide is Detective Chance Parker, new to Bellingham's Major Crimes unit but no stranger to Eddie. Their history as a couple back in Seattle is one more kink in a chain of complications, making Eddie's case more frustrating and perilous with each tick of the clock.
“One Dead, Two To Go is smart, page-turning fun, with the most feisty and likable P.I. since Kinsey Millhone. Looking for your next favorite detective series? Look no further.”
—Deb Caletti, National Book Award nalist and author of He’s Gone
“Unlike the standard-issue PI, Eddie seems allergic to guns and violence and worries about a bad haircut as much as stalking danger. Funny, clever, and full of grabbing plot twists, Elena Hartwell’s One Dead, Two To Go, the debut novel in her Eddie Shoes series, takes the mystery lover into unexpected territory, including the introduction of Chava, the intrepid mother who is kicked out of Vegas by the Mob and shows up uninvited on Eddie’s doorstep. is is a fast, memorable and entertaining read. Warning: you’ll want more.”
—Scott Driscoll, author of Better You Go Home
“Where One Dead, Two to Go triumphs is in its endearing heroine. In Eddie Shoes, we have a character who is smart and sassy and doesn’t make a big deal about herself, but who lights up the pages.”—Bharti Kirchner, author of ten books, including her latest, Goddess of Fire: A Novel
Elena Hartwell was born in Bogota, Colombia, while her parents were in the Peace Corps. Her first word was "cuidado." At the age of nine months, she told two men carrying a heavy table to be careful in their native tongue. She's been telling people what to do ever since. After almost twenty years in the theater, Elena turned her playwriting skills to novels and the result is her first book "One Dead, Two to Go." The Eddie Shoes Mystery Series launches April 15, 2016, to be followed by "Two Dead Are Better Than One" and "Three Dead, You're Out."
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Visit Edna via social media at https://www.facebook.com/ElenaHartwellAuthor/, https://twitter.com/Elena_Hartwell or https://www.pinterest.com/emhartwell/.
To learn more about Edna, visit her website at http://www.elenahartwell.com.
You can buy her book at several locations including http://www.amazon.com/One-Dead-Eddie-Shoes-Mystery/dp/160381311X/ and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-dead-two-to-go-elena-hartwell/1122755079?ean=9781603813112.
Here is the book trailer, too!