It’s 1996 and Boston reporter Ali Loukas has her sights set on advancing from radio newscaster to TV correspondent. When Senator Maxwell’s supermodel fiancee turns up dead and the story practically drops into her lap, she seizes the opportunity to solve the murder, scoop her competitors, and move up the broadcasting ladder.
But gaining access to evidence and witnesses without stepping on the toes of family friend Detective Ryan McGuire could be tricky.
Despite a knife wedged in her front door and opposition from the police, Ali is determined to prove that she can find the answers, solve the crime and earn the dream job…if she can stay alive to make it all happen.
“Such a fun book to read. Just the right length to keep readers engaged. A fast paced murder mystery with just a hint of romance.”
“It has a good pace and plenty of intrigue. I really liked the journalist point of view.”
“This was a great book! Sometimes “cozy” mysteries are too simplistic to me, but this one was very enjoyable and kept my interest throughout. The main characters are likable, and the conflict was presented well without being too drawn out.
This was my first book by the author, but it won’t be my last.”
It’s 1997 and The Rat is slowly dying. When the bass player of a local punk group turns up dead at the infamous night club, it looks like a clear-cut case of band envy. Boston reporter Ali Loukas isn’t so sure. Something smells off and with the help of her boyfriend and homicide detective, Ryan McGuire, Ali sets out to sniff out the real killer . . . or killers.
“This book at its core is a murder mystery that takes the reader through many twists and turns that keep you wondering who-done-it until the end. The romantic storyline is also filled with complications providing another element to this story. I enjoy cozy mysteries and found this one great.”
“The stories are well written with a depth that is refreshing compared to a lot of cozy mysteries. There is also the perfect blend of humor and romance. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one!”
“Such a fun and original story.”
A cruise they won’t forget.
Boston reporter Ali Loukas hasn’t had time to legally change her name, but a week in the middle of the ocean with her shiny new husband should mean time to kick back and relax–with no dead bodies.
No such luck. Ali’s reputation and penchant for coming across corpses have preceded her. Trapped on a floating city with a handful of eccentric fans, she finds herself swept up in the lifestyle of the Boston Elite.
When a body turns up on the second day at sea, one fan turns to Ali, expecting her to help the ship’s security team come up with a killer. But Security’s not interested in Ali’s help and they threaten to throw her in the brig if she interferes with their investigation.
Mysterious elderly stalkers, a magic show gone bad, and a killer on board, make Ali wonder if her tropical vacation will bring her closer to her husband as intended or send her overboard.
“Top things I Loved About COCONUT CRUSH
1. The Setting. I’ve never been on a cruise myself, but I’ve seen enough episodes of The Love Boat in my life to appreciate the setting.
2. Backstabbing and Plotting. This story is rife with character’s plotting against one another, bringing a level of hilarity and confusion to the mystery.
3. Ali. She’s more tenacious than ever without losing that sweet, funny side of her.
4. Ryan. He seems to have reluctantly accepted his wife’s job and all of the pitfalls that accompany it.
5. Mystery Guests. They had me laughing out loud!”
There’s something for everyone at Boston’s First Night festivities.
Field reporter, Ali McGuire, chases end-of-the-world stories in the months leading up to Y2K, but nothing prepares her for the morning after, when a Catholic priest is found dead in an underground sanctuary, surrounded by weapons, cash, and stockpiles of food.
Police investigate the death of the corrupt clergyman and land on a suspect, but Ali’s behind-the-scenes access to the nights’ street performers and vendors shines a different light on the dead priest.
Sparks fly between the police and the press as Ali races to uncover the truth before an iconic local church is shut down and their beloved leader ends up wearing the wrong kind of collar.
Author Note: This book is set in the 90’s. It was nominated for a Whitney award, but missed the 50k word requirement by about 3k. I wrote it IN 1996 when I was a nanny in Boston and rewrote it for Nano last year. Published it 3/1/19. It’s never too late.