Linda Lovely is the author of the Marley Clark mystery series, featuring a kick-ass, 52-year-old heroine. NO WAKE ZONE, the second book in the series, takes place in Spirit Lake/Lake Okoboji, Iowa, while the debut book, DEAR KILLER, is set in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Lovely grew up in Iowa and lived in the Lowcountry for a dozen years. Her love for these locales is obvious in her mysteries, which combine white-knucle suspense with a generous side of romance and humor. Lovely has served as president of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime for five terms and is a former Golden Heart and Daphne finalist. DEAR KILLER made the finals of the Golden Quill competition for books published in 2011. Lovely is a regular contributor to the Romancing the Genre blog. The author also is a member of Romance Writers of America and the SC Writers Workshop.
A murderer taps exotic biotech know-how to kill a billionaire and a passel of his heirs. Does greed fuel the killing spree or is it something more sinister?
Visiting her crusty 79-year-old aunt in northern Iowa, Marley Clark tries to save a billionaire when he tumbles from an excursion boat captained by Marley’s cousin. But the victim—founder of a biotech empire—is dead before his body hits the water. Soon Marley is consoling the widow, an old college friend and prime murder suspect.
As Marley becomes embroiled in the investigation, members of the tycoon’s family perish faster than overripe fruit, and the arrogant head of a security firm renews a vendetta. Once the murder spree is linked to biological weapons, Marley’s former Pentagon boss joins the probe. To unmask the villains and protect her kin, Marley taps homegrown resources and debates the wisdom of trusting a handsome attorney with a suspicious past and a killer smile.