Murder Once Removed

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Murder Once Removed

Nearly three years ago a wealthy art dealer in Santa Fe, NM was murdered and the killer was never found. Joe Taylor, a reporter for the Albuquerque Post has been working on the story of the murder, three years later, and is on his way to Santa Fe to look further into this case to see someone who might help him in his quest to solve this case and make a name for himself.

Joe has come up missing and his dead body was found in an Arroyo in the mountains of New Mexico obviously killed while investigating the murder. Jessica Curtis, another reporter for the Post, who had been working closely with Joe, is determined to find the killer of her friend, Jessica takes over the story and goes to Santa Fe to find out any news that may be available. It seems that the art world in Santa Fe is full of suspects and Jessica is unable to tell the good guys from the bad. As the bodies begin to pile up, Jessica’s life is threatened more than once but, she refuses to give up.

This book is a wonderful mystery/suspense story with a surprise ending that will be a definite surprise.

Book Blurb for Murder Once Removed

A reporter’s mentor is killed while investigating a murder and she is quickly put on the trail to break the story open. When she finds herself over her head in a dangerous world of treachery, greed, power, and revenge, it is going to take all of her ingenuity—and a lot of help—if she’s going to solve the case and make it out alive. A first-rate page-turner filled with mounting, almost unbearable suspense, Roz Russell’s debut looks deep into the inner dimensions of the artistic mind to ask: is murder a form of art?

Joe Taylor, the leading investigative reporter for the Albuquerque Post, has mentored Jessica Curtis for the past six years. But now Joe's dead—murdered—and the only thing Jessica knows about the story he’d been working on, the Michael Lange murder, is that it happened three years ago and the killer has never been found. Now the investigation is hers and she’s about to realize she was a lot safer when she knew a lot less.

A high profile art dealer and construction entrepreneur in Santa Fe, Lange had dirt on every friend and foe in the tawny northern New Mexico city—and he wasn’t afraid to use it to his advantage. And when the body count rises and the danger escalates, Jessica is no closer to finding the murderer and everyone remains a suspect—including the enigmatic artist she has begun an affair with. As she scrambles to stay alive and break the story open, Jessica must answer the ultimate question: can she do so before the killer adds her to the list of victims?

A mystery novel that explores the power of art, Russell delivers a captivating meditation on fate, the inevitability of certain life events, and the cascading consequences of one act as it influences everything that happens afterwards. Perfectly paced with engaging characters, razor sharp turns and surprising twists, Murder Once Removed is a taut, suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing until the final, explosive revelation.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 4.00