Now available from Mysterious Press, New Haven police reporter Annie Seymour is back in this sequel to the award-winning "Sacred Cows."
When a Wooster Square Italian restaurant burns down, all that's left is some rubble and the body of an unidentified woman. The restaurant owner is missing, and Annie's father unexpectedly comes to New Haven from Las Vegas.
To complicate things even further, the restaurant owner's wife hires Vinny DeLucia, a private investigator, to find her husband. Annie and Vinny have some unfinished business, but police detective Tom Behr is also in the picture.
Mysterious chickens, a black Cadillac with New York plates, and close-mouthed neighbors cause Annie to take pause and realize she's an outsider in her own back yard.
But despite cub reporter Dick Whitfield's best efforts to steal it away, Annie is determined to get her story — even if it means facing some truths about her own family and risking her life to do it.
"The heart-thumping suspense of this novel is laced with wit and an imaginative plot guaranteed to keep readers guessing until the very last page."
"Karen E. Olson’s second mystery featuring Annie Seymour has the popular
"A fast-paced, delicious guilty pleasure."
"The second in the series about tough-talking newspaper reporter Annie
"Olson knows exactly how to blend an appealing heroine, an intricate plot
"Tough-talking New Haven reporter Annie Seymour returns for her second
"A well-told story, with vivid descriptions of characters and places."
"Olson's second mystery hits the mark with setting, plot and character. . . . Her lovably imperfect heroine charms, and the antics of her co-workers and the residents of "da neighborhood" will keep you intrigued and amused. Four stars."
- Romantic Times
"Humor, plenty of motives and strong character development make this a fast, fun read."
"There is fast-paced action, foul language and excitement . . . a quick and fun read."
"Humor enlivens this first-person account . . . this remains a series with considerable potential."
- Library Journal
"Authentic urban atmosphere, generous wit and winning characters lift Olson's second outing for Annie Seymour. . . . Readers are sure to look forward to Annie's further adventures."
"Annie is a believable heroine whose sassy exploits and muddled love life should make for more exciting adventures."
"Annie Seymour, a New Haven journalist who's not quite as cynical as she thinks she is, is the real thing, an engaging and memorable character with the kind of complicated loyalties that make a series worth reading. Karen E. Olson is the real thing, too, a natural storyteller with a lucid style and a wonderful sense of place."
- Laura Lippman, award-winning author of "To the Power of Three"