Nolly Penderson: The tall, blond,
fiftyish widowed Nebraska native has been living and conducting
business as a literary agent in Arlington, Virginia following
the death of her husband. With one solved mystery (The Agent:
Murder By Accident) under her belt, Nolly is primed and ready
Kevin Wilson: downsized, temporarily
homeless (The Agent: Murder By Accident) the computer expert
has become an integral player for the Arlington PD. Kevin lives
on the third floor in Brakehurst Building.
Hooks' Enterprises may not be
all that it seems at first glance.
When young Mike Heath, a Hooks' employee, just up and disappears
while hurrying to bring medicine to his ailing tot Nolly Penderson
is again caught up in the intrigue. Nolly finds herself in a
possible 'heap of trouble' when she tries to learn something
about Hooks and somehow manages to break into the covert files
managed by Rudy Hooks' right hand man Freddie Heber.
Kevin uses his skill on the computer
to stop Freddie before the sinister operative can trace the breach
to Nolly and The Brakehurst District. LT Doug Patterson is mighty
glad Kevin and his computer prowess are available to the Arlington
PD and not to the criminals who are behind Heath's disappearance.
Nolly Penderson's chocolate
2 ½ C cake flour
½ C cocoa
2 t baking soda
1 t allspice
¾ butter flavor Crisco
2 C sugar
1 t vanilla
1 C buttermilk
1/3 C boiling water
Add grated zucchini squash
I like a cup to a cup and half
Pour battering into greased 13 X 9 X 2 pan
Batter will be thick
Bake 1 hour at 350
Eat as is, or frost:
1 stick butter, can sub butter flavor Crisco
1 box powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
spread over cake
sprinkle with chopped nuts.
for Murder By Design
Michael Heath, a devoted husband
and father of an infant, calls the pharmacist across the street
to request medicine for his colicky baby. Their family is fortunate
to live in a quiet neighborhood where everyone still knows one
another, and pharmacists can be called in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, Michael takes his safety for granted. On his way
back, on a street where traffic is nonexistent at that time,
Michael carelessly rushed across the street from between two
cars headlong into a white van. He crawls off the street into
some bushes, where he dies.
The story doesn't lie with the
death of an innocent, however. The truth lies in the contents
on the van that stopped when the driver realized he'd hit something.
Specifically, the truth lies with a beaten and bound man who
escaped, was captured, and thrust back into the back of the van.
The owner of the van also owns Hooks Industries, the company
building the mall in town. Indeed, the administrative assistant
at Hooks Industries would be shocked to learn that the European
backers passing through her office with heavy brief cases and
closed door conferences carry large stacks of money.
When Nolly Penderson hears the
news account of the missing young man retold by vicious rumormongers
masquerading as news reporters, she packs a casserole and visits
the widow. Nolly's certain that there's more to the story than
reporters or police will uncover, so she begins her own investigation.
Ruling out the wild speculation of the news media, Nolly approaches
the investigation with a generous amount of common sense. Doesn't
take her long to learn that Hooks Industries employed Michael.
Previous experience leads her to believe there's more to the
story, especially when more bodies turns up.
mj hollingshead distinctively
reflective prose once again reveals a strong, feminine style
that strikingly different from most suspense/murder styles. With
a meandering flow that revels in melodic detail and embraces
the idiosyncrasies and the motivations of her characters, hollingshead
allows the reader to luxuriate in her language, as opposed to
the typical hard hitting, straight flow typical of the genre.
The result is a fascinatingly intricate creation that reaches
beyond the superficial "whodunit" to embrace the "who"
Cindy Penn, Wordweaving
If you're looking for a breathtaking
plot, fresh ideas, intriguing characters, wicked humor and lots
of surprising twists, then look no further. "The Agent:
Murder by Design" has it all.
Christine Spindler, mystery