Sunday, January 10, 2016

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Stabbing In The Senate (A Washington Whodunit) by Colleen J. Shogan

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Stabbing in the Senate
(A Washington Whodunit)

Cozy Mystery
A Brand New Series
Camel Press (November 15, 2015)
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813310
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Synopsis: Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicked, she pulls the weapon out of his chest and instantly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Circumstances back Kit’s claim of innocence, but her photograph has gone viral, and the heat won’t be off until the killer is found. Well-loved though the senator was, suspects abound. Langsford had begun to vote with his conscience, which meant he was often at odds with his party. Not only had the senator decided to quash the ambitions of a major military contractor, but his likely successor is a congressman he trounced in the last election. Then there’s the suspiciously dry-eyed Widow Langsford. Kit’s tabloid infamy horrifies her boyfriend’s upper-crust family, and it could destroy her career. However, she and her free-spirited friend Meg have a more pressing reason to play sleuth. The police are clueless in more ways than one, and Kit worries that the next task on the killer’s agenda will be to end her life.

Review: This is a well-written debut novel. The author has been a part of the group of people she writes about, and her personal knowledge shows in her vivid descriptions of people and scenarios. 

The main character has a seemingly nearly perfect life: a job with a senator, a wonderful man with whom she shares a fabulous condo, and an adorable beagle named Clarence. When she discovers her boss murdered in his office and becomes the prime suspect, life starts to fall apart little by little.

The story is filled with twists and turns. Just like the main character, the reader is never quite sure who to trust or who to believe. Kit and Meg, her best friend, are a very likable duo as they try to get to the bottom of things. Who killed the senator, and why? What does Carter Power, a major military contractor, have to do with it? When the truth is revealed, the reader will be just as surprised as Kit.

This book ends with Kit beginning a new job, which I look forward to hearing about soon--who will be the next person in her life to die?

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Colleen J. Shogan is the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress. She is a former Senate staffer who started reading mysteries at the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American government at George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. Stabbing in the Senate is her first novel.
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Joan Varner said...

This book is at the top of my wish list.

Kim Amundsen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Colleen Shogan said...

Thanks for a great review!

Kaye Killgore said...

I would like to start reading this series.