"A very urban-noir chick-lit mystery"
When the two Texas women C.J. Wallingford and Maude Stowe
get on the hotel elevator, a pleasant looking man joins
them. The two ladies, who are wearing a lot of heavy gold
jewelry and earning a lot of money, think nothing of the
extra passenger even after he whips out a stiletto and cuts
their throats. After he robs them he dumps their bodies on
the floor where the hotel laundry is done.
The husbands of the dead women hire private investigator
Franklin Novak to find out who killed their wives since
they don't believe the NYPD will find the killer. The
owners of the hotel where the two women were staying,
Stuart and Simon Apple, are very cooperative with the
private detective, giving his son Felix and is friend
Soraya, who are apprenticing to become sleuths, a free
suite and tickets to the Knicks' game. As two other Apple
properties are also hit, it looks like one of the Apples is
trying to squeeze the other two out. The case becomes very
personal to the group when someone they know is killed.
Once again Felix and Soraya demonstrate a rare wisdom and
inner strength as they try to track down a killer despite
the fact that she is grieving the death of a loved one.
Felix, who cares about her, knows intuitively when to give
her space or when to offer a shoulder to lean on when the
pain becomes too great. KILLING COUSINS is a very urban-
noir chick-lit mystery that will appeal to mystery fans who
like the unique and unusual.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 19, 2003