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Bingo Barge Murder (Shay O'Hanlon Caper Series #1)
     

Bingo Barge Murder (Shay O'Hanlon Caper Series #1)

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by Jessie Chandler
 

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As co-owner of The Rabbit Hole, a quirky-cool Minneapolis coffee shop, Shay O'Hanlon finds life highly caffeinated but far from dangerous. That is, until her lifelong friend Coop becomes a murder suspect. The victim was Kinky, Coop's former boss and the unsavory owner of The Bingo Barge, a sleazy gambling boat on the Mississippi. The weapon? Kinky's lucky bronzed

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As co-owner of The Rabbit Hole, a quirky-cool Minneapolis coffee shop, Shay O'Hanlon finds life highly caffeinated but far from dangerous. That is, until her lifelong friend Coop becomes a murder suspect. The victim was Kinky, Coop's former boss and the unsavory owner of The Bingo Barge, a sleazy gambling boat on the Mississippi. The weapon? Kinky's lucky bronzed bingo marker.

While unearthing clues to absolve Coop, Shay encounters Mafia goons hunting for some extremely valuable nuts. Looking for the murderer without help from the cops proves risky—especially with distracting sparks flying between Shay and the beautiful yet fierce Detective Bordeaux. When Shay's elderly friend and landlady is held for ransom by the mob, all bets are off. Can Shay find the killer before the stakes get any higher?

Bingo Barge Murder won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society.

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A gay Minneapolis coffee-shop owner's loyalty to an old friend turns her into a reluctant sleuth.

When his boss, Kinky Anderson, is found dead on his sleazy bingo barge, Shay O'Hanlon's lifelong friend Coop thinks that his recent firing has made him a top suspect. So Shay and her landlady and mother figure, Eddy Quartermaine, agree to hide Coop in a secret room over the garage of the building in which Shay's store, The Rabbit Hole, and her apartment are located. While Shay's partner Kate holds things together at The Rabbit Hole, Shay and Coop start their sleuthing by breaking into the barge in search of clues. They find some tapes that show the killer but barely escape with their lives when two bumbling but still dangerous mobsters arrive on the scene. The mobsters kidnap Eddy and demand that the pair return the tape and a missing truckload of nuts. Shay finds it hard to lie to attractive detective JT Bordeaux, who was a regular at the Rabbit Hole before her transfer. But she and Coop continue their breaking and entering, extending their turf to a junkyard from which they rescue a starving dog who seems delighted to go with them. Madcap dangers continue until they can find a way to prove Coop innocent.

A mildly amusing debut, with the attractive lesbian sleuth yet another Stephanie Plum wannabe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738725963
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/08/2011
Series:
A Shay O'Hanlon Caper , #1
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.64(d)

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Meet the Author

Jessie Chandler is the author of the Shay O'Hanlon Caper series, the Vice President of the Twin Cities chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writer's of America. Her debut novel, Bingo Barge Murder, won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society. In her spare time, Chandler sells unique, artsy T-shirts and other assorted trinkets to unsuspecting conference and festival goers. She is a former police officer and resides in Minneapolis. Visit her online at JessieChandler.com.

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Bingo Barge Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, fast-paced read with delightful characters. I will definitely read more by this author.
Ameliah_Faith More than 1 year ago
Great debut novel! Shay and her motley crew are on the run from not one set of kidnappers and murderers but two. There was plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep me at the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put the book down and was sad to come to the end. The characters are so easy to love you can't help but gasp at some of the trouble they encounter, (My favourite was Dawg but I was a Boxer mom and have quite a thing for them.) and heave a sigh of relief when they scraped their way out of yet another dangerous situation. Ms. Chandler has quite a sense of humor and it shows in this book. I feel she may have been holding back and I would like to ask her to let turn it loose! I was very pleased with the flow of the story, it moved smoothly from chapter to chapter, no gaps in the plot line, no unnecessary rambling. I also liked the usage of the real names of the streets, highways and neighbourhoods in the city where the book is set. I am VERY glad there are more books in this series! Thank you Ms. Chandler.
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