Deadly Interest (Alex St James Mystery Series #2)by Julie Hyzy
Reeling from a public humiliation by her former lover, Alex St. James returns home to find that her elderly neighbor has been murdered. Alex also discovers that the spunky old lady had been secretly looking into her bank's lending practices. Drawn into the murder investigation, Alex uses her connections at Midwest Focus News Magazine to help the police find the killer… See more details below
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Reeling from a public humiliation by her former lover, Alex St. James returns home to find that her elderly neighbor has been murdered. Alex also discovers that the spunky old lady had been secretly looking into her bank's lending practices. Drawn into the murder investigation, Alex uses her connections at Midwest Focus News Magazine to help the police find the killer but, before long, finds herself being stalked by a vicious ex-con. Even after suffering a brutal attack, Alex refuses to back off, and she subsequently uncovers a shocking secret that had been buried long ago.
Alex is juggling several personal matters as well: an extended visit from her handicapped sister; and love-life issues involving two attractive men, one of whom may just have the power to mend Alex's bruised ego.
After a key player in the investigation is found murdered, Alex is determined to untangle the web of lies spun by those around her, and is soon poised to expose the truth. That is, until she finds herself alone with the killer, a formidable foe with a Deadly Interest in her future.
PRAISE FOR DEADLY INTEREST:
"Romantic suspense, murder, and the backstage intrigue of cutthroat TV journalism. Deadly Interest gets my highest Nielsen Rating. You're gonna have fun rooting for Alex St. James." - Parnell Hall, author of YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN PUZZLED.
"In Deadly Interest, Julie Hyzy balances her smart, tough heroine, Alex St. James, with fast-paced financial hijinks, and it all adds up to a blistering good read. Invest your time with Hyzy. This book pays off with interest!" - Christine Kling, author of BITTER END
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Alex St. James, a TV reporter in Chicago, comes home from a night of public humiliation by her former lover to find her elderly neighbor, Evelyn Vicks, has been murdered. Earlier that evening Mrs. Vicks had asked Alex for help with a financial situation. Feeling guilty from pushing her off, Alex does some investigating into Mrs. Vicks¿ life. She discovers Mrs. Vicks had been secretly looking into the lending practice¿s of the banks she worked at. Mrs. Vicks¿ son is soon hounding Alex because he was promised money from his mother and the bank won¿t let him see her safe deposit box. Add to that the fact that Alex has been attacked and appears to be stalked, Alex knows she must help the police find her killer and fast. I couldn¿t put this book down. I kept picking it up to read another chapter to find out what happened. I loved Alex. She is such a great character. Her being a TV reporter really added to the story. I can¿t wait to read more in this series. I highly recommend this book! Just make sure you have lots of time to read as you¿ll not want to put it down!
In Deadly Interest (Five Star), Julie Hyzy¿s second mystery to feature Alex St. James, the television news journalist is reeling after a series of blows to her professional and personal life. Not only has her former lover left her, but he also stole what would become a prize-winning story, one that beats out her own nomination. Soon after, the elderly neighbor whom Alex neglected in her rush to get to the ceremonies is murdered, leaving Alex guilt-ridden and determined to discover who would have wanted the kind, if forgetful, woman dead. Alex¿s suspicions are raised when she learns that Mrs. Vicks had been questioning her bank¿s practices, her somewhat slow young roommate inherits a good portion of the wealth, and Mrs. Vicks¿ son¿s gambling problems have him desperate for his own share. Alex has more than enough on her mind when her older, mentally-challenged sister comes for a visit, demanding time that Alex doesn¿t seem to have. Between that and balancing her attraction to her coworker and another older man, Alex is pushed to the limit as she investigates a bank¿s murky practices and dodges physical attacks from an ex-con. No matter how stressed Alex is though, she never loses her sense of humor or her love for those around her.
Chicago TV reporter Alex St. James of the Midwest Focus Newsletter is running late for an award ceremony in which she is a nominee so somewhat brushes off her neighbor Evelyn Vicks when the older woman wants to show her something. She does help Evelyn get back into her locked house before racing off to the gala where she watches her former lover, Dan Starck of a rival show win the award. He humiliates her in his rambling speech dubbing her as the engine that could implying no matter how hard she tries she can¿t with no hint that he stole her story.------------- When she returns home she learns someone killed Mrs. Vicks whose son Bart insists she help him with probate because the president of the bank where Mrs. Vick work David Dewars insists Bart killed his mother because he needed his inheritance. Alex, who wants to help, is being stalked by a dangerous con just released from prison. As Chicago Police Detective Lulinski investigates, Alex finds she is caught in the dangerous middle even as her older sister Lucy, who suffers from Williams Syndrome, temporarily moves in with her during renovations at the assisted living facility where she lives.----------- The second ¿deadly¿ tale is a terrific investigative thriller starring a likable protagonist whose life becomes quite complicated when her sibling moves in with her, her neighbor is murdered just after speaking with her, and several men enter her life interested in her. The story line is fast-paced and the ending surprising but plausible as readers will count their blessings that Alex is on the case. On top of that is a fascinating coda at a gas station between Alex and Chicago private detective Ron Shade (Michael A. Black¿s literary sleuth).------------ Harriet Klausner