Meeting in the Ladies Roomby Anita Diggs
From acclaimed author Anita Doreen Diggs comes a page-turning novel of romantic obsession, racial tension -- and murder. In the rarefied world of Manhattan publishing, most of the intrigue takes place in the books. But all that is about to change for respected editor Jacqueline Blue... It's not easy being one of the few African Americans in an overwhelmingly white industry crammed with female trust-fund babies. But when the going gets tough, thirty-two-year-old Jackie thinks about her aging mother's expenses, her own love for books, and keeps her eye on the prize -- a promotion to executive editor. Besides all that, Jackie's biggest problem has been her unrequited love for Victor Bell, a handsome member of the Black Pack, her weekly professional group. Does Victor prefer tall women? Light-skinned sisters? Why isn't he interested in her? Should she just come right out and proposition him? These are Jackie's most pressing concerns -- until the morning her boss is suddenly murdered. It seems that Jackie was the last person to see Annabelle Murray alive -- and the circumstances were not pretty.
Jackie's fingerprints are all over the crime scene in Annabelle's sumptuous Central Park West apartment. And with the murder making headlines, Jackie had better start saving for a lawyer. Because as her best friend points out: There's a powerful white woman lying six feet under, and nobody is in jail for it -- yet. To make matters worse, Jackie had sworn not to tell anyone why she was invited to her boss's home in the first place. But with her own life on the line, Jackie may have to betray the trust of the dead woman -- and possibly her own scruples. Ironically, just as everything is hitting the fan, Victor asks her out to dinner. Jackie knows that when it rains it pours -- but now she's knee-deep in hot water -- and bailing herself out will be the toughest challenge she's ever faced...
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