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Murder at the Mailbox
     

Murder at the Mailbox

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by Laura Novak
 
It's two weeks before Halloween and the tricks have already begun in wacky Berkeley, California, when a woman dressed as a China doll is found twisted, bloodied, and dying against a broken mailbox outside the city's grandest mansion.

Turns out she's the socialite wife of a local predatory developer who challenges Clari Drake, former TV star turned has-been

Overview

It's two weeks before Halloween and the tricks have already begun in wacky Berkeley, California, when a woman dressed as a China doll is found twisted, bloodied, and dying against a broken mailbox outside the city's grandest mansion.

Turns out she's the socialite wife of a local predatory developer who challenges Clari Drake, former TV star turned has-been reporter, to find the killer.

The kinky clues pile up like a basket of bad candy. An old newsroom nemesis, hashish-smoking homeless activists, and nutball neighbors pull back the curtain on the sexual exploits of wealthy Russell Street, forcing Clari to pursue a spanking good story into the darkest corners of the city everyone loves to laugh at.

Join Clari Drake on deadline as she navigates the intersection of lust, betrayal, and ... podiatry ... in the People's Republic.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150774100
Publisher:
Laura Novak
Publication date:
08/27/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
441 KB

Meet the Author

I spent 30 years as a news reporter in television, radio, and print … including years reporting for The New York Times on business, arts, and health.

My first foray into fiction was with Finding Clarity: A Mom, A Dwarf, and a Posh Private School in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. That eBook hit #6 at one point on Amazon where it garnered lots of great reviews. It also served as the pilot for the rest of the Finding Clarity series set in Berkeley.

While Clari Drake might not be up to any good, I try to be, especially when at work in the Berkeley Men’s Shelter every month.

If I’m not writing with a cat nearby, I am usually swimming or recycling anything in my path.

Thank you for reading and for supporting indie authors! Feel free to reach me at:

www.lauranovakauthor.com

Twitter: @LaNovakAuthor
Instagram: l.a._novak
Facebook: Finding Clarity

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Murder at the Mailbox 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree completely with reviews of this novel. I enjoyed this fast paced journey in which Clari Drake applies her curiosity and intelligence, with the frank "straight shooter" perspectives we recall from her previous investigations in Finding Clarity. In "Murder at the Mailbox" Clari again applies her smarts as she digs deeper into a car accident and death in the East Bay of San Francisco. She collaborates with an eclectic assortment of characters from the Berkeley CA area, vividly rendered, to reveal far more complex circumstances surrounding the crime (all based on actual events).
Suzero More than 1 year ago
Thank the Lord of Books: Clari Drake is back, and she's scratching at the underbelly of the People's Republic of Berkeley again. To the delight of this reader, the self-proclaimed "has-been" TV reporter and devoted sh** disturber has stepped in it this time. In fact, she almost falls over the dying woman she and her young son encounter at a mailbox in a ritzy neighborhood in the Hills. And even better news: Clari's dear friend, Elspeth Waldron, returns in full hippie-dippy glory, drawn to perfection in and out of her muu-muus. As a further treat, Novak's gift for characterization rounds out one of her best characters yet, a woman believed to be named Lady Nasty who takes readers through the fast-paced plot with humor and grace, well, attempts at grace anyway. As in Novak's first Clari Drake mystery, Berkeley shines in the brilliance of the author's local color writing. In this edition, the "City by the City by the Bay" is dressed up for Halloween, set to take place two weeks from the opening chapter. "The concept of Halloween in Berkeley," Novak writes, "is nothing if not redundant. Each day is dress-up-and-appear-weird day [here]. Every season is open season on the unpredictable and often outrageous. Anything is possible in the land of patchouli oil and incense." To call it a madcap mystery minimizes the mayhem which literally sends Clari up a tree, but she's a journalist on assignment and is ready to do what it takes for her employer's dying rag, the Berkeley Bi-Weekly. Novak's snappy style is full of humor and word play, and there are laughs aplenty in this cooky story, but at its roots is a very real-world tale taken from the stories of today’s news. Novak has obviously researched this aspect of her mystery with care and accuracy. Murder at the Mailbox is classic female sleuth mystery. Clari Drake could turn Berkeley into a setting for the most delicious television series, a BBC-type heroine residing stateside on the Left Coast. Drake is quick, quirky, and curious, as I'm sure her author must be. The dialogue Novak writes is spot-on and the pace she sets keeps her readers engaged and entertained. This is a series that can only get better, and I can't wait to enjoy what comes next from this talented writer.