Murder on the Gold Coast

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A murdered millionaire, several wealthy prime suspects prepared to defend themselves at any cost, a homicide commander determined not to ruffle any important feathers, and a chief of police with a history of appeasing the power elite in the District of Columbia all make Murder On The Gold Coast a wonderful read. Readers of mystery fiction are usually comforted by the notion that crime doesn't pay; that the good are rewarded for their virtue; and that the bad are punished for their wickedness. However, Barbara ...
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Overview

A murdered millionaire, several wealthy prime suspects prepared to defend themselves at any cost, a homicide commander determined not to ruffle any important feathers, and a chief of police with a history of appeasing the power elite in the District of Columbia all make Murder On The Gold Coast a wonderful read. Readers of mystery fiction are usually comforted by the notion that crime doesn't pay; that the good are rewarded for their virtue; and that the bad are punished for their wickedness. However, Barbara Fleming's second offering in the Matthew Alexander Mystery Series questions readers' beliefs about good and evil, crime and punishment, and who pays the piper when the final account is taken. Her smart, strong-willed, fearless young hero, Lieutenant Matthew Alexander, takes the reader on a marvelous journey as he solves the Murder On The Gold Coast in his usual brash, in-your-face style. His investigative skills are truly tested as he tries to solve the homicide of one of the District of Columbia's richest real estate developers in the home of the detective's former girlfriend.
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Editorial Reviews

allaboutmurder.com
"...There is an abundance of politics, crime, power, and racism which makes the novel worth reading. The story is fast paced and readable with enough twists and turns to make it intriguing."
Midwest Book Review
"Barbara Fleming's Hot Stones, Cold Death is an outstanding mystery novel featuring Lieutenant Matthew Alexander, a homicide detective who must follow the theft of a prized necklace from the Smithsonian's gem collection and identify a ruthless murderer. Hot Stones, Cold Death is a deftly written, thoroughly exciting, cover-to-cover, pulse-pounding thriller of a read."
mystery-bookstore.com
"...A change of pace for me; not a serial killer or dark psychological thriller, but a fine and well-crafted museum art mystery. It's a riveting thriller that follows a young D.C. police detective, Lieutenant Matthew Alexander, as he solves two brutal murders and the theft of a fabulous emerald necklace from the Smithsonian's gem collection. Because the victims are ritually attired as African warriors, and because the murders happen in the midst of budget hearing, the homicides take on political and international overtones. I loved it."
Xenia Daily Gazette
"...Set in the politically charged, racially tense atmosphere of Washington, D.C., Hot Stones, Cold Death weaves a fast-paced tale of thievery and murder that binds several tangled threads into a fascinating tapestry of motives and personalities that cuts a wide swath through an elite slice of District life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970897015
  • Publisher: Silver Maple Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Fleming

A native of Fort Collins, author Barbara Fleming is fascinated by the rich history of her hometown. Malcolm McNeill, a collector and photographer, likes to solve historical puzzles. Together they have assembled an entertaining, lively collection of photographs and stories about the place Mark Miller loved so well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Murder in Black and Gold

    Murder on the Gold Coast brims with surprises and revelations. Barbara Fleming¿s intelligent writing sheds wisdom and insight into the human condition. With her uncanny eye for detail and a well-tuned ear for dialogue, even Washington, DC is a character full of energy and personality. Fleming¿s writing is by turns lyrically poetic and as staccato as a crime report. Matthew Alexander deserves a long career investigating the District¿s crimes. And Barbara Fleming is building a solid body of work from the capers of this cunning detective. Murder on the Gold Coast is the newest installment of Fleming¿s Matthew Alexander Mystery Series. Someone has killed wealthy black real estate developer, Harold William Waterson, Sr., and, surprisingly, his Washington, DC social sphere encompasses a circle of people with motives. His elegant white wife is miserable. His son detests him. The black, beautiful Angela Bowman wants to end their affair. When Waterson winds up dead in the posh basement of Angela¿s parents, the three Bowman¿s maintain their innocence. While there is no hard evidence to implicate them, there is the matter of the murder weapon that key piece of evidence ¿ a 38-caliber revolver that emptied two slugs into Waterson¿s chest ¿ is missing. Matthew Alexander steps in to unravel this mystery, wrestling against the odds, frustration, and time. Matt¿s personal history with Angela enhances the intrigue they might have married had her father found him worthy. In his current marriage to sultry Carla, his life balances romantic negotiation, administrative head-games, and brutally long hours. His witnesses balk, and his leads sometimes disintegrate, but his instincts seldom betray him. This sharp, handsome detective is cocky for a reason. He¿s good at his job. Reviewed by Chiquita Mullins lee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    More than a thrilling detective story

    Detective Mathew Alexander investigates a murder in the home of his former girl friend, whose father persuaded his daughter to break off the relationship. The victim and several suspects are members of the upper crust of black society in Washington, D.C. Detective Arnold faces not only the stress of a personal relationship with a key suspect, but also intense political and social pressures in a high profile case that his superiors are anxious to close with a quick arrest. His character, perserverance and investigative instincts and skill prevent a gross injustice, and leave the reader with the challenge of figuring out who did it. As a dectective story, this is a thrilling piece of work with a convincing assortment of possible culprits that make the book difficult to put down. As a literary work, the author creates some fascinating characters and provides some interesting insights into the social milieux of the characters. Fred J. Milligan, Westerville, Ohio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    If You Love Murder Mysteries, Choose This Book

    Barbara Fleming's Murder On The Gold Coast: A Matthew Alexander Mystery is a murder mystery which offers delightful dialog, well-developed characters, a finely designed plot, and intimate insight into the process of a police department's murder investigation. While the homicide detective's viewpoint is the primary viewpoint, what I found fascinating was how Barbara Fleming gives us a 'look-see' into the work and involvement of a forensic specialist, district attorney, and police chief, among others, as Detective Lieutenant Matthew Alexander investigates wealthy Harold Waterson's murder in Washington D.C.. If you love murder mysteries, you'll thoroughly enjoy the experience of reading Barbara Fleming's Murder On The Gold Coast: A Matthew Alexander Mystery. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    Tantalizing mystery with memorable characters

    Murder on the Gold Coast is a juicy rich, gossipy and tantalizing piece of 'for real' fiction enveloped in a mystery novel. Having lived in northwest section of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas, I found the story within the story to be convincing and stimulating. Of course, the mystery itself is quite organic and entertaining. My only quibble with the book is that upon its conclusion I still longed for more. Where is my dessert? EXCELLENT, memorable and rich in suspense & excitement superb character development. This novel shows the author's growth since her first mystery novel (Hot Stones, Cold Death) as well as her heightened understanding of what Readers really want...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    Vivid Characters

    In her second novel, Fleming brings back Lieutenant Matthew Alexander, whose directness and lack of concern about embarrassing the wealthy and powerful make him a very appealing character. Alexander and his partner Jake are called to the scene of a homicide in the posh Gold Coast section of Washington, D.C., where the victim is a millionaire real estate developer. He died in the home of a young woman to whom Alexander had once been engaged, but she¿s only one of a collection of suspects with reasons to want the dead man out of their lives. Fleming knows how to write a gripping story, but what makes it especially vivid is her dialogue. With their words, her characters show their personalities, beliefs, and values. When they speak, you can almost see the flash of anger in their eyes, hear the chuckle in their voices, or sense the sorrow in their body language. These voices, freighted with emotion and edgy as they wait for the discovery of various truths, draw you into the world of the book and make it hard for you to put it down. Furthermore, Alexander knows that the truth he¿s looking for lies deep in those personalities. Suspense builds on every page. Add to this the tension between the lead detective and his bosses, the racial and family issues that won¿t go away, and the beautiful wife Alexander has at home, and the result is a satisfying complexity that pulls you into his world and keeps you there until the conclusion.

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