Poisoned Politics (Molly Malone Series #2)

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The second book in New York Times bestselling author Maggie Sefton’s dazzling political mystery series

Beltway doyenne Samantha Calhoun has learned many lessons in a lifetime of politics, and she relishes teaching certain young congressmen everything she knows. But when her latest fling, married U.S. Rep. Quentin Wilson, is found dead in Samantha’s home, she turns to longtime friend Molly Malone for support.

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Overview

The second book in New York Times bestselling author Maggie Sefton’s dazzling political mystery series

Beltway doyenne Samantha Calhoun has learned many lessons in a lifetime of politics, and she relishes teaching certain young congressmen everything she knows. But when her latest fling, married U.S. Rep. Quentin Wilson, is found dead in Samantha’s home, she turns to longtime friend Molly Malone for support.

Putting to use her many well-positioned connections, Molly learns that Wilson had been researching a financial bill sponsored by a veiled coalition of politicians—the same bill that her niece Karen Grayson was investigating when she was murdered. Picking up the trail where Grayson and Wilson left off, Molly fears she will be the next victim of the shadowy cabal’s insatiable appetite for power.

Praise for Deadly Politics:
“Sefton has a sharp ear for dialog and knack for writing strong female characters.”—Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sefton's middling second mystery featuring Molly Malone (after 2012's Deadly Politics) follows the Washington, D.C., consultant's personal and professional ups and downs while the shadowy Epsilon Group, a global financial policy concern, continues to advance their unknown aims by any means. Molly has already lost her congressman husband, David Grayson, to an inexplicable "suicide" and her congressional researcher niece, Karen Grayson, to murder the previous spring. Now Samantha Calhoun, her best friend, is in trouble. Explicit photos of Samantha and her latest lover, married Ohio congressman Quentin Wilson, have been sent to her and to him. Wilson's subsequent murder disguised as suicide roils the waters, and Molly's decision to try to continue the research Karen was doing attracts the attention of Wilson's killers. Sefton throws in plenty of insider parties and gossip as well as a developing love affair between Molly and a retired Marine colonel. Readers may find the lack of any resolution unsatisfying. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
A scandal in the nation's capital forces one friend into hiding while drawing out another who's keen to know what's at its root. Growing up in D.C. political families, Molly Malone and Samantha Calhoun have long understood the Machiavellian motivations of politicians. While Molly's used her expertise to secure a spot working for Sen. John Russell, Samantha's chosen a less traditional way of reaching out to politicos: mentoring young men in the office and outside. When her latest project, married Rep. Quentin Wilson, is found dead, overdosed on pills in Samantha's house, Molly is naturally determined to come to Samantha's aid. Though Samantha insists that she has an alibi for the evening of Quentin's demise, she refuses to release the name of her "friend" lest he too be thrust into the unwelcome spotlight. As Molly tries to clear her best bud's name, she suspects that what has happened is somehow related to the murder of her niece and the elusive Epsilon Group that inner D.C. circles can only whisper about. Meanwhile, Molly's also investigating the chemistry between herself and her former flame Danny, hoping there is still something to be found between them. Fans of the capital city may be dismayed at the overly romantic portrayal of everything from the heat to the work hours. And given its lack of resolution, Sefton's latest (Deadly Politics, 2012, etc.) may not be worth the time of some readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738731292
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink
  • Publication date: 8/8/2013
  • Series: Molly Malone Series , #2
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 331,803
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Sefton

Maggie Sefton is the New York Times bestselling author of Knitting Mystery series (Berkeley Prime Crime). Her debut knitting mystery, Knit One, Kill Two, was named an Agatha Award finalist in 2005. Sefton was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Arlington, Va. She is a former certified public accountant, and now resides in Fort Collins, Colo. Visit the author online at MaggieSefton.com.

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