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Poisoned Politics (Molly Malone Series #2)
     

Poisoned Politics (Molly Malone Series #2)

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by Maggie Sefton
 

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The second book inNew York Timesbestselling 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

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The second book inNew York Timesbestselling 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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410463913
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
01/29/2014
Series:
Molly Malone Series , #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

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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Poisoned Politics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Poisoned Politics is the second book in the trilogy featuring Molly Malone This is a very exciting and suspenseful series and is a real page turner. Molly is settling in well after having been gone from our nation capital for a while. Molly is enjoying her job managing the personal affairs at home or Senator Russell and continues to try and find closure on the murder for her niece, Karen. One morning Moly gets a frantic call from her childhood friend, Samantha Calhoun. The call concerns the man she has been having an affair with, Congressman Quintin Wilson. He was at Sam's house retrieving personal items and when she returned home the next morning she found him and pills spread all over the coffee table. Sam is considered a person of interest as she won't reveal who she spent the night with. As Molly starts to look into the Wilson suspicious death, she finds that he was researching the same thing that Celeste and her niece had been, and they both ended up dead. Molly thinks that this more than a coincidence. This book has a wonderful cast of characters and provides an interesting look into what might be some of the behind scenes in our Nation's Capitol. I particularly enjoyed the banter between Molly and Sam and once again the staff at the Senator's home provide some chuckles, too. And on the romance side, it looks like Molly and Daniel might decide to take their relationship to the next level. Looking forward to Bloody Politics to see how the story ends.