The Crows: P.J. Benson Mystery

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A relaxing afternoon walk in the woods with her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy turns into a harrowing experience for accountant P.J. Benson. One that ends with a man dying in her dining room.

P.J. has a stack of taxes to finish before April 15th; she doesn't have time to deal with people being murdered, her house being broken into, a biogenetic experiment that doesn't seem to exist, or an attractive homicide detective. Forced to question her sanity, she fears she's developing the ...

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Overview

A relaxing afternoon walk in the woods with her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy turns into a harrowing experience for accountant P.J. Benson. One that ends with a man dying in her dining room.

P.J. has a stack of taxes to finish before April 15th; she doesn't have time to deal with people being murdered, her house being broken into, a biogenetic experiment that doesn't seem to exist, or an attractive homicide detective. Forced to question her sanity, she fears she's developing the same debilitating schizophrenia that claimed her mother's mind...that or someone really is trying to kill her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

With a central plot line hinging on a bioengineered strain of killer ladybugs and a solution that will strike most as far-fetched, this romantic cozy is an unremarkable outing for Soule (Chase the Dream), better known for writing straight romances. P.J. Benson, an accountant in the small Michigan town of Zenith, leads a humdrum existence as April 15 approaches. When a dead stranger turns up in her house, P.J. becomes the prime suspect of hunky homicide detective Wade Kingsley. Further break-ins make P.J. wonder whether the killer was after a mysterious box stolen from her neighbors, Julia and John Westman, but when the Westmans deny ever telling her that the box contained lethal insects, neighbors familiar with her family history of mental illness begin to wonder whether P.J. herself is losing touch with reality. The burgeoning relationship between P.J. and Wade generates few sparks, leaving little to keep readers going through the slow-moving plot. (Dec.)

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Library Journal

After being shot at while walking her four-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback in the woods, P.J. Benson, who works as a CPA, returns to her rural Michigan farmhouse to find a dying man in her dining room. She soon finds herself at the top of an attractive homicide detective's suspect list, gets caught in another mess involving a missing biogenetics experiment, and begins receiving phone calls from someone she has believed to be dead for years. As the tension builds and P.J.'s life is turned upside down, she's soon in mortal danger. Soule, her skills honed by penning 25 romance novels, writes with authority and ease, hooking the reader on page one. Romantic suspense just doesn't get any better. Mary Higgins Clark fans will find much to enjoy here.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
School Library Journal

With a central plot line hinging on a bioengineered strain of killer ladybugs and a solution that will strike most as far-fetched, this romantic cozy is an unremarkable outing for Soule (Chase the Dream), better known for writing straight romances. P.J. Benson, an accountant in the small Michigan town of Zenith, leads a humdrum existence as April 15 approaches. When a dead stranger turns up in her house, P.J. becomes the prime suspect of hunky homicide detective Wade Kingsley. Further break-ins make P.J. wonder whether the killer was after a mysterious box stolen from her neighbors, Julia and John Westman, but when the Westmans deny ever telling her that the box contained lethal insects, neighbors familiar with her family history of mental illness begin to wonder whether P.J. herself is losing touch with reality. The burgeoning relationship between P.J. and Wade generates few sparks, leaving little to keep readers going through the slow-moving plot. (Dec.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Beware the menace posed by a dying man, a sniper in the woods and killer ladybugs. Accountant P.J. Benson recently inherited her grandfather's farm in rural Michigan. During tax season, she has no time for outside interests, but when she's suspected in the murder of a stranger who dies in her dining room, she's forced to turn sleuth. Her neighbors, missing a box they say contains genetically altered ladybugs whose bite is fatal, beg P.J. to help find it without informing the police. The dead man turns out to be a carpenter who built a laboratory in their barn. His tendency to talk too much when drinking may have cost him his life. As break-ins continue at P.J.'s house, handsome homicide detective Wade Kingsley, who's attracted to her, wonders if her mother's schizophrenia runs in the family. P.J. must also deal with her lesbian neighbors, one of whom expected to get part of P.J.'s inherited property. After making a scene at a party, she brings P.J. a stew laced with sleeping pills. Although P.J. and her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, Baraka, suffer no ill effects, the cops suspect she dosed herself. Another neighbor, angry with P.J., provides an important clue about the CROWS, an environmental watchdog group whose members may be violent. Veteran romancer Soule skillfully combines suspense, mystery and romance in a fast-moving tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467919302
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer, teacher, artist, wife, mother, dog trainer, horse rider, boater. Maris Soule can list an array of occupations and avocations. Even as a writer her 29 published books span a variety of genres and subgenres, ranging from short stories to romances, romantic suspense, and mystery. A two-time RITA finalist, Soule has placed in and won several writing contests.

Born and raised in California, Soule and her husband now spend their summers in Michigan and their winters in Florida. Visit Soule on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn or at www.MarisSoule.com

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