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The Devil's Interval (Maggie Fiori Series #2)

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"Strong focus, admirable prose, and a nifty story line."—Library Journal

Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco's elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the "Limousine Lothario" was guilty of no more than loving his mother.

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Overview

"Strong focus, admirable prose, and a nifty story line."—Library Journal

Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco's elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the "Limousine Lothario" was guilty of no more than loving his mother.

Linda Lee Peterson is the author of Edited to Death, which introduced readers to San Francisco sleuth and magazine editor Maggie Fiori. A well-known marketing expert, Peterson has also written several nonfiction books and contributed to such publications as the Chicago Tribune.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Peterson’s smart sequel to Edited to Death (2005), which introduced San Francisco magazine editor Maggie Fiori, Maggie swears up, down, and sideways to her husband that she will no longer investigate affairs that don’t concern her, but her criminal defense lawyer friend, Isabella Fuentes, easily persuades her to make a trip to San Quentin Prison to see Travis Gifford (aka the Limousine Lothario), a limo driver on death row for murdering his client and lover, socialite Grace Plummer. Readers will enjoy Maggie’s smart-alecky quips about Grace’s social circle as she investigates the secret life of the superficially perfect socialite. Never have therapy sessions been more enjoyable than Maggie’s, as her signature wit is on full display when her husband drags her to marriage counseling. Maggie’s inner monologue carries the story, transforming what could have been a humdrum premise into a fast-paced, intelligent tale of intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the refreshing end. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"Murder and music, discord and harmony, guilt and innocence, domesticity and passion, smooth talk and rough sex: In The Devil’s Interval—Linda Lee Peterson’s virtuoso second novel—journalist-sleuth Maggie Fiori scores all the notes. Maggie, like the book, is smart, stylish, and surprisingly steamy!"
— Jon Jefferson (Jefferson Bass), New York Times bestselling crime writer

Smart and sexy, with the schemes of high society on full display, The Devil’s Interval takes readers on a tour of Everyone’s Favorite City, San Francisco. As Maggie Fiori attempts to solve this intricate mystery, which begins in San Quentin Prison, what will happen to her marriage, which needs a heavy dose of healing? Readers will be turning pages to discover the answers.
— Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries

The Devil’s Interval is an entertaining mystery, and shines with crisp prose, layered characters, and a gripping plot.”
— Jonnie Jacobs, bestselling author of the Kate Austen and Kali O’Brien mystery series

“An intelligent and gripping novel. Maggie Fiori is a witty, feisty protagonist and Peterson deftly weaves a compelling tale of how far a mother will go to save her child. The Devil’s Interval is a roller-coaster ride through the streets and alleys of San Francisco that will evoke Robert Parker’s Spenser novels with a dash of Janet Evanovich. Get out the flashlight. You’ll be up late."
— Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Conviction

From the Publisher

"A fast-paced, intelligent tale of intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the refreshing end."
Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“Impossible to put down. Sparkling dialog, references both musical and literary, and an offbeat cast of believable characters make the pages fly by.”
Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"Murder and music, discord and harmony, guilt and innocence, domesticity and passion, smooth talk and rough sex: In The Devil’s Interval—Linda Lee Peterson’s virtuoso second novel—journalist-sleuth Maggie Fiori scores all the notes. Maggie, like the book, is smart, stylish, and surprisingly steamy!"
— Jon Jefferson (Jefferson Bass), New York Times bestselling crime writer

Smart and sexy, with the schemes of high society on full display, The Devil’s Interval takes readers on a tour of Everyone’s Favorite City, San Francisco. As Maggie Fiori attempts to solve this intricate mystery, which begins in San Quentin Prison, what will happen to her marriage, which needs a heavy dose of healing? Readers will be turning pages to discover the answers.
— Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries

The Devil’s Interval is an entertaining mystery, and shines with crisp prose, layered characters, and a gripping plot.”
— Jonnie Jacobs, bestselling author of the Kate Austen and Kali O’Brien mystery series

“An intelligent and gripping novel. Maggie Fiori is a witty, feisty protagonist and Peterson deftly weaves a compelling tale of how far a mother will go to save her child. The Devil’s Interval is a roller-coaster ride through the streets and alleys of San Francisco that will evoke Robert Parker’s Spenser novels with a dash of Janet Evanovich. Get out the flashlight. You’ll be up late."
— Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Conviction

"There are many things I like about this series...Peterson has avoided the pitfalls of making her protagonist either too cozy or too hard-bitten and has crafted in Maggie a character who feels real."
—Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Once again, Maggie Fiori, a San Francisco magazine editor, finds herself tangled in a crime case. Friends in a defense group for death row inmates want her to meet a prisoner, Travis Gifford, also known as the Limousine Lothario, who is appealing his sentence. Convicted for murdering a high-society client (and lover), Travis nonetheless maintains his innocence. Maggie's curiosity gets the better of her, and soon she's investigating, under the auspices of writing a magazine feature about the victim. Maggie's last foray into detecting almost got her killed, so this time her husband gets involved, too. They learn that Grace Plummer, the victim, was no ordinary socialite. As Maggie's team research and interview (including a steamy couple of segments in an exclusive sex club), they acknowledge the familiar maxim: the rich are different. And some of them have no compunction about killing again. VERDICT This sophomore entry featuring journalist-sleuth Maggie Fiori (after Edited to Death) is impossible to put down. Sparkling dialog, references both musical and literary, and an offbeat cast of believable characters make the pages fly by. Peterson's secondary plot about Maggie's family is balanced, never overwhelming the mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938849114
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Maggie Fiori Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,158,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Lee Peterson is the author of Edited to Death, which introduced readers to the San Francisco sleuth and magazine editor Maggie Fiori. A frequent speaker on communication and marketing topics, Peterson has written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers (Chronicle), and Linens and Candles (Harper Collins) and is a contributor to national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. She is also one of the founding partners of Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, a marketing communications firm that serves business, arts and culture, environmental, higher education, and health care clients around the United States. A longtime San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Bad

    Its bad

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Interesting mystery.

    Readers who are also musicians and understand the relationship of intervals esp. the tritone and jazz improvisation, will gain a deeper enjoyment from reading this novel.
    We learn how the spaces separating people can be as hard to resolve as the intervals between notes.
    This mystery is well written with interesting characters, shows different, unique life styles of social strata, and has private clubs often with unusual rules.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

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    Not a fan of this book. I couldn't like any of the characters, but I really disliked Maggie. The plot was easy to guess and inserting all the nonsense regarding her personal life just took up space.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Witty and fun read.

    Lot of turns and flowed really well. Relatable characers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A pleasure to read a mystery by an intelligent erudite author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Bvv Lez Lesley n t Lesley and travis

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    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Terrible Story

    Nothing good about characters or plot. Waste of time, skipped through most of it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Good read

    Characters well done

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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