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Thrilled to Death (Samantha Shaw Series #5)
     

Thrilled to Death (Samantha Shaw Series #5)

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by Jennifer Apodaca
 

On the surface, Samantha Shaw's life looks pretty good—she has a hot boyfriend, private investigator Gabe Pulizzi, and her own business, Heart Mates Dating Service. But raising two boys and keeping track of her ornery magician grandfather is tricky business. . .especially when you add murder to the mix. . ..

Knocking down the wall between Samantha Shaw's

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On the surface, Samantha Shaw's life looks pretty good—she has a hot boyfriend, private investigator Gabe Pulizzi, and her own business, Heart Mates Dating Service. But raising two boys and keeping track of her ornery magician grandfather is tricky business. . .especially when you add murder to the mix. . ..

Knocking down the wall between Samantha Shaw's dating service, Heart Mates, and her boyfriend Gabe Pulizzi's P.I. office seemed like a good idea. The construction dust is causing chaos, but the real trouble is how Sam's going to handle her two sons, her grandfather, her business, and training for her P.I. license—and squeeze in a relationship with Gabe at the same time.

She hasn't even begun to figure it out when her grandfather, Barney Webb, winds up in trouble of his own—he's been accused by arrogant magician Shane Masters of hiring a hit man to kill him. Sam knows it can't be true, despite Shane's practice of exposing other illusionists' secrets in a series of popular "spoiler" shows. Proving Grandpa's innocence is priority number one, even though the old man is strangely resistant to her offers to get to the bottom of Shane's accusation.

Then Grandpa's protégé Fletch Knight shows up in Lake Elsinore, asking Barney to help him videotape backdrops for his upcoming performance at the House of Magic. Sam thinks Barney should be focusing on clearing his name, but she doesn't have much time to push the issue since she's just landed a new case—discovering which magician's secrets Shane will expose for Shane's ex, Nikki Eden, whose high-concept illusions depend on secrecy.

With another of Grandpa's former students in town, and Gabe's troubled brother arriving unexpectedly, Sam is up to her ears in sleight of hand and whispered secrets when Shane Masters' murdered body suddenly appears. Detective Logan Vance, Sam's police connection, is furious that she's withheld information. With so many balls in the air, Sam is tempted to throw in the towel and take up juggling, but finding a killer comes first. There's no shortage of suspects, but with Sam's own life at stake—again!—figuring out whodunit is going to be the most spectacular trick of all. . .

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The death of a spoiler magician takes ex-soccer mom Samantha Shaw (Ninja Soccer Moms, 2004, etc.) once more from the sedate world of matchmaking into the edgier realm of private investigation. Shane Masters makes his living exposing other magicians' signature illusions. But whose secrets does he plan to reveal on his nationally televised show at Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore, Calif.? Rosy Malone wants to know if her granddaughter Nikki Eden is Shane's next victim. Bo Kelly and Fletch Knight, friends of Samantha's magician grandfather Barney, are worried about their acts too. And Sam's got plenty of free time to investigate, since Heart Mates, her dating service, is currently closed while her boyfriend Gabe Pulizzi and his raffish brother Cal knock down enough walls to connect its offices with those of Pulizzi Investigations. So Sam puts aside her recurrent daydreams of Gabe, clad only in his tool belt, knocking on her bedroom door, long enough to take Barney to Masters's deluxe motor home for a magician-to-magician talk-a confrontation that gets the attention of police detective Logan Vance when Masters later turns up dead. Now Vance, whose conversations with Sam often include references to "multiple orgasms," is talking about suspects and alibis, and Sam wishes she could make herself disappear. Even Houdini couldn't unravel the tangles in Sam's sex life. The mystery, on the other hand, is pretty tame.

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ISBN-13:
9780758209887
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Samantha Shaw Series , #5
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.23(d)

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Thrilled to Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Samantha Shaw, owner of Heart Mates dating service, and her boyfriend former cop turned private investigator Gabe Pulizzi tear down the walls that separate their businesses as he mentors her so that she can legally work his cases. However, her next investigation does not come from her teacher, but from her grandfather, Barney Webb, accused by acclaimed magician Shane Masters of hiring someone to kill him. --- Shane was once a magician¿s apprentice learning the trade under Barney before becoming a traitor to his profession, exposing the master tricks of other magicians. He comes to Lake Elsinore to perform his latest ¿debunking,¿ that of his former lover Nikki Eden. Attending his performance is many who loath him and that includes Nikki and other students of Barney. All share in the belief that the world would be a better place if Shane was dead. One takes the wishes to heart killing Shane. While family troubles explode for Sam and Gabe, Detective Logan Vance follows up on Shane¿s accusation that Barney arranged the homicide Sam figures she better prove her grandfather did not commit the homicide someone else she probably knows rather well possibly did the deed. --- Sam has come a long way from NINJA SOCCER MOMS and it shows in this tale as she still errs, but moves on with confidence in her self she knows what she wants and she goes out to get it. Solving the case of the dead magician proves difficult because the prime suspects besides being friends are expert sleight of the hand illusionists so red herrings abound. This is a fantastic entry as Sam hopes to soon practice under her license not that of her lover. --- Harriet Klausner