To Love and to Perish: A Broken Vows Mystery

To Love and to Perish: A Broken Vows Mystery

by Lisa Bork
     
 

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Sports car dealer Jolene Parker and her foster son, Danny, are enjoying a day of turbo-charged fun in Watkins Glen, New York. Their fun includes cheering on Jolene’s mechanic friend, Cory, and his partner, Brennan, during the vintage races. But when Brennan is accused of shoving a man in front of a speeding racecar, Cory is faced with losing the love of his

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Sports car dealer Jolene Parker and her foster son, Danny, are enjoying a day of turbo-charged fun in Watkins Glen, New York. Their fun includes cheering on Jolene’s mechanic friend, Cory, and his partner, Brennan, during the vintage races. But when Brennan is accused of shoving a man in front of a speeding racecar, Cory is faced with losing the love of his life. After learning that Brennan had ties to the dead man, Jolene and Cory set out to investigate the skeletons in Brennan’s closet . . . and try to untangle a knot of deadly secrets.

Praise for the Broken Vows mystery series:
“Bork juggles multiple puzzles deftly.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bork has created an interesting cast of complex characters that readers will enjoy getting to know.”—Booklist

“A winning mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bork’s satisfying fourth Broken Vows mystery (after 2011’s In Sickness and in Death), a pleasant afternoon at the Vintage Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y., becomes anything but for car dealer Jolene Parker when Brennan Rowe, the boyfriend of her mechanic, Cory Kempe, is accused of killing James Gleason by pushing him in front of a speeding race car. Jolene and Cory set out to exonerate Brennan, despite learning that 13 years earlier Brennan was the driver in a car crash that killed his passenger, Gleason’s sister. Meanwhile, Jolene begins to suspect that the car-thief father of her foster son, Danny, might have returned to the Finger Lakes region to reclaim his son. In Bork’s capable hands, Jolene’s struggle to balance her role as a mother to Danny and as a friend to Cory and Brennan only adds charm to this tidy mystery, and Jolene’s no-nonsense narration will draw readers right in. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
A cautionary tale of one man's inability to escape a shady past and the friend who uncovers his dirt. Although Watkins Glen's Vintage Grand Prix Festival was meant to be a fun day out for her family, Jolene Parker finds herself in the middle of a police investigation when she's presumed to have witnessed a man push another in front of a speeding car. Jolene and her foster son, Danny, didn't see what really happened, but when the alleged murderer turns out to be Brennan Rowe, Jolene (In Sickness and in Death, 2011, etc.) is pressed to investigate further. Brennan is the first man to make Jolene's friend Cory, the mechanic at her shop, truly happy, and Jolene can't help giving Cory a hand in finding the truth, even though her sleuthing irks her husband, Ray. It's not long before the teammates discover that Brennan was the driver in a crash that killed the dead man's sister years ago. The roots of Brennan's long back story may go back to his high school days, when he was quite a different person, and he's not sure he can tell Cory the truth about himself. Still, another problem for Jolene is that Danny's bail-jumping father is in town, and Ray's determined to have him arrested, no matter what it would do to Danny. Bork isn't afraid to develop ongoing characters beyond standard storylines, though the main story this time is a tad complex.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738723372
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
12/08/2012
Series:
A Broken Vows Mystery Series, #4
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.72(d)

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Meet the Author

Lisa Bork holds a bachelor’s degree in English and an M.B.A. in marketing, and worked in human resources and marketing before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her children entered school fulltime, Lisa turned to writing to fill her days and exercise her mind. For Better, For Murder grew out of her family's love of New York’s Finger Lakes region and her husband’s obsession with cars. Lisa is a member of The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Thursday Evening Literary Society. She resides in western New York with her husband, children and family dog.

For Better, For Murder is a finalist for the 2009 Agatha Award in the category of Best First Novel.

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