A Gift for Murder

A Gift for Murder

by Karen McCullough

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Overview

Greed, jealousy, and anger often lurk below the surface of trade shows and business exhibitions, but murder isn't usually on the program.

For fifty-one weeks of the year, Heather McNeil loves her job as assistant to the director of the Washington DC Market Show Center. But the Gift and Home trade show, the biggest show of the year at the center, is a week-long nightmare. This year's version is worse than usual. Misplaced shipments, feuding exhibitors, and malfunctioning popcorn machines are all in a day's work. Finding the body of a murdered executive dumped in a trash bin during the show isn't. The discovery tips Heather's life into havoc.

The police have reason to suspect the victim's wife killed him, but Heather doesn't believe it. She's gotten glimmers of an entirely different scenario and possible motive, but questioning exhibitors about the crime doesn't make her popular with them or with her employers. Still, other lives might be at risk, and if she doesn't identify the murderer before the show ends, the culprit could well remain free to kill again.
Her only help comes from a company executive with ulterior motives and the Market Center's attractive new security officer, Scott Brandon. Despite opposition from some of the exhibitors, her employers, and the police, Heather seeks to expose the killer before the show ends. To solve the mystery she will have to risk what's most important to her and be prepared to fight for answers, her job, and possibly her life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016665269
Publisher: Karen McCullough
Publication date: 04/21/2013
Series: Market Center Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 566,490
File size: 573 KB

About the Author

Karen McCullough is the author of more than a dozen published novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and fantasy genres and has won numerous awards, including an Eppie Award for fantasy. She’s also been a four-time Eppie finalist, and a finalist in the Prism, Dream Realm, Rising Star, Lories, Scarlett Letter, and Vixen Awards contests. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and numerous small press publications in the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. She has three children, three grandchildren and lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband of many years.

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Gift for Murder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a well written and captivating book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an original setting for a murder--it happens at a trade show. The heroine of A Gift For Murder works for the Commerce & Market Show Center. Heather MacNeil is the assistant to the Center's Director, which means she has to juggle and solve the many behind-the-scenes problems that come up at any trade show. Heather has a special talent for listening and making people feel comfortable in her presence. She uses this ability to quietly question exhibitors about the body she found murdered in a dumpster. Although the police are focused on the dead man's wife as their prime suspect, Heather thinks she's innocent and decides to do some amateur detecting. New to the trade floor security team is ex-cop Scott Brandon. Soon he and Heather are working together to solve the crime. They are also exploring the possibility of a romantic relationship. There is a good deal of authentic detail about what it's like to manage a big trade show. I particularly enjoyed the rogue popcorn machine! The characters are sympathetic, the plot is well-developed, and the narrative builds to a tense and exciting conclusion. I did wonder why the police homicide detectives were so ineffective, but this is a perennial problem with amateur detective stories. I enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend it to cozy mystery fans...or to anyone who likes a well-told story.
ClaraSelene More than 1 year ago
This writer either worked at the same type of job as the heroine or did an amazing amount of research on the details and perils of trade shows. She knows all the things that can go wrong, and they pop up in this interesting mystery. Plus a well defined background and a puzzling murder, the story includes a realistic cast of characters involved in believable situations. If you have ever been to a trade show, you will love this cozy mystery. And if you haven’t, you may want to go to one. Just remember to stay clear of the dumpsters by the loading dock.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Washington DC as the Commerce & Market Show Center employees prepare for the always difficult Gift and Decorations trade show, office assistant Heather McNeil finds a corpse in the dumpster. Someone bashed exhibitor Tim Bethel with a crowbar that remains imbeded in the deceased. Heather calls the police. Police Detective Peter Gilmont investigates the homicide. He wonders who would have had the motive and opportunity to kill the co-owner of Grantwood & Bethel; one of the firms displaying their gifts and accessories at the show. At the same time Heather and her maybe boyfriend new employer as a Center security guard Scott Brandon make their own inquiry ignoring the objections of Gilmont, Heather's superior Janelle Addison and the exhibitors including the deceased's partner Stan Greenwood. This Market Center Murders tale is an engaging tale that contains competing solid investigations and a fabulous look deep into what goes on behind the scenes to insure a successful trade show. Heather is an enticing protagonist who anchors the story line and the trade show as a cynical stable influence in the midst of chaos. The vivid glimpse at the trade show environs steals the plot from the whodunit whose spins and twists readers will anticipate in this charming cozy. Harriet Klausner