Hot Spot: A Mark Manning Mystery

Hot Spot: A Mark Manning Mystery

by Michael Craft

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During his distinguished career as a journalist, Mark Manning has seen it all--riots, murder, political corruption, and every manifestation of the dark heart of the human species. But even his proven emotional resources will be stretched when the home he shares with his lover, architect Neil Waite, and his ward and nephew, Thad Quatrain, becomes the site of one of the most daunting, taxing, and potentially dangerous of all human rituals--a wedding.

Roxanne Exner, best friend to both Mark and Neil, is having her nuptial ceremony at their house in the normally bucolic Dumont, Wisconsin, partly because Carl Creighton, her husband to be, is in the final weeks of his campaign for lieutenant governor of Illinois. For Roxanne, Dumont will afford some needed distance from the campaign, and for the city of Dumont, it will be the social event of the season. The wedding, despite everyone's fears, comes off with nary a hitch. The reception, however, takes a disastrous turn when a local matron, who happens to be a major donor to the campaign of Creighton's rival, is killed in what appears to be a freak electrical mishap.

Authorities soon discover that the electrocution was no accident. Then another shocker--Roxanne herself becomes the prime suspect. If Roxanne is ever to enjoy her honeymoon, and if Carl and his running mate are to stand a chance of election, Mark finds himself in a race against the clock to solve a most perplexing murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466828629
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2003
Series: Mark Manning Mysteries , #6
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 716,274
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

Michael Craft is the author of several previous mystery novels. He splits his time between Palm Springs, California and his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Michael Craft is the author of several novels, three of which were honored as national finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Craft and his partner reside in Wisconsin, which is the setting for the Mark Manning novels. They have a second home in the Palm Springs area of California, which provides the backdrop for Craft's series featuring theater director Claire Gray.

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Hot Spot: A Mark Manning Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good one! Even though I got a hunch of whodunnit, there were just so many truly likely candidates that it was still a race to finish. I really like that the series has a lot more than mystery to it - family, friends, work, all those issues that everyone deals with. And, of course, I would love to own that Montblanc pen of Mark's... :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a read! The political intrigue and spice of the characters has you flipping page after page...and before you know it it is past your bedtime! Buy this won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mueder and a wedding - what more could you want! The Mark Manning Mysteries get better with each book. The two gay lead roles are wonderful role models for the rest of us!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Betty Gifford Ashton lives in Dumont, Wisconsin and is one of the town¿s most beloved citizens¿s who regularly gives vast sums of money to any philanthropic endeavor. She is invited to and attends the wedding of Roxanne Exner and Carl Creighton, the candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. Mark Manning, owner of the Dumont Daily Register along with his life partner Neil Waite, sponsor the event.

Both Neil and Mark are close friends of the bride and want her to have a wedding she¿ll remember for the rest of the life. The wedding planners succeed in their goal though not quite the way they expected. Betty is murdered at the reception and Roxanne comes under suspicion because she has the motive, means and opportunity to commit the crime. To make matters worse, the Democratic candidate for governor plans to drop Carl from the ticket if Roxanne isn¿t exonerated by the time the debates begin. Mark is determined that Carl and Roxanne will emerge from the experience unscathed so he goes into sleuth mode to find the killer.

Michael Craft¿s ¿Mark Manning mysteries¿ get better with each book written. The protagonist has a strong social conscience which serves to make him a great reporter, one the audience can believe in. The relationship with Manning and his partner is a beautiful thing to behold and is a beacon of light in a dark and murky sea of human corruption. HOT SPOT is a one sitting read, impossible to put down until the last page is turned.

Harriet Klausner