K Street Killing

K Street Killing

by Colleen J. Shogan

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K Street Killing by Colleen J. Shogan

It's the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff—Kit included—leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement. On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone's enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren't so easily convinced foul play isn't at work. While balancing Doug's mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon's candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg's handsome new beau, the victim's conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit's car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she's closing in on the true story of what happened. Book 4 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate.

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ISBN-13: 9781603816137
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: A Washington Whodunit , #4
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 665,471
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Colleen J. Shogan has been a fan of mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, she is a senior executive at the Library of Congress where she works on great programs like the National Book Festival. A proud member of Sisters in Crime, Colleen won a Next Generation Indie Award in the Best Mystery category for her first novel Stabbing in the Senate. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob Raffety and their rescue mutt Conan. For more information, go to colleenshogan.com.

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CHAPTER 1

"If I see Maeve Dixon listed one more time as a sponsor for that darn bill, someone isn't going to live to see tomorrow."

My voice echoed inside a corner office suite of the Cannon House Office Building. The staff, packed tighter inside our workplace than Metro commuters during rush hour, knew I meant business. After all, threatening bloody murder wasn't my preferred management style.

Representative Dixon's legislative director Meg Peters, who also doubled as my best friend, cleared her throat. As the head of our policy operation, she was responsible for Dixon's endorsement of pending bills.

"Kit, don't worry. I spoke to Congressman Russell's legislative assistant who's shepherding it through floor consideration tonight. He knows we need to remove Dixon's name as a supporter." Meg sighed deeply and added, "For political reasons."

Six frustrated pairs of eyes bored into me like lasers. Unfortunately, such an excuse had powerful cache these days inside the world of Congresswoman Maeve Dixon. As the chief of staff, I often had to tell our employees why they had to make sure our boss supported certain legislation while she ran away from others. It was a matter of political survival, and it was my job to make sure Maeve didn't suffer a long, painful death on election day.

In my most ebullient voice, I rallied our staff for what felt like the hundredth time this month. "Listen, team. I don't need to go through the drill again. We all need to remember who the enemy is here, right?"

Our press intern Brock Metcalf yelled, "Mack Hackensack!" He thrust his fist in the air for added emphasis.

"She was asking a rhetorical question," said Meg wryly.

Like all of us, Meg appreciated Brock's enthusiasm — to a point. We all had our limits, and Maeve Dixon's nail biter campaign had tested them. To add insult to injury, the election wasn't just around the corner. There were still six excruciating weeks to go before the first Tuesday in November. Rhetorical question or not, Brock was right on. He-who-shall-not-be-named had a real name in our office, and it was Mack "Coach" Hackensack.

"It's worth repeating again. We need to keep our eyes on the prize." I pointed to a dark alcove of the office, where someone had hung a large poster depicting Maeve's congressional opponent with a photo-shopped Ghostbusters "no" symbol superimposed over his face.

Mack Hackensack was not an attractive man, even on a good day. He looked like a cross between the Pillsbury doughboy and Billy Bob Thornton. In this particularly unflattering photo, he was sweating profusely with his mouth wide open, ostensibly barking a command to an unfortunate underling. A beauty contest didn't matter to the people of North Carolina. Coach Hackensack would remain in their minds forever as the man who brought the NCAA men's basketball title to the state. Chapel Hill wasn't even in our district. That geographic factoid also made no difference. Devoted Tar Heel alums lived all over the precious state, including the seventh congressional district. We weren't running against a political opponent; we were running against a bona fide sports legend.

Brock, whose well-meaning devotion reminded me of a golden retriever puppy, shouted, "Have you seen the latest campaign commercial he's running?"

"What's he doing now?" asked Meg feebly. Like me, Meg had been around Capitol Hill for several years. We'd worked for a United States senator who'd been murdered and knew how difficult it was to find a new job when the boss departed — electorally or permanently. If Maeve Dixon didn't rally against Mack Hackensack, once again we'd have to hustle to find new staff jobs. Privately, I was beginning to wonder whether continuing to run on the hamster wheel called Capitol Hill made sense. Close campaigns were hell, and our boss was trapped inside the inner circle of Dante's Inferno. Maeve's party controlled the House of Representatives, but if too many Democratic members lost their races, we'd lose the majority. That meant even fewer jobs might be available after the election. Would anyone want to hire a chief of staff who'd failed to get her boss reelected?

"Come over and watch," said Brock.

We squeezed around his computer as he pressed "play" on the YouTube video. The title of the video was "Personal Foul." Not a good start. I braced myself.

Mack Hackensack's face appeared on screen. Standing in the middle of a basketball court, he sported a UNC "Champions" polo shirt and wore a whistle around his beefy neck. An image of the American flag with an embroidered "USA" decorated his baseball hat. My politically astute brain churned. Without saying a word, the image conveyed "winner" and "patriot" in a single swoop.

But Coach didn't stay silent for long. "I've always played by the rules. Work hard, play hard. Those are my values. I'm not afraid of making the tough calls or staying late for practice." Then he walked toward center court, where the national championship trophy rested on a table.

He put his hand on the trophy before speaking again. "When my players do something wrong on the court, the referee calls a personal foul."

Then the camera shot tightened. "The voters of the seventh district in North Carolina are the referees. Watch closely how my opponent, Maeve Dixon, plays the game."

The image flashed to a still image of Maeve, standing in front of the Great Wall of China. His voice continued in the background. "While the people of North Carolina were struggling with the economic recession, where was Maeve Dixon? Traveling the world with her liberal colleagues."

The next photo showed our boss in front of Big Ben. She was smiling for the camera, her brown hair whipping in the wind. "You deserve better than being represented by a member of Congress who treats her job like a vacation," said the Coach.

"We shouldn't have tweeted out pictures from her trip to London," I muttered.

Meg put her hand on my arm. "It's not your fault, Kit. She was only there for a two-day parliamentary exchange program."

"Besides, she looks great in the photo," said Brock cheerfully.

Meg and I glared at our intern but said nothing.

The ad returned to Coach Hackensack next to the trophy. "Voters, there's only one smart choice." He pointed to the camera and blew his whistle. "Call a personal foul on Maeve Dixon. Elect me as your next Congressman!"

After putting my head in my hands, I could only manage two words. "Game over."

CHAPTER 2

Despite the heartburn the latest Coach Hackensack ad had given us, there was no rest for the weary. Hill staffers involved in toss-up congressional races lived inside a perennial pressure cooker, but the last day of congressional session before the election doubled the heat. The Speaker of the House was understandably worried about maintaining the majority, so he abruptly halted legislating in the third week of September. The government had been funded — at least for another five months — and there was no need to keep sitting members of Congress caged inside the claustrophobic walls of the District of Columbia. During campaign season, politicians locked in tight races were restless tigers. They yearned for their natural habitat, where they could roam free and eat their prey. That meant sending every elected representative back to his or her district. Yes, partisanship reigned the day, but so did the roar of incumbency.

I was sitting at my desk, contemplating whether I could somehow persuade House leadership to promote a bill canceling college basketball season this fall. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Just as I was drafting bill language in my mind, Maeve Dixon's voice interrupted me.

"Kit, can you tell me when we're going to leave for the event this evening?"

My office was so tiny, there was barely room for me to swivel around. I almost knocked over my plastic cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, leftover hours earlier from breakfast.

Representative Maeve Dixon certainly didn't look like she was in a massive political fight. Her shoulder-length brown hair turned up slightly at the ends, the product of a professional blowout earlier this morning. Her trim, athletic figure was highlighted by a fitted black dress and a shapely blazer. A stylist silver chain necklace and small hoop earrings completed the professional look. Maeve was no Maxim model, but by Washington standards, she was damn attractive.

"Yes, absolutely. The event sheet is right on my desk here. One moment." I proceeded to rifle through a pile of papers. No luck. I moved onto the next mound. Still nothing.

"Having some trouble?" asked Maeve. I could tell by her voice she was slightly annoyed, but mostly amused.

"No, it's here. I read it earlier today. There's a lot going on today since the House is gaveling out tonight until after the election." I sighed in frustration.

"Perhaps you should use the upcoming congressional recess to devise a filing system."

"I'll make sure that's a priority." I grinned. "Right after defeating Mack Hackensack."

My boss laughed. "I suppose if we don't take care of Coach, there won't be any need for filing."

That wasn't a joking matter. "Actually, closing a congressional office is a real pain in the neck. I did it once in the Senate, and I don't plan on doing it anytime soon in the House."

"Don't worry, Kit. I don't plan on it, either."

After grabbing a piece of paper from the fourth stack, I said, "Eureka! I found it." I scanned the sheet and then clicked on an e-mail. "Here's the situation for tonight. Drinks and dinner at Charlie Palmer's, starting at six. But final votes are on for eight."

Maeve nodded. "Plenty of time."

"Absolutely. Remember, the Majority Leader and Chairman Edwards are hosting the event for you," I said.

"How could I forget? They remind me about it every time I see them." The Majority Leader was the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives, and Edwards ran the Transportation Committee.

"That's because tonight is the biggest fundraising evening in Washington, and they can only hit one or two select events. They both chose your campaign as a priority."

Maeve ran her fingers through her hair. "I know, I know. I should be grateful. I also feel after I win this election, I'm going to owe a lot of favors around here."

"That's how it works," I said.

"When will I ever get off this merry-go-round?" she asked.

I wasn't sure if she wanted an answer, but I offered one. "Once more voting Democrats move to your district."

While forcing a smile, she said wistfully, "In the meantime, the name of the game is raising money to fund the campaign. Lots of it."

As Maeve's chief of staff, I was allowed to liaise with my boss about her reelection. Even so, there were many restrictions preventing myself and others on staff from performing campaign duties as government employees. I often attended fundraisers with her and was privy to her donation record. Of course, I kept a separate iPhone for political matters. Becoming ambidextrous had been an unintended consequence of the close race. Oftentimes, I could be seen double-fisted walking down the hallway, and it had nothing to do with happy hour drinks.

"You've done well with K Street. Even some lobbyists who normally stick with Republicans opened their pocketbooks for you," I reminded her.

"God only knows what I'll have to do for them when this is all over," she muttered.

I really didn't have time for an existential conversation about whether our current campaign finance system made running for Congress worth the effort. The phone on my desk rang, and I glanced at the caller ID. Saved by the bell.

"It's my husband," I announced.

We'd been married almost four months, but I was still getting used to the "H" word. At least I didn't stammer anymore.

Maeve waved her hand. "Take it. But I'll need a quick briefing before Charlie Palmer's."

I grabbed the receiver and silently mouthed, "Got it."

"Hey, I'm here," I said into the receiver.

"Kit, is that you?" asked Doug.

"Who else would be answering my phone? Last time I checked, I don't have an assistant."

"Good point. I wasn't sure. Do you answer all your phone calls like that?"

"Only the ones from my spouse."

"Hopefully that's just me." He chuckled briefly.

"I'm definitely not into polygamy. One husband is enough," I said.

"You seem grumpier than usual. Is something the matter?"

"Nothing's wrong, but this is the last day Congress is in session, and we have a big fundraiser scheduled for tonight. It's mayhem around here."

"So, it's business as usual." The disappointment in his voice was clearer than the springtime view from the top of the Washington Monument.

"Unfortunately. We didn't have plans this evening, right?"

"No, but I want to talk to you about something that's come up, and I thought maybe we could go out to dinner."

Shoot. It didn't matter I hadn't been to church in several years. The Catholic guilt came on strong. Maybe Doug could join us tonight.

"I could call our fundraiser and see if we could comp you at the event. Given all the extra time I've put in after hours, it's the least the Maeve Dixon campaign could do," I said.

"Nah." Doug sighed. "You'll be running around, catering to donors and making sure the Congresswoman has everything she needs. It's not the right time."

"Tomorrow? Because I'm likely to ship out to North Carolina to help on her campaign once I'm not needed here in the office."

"Are you really going to do that?" Doug didn't relish the prospect of being stuck at home alone with Clarence, our slightly overweight beagle mutt, for almost six weeks.

"Listen, if she doesn't win this race, there's no job for me to come home to, right?" Doug had lived in Washington, D.C. longer than me. He knew about the vicious revolving door on Capitol Hill. Now that I was a chief of staff, it would be harder to find a replacement job since I was at the top of the food chain. Besides wanting to avoid another job search, I also didn't want Maeve Dixon to lose. She had her flaws like anyone, but she was a damn good member of Congress. She deserved reelection, and I intended to make sure the voters of the seventh district of North Carolina knew it.

"Well, there's always me and Clarence here at home," said Doug.

"Of course, I didn't mean it that way." I rubbed my temples.

"I know. We can talk later. Just wanted to put it on your radar."

"Sounds like a plan. See you later tonight after it's all over."

"Good-bye, Kit. And watch out for those lobbyists at the fundraiser. That's a deadly crowd."

Doug, as always, was right on target.

CHAPTER 3

The afternoon sped along as our entire staff banded together to support our boss. There were press releases to write, vote decisions to discuss, and last-minute negotiations on legislation to orchestrate. The craziness of the day aside, I tried to savor the moment. I stood inside the doorway of my tiny office and stared at the bustling office suite. Our D.C. staff finally functioned like a well-oiled machine. I'd only been in charge for six months, yet in that short time, the team had come together. We had a great member of Congress who called the shots, and I enjoyed a modest sense of satisfaction that I'd helped create a dynamo staff. If Maeve Dixon didn't win reelection, this would be the last time I'd see these folks in action. I seriously hoped North Carolina voters would give us another chance.

Meg must have noticed my pensive expression. "What's wrong with you?" she asked. "You look like you just saw a ghost."

"Hopefully not. I'm just trying to remember what it all looks like in case ..." My voice trailed off.

"In case what? There's no way Maeve Dixon is going to lose this election." Meg put her hands on her hips. "Especially after you convinced me to leave a stable committee job to come work for you." As if I needed another reason to worry about the election. I'd persuaded Meg to join Team Dixon earlier this year. My job wasn't the only one on the line.

I glanced at my watch. It was half past five, which meant we had to leave soon for the fundraiser. "Are you coming to Charlie Palmer's tonight for the fundraiser?" "Of course. Dash is going to be there. I even bought a new dress. Didn't you notice?" Meg pointed to her floral printed sheath dress. "End of the summer sale at Lord and Taylor."

"You bought a new dress to attend Maeve's fundraiser tonight?" I don't know why I was surprised. My best friend needed no excuse to buy an outfit. I liked to think she was stylish enough for both of us. Since I became chief of staff, I'd tried to put more effort into my clothes. Today was a minor success. I wore one of my standard black suits, but I'd added a scarf, which I considered a major fashion victory.

"Not really for the fundraiser, Kit. Because I knew Dash was going to be there," Meg said coyly.

(Continues…)


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Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Things in Washington D.C. these days are crazier than ever so there is no more perfect time for author Colleen J. Shogan to take us behind the scenes right before an election and to a fundraiser attended by a bunch of wealthy lobbyists held on the rooftop with a spectacular view. Congresswoman Maeve Dixon is on the committee in charge of the big transportation bill and lobbyists for trucks, trains, and yes, even bicycles want to speak to her so that they get want they want included in the bill. That’s why that have made generous donations to her campaign to attend this dinner. The candidate has to leave early for one last vote on the hill before she heads home to campaign. She leaves Kit Marshall, her chief of staff, and her best friend Meg to stay at the event to entice the guests to give more to the campaign. Kit decides to sneak out early and when she reaches the street outside she hears screams and rushes to see what happened. It appears that one of the lobbyists has taken a nosedive from the rooftop locale. Everyone immediately thinks suicide, except for Kit and Detective Maggie Glass. They think it is murder. Everyone still at the party becomes a suspect and Meg and Kit are stuck in D.C. instead of following their boss to North Carolina. This death could send the congresswoman’s campaign into a tailspin. Kit finds herself again up to her eyeballs in a murder investigation. If the threatening note she finds on her car is any indication she is on the right track. Newlywed Kit Marshall is a smart protagonist that doesn’t back down to a challenge and in this story, she has her hands full. A reelection campaign, a murder investigation, and a husband that has just been offered a plum job, but it is not in Washington. She keeps putting her husband off for the time being because if her boss doesn’t win reelection she will need to find a new job. She has never thought about a job outside the beltway. Right now, who pushed Van Parker to his death is her number one priority. I really enjoyed myself following along with her every step of the way. When it is time for the big killer reveal, Kit handles it in a truly classic way. Ms. Shogan has written another fantastic story that is hard to put down. The characters are well developed and the plot is edgy with plenty of twists. The character’s dialogue is believable and at times pretty funny. We get a wonderful peek at the life of a congressional staffer. Her descriptive writing style brings Washington D.C. to life, from the rooftop restaurant to the congressional office and everything in between. While this is the 4th book in the series, it can easily be read on its own. Of course, to really get to know Kit Marshall you have to start at the beginning.
mymissdaisy 3 months ago
And they do just keep getting better. I think part of it is sometimes characters make their way into your world and just won't let go. That is what happens with the characters that Colleen Shogan gives us in the Washington Who Dun It series. I have read a couple books in the series and they do just keep getting better. In the newest installment all the characters are back including Kit her husband Doug and their dog Clarence, her best friend Meg, Trevor a friend and fellow sleuth who Meg and Kit worked with previously. And Detective Glass who surprisingly accepts Kits meddling into police investigations. Kit runs into a little problem with solving this one though when she thinks Megs new boyfriend just might be involved. She has to tread water carefully around Meg while they work together to solve the mystery. Although each book is written as a stand alone I have an idea that there might be a little something going on leading to a new/real romance for Meg. We can only hope. I won't spill the beans. I will have to wait for the next one to see if I am right! As with most Cozy's Kit has an ability to run into crime (mostly) murder and a talent to ferret out the criminals. Old mystery movies tend to give her a little help in solving crimes as does this one. While watching Murder On the Orient Express everything comes together for Kit and she and her pals set the scene and catch the culprit(s). The author gives the reader a bit of a tour of Washington. In each installment sharing facts and places of interest other than just political places to visit. This is a fun series and I really enjoy it. I am looking forward to the next crime Kit and crew have to solve. I received a complimentary copy.
mymissdaisy 3 months ago
And they do just keep getting better. I think part of it is sometimes characters make their way into your world and just won't let go. That is what happens with the characters that Colleen Shogan gives us in the Washington Who Dun It series. I have read a couple books in the series and they do just keep getting better. In the newest installment all the characters are back including Kit her husband Doug and their dog Clarence, her best friend Meg, Trevor a friend and fellow sleuth who Meg and Kit worked with previously. And Detective Glass who surprisingly accepts Kits meddling into police investigations. Kit runs into a little problem with solving this one though when she thinks Megs new boyfriend just might be involved. She has to tread water carefully around Meg while they work together to solve the mystery. Although each book is written as a stand alone I have an idea that there might be a little something going on leading to a new/real romance for Meg. We can only hope. I won't spill the beans. I will have to wait for the next one to see if I am right! As with most Cozy's Kit has an ability to run into crime (mostly) murder and a talent to ferret out the criminals. Old mystery movies tend to give her a little help in solving crimes as does this one. While watching Murder On the Orient Express everything comes together for Kit and she and her pals set the scene and catch the culprit(s). The author gives the reader a bit of a tour of Washington. In each installment sharing facts and places of interest other than just political places to visit. This is a fun series and I really enjoy it. I am looking forward to the next crime Kit and crew have to solve. I received a complimentary copy.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
K Street Killing by Colleen J. Shogan is A Washington Whodunit. Kit Marshall is the chief of staff for Congresswoman Maeve Dixon. It is re-election time and they have tough opposition in Coach Mack Hackensack. That evening Kit, Maeve and Meg Peters are attending one last campaign fundraiser at Charlie Palmer’s before departing for North Carolina the next day. Van Parker, a principal transportation lobbyist, is in attendance along with his wife, Lauren and Dash Dugal, a lobbyist for the American Railway Federation and Meg’s current beau. With only a few stragglers left on the rooftop enjoying the wine, Kit departs leaving Meg to supervise. As Kit is about to get into an Uber, she hears a scream. Kit runs over to find Van Parker sprawled in the alley after a tumble off the roof. Detective Maggie Glass soon arrives to interview the remaining guests and staff. While there are claims of suicide, the detective and Kit are not convinced. Kit needs to solve this conundrum before Maeve’s campaign goes off the rails. Kit must also deal with her husband’s unexpected news. He has a job offer from Columbia that will provide him with some new challenges. It would be a big change for Kit. But first she needs to catch the culprit and get Maeve re-elected to Congress. K Street Killing takes readers behind the scenes of the Washington political scene. We get to read about the inner workings of a representative’s office and the trials of a re-election campaign. There are a number of legalities the staff must adhere to that I was not aware of prior to reading K Street Killing. I cannot imagine trying to maintain two phones to keep office and campaign duties separate (I have trouble keeping track of just one phone). It made for interesting reading and I could tell that the author had first-hand knowledge. I recommend reading the books in A Washington Whodunit in order. K Street Killing was my first experience with A Washington Whodunit series, and I felt that I was missing out on details especially regarding Kit. I knew that she worked in various political offices in Washington, was currently Chief of Staff for Maeve Dixon, had a dog, her best friend was Meg and was newly married. I would have liked to know more about the main character. I enjoyed the references to Agatha Christie’s mysteries and her various sleuths. I can see where the author obtained her inspiration for the crime in K Street Killing (reminiscent of a movie I watched recently). I thought the mystery was clever. There is misdirection, a handful of suspects and a crafty killing. I would have liked a better resolution of the crime. To hear a confession or the solution directly from Detective Glass. I will admit to enjoying the digs at POTUS. I thoroughly enjoyed Clarence, Kit’s dog, and his antics. His love for food reminds me of my dog, Doozy (who lives up to his name). I wonder what mischief Kit will encounter in the next A Washington Whodunit.
CozyMarie 4 months ago
I love the city of Washington, DC and was excited to see how the city played into the book. I enjoyed how the book involves politics but isn’t political in any way. It was a fun book and I’ll be back to check out Kit’s future adventures for sure! Sub-Topics Washington, DC, political intrigue, dogs / agility training Can you start this series in the middle? This is the first book in the series that I have read and I didn’t feel left behind in any way. If you like… Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett, you’ll like this book.
CozyMarie 4 months ago
I love the city of Washington, DC and was excited to see how the city played into the book. I enjoyed how the book involves politics but isn’t political in any way. It was a fun book and I’ll be back to check out Kit’s future adventures for sure! Sub-Topics Washington, DC, political intrigue, dogs / agility training Can you start this series in the middle? This is the first book in the series that I have read and I didn’t feel left behind in any way. If you like… Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett, you’ll like this book.
Allykitten 7 months ago
---4.5 Stars--- I love a good mystery book and this one totally takes the cake! This book delves into the elite D.C. powerhouse world where Kit is working as chief of staff for Congresswoman Maeve Dixon’s reelection. At the team’s last fundraising engagement in D.C. before they head off to North Carolina, their night becomes anything but ordinary. While Kit and BFF Meg continue to work the crowd, a powerful K Street Tycoon tumbles off the rooftop. While most people seem to chalk it up toward suicide, Kit and Detective Maggie Glass lean toward foul play. While Kit begins her investigation it’s clear that someone doesn’t want her looking into this mysterious death. With threats and someone clearly after her, Kit knows she is on the right trail. Between having to interview and investigate some uncomfortable suspects, including Kit’s BFF’s new BF, dealing with threatening messages being left for her, and adjusting to married life, Kit is more determined than ever to solve Van Parker’s murder and get back to spending time her new hubby. This is the second book I’ve read in this book series. I previously read, reviewed, and blogged about Colleen’s third book in this series, “Calamity at the Continental Club,” last year, so I was thrilled to do the same with this book! I really liked the main characters! And I was so excited to see Kit and Doug finally married! They are so cute together! It was great to see their relationship grow and see them take the next step together. You get so invested in characters sometimes – especially in a book series, so it’s great to see them happy and still together! Also, the supporting characters were well-developed and amply played off the main cast. This book has an excellent storyline that flows, terrific writing style with detailed scenes, fantastic characters, is fast paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page. This book has exceptional mystery crime solving structure with enough clues and excitement to keep you guessing, but still practical and realistic in police procedures. Again, I loved the D.C. backdrop in this book series that continued into this fourth book as the author shows her D.C. roots by throwing in so many references throughout the book since the book does take place there. I have been to D.C. a few times and loved it. So, I really enjoy when I read a book from there that the real D.C. is found in the pages – and it sure was! I love how this author included historical references in her writings as this gives the book that little extra something! This book has so much to offer the reader, such as, action, mystery, suspense, excitement, intrigue, adrenaline, drama, love, romance, friendship, and so much more! There are some very predictable scenes. However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming! This is the fourth book in the Washington Whodunit Book Series. Although, this book is part of a book series, it can absolutely be read on its own as a standalone. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, exciting, intriguing, mystery book. **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
ELF-thereadingaddict 7 months ago
A fun political cozy mystery “K Street Killing” by Colleen J. Shogan is part of the ‘Washington Whodunnit’ series that features Kit Marshall, whose duties as chief of staff for a Congressional Representative from North Carolina suddenly expand to include the need to solve a mysterious death. As if that isn’t enough, her home life is threatening to go through upheaval when a job opportunity opens up in another state, prompting even more conflict between her husband of a few months and her best friend since childhood. This delightful cozy mystery is a bit different since it is set in the political world of Washington, DC rather than a small whimsical town, but it definitely has an interesting cast. Although this is part of a series, I had no trouble connecting with the characters and getting intrigued by the story. It was fascinating to learn about the maneuverings and legalities involved with fundraising and lobbyists and I obtained a new perspective and new knowledge about the roles various folks play and some of the lines that theoretically regulate their duties and actions. I love Clarence and his foibles and I enjoyed the glimpse of a world that is entirely foreign to me. There were some aspects of the mystery that were a bit predictable, but it was still entertaining to watch the case unfold and I would happily read more stories in this series. A copy of this title was provided to me for review
Bookaholic-mka 8 months ago
Who would think it…a political cozy who done it? A really good picture of Washington DC, it’s Congressional workings, and the lowly paid staff that work so hard for a Congressperson and/or for a political campaign. Something that really struck me that has never occurred to me - if the Congressperson you work for doesn’t win another election, you are out of a job. You learn something in every book, don’t you? As I said, Shogan did a good job of describing and painting the life of the staff and of her characters. This is very suitable as a YA mystery. Sort of a Nancy Drew goes to Washington DC theme. I don’t mean this as an insult. This was a nice, clean, fun cozy mystery. Suitable for any age to read. I will say I read enough about hair styles, make-up and designer clothes to last me for a lifetime but that might be my age showing :) Other than that, a very enjoyable book. This is book 4 of Shogan’s series titled “A Washington Whodunit”. All of the books in the series have pretty good reviews so try them out.