“An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect. Detective Oliver Parrott, who takes charge of the case, is so struck by the partygoers’ consensual impressions of the selfish businessman that he realizes the case may be more about who didn’t kill Preston than who did.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“The twists unravel then turn around and bite you. Saralyn Richard’s take on the classic murder mystery is fresh, fun, and deadly.” ~ Bob Bickford, author of Deadly Kiss, ITW Best First Novel Award winner
“Some might call Murder in the One Percent an American cozy with nods to contemporary social issues. I call it a page turner packed with humorous lines that made me laugh out loud. Or maybe it’s best to call this delightful mystery a satire about the upper class. However you describe it, Saralyn Richard successfully delivers a rollicking whodunit that will make you stay up late at night and leave you guessing until the very end. Move over, Dame Agatha Christie. There’s a new kid on the block.” ~ Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
“Newcomer Saralyn Richard rolls out a swanky Rolls Royce of a novel in her debut mystery, Murder in the One Percent. It’s no simple task to clothe a troupe of shallow, upper-crust characters in true-to-life garments, but with this one, you can smell the over-priced cologne and catch the atomic blast blinding glare of perfect teeth while you settle in for the slow burn--there’s as much intrigue here and build-up as the best the genre has to offer. Ms. Richard has a modern winner in Detective Oliver Parrott, a real cop’s cop. If there’s a sequel coming, I’ll want first dibs.” ~ George Wier, author of the Bill Travis Mysteries and co-author of Long Fall From Heaven
“The festering secrets and grievances of the idle rich make for a combustible combination during a weekend birthday gathering in bucolic Pennsylvania horse country...With a crisp, felicitous prose style, and a vivid eye for the kind of detail that conjures a world and characters of dimension, Saralyn Richard stakes claim to territory pioneered by P. D. James and Agatha Christie...An impressive, page-turning debut...The perfect beach read.” ~ Mark Valadez, Executive Story Editor, USA Network’s Queen of the South, Crackle’s The Oath
“In this Detective Parrot mystery, Author Saralyn Richard gives the reader convincing insight into the lives of twenty-first-century party-going one-percenters, many with a motive for murder, and a puzzle worthy of Dame Agatha.” ~ Susan P. Baker, author of Unaware, A Suspense Novel
An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect.Caroline Campbell wishes to celebrate her husband's 65th birthday in the low-key manner dictated by her breeding. Ostentatious announcements are for other people. So Caro invites several of her and John E.'s closest friends for a weekend at their rural Pennsylvania getaway, Bucolia Farm. As author Richard (Naughty Nana, 2013) shows the guests receiving the engraved invitations, each of the eponymous one-percenters gives clues about what readers may grow to revile about them: greed, pretension, lust. When the guests are assembled, it appears that most are united in their dislike of one of their own. Preston Phillips, who's earned his invitation as the hostess's first cousin, is as much a draw to partygoers as he is a repellant. Some have come to Bucolia just to settle a score with Preston. Marshall and Julia Winthrop have been on the wrong side of Preston's shady business dealings. Vicki and Leon Spiller seem to blame Preston for the death of their teenage son many years ago. For other attendees, feelings about Preston are more mixed. His former fiancee, Margo, whom he left at the altar years ago, finds herself almost willing to make amends. When Preston doesn't make it through the celebration weekend alive, Detective Oliver Parrott, who takes charge of the case, is so struck by the partygoers' consensual impressions of the selfish businessman that he realizes the case may be more about who didn't kill Preston than who did.Richard's inclination to favor the one-percenters' perspectives may leave readers craving more of the wicked socialite skewing that's employed only intermittently in her adult mystery debut.