Murder in the One Percent

Murder in the One Percent

by Saralyn Richard
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Murder in the One Percent by Saralyn Richard

Someone comes to the party with murder in his heart and poison in his pocket…

A powerful and rich playboy, a rare but naturally occurring poison, a newly divorced woman with an axe to grind, and pressure from the former President of the US—these are just a few of the challenges that African-American Detective Oliver Parrott faces when he answers a routine call for back-up and discovers someone died at a country estate the morning after an elaborate birthday party. When Parrott learns the deceased is the wealthy former US Secretary of the Treasury and just about everyone at the party had a motive to kill him, he realizes this will be the investigation to make—or break—his career.

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ISBN-13: 9781626947719
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 02/17/2018
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 105,545
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Murder in the One Percent 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Petunia S 6 months ago
This whodunnit is a tasty glimpse into how the other half lives--or the other 1%. The murder inquiry keeps you turning the pages, while the opulent settings and hedonistic personalities keeps you turning them eagerly. The writer, a keen observer of human nature, creates a dozen very different, believable incarnations of the super rich, from a truly genteel landowner to a money-grubbing, indolent fourth or fifth wife of a much older man. Most interesting to me are several ultra-competitive financiers who steer our nation's economy with barely a moral compass. Richard's detective provides an upstanding, relatable everyman character to keep this novel from feeling entirely like the guilty pleasure it is, and her Agatha Christie-like plot is clever but clearly laid out. One red herring in particular had me going until the very end. This is a fun, quick read that you'll think about for several days afterward.
15105731 7 months ago
The book begins with a number of different characters to keep track of, but hang in there. The plot is interesting and engaging with a number of twists and turns. I usually guess the "who done it" about halfway into the book. This one kept me guessing. I found it an interesting look at the trials and tribulations that we share with the 1%. The human condition doesn't consider your financial situation, we all suffer from problems. Some are elevated to the level of motive. Hopefully these motives don't drag us into murder. Thanks, Saralyn
bookwomen37 9 months ago
I had a very hard time reading this mystery. For some reason this book just dragged for me. The mystery is a traditional country house one. Some wealthy friends have all gathered at the Campbell's country house to celebrate John Campbell's Birthday. When one of the guests is found dead they are all suspects. Detective Oliver Parrott is tasked with solving the crime. Although the author points out that Detective Parrott is an Ex Military African American those aspects are never expanded. Instead he was just a cardboard character. The group of wealthy friends were also stock rich characters from an episode of Dynasty. After finally finishing the book I was really disappointed in mystery and the solution. This mystery was just not for me.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I've been waiting for this book ever since I met Saralyn, I bought it as soon as it came out, and waited to read it in a very special place, knowing I would probably not be able to put it down, and I pulled the expected all-nighter! The vivid descriptions of the characters and party weekend enticed me into the story to accompany Parrott in his search for the final, unexpected conclusion! Thanks for the quest!! Detective stories are my favorite reading, and so far this one is among the very best!! Move over, Michael Collins!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Murder in the One Percent is a fascinating mystery that is tough to put down! The individual characters' stories are all intertwined into the main story, making the whole novel spellbinding. Because the details are revealed in bits and pieces, the reader is kept in suspense. This also creates a great brain workout for the reader! As the novel progressed, I switched opinions, many times, as to who the culprit was. I NEVER suspected the ending that takes place! What an engaging, intriguing murder mystery! It is a MUST read!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book! Murder in the One Percent is a clever whodunit that will keep you guessing until the very end. With a cast of suspects who each have their own reason to want the victim dead, endearing Detective Parrott navigates his way through the lifestyles of the rich and famous, from the high-brow horse country of Pennsylvania to the expensive high-rises of New York City. Fun details about the lifestyles of the super-rich suspects are sprinkled throughout, and Detective Parrott is a character you can’t help but root for. A surprise ending with a twist!
LauraLaura 11 months ago
Murder Mystery Treat! Murder in the One Percent is a well crafted mystery that keeps the pages turning. There are few books that I call potato chip novels, that you just can’t put down and this was one of them! I found myself snagging pages anytime I could read. The characters are intriguing, and Detective Parrot has a fresh warm appeal that steadies the course for exploration of the crime. Hats off the Saralyn Richard for her stellar debut novel. The menu had my mouth watering and lent reality to the story. A wonderful setting and alluring list of characters to keep the reader entertained and guessing until the very end.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Murder in the One Percent is an interesting in depth chronicle of the fabulously wealthy US elite. This novel is a real plot twister that will have you on the edge of you seat until you are caught off guard in a real "who dun it". The central character is a unique take on today's "gumshoe" . In between the pages you will be treated to a cast of characters to pique you interest. You will not be able to stop turning the pages until you are confronted with a very surprise ending. Highly recommended