One Dead, Two to Go

One Dead, Two to Go

by Elena Hartwell

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One Dead, Two to Go by Elena Hartwell

Private Investigator Edwina "Eddie Shoes" Schultz's most recent job has her parked outside a seedy Bellingham hotel, photographing her quarry as he kisses his mistress goodbye. This is the last anyone will see of the woman... alive. Her body is later found dumped in an abandoned building. Eddie's client, Kendra Hallings, disappears soon after. Eddie hates to be stiffed for her fee, but she has to wonder if Kendra could be in trouble too. Or is she the killer? Eddie usually balks at matters requiring a gun, but before she knows it, she is knee-deep in dangerous company, spurred on by her card-counting adrenaline-junkie mother who has shown up on her doorstep fresh from the shenanigans that got her kicked out of Vegas. Chava is only sixteen years older than Eddie and sadly lacking in parenting skills. Her unique areas of expertise, however, prove to be helpful in ways Eddie can't deny, making it hard to stop Chava from tagging along. Also investigating the homicide is Detective Chance Parker, new to Bellingham's Major Crimes unit but no stranger to Eddie. Their history as a couple back in Seattle is one more kink in a chain of complications, making Eddie's case more frustrating and perilous with each tick of the clock. Book 1 in the Eddie Shoes Mystery series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603813112
Publisher: Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Eddie Shoes Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,260,350
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Elena Hartwell's writing career began in the theater, where she also worked as a director, designer, producer, and educator. Productions of her scripts have been performed around the U.S. and abroad, with some of her plays available through Indie Theater Now and New York Theatre Experience, Inc. She lives in North Bend, Washington, with her husband and their four-legged kids: Polar, Jackson, and Luna. When she's not writing, she loves to spend time playing with her horse, Second Chance, a twelve-year-old Arabian rescued from a kill pen. Just like Detective Parker, it has taken him time to trust again, but he's coming around. For more information, go to elenahartwell.com.

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"Come on in," I said, standing aside to let the two of them through the door. I shut it behind them, taking a deep breath before I turned around to face them.


Chance began to pace, his nervous energy filling the room. From the way he averted his gaze from the two of us, I could tell his mind was now focused solely on whatever brought him to my door. I respected that about him. His attention would be directed at you for a moment--intense, all consuming--then he'd turn outward again, as his work took precedence.


Chance was taller than Kate by at least six inches. I could look him in the eye if I were wearing tall shoes, so he stood just over six feet. His hair was brown, but if we were outside, sunlight would glint off red highlights. His eyes were the color of dark chocolate--that satiny look it took on when you melted it on the stove to make some delicious, fattening dessert you knew you shouldn't eat but couldn't help yourself from making.


"What can I do for you?" I asked, curious about why a Seattle detective--and my old flame--had appeared on my doorstep up here in Bellingham.


"We've got some questions about Deirdre Fox," Kate said.


That certainly threw me for a loop. I don't know what I thought they might question me about, but Deirdre Fox wasn't even in the top ten.


"Okay," I said, wanting to see where their questions would lead.


"Were you following her or working for her?" Chance asked, confusing me even further.


"Neither," I said, which was technically true.


"Care to explain this?" Kate handed me a photo that looked like a still picture taken from a video surveillance camera. It wasn't very high quality, but it was good enough to identify me in my Subaru taking pictures with my telephoto lens. I could tell from the background it was from my stakeout at Hallings' dealership.


"Why would you think I was tailing Deirdre?" Maybe the woman had filed a report she was being stalked and my name had come up as the stalker.


Maybe I wasn't as stealthy as I thought.


"Because she turned up dead this morning," Chance said, carefully gauging my reaction. Shock kept me quiet and he continued, "In recreating her final day, we scanned the videotapes from her place of business, looking for anything unusual. Then you showed up." Chance tilted his head in that way he had, eyes narrowed, reading your every move, like a cat getting ready to pounce.


"Dead?" I repeated, trying to absorb the fact that someone I saw yesterday in her lingerie was no longer breathing.

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One Dead, Two to Go 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice way to start this series. Eddie was smart, funny and seemed like she could kick some serious butt if needed. She certainly worked hard to figure out what had happened to Deidre and defintely got more than she bargained for. Between Chava showing up out of tye blue wit her little revelation, Chance transferring up to Bellingham, and a surprise meeting at the casino, this case certainly had some twists and turns. I will admit that I saw some of them coming. Others not so much.
Mary_Angela More than 1 year ago
If you like cozies and would like to try a PI mystery, this book is a perfect match. Eddie Shoes is a funny, smart private detective who is incredibly likable. I read this book in a couple of days, and while I wasn’t on vacation, it felt like I was every time I turned the pages. The plot moves quickly, but the characters are well drawn. Eddie’s mother, Chava, is just as memorable as Eddie, and I loved the dialogue between the unlikely pair. I can’t wait for the next book in this fun new series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't Wait for the next one!! I really liked this book, it was action packed and kept the story moving. If you enjoy mysteries this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the main character Eddie Shoes and her relationship with her mother. Hartwell takes familiar PI tropes and makes them fresh again. The dialog is fun and fresh, the location rich. and the crime and solution intriguing.
MalissaW More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day! How often do you see a female private investigator in a book? Almost never. This was a delightful page-turner that kept me guessing until the end. Even my 13 year old son loved it!
Wonderhorse More than 1 year ago
What fun characters and twists. I can't wait for the second in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One Dead, Two to Go is a kick. I look forward to the next Eddie Shoes mystery. Elena Hartwell keeps it snappy. Her delivery is fresh and funny. This is an unlikely buddy story (I don't want to give away who the buddy is ...) and a caper and a P.I.'s case rolled into one. Eddie's problems have as much to do with the folks she's investigating as her own social situations. The definitive beach read.