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Playing Possum

Playing Possum

by Lois Schmitt
Playing Possum

Playing Possum

by Lois Schmitt


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Murder, mayhem, and lots of animals... When animals start mysteriously disappearing from the Pendwell Wildlife Refuge, former English-teacher-turned-magazine-reporter Kristy Farrell is on the case. Days later, the body of the refuge's director is found in a grassy clearing. Kristy, assisted by her veterinarian daughter, investigates and discovers strong motives among the suspects, including greed, infidelity, revenge, and blackmail.

As Kristy delves further, she finds herself up against the wealthy and powerful Pendwell family, especially matriarch Victoria Buckley Pendwell, chair of the refuge's board of trustees, and Victoria's son, Austin Pendwell, who is slated to run for state senate. But ferreting out the murderer and finding the missing animals aren't Kristy's only challenges. While researching a story on puppy mills, she uncovers criminal activity that reaches far beyond the neighborhood pet store. Meanwhile, strange things are happening back at the wildlife refuge, and soon a second murder occurs. Kristy is thwarted in her attempts to discover the identity of the murderer by her old nemesis, the blustery Detective Wolfe. Kristy perseveres, and as she unearths shady deals and dark secrets, will she succeed in drawing the killer out of the shadows?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645993049
Publisher: Encircle Publications, LLC
Publication date: 12/08/2021
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

A mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew novel, Lois Schmitt combines a love of mysteries with a love of animals in her series featuring wildlife reporter Kristy Farrell. She is a member of several wildlife conservation and humane organizations, as well Mystery Writers of America. Lois received 2nd Runner Up for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award for her second book in the Kristy Farrell series, entitled Something Fishy. Lois worked for many years as a freelance writer and is the author of Smart Spending, a consumer education book for young adults. She previously served as media spokesperson for a local consumer affairs agency and currently teaches at Nassau Community College on Long Island. Lois lives in Massapequa, New York, with her family, which includes a 120-pound Bernese Mountain Dog. This dog bears a striking resemblance to Archie, a dog of many breeds, featured in her Kristy Farrell Mystery Series. The third Kristy Farrell Mystery, Playing Possum, is coming from Encircle Publications in December, 2021.

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