Sins Of The Border

Sins Of The Border

by Leslie Kohler


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Sins Of The Border by Leslie Kohler

When a beloved local artist, known for her efforts to aid Hispanic illegal immigrants, is brutally murdered, Lila Morrison, newspaper reporter turned suburban housewife, finds her world turned upside down. After all, this is Scottsdale, Arizona--a desert oasis where tourists come to lie by the pool and soak up the sun. It's not the type of place you'd expect to find murder--and cheating spouses. And what's more shocking is the fact that Lila's best friend is pinpointed as the number one suspect. Determined to clear her pal, Lila dusts off her press pass and sets out to find the culprit.

Sins of the Border is a fast-paced read that takes its readers through the social echelons of Scottsdale, to the fringes of a violent, vigilante border group. Lila goes head-to-head with the hunky but hard-headed Detective Garcia, who is none too happy with her snooping. She pushes ahead using her savvy investigative skills, along with advice from her three feisty girlfriends over flavored martinis, to follow the bloody murder trail.

Will Lila find the murderer before her friend is shipped off to prison in designer jailhouse duds? Or worse, will the killer find Lila first?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440154003
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/24/2009
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 1,276,790
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

LESLIE KOHLER is a professional writer whose work has been published in magazines and newspapers, such as Highlights for Children, Skipping Stones, Listen, Positive Teens and The Arizona Republic. She is active in several community organizations, such as No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths). Leslie lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her two teens, Logan and Taylor, and their dog, Macky. She is currently at work on her second novel, Disposable Lives.

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Sins Of The Border 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
markpsadler More than 1 year ago
Entertaining chic-lit whodunit. The Catholic Girls club members defend a member of their intimate friends group who is suspected in the murder of a local artist with ties to La Causa por Immigrates. Four middle-aged Scottsdale princesses with a need to add something more substantial to their lives that spending their socialite husband's money fall back upon their past careers in journalism to investigate and track the real murderer. Kohler's debut effort produces a story line that weaves through the dark side of life in Arizona, even if the closest we ever get to the real border that separates America and Mexico is Tucson. I had hoped we might find ourselves trailing through Nogales but one of the girls would probably have broken a manicured fingernail if they had ever gotten that close to the real thing. Instead they admire the border efforts from afar and throw money toward the cause. This improbable gaggle of misfits housewives manage to find away to confuse the local police, go under cover with the local vigilante group, solve the murder and still pull of a weekend at the spa to relax. Incredible, and enjoyable down to the last sip of their flavored martinis.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
When a beloved local artist is brutally murdered, intrepid ex-news reporter Lila Morrison leaps into action in order to help find the killer. Among her primary motivations: the fact that her best friend is identified as the chief suspect in the crime. As her personal quest unfolds, Lila repeatedly bumps heads with the equally dreamy and stubborn Detective Garcia, who - for her own sake - would rather she stay completely out of the picture...after all, there's a much greater chance that the killer will find her long before she finds him... Taut, fast-paced - and surprisingly witty - Sins Of The Border is a thoroughly entertaining read. Superbly crafted by author Leslie Kohler, the engaging suspense thriller takes readers on a vicarious journey through the quaint stylings of Scottsdale, Arizona - where brutal homicides fall quite far out of established norms. Through the exploits of her savvy heroine, Kohler introduces the reader to a host of interesting characters and intriguing plotlines, all intermingled in an engrossing tale of murder, mystery - and martinis. As such, Sins Of The Border has a unique cross-cultural appeal that fosters a deep appreciation on myriad different levels. With a well-balanced mix of levity and drama, Sins Of The Border is a riveting narrative guaranteed to hold readers at rapt attention. An impressive debut from a strong new literary voice. Josee Morgan Apex Reviews
AuthorReviewerGeri More than 1 year ago
Murder finds its way in Scottsdale, Arizona, better known as the world's lovely tourist attraction, where you daydream at the pool as you soak up the golden sun. Is Scottsdale a common ground for killers, and cheating spouses? A beloved local artist, known to many for her efforts to aid Hispanic, illegal immigrants is brutally murdered. Lila Morrison, a former newspaper reporter, and suburban housewife finds out about the murder. Feeling an emptiness in her life, and distraught over the murder, Lila becomes determined to find the killer. Using her knowledge and skills as a former crime reporter, she sets out to follow the bloody, forensic trail, despite all the danger involved. What advice does Lila's three friends give her, while sipping on flavored martinis? The murder investigation begins to brew as Lila makes Detective Garcia's blood boil, while snooping for evidence. Why is he discontent about Lila's persistent investigation, and is he hiding anything? Fear doesn't stop Lila from attempting to crack the case as her courage becomes stronger, when her best friend becomes the number one suspect. Will the criminal be found and is the case connected to a violent, vigilante, border group? Will the reputation of the social echelons of Scottsdale change, after discovering a murderer is walking the same streets? Does Lila find the killer, or does the killer find Lila? Can Lila find a conviction, or lead to the case, before her friend is locked up behind bars? I highly recommend this novel to all mystery lovers and to all those who enjoy fast-paced thrillers, packed with action, and suspense. The plot is electrifying, and the characters come to life as the investigation explodes with chilling details, every step of the way as we find out who becomes the next victim. Will justice be served, and for who? "SINS OF THE BORDER" is as sensational as HIGH CRIMES, and as riveting as THE INSIDER, with Al Pacino.