When Sandy Reid learns the police have closed the case of an abused body found on the beach after finding no usable evidence and no suspects, she feels compelled to discover the identity of the woman, expose what actually happened on that secluded beach that night, and find the perpetrator.
The almost-too-clever young law student must confront the prominent Congressman who gave the beautiful hitchhiker a ride to Florida, and avoid becoming the second victim while she unscrambles a related child kidnapping that the mother won't report, and clears herself of a murder charge that threatens to destroy her dream of becoming a lawyer.
Along the way, she discovers she has fallen victim to a sensuous passion of her own. This fast-paced murder mystery is the sequel to ONE DEADLY SISTER and the second in the mystery series with Sandy Reid the sassy protagonist and amateur sleuth. The third book in the series is SUCH WICKED FRIENDS.
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THE PRICE OF CANDY is the second book in this exciting mystery series. ONE DEADLY SISTER is the first followed by SUCH WICKED FRIENDS, CHASING SUSPECT THREE and ALIVE AFTER FRIDAY..
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The Price of Candy by Rod Hoisington Published by Enterabooks The cover of this book is a portent of things to come. A good man walks from the light into the dark side, where man becomes fool. A story of opposites, complications, passion, action, threat, going from confusion to comprehension. Opening with the dead body of a naked woman on the beach, with two male witnesses to the accidental death, the story takes a sudden turn to our heroine Sandy Reid, met in "One Deadly Sister", Book 1 of this series. She is studying to become a lawyer. She receives a phone call from an "old acquaintance" the caller tells her. However, there are two reasons why Sandy is unsure about this caller who wants to get together to talk over old times. The caller, identifying herself as Abby Olin, her married surname, a name not known to Sandy, and she calls her Sandra, although Sandy has never been known as Sandra to friends and acquaintances. Yet Sandy becomes curious and decides to meet with her. A grave mistake which brings back some old memories and also traps her in a whole web of trouble. Rod Hoisington has put together another fast paced murder mystery with a strong protagonist in Sandy. The book is filled with a wide variety of unique characters from her nemesis State Prosecutor Moran, to Abby and her assortment of odd acquaintances. Moran is once more his harassing self, unjustly aimed at Sandy, actually putting her under arrest to destroy her chances at graduating law school at the very least, or blacklisted for the bar at the worst. Once again Sandy is involved in a high-profile case, plus two other cases that may or may not be connected. She must try to solve everything while she is out on bail and before Moran finds something he can use to rescind her bail. He is planning to charge her with conspiring to commit murder. Wonderful story-telling as it weaves its way throughout the book, even to a possible kidnapping the mother won't report. These are but a few of the strange happenings she stumbles upon. Fortunately for her, Sandy has many friends in law enforcement and her personal lawyer. Between all of them, and unexpected help from Abby's ex-husband, the net begins to gather all these facts and possibilities, crimes and perpetrators into a loose net, not convinced fully whether they are related cases or not. Rod Hoisington is very good at keeping the mystery going and bringing surprises along the way. My attention was held through to the surprising ending.
She was beautiful, but lay awkwardly on the sands of Privado Beach like a piece of discarded flotsam. Two men stared down at her half-naked corpse unable to fathom what would happen next. Freddy, the older of the two, was visibly shaken, but the younger man, Toby, who had ambled onto the scene, was complacent and urged the stranger to leave. He had nothing to do with her death, but Freddy was whining, "You don't know the half of it. You wouldn't believe the fallout there's going to be about this." Who cares? The sniveling man was going overboard with this woman's untimely demise, especially since he'd tried to save her. "So, go. Get out of here. You don't have to get involved. I'll look after her. Things like this happen all the time." But things like that didn't happen all the time and Frederick J. Kidde would soon find out its consequences. When Betty Jo "Candy" Hodges, a "dancer" at The Blue Triple X in Baltimore, was left on that beach the tentacles of her accidental death would reach out to grab even the most innocent of people. Sandy Reid, a former field investigator, was one of them. She worked in Jeremiah Kagan's law office in Park Beach while she studied for her bar exam. Like the butterfly effect things began to roll when she accepted a telephone call from Abby Olin, someone she had very tenuous contact with in the past. They were together in juvie, so Abby claimed, and their only connection was a lecherous, "creepy counselor" named Bruce Banks. What harm would it do to get together for lunch? Sandy had escaped unscathed, but she had "vowed to go after him for Gloria's sake," a gal that didn't fare as well. "Back off lady" was a fine thank you ma'am greeting from Abby's ten-year-old child, Jamie, but then again Sandy was only offering to help her. Abby turned out to be somewhat less than the mother of the year, but what could anyone expect from someone who actually liked Bruce. She liked money and was not only going to get more, but she was going to use that drip Sandy Reid to get it. The kid had said something about child pornography so something had to be done. Sandy conned Detective Pomar into checking out the house with her after hours with a night-vision scope, a piece of equipment he claimed was "all the rage with voyeurs." A voice cried out the name "Toby!" piercing the silence. It started out as a simple stakeout, but soon a shot rang out and a prowler lay dying outside Abby's house. "Maybe the medics can revive him, but I think that man out there is dead." This is the second in the Sandy Reid mystery series following the fast-paced One Deadly Sister. I did not read the first mystery, but I can guarantee you that this one can definitely stand alone. If you want a cozy mystery you need to look elsewhere, but if you want a hot, steamy mystery that could rival anything a"CSI" type genre can cast out at you you'll be hooked from the first few pages. This tale was so tightly knit I honestly didn't know who really assaulted the corpse until the very end. Sandy, an "impudent tousle-haired young woman," was perfect in her role as an investigator. And there was plenty to investigate from a kidnapping to blackmail and murder. It was an intriguing tightly woven mystery with subtle sexual overtones woven throughout much of the story. Quill says: If you want a tantalizingly complicated, slightly hot and spicy mystery, The Price of Candy will offer you a tangled web you won't forget any time soon!