martedì 28 giugno 2016

Review & Giveaway: Homicide in the House by Colleen J. Shogan



Homicide in the House
by Colleen J. Shogan

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GENRE: Cozy Mystery

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BLURB:

During a government shutdown, Kit’s congresswoman boss is found standing over the dead body of a top staffer she tangled with in front of the press. The police are about to name her as the prime suspect. The weapon was the Speaker’s gavel, an item entrusted to the congresswoman the previous night. The killer knows Kit is on the case. Can she solve the mystery in time to save her job and her life?
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My Review:

It's a cozy and very compelling mystery set in the world of politics. The author is very good at capturing the reader's attention and keep it alive throughout the story.
Kit has to juggle in the difficult world of politics, to solve strange and twisted murders, to keep alive the relationship with her boyfriend and doesn't neglect her dear friend Meg. Now she is working for freshman congresswoman Maeve Dixon. When her boss is involved in a murder, Kit  should investigate to save her reputation and her career.
It's the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone, I have not had any trouble. But I am very curious to read even the first one.
The plot is very engaging and intelligent, with several twists, it's really hard to put down this book before the end. The characters are well developed and believable. It 's really been a pleasant journey to discover Washington and its political intrigue. 
Highly recommended



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EXCERPT:


Smartphones are great time wasters. I fiddled with various apps as I waited. The next level of “Angry Birds” was within my grasp when I heard footsteps and voices across the hallway. I got up and stood in the doorway to greet my boss.

From the look on her face, she was not pleased. She charged like a linebacker to the exit of the Speaker’s lair with Jack Drysdale on her heels.

“Stop, Congresswoman Dixon. You’re not listening to reason!” From behind, Drysdale placed his hand on Maeve’s left shoulder in an attempt to prevent her from leaving the suite.

Maeve had impressive reflexes. She turned her body toward him and grabbed his wrist with her right hand. “Don’t touch me! Is this how the Speaker’s staff treat members of the House?” Her voice was loud and filled with vitriol.

The gaggle of reporters who had been relaxing inside the anteroom trailed behind me. This was better than a boring pen and pad session. One of them murmured, “I think that’s Dixon from North Carolina.”

This was not a good development, but Maeve didn’t know that the press had a front row seat to her implosion.

Maeve clutched Drysdale’s wrist for several seconds until she let it go. Apparently her physical assault didn’t intimidate him. He ran ahead and stopped directly in front of her.

Stretching his arms out wide to slow her down, Jack made his last stand. “I apologize. I shouldn’t have done that. Please come back in the office so we can sort this out. You’re a valuable part of this caucus and the Speaker wants to work with you on this deal.”

Maeve shook her head. “You guys in House leadership are typical politicians. You can’t take no for an answer. I’m not ready to make a decision. Now get out of my way.”

Unmoving, Drysdale locked eyes with Maeve. She didn’t look away and squared her shoulders. I could almost feel the tension around me as the reporters anxiously waited for the outcome. What was Maeve going to do? Knee him in the groin if he didn’t back down?

After a moment that seemed like an eternity, Drysdale gave in and stepped aside. I breathed a deep sigh of relief and hurried into the hallway to catch up with her. As we exited the corridor, I glanced back to the doorway where I’d been standing. Every reporter was on his or her phone, ostensibly calling in the most salacious story of the shutdown thus far. A junior member of Congress and the Speaker’s top aide had nearly come to blows in the Capitol. A high school reporter could make that story fly.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She writes the Washington Whodunit series published by Camel Press. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.

Twitter:  @cshogan276





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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Colleen J. Shogan will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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13 commenti:

  1. Thank you for the giveaway.
    The book seems amazing
    rafflecopter username: Joana Bento

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  2. Awesome review! I can't wait to read this one, thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Thank you for your honest review! I love mysteries or thrillers with political intrigue so I should definitely enjoy this book! :)

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  4. Sounds very good, this is right up my alley. Thank you for the giveaway too

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  5. Good review! The first line caught my eye in the excerpt :)

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  6. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

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  7. Good Morning! Thank you for both the excerpt and great giveaway

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt and it looks like a good read :)

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