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Murder in the River City [novella]

by Allison Brennan

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What a treat this was to find.. Even had John Black and Dean Hooper from previous books in it. The author explains that this was written as a serial for a magazine but you cannot tell. Very good suspense/mystery novella.

A bartender is beaten and murdered. A young woman is murdered..

Shauna Murphy's grandfather own's Dooley’s Pub where the bartender had worked for almost 10 years. After being relieved that it wasn't her Grandfather she still wants to know who killed her friend and pesters the lead detective John Black with clues she is finding.

Detective Sam Garcia comes back to town to join the homicide department and is partnered with John who in turns pushes Shauna off on him. But what John doesn't know is there is quite the history between Sam and Shauna. They grew up together as he was good friend with her brothers and she always had a crush on him but with there age difference he pushed her away - more than once. Then later when she was engaged to another man he arrested her fiance the day before their wedding. He doesn't figure she has forgiven him yet.

The mystery of the two murders and there connection has everyone stumped. Its not till they bring in Dean Hooper from the FBI that they start to put the piece together... But to catch the killer Shauna's life has to be put on the line and now that Sam has finally gotten her back will he be able to let her do it.... ( )
  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
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Keep your friends close…

When the long-time bartender at Dooley’s Pub is murdered, the police believe a violent gang of thieves is responsible. But Shauna Murphy, Dooley’s fiery granddaughter, thinks Mack’s killer is someone she knows. In addition to stealing money, the thieves stole her grandfather’s collection of autographed baseballs, leaving behind the only forgery. The lead detective doesn’t take her seriously, and Shauna reluctantly turns to long-time family friend, Detective Sam Garcia—the man who once broke her heart. But Sam has another murder to solve: the death of a young woman who was strangled and dumped in the river.

… and your enemies closer

As Sam digs deeper into his own investigation, he suspects that his case is linked to Mack’s murder. After an attack on Shauna leaves her shaken and angry, Sam vows to protect her. But he can’t defend her against an unknown threat. As time runs out with no one to trust, Sam and Shauna must work together to catch a ruthless killer before they both end up dead and buried.
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