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Nolly Penderson: The tall, blond, fiftyish widowed Nebraska native has been living and conducting business as a literary agent in Arlington, Virginia following the death of her husband. With one solved mystery (The Agent: Murder By Accident) under her belt, Nolly is primed and ready for action.
Kevin Wilson: downsized, temporarily homeless (The Agent: Murder By Accident) the computer expert has become an integral player for the Arlington PD. Kevin lives on the third floor in Brakehurst Building.
Hooks' Enterprises may not be all that it seems at first glance.
When young Mike Heath, a Hooks' employee, just up and disappears while hurrying to bring medicine to his ailing tot Nolly Penderson is again caught up in the intrigue. Nolly finds herself in a possible 'heap of trouble' when she tries to learn something about Hooks and somehow manages to break into the covert files managed by Rudy Hooks' right hand man Freddie Heber.
Kevin uses his skill on the computer to stop Freddie before the sinister operative can trace the breach to Nolly and The Brakehurst District. LT Doug Patterson is mighty glad Kevin and his computer prowess are available to the Arlington PD and not to the criminals who are behind Heath's disappearance.
Rudy continued staring at Heber with a mixture of irritation and worry etched upon his mug.
Freddie raised his eyes from the screen. "Signal stopped."
"What does that mean?"
"Means now I've got to do some work to see if I can find out whether or not this is just a kid hacking into the program," Heber said in a measured tone. "Or if it is a real hit against up by somebody who does know what they are looking for."
lots of surprising twists
The Agent: Murder By Design
by mj hollinghsead
If you're looking for a breath taking plot, fresh ideas, intriguing characters, wicked humor and lots of surprising twists, then look no further.
The Agent: Murder by Design by m j hollingshead has it all.
reviewed by : Christine Spindler TerryFic Reviews http://www.angelfire.com/ia/inspectorterry/newsletter.html
distinctively reflective prose
The Agent: Murder by Design
by:m j hollingshead
Michael Heath, a devoted husband and father of an infant, calls the pharmacist across the street to request medicine for his colicky baby. Their family is fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood where everyone still
knows one another, and pharmacists can be called in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, Michael takes his safety for granted. On his way back, on a street where traffic is nonexistent at that time, Michael carelessly rushed
across the street from between two cars headlong into a white van. He crawls
off the street into some bushes, where he dies.
The story doesn't lie with the death of an innocent, however. The truth lies in the contents on the van that stopped when the driver realized he'd hit something. Specifically, the truth lies with a beaten and bound man who escaped, was captured, and thrust back into the back of the van. The owner
of the van also owns Hooks Industries, the company building the mall in town.
Indeed, the administrative assistant at Hooks Industries would be shocked to learn that the European backers passing through her office with heavy brief cases and closed door conferences carry large stacks of money.
When Nolly Penerson hears the news account of the missing young man retold
by vicious rumormongers masquerading as news reporters, she packs a casserole and visits the widow. Nolly's certain that there's more to the story than reporters or police will uncover, so she begins her own investigation. Ruling out the wild speculation of the news media, Nolly approaches the investigation with a generous amount of common sense. Doesn't take her long to learn that Hooks Industries employed Michael. Previous experience leads her to believe there's more to the story, especially when more bodies turns up.
mj hollingshead’s distinctively reflective prose once again reveals a strong, feminine style that is strikingly different from most suspense/murder styles.
With a meandering flow that revels in melodic detail and embraces the
idiosyncrasies and the motivations of her characters, hollingshead allows
the reader to luxuriate in her language, as opposed to the typical hard
hitting, straight flow characteristic of the genre.
The result is a fascinatingly intricate creation that reaches beyond the superficial "whodunit" to embrace
the "who" and "why".
Note to author: Do you have a recipe for chocolate zucchini fudge cake? Yum.
reviewed by: Cindy Penn Senior Editor, WordWeaving http://wordweaving.com
Amazon Top 50 Reviewer
Reviews for "The Agent: Murder By Design"
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Parker
|Seems very interesting!|
|Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance
|Hi m j. I like the excerpt I read! I like your style on all you write, but most of all, I like how prolific you are!! I only have one book on my belt. *lol*......KEEP up the great works. INTERESTING reads~ BeB~~~~~~~~~|
|Reviewed by Theresa Koch
|oh this sounds exceptional!|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|Sounds to me a good mystery story. Molly, you can write your stories so well. I'm really impressed.
Sandie May Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Joe McCarthy
|Sounds like a good suspense story.|
|Reviewed by Sherry Russell BCBT BCETS
|This sounds like a vastly entertaining read. Vividly descriptive excerpt.|
|Reviewed by Arvin
|Congratulations, I knew you could do it!|
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|Interesting good book, looking forward to reading it. GEM|
|Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
|Excellent excerpt, Molly. Leaves me panting for more. Best of luck with Murder By Design, and all of your work! Absolutely LOVE the cover, too! All the Best, Gracie|
|Reviewed by Janet Terry
This is my sort of book. Completely intriquing. If I had time I know I would love to read it.
You have a real flare for words.
|Reviewed by Russ Okamura
|I already SEE a best seller with an intricate DESIGN, creatively STRUCTURED WITHIN!|
|Reviewed by Pam Potter
|good luck molly with your book, from reading your stories before, the bad guy will get the readers by surprise. did me in your story Cats Paw.|
|Reviewed by T Cloth
|Sounds to be an exceptional read!|
|Reviewed by thomas zangerl
|I loved the excerpt of "Murder by Design", I think that you have got a breathtaking way of creating a dense atmosphere.|
|Reviewed by Babs Halton
Glad you enjoyed my poems. Have read the excerpts of your books and am impressed! Love your style. Am looking forward to reading some of your short stories. Babs Halton
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|Sounds like a 'MUST READ' mystery to me, M.J. -- I'm ordering the book right now!
(p.s.) Thanks for the kind review on some of my work, your thoughtfulness was most appreciated, M.J.)
|Reviewed by Lou Gallio
|Appears to be a thrilling "whodunit" with all the right pieces. If it catches my interest (and it did) it's gotta be good.|
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