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When Allie Graham inherits her aunt’s Cape Canaveral beach house and a bunch of money, she wants little more than time to mourn her aunt’s death and to lick her post-divorce wounds, but she hasn’t been back in town twenty-four hours before she stumbles on the body of a woman floating in the water at the Canaveral jetty. At first, it seems that the only thing that links the victim to Allie is her appearance. It is only as her police friends begin to connect the murder with a string of similar crimes up and down the coast of Florida that the other similarities begin to emerge. Three men enter Allie’s life. One is a childhood friend all grown up and turned cop. Another, the editor of the local paper. The third is a stranger who shows up on the beach the day the body is found. Allie is pretty sure one of them is the killer, and she begins to suspect she might be his next target. Summoning up courage that surprises even her, Allie begins trying to discover the truth. But when the bullets start flying, Allie doesn’t know which way to turn.
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Now Available in Paperback and eBook: Live Ringer is the first in a mystery series featuring reluctant investigative reporter Allie Grainger and her best friend, Sheryl Levine, a feisty Sheriff's deputy who is determined to protect Allie from herself. Sometimes she almost succeeds.
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Sheryl pulled off her cap and shook out her hair. Then she twisted it up again with one hand and put the hat back on, looking up at Allie. “You been sick? You’re skinny as a twig.”
“Fashionably slim, according to my ex-husband,” Allie said, sitting down beside her. She couldn’t quit looking at Sheryl. If anything, she was more gorgeous than Allie remembered, and the uniform did nothing to detract from it. She made her cop regalia look like haute couture.
“Any more fashionable and you’d be pushing up daisies,” Sheryl said, poking Allie in the arm. She hesitated. “Ex?”
"It’s a long story,” she added. “How about you? Did you ever marry Ernie?”
“Married and divorced.” She sighed. “I should have known he was too good to be true.”
“What happened?” Sheryl and Ernie had been an item for as long as Allie could remember.
“He changed his mind.” She shot Allie a look. “You?”
Allie almost smiled. “I changed his mind."
Sheryl shook her head. “Men are pond scum.”
Even though Allie agreed for the most part, she laughed. “Not all of them.”
“Name one,” she demanded.
She could only think of one off hand. “Joe Odum.”
Sheryl sat back a bit. “Well, maybe Joe’s okay.” She flung an arm around Allie’s shoulders. “I have to get back to work, but we really need to go out and get drunk.”
Allie smiled. “Name the time.”
Sheryl grinned back. “Tomorrow night? I’m working a double today because Sidney’s on leave.”
“Sidney’s a cop, too? I had Sidney pegged as the guy most likely to go to prison the day he turned eighteen.”
“He damn near did, but the sheriff took an interest in him. Almost killed him a couple of times from what I hear, but Sidney straightened up.”
She got to her feet, nudging the forgotten gun away with the toe of her boot. “What are you doing with a gun?”
Allie’s shook her head. “It's not mine. I found it in one of Aunt Lou’s purses.”
Sheryl’s eyebrows shot up to her hairline. “Lou with a gun? Any ideas why she thought she needed it? I mean, we’re not exactly in a high crime area here.”
“I have no idea. I wasn’t around much the last few years,” Allie added bitterly.
“Figured you’d be beating yourself up over that. You’re being a jerk. Stop it. We need to get caught up,” she said again, and she was gone.
Allie smiled. That was Sheryl. A woman of few words and lots of action.
I found Lynda Fitzgerald’s “LIVE Ringer” an altogether great read, which I would wholeheartedly recommend to anybody who enjoys a good book. A delightful mix of romance, thriller and mystery will keep most readers riveted for hours. So get a cold drink that will make you think of Florida and enjoy your journey.
Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views
Lynda Fitzgerald has written another page-turning, intriguing mystery. LIVE Ringer is a richly told story that weaves romance, a ghost, and a murderer into its cast of characters. I hated to put it down. LIVE Ringer is the kind of thriller that makes your palms sweat, your mouth dry, and makes you just a little bit afraid to read it when you’re home alone!
Vicky DeCoster, Author of Husbands, Hot Flashes, and All That Hullabaloo! and The Wacky World of Womanhood: Essays on Girlhood, Dating, Motherhood, and the Loss of Matching Underwear
What a Book!
LIVE RINGER is a fascinating, nail-biting read. Allie is a wonderful character—and so is her dead aunt. Lynda Fitzgerald has told a spell-binding story, complete with good people with dark secrets, with compassion and great skill.
Alice Duncan, Author of Hungry Spirits
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