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The Agent: Murder By Accident
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Copyright:  Oct 1 2000

Nolly Penderson did not intend to solve crimes. The literary agent thought her quiet life quite enough with the added excitement

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When Kevin Wilson finds a box of discarded manuscripts the stage is set for murder Computer whiz Kevin Wilson has become convinced that he is jinxed and has somehow hexed a series of murders into happening. It is only by the help and intervention of literary agent Nolly Penderson that Kevin comes to realize that the murderer is a flesh and blood person and not any hex. Nolly and Kevin use Kevin's computer skills to track the Arlington Virginia woman they are sure is creating havoc among a group of people who have nothing in common other than a thrown away carton of children's book manuscripts written by a retired Missouri school teacher. Only quick thinking will save Nolly from the desperate murderer who finally throws caution to the wind and meets Nolly in face to face confrontation. approx 80,000 words

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The Agent:Murder by Accident
Reviewed by: Robin Baker

The Agent: Murder by Accident
by author mj hollingshead
ISBN 1-894618-18-1
VanGoachBooks Publication

The Agent:Murder by Accident is wonderfully written mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Self-consumed character Toby Alberts’ act of throwing manuscripts in a dumpster begins an avalanche of coincidence and good fortune for many, and untimely and accidental deaths for others.
One person’s trash becomes another’s treasure, literally.
Kevin Wilson, an out of work computer geek stumbles upon the box of manuscripts outside Alberts' apartment building and tries to return them to her.
He had been digging in the trash bin for things to recycle, to pay for his next meal.
Alberts refuses the box and sends Wilson on his way. This young man searches for another agent to hand over the manuscripts.
In to the picture comes Nolly Penderson, a former resident of Nebraska and now successful Literary Agent in Arlington, Virginia.
Nolly Penderson is the opposite of Toby Alberts. She has an out going, sincere down home personality. She never meets a person she doesn’t know. She accepts the manuscripts from Kevin Wilson and the career of unknown Missouri Author, Texie Powell is born.
m j hollingshead weaves a tight story linking characters and unlikely events into a very well told story.
Several twists and turns keep you wondering if the person you suspect is actually the murder. Once it the word of Texie Powell’s manuscripts are being published and a movie are being made by a legendary Hollywood Director, mysterious deaths begin to happen.
The police do not suspect that the deaths are linked in any manner. They all appear to be purely accidental.
Wilson notices a pattern and believes he is a jinx. He discusses the possibility that the accidents are not what they seem with Nolly Penderson. m j Hollingshead characters use some unusual methods to commit crimes and solve them.
This is not a typical formulated mystery. It is quite enjoyable to read and moves fairly smooth between scenes and characters.
I would highly recommend you read it and would caution you to be careful about what you throw in the trash and what you eat! m j hollingshead

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Reader Reviews for "The Agent: Murder By Accident "

Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/18/2002
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 2/17/2002
I love a good mystery and this author knows how to weave a tale to keep you turning the page and wanting more. Exquisite work!
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 2/4/2002
The Agent: Murder By Accident? Has all the makings of 'A Must Read' to me!
Victoria Taylor Murray
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