Some of us live in a subdivision, and it is likely that subdivision has a “Homeowners Association” in which we must join and pay our dues.
In those subdivisions, there are quite a number of people living there. Author Linda Lovely said, “More than 40 million U.S. households sit inside HOAs. That's more than half of owner-occupied homes.”
Most of us loved the Agatha Christie novels, growing up. And if you remember, they were set in English villages. Just like English villages provided perfect settings for Agatha Christie, Linda Lovely, has found a perfect setting for her new series. HOA Mystery series is set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where Linda made her home for a dozen years.
Linda said, “Today’s HOAs provide ideal backdrops for intrigue and an abundance of suspects in modern mysteries. Community residents tend to know about each other—either through personal contact or gossip. The ability of HOA Boards to make and enforce rules that impact people’s daily lives, and their most important financial asset can generate animosity. And power struggles are inevitable—as they are in any human organization.”
Book One in the series is With Neighbors Like These. HOA CORPSE STAGED TO SHOCK…. An arrow pierces a corpse’s chest. A trophy deer head is dumped in the dead hunter’s lap. Not your typical yard art in a wealthy homeowner’s association.
The posed homicide freaks out neighbors, and Ted Welch asks Kylee Kane, a retired Coast Guard investigator, to help his HOA management company address owner fears. The stakes become personal when Kylee’s mother gets death threats over her crusade to stop a horde of hunters from invading the HOA’s nature sanctuary. ANOTHER DEATH SPARKS HOA=DOA PANIC…A second murder in a different HOA and bizarre attacks in other neighborhoods spark panic. The local sheriff’s department blames Ted for letting HOA disputes spiral into homicide. Kylee isn’t convinced, and searches for links between victims to uncover the killer’s motive and identity. The investigation puts Kylee in the executioner’s crosshairs. Kylee learns a controversial general is cast as the next murder victim. Can Kylee foil this newest act in the killer’s death-as-theater game?
Linda's Book Two, Neighbors to Die For releases November 8th.
A CRAFTY KILLER’S BLAME GAME
Refereeing homeowner association spats over acceptable mulch color was never part of Kylee Kane’s post-Coast Guard retirement plans. The irate combatants are trying the security consultant’s patience when gunfire erupts and a SWAT team swarms in. How did they arrive before any possible report of an active shooter?
Two days later, Kylee discovers a ghost boat. Not a soul onboard. Among the missing—presidents of HOAs managed by her employer. Are the incidents linked?
As Kylee chips away at shift-the-blame deceptions, the ruthless killer expands his hit list to include not only Kylee but everyone she loves. Will it be Kylee’s last Thanksgiving?
I am eager to get this new book by Linda Lovely. She writes Women's Sleuths. Whether she’s writing cozy mysteries, historical suspense or contemporary thrillers, her novels share one common element—smart, independent heroines. Humor and romance also sneak into every manuscript.
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