A Crack in Everything: A Susan Callisto Mystery (Google eBook)

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Poisoned Pen Press Inc, Sep 15, 2011 - Fiction - 258 pages
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Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. The man in her life, Massachusetts police lieutenant Michael Benedict, has unaccountably left her without a word of goodbye. Her consulting firm caters to entry level candidates, and while business is good, money is short. Late in the season, political novice Charles Renfrow begs Susan to help him run for mayor of Telford. But Renfrow is a scientist not a politician, and his pockets are far too deep. Susan is tempted—Renfrow knows how to seduce—but her suspicions, if not her libido, are aroused. When a friend insists Renfrow’s biotech company is dumping deadly toxic waste, Susan decides to find out the truth before committing herself. Instead of truth, she finds a corpse, Renfrow’s gorgeous assistant Torie Moran. The murder weapon is a microtome blade, razor sharp and accessible to anyone at Renfrow’s lab. After Torie’s murder, violence shadows Susan and people close to her. She is attacked in her driveway. An elderly client is beaten and left for dead. The young daughter of a candidate is abducted on her way to play camp. All sticky strands of a web with her name on it, Susan fears. Then Renfrow himself turns up dead. Was he was the spider, the liar, the pitiless master of cause and effect? The murders bring Michael Benedict back into Susan’s life, and when another of her candidates is charged, she elbows her way into Michael’s investigation. Working on parallel tracks, Susan and Michael uncover trails no one else wants to follow.....

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Review: A Crack in Everything ( A Susan Callisto Mystery #1)

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This was an audiobook listen. I thought I had found the equivalent to my grandmother's Janet Evanovich in a go-to series. I like the heroine in this book, even though I have to keep reminding myself ... Read full review

Review: A Crack in Everything ( A Susan Callisto Mystery #1)

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I picked up A Crack in Everything in part because the main character, Susan Callisto, is a political consultant. I anticipated that would provide an interesting perspective from which to view the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts and worked at journals. As a suburban desk reporter, she covered local happenings for the Newton Times and the Boston Globe, with a detour as press secretary for a Boston cultural organization. Her interest in local issues became a passion for campaigning and political consulting—which led inexorably to this first Susan Callisto mystery novel. Using her experience in magazine sales and marketing, she has helped define and set up Meadowlark Media. She and her husband live near Boston.

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