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Murder in the Master

Author: Judy L Murray
Genre: Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
Publisher: Level Best Books
Date Published: September 14, 2021
ISBN-10: 978-1-68512-008


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About :   Murder in the Master

"A gruesome discovery turns a Maryland realtor into a sleuth in Murray's series-starting mystery. ...with plenty of romance, surprises, and a climax that's quite the cliffhanger. ... A strong debut whodunit with a memorable main character." - Kirkus Reviews

A Chesapeake village rocked by murder
A family empire resented
A friend accused

Real estate rule #1: A dead body creates buzz. A dead body in a house for sale is never the buzz you want.

It isn't the first-time real estate agent Helen Morrisey has found someone naked in bed while showing a house. But this one is different. One glance at the bluish cast around his lips and the vacant, staring eyes, and Helen knows developer Al Capelli is never going to sign another sales agreement.
His death is big news for a small Chesapeake water town where a family empire is built around secrets and their brash money style is resented by locals. Within days, his lover, her old friend, begs Helen to find the killer before she's arrested for murder. Helen quickly realizes that solving a murder mystery in real life is a lot more dangerous than reading one. She decides to create her own Detection Club of expert sleuths - Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, Nora Charles, Agatha Raisin, and, yes, Nancy Drew to help unearth the truth.
Detective Joe McAlister recognizes Helen's insight into back office real estate deals and local players. And for the first time since her husband's death, Helen meets a man who might return zingers as quick as she tosses them out.

About Judy L Murray

Agatha Award Nominated Author for Best New Book 2022. IPPY Silver Medalist and Silver Falchion Finalist. A Philadelphia real estate broker and restoration addict, Judy L Murray has worked with enough delusional sellers, jittery buyers, testy contractors, and diva agents to fill her head with back-office insight and gossip. Judy lives atop a cliff on the Chesapeake Bay where she writes long after sunset. She is buffeted by winds in winter and invaded by family and dogs in summer. Her first book, Murder in the Master, A Chesapeake Bay Mystery, was published by Level Best Books in late September 2021. It introduces Helen Morrisey, a quick-tongued, gutsy and mature woman long on loyalty and short on romance. A mystery story addict, Helen's approach to solving problems is to call on the talents of her favorite, strong-minded female detectives within her own Detection Club, much like Agatha Christie formed in 1930. Judy holds a newspaper journalism degree from the SI Newhouse School at Syracuse University and an MBA in marketing with Penn State University. She began her writing career as a magazine columnist and newspaper reporter. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She is represented by Level Best Books and Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

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