Realtor Kate Doyle knew divorce was messy, but she didn't expect it to be bloody. Kate agrees to sell the home of old friends who're locked in bitter wrangling and manages to keep the peace long enough to get signatures on contracts. She congratulates herself on what will be an easy sale in this upscale Colorado college town. However, Kate's celebration turns to horror when she walks into the lawyer-client's study to find him brutally murdered - stabbed in the throat. ""A crime of passion,"" says Kate's police detective brother-in-law. The prime suspect is Kate's close friend, the spurned wife, who begs Kate to help her. Kate's meddling turns up some surprising suspects. The successful lawyer deceived numerous ex-lovers as well as his wife. He'd also played off one land developer against another, dangling a choice tract of land as bait. Businesses were ruined and fortunes lost. Had the loser taken revenge on the wily lawyer? Or had an ex-lover killed in jealous rage? Kate's real estate license helps her dig into the clever lawyer's dealings as she sifts clues from cyber space to crawl space. Unfortunately, her snooping tempts the killer to exercise his own license - to kill. PMaggie Sefton lives in Colorado and is the mother of four grown daughters and the guardian of two demanding dogs.
Realtor Katie Doyle, herself recently divorced, attempts to sell an upscale house in Fort Collins, CO, for two longtime friends who are divorcing. Philandering Mark and put-upon Amanda are battling by way of their respective lawyers, with Amanda's finding hidden assets and more. Unfortunately, Katie finds Mark's corpse in the up-for-sale house, and suspicion naturally falls on Amanda. Katie sticks up for her friend and begins sleuthing, first by retrieving some criminally revelatory erased files from Mark's computer. Sefton uses the realtor angle to advantage, and likable protagonist Katie is believable and sympathetic. For most collections. Sefton, who also writes a knitting mystery series (Knit One, Kill Two), lives in Colorado. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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October 01, 2005
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