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Last Call
Libby Kirsch, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Publish)

Janet Black, the heroine of this appealing series launch from Kirsch (the Stella Reynolds series), is proud of the Knoxville, Tenn., bar she owns. She’s determined to be a level-headed and responsive boss to her rag-tag group of employees—and a warm face to her eccentric patrons. But circumstances take a sinister turn when Janet discovers a body—that of a bar regular, Ike Freeman—behind the Dumpster of her bar. Amid the chaos of swarming cops and confused regulars, Ike’s daughter plants roots at the bar, refusing to budge until the police solve the crime. Janet’s own sleuthing leads her to uncover the victim’s hidden past and to become a thorn in the side of law enforcement, while a second murder causes her to doubt even those closest to her. Tension rarely rises above a slow simmer, but the mystery reveals unexpected entanglements and stranger motivations. Readers may not gain a deep sense of Janet’s interiority, but she’s a strong-willed, good-hearted woman who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. (BookLife)