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  • 04/2015
  • 9781508953937 1508953937
  • 310 pages
  • $8.99
Murder On The Menu (Nikki Hunter Mysteries) (Volume 1)
Nancy Skopin, author
Private Investigator Nicoli “Nikki” Hunter has lost enthusiasm for the bar and restaurant surveys that pay the bills but no longer challenge her. When the brutal murder of socialite, (and stripper), Laura Howard lands on her desk, she finally encounters a case worthy of her talent. Murder on the Menu is the first in a series of mysteries featuring Nikki Hunter. The only child of a Cossack and a former nun, Hunter is a smart, tenacious thirty-five-year-old, who lives aboard a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay Area and works out of a ground floor office in the marina complex where she lives. When the Howard murder goes unsolved, the victim’s mother contacts Nikki, who agrees to a preliminary investigation, and discovers that Laura was about to inherit several million dollars. The list of suspects grows as Nikki delves into Laura’s past. Nikki befriends Homicide Detective Bill Anderson, and he confides to her that three recent murders, including Laura’s, have peculiar similarities. Nikki enlists the aid of her best friend and fellow boat-dweller, Elizabeth Gaultier, and while the two are conducting interviews they discover they’re being tailed by another PI. When the interviewees start turning up dead, Nikki tells Detective Anderson everything she’s uncovered, but it’s too late. Nikki has already become the killer’s next target.
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Juliann Stark

MURDER ON THE MENU

A Nikki Hunter Mystery

Nancy Skopin

 

Skopin’s first entry in her Nikki Hunter series is an auspicious beginning to what promises to be a series with serious staying power. Living on her sailboat in the small northern California town of Redwood City, and after barely two years on her own, getting only such bread-and-butter jobs as employee surveillance and checking on errant spouses, Nikki is brought up short when a wealthy socialite, dissatisfied with the progress the police have been making, asks her to check into the brutal murder of her daughter, a girl who had everything, yet earned her living as an exotic dancer in a sleazy club. Nikki takes the case and runs with it, applying her own combination of streetwise smarts and bulldog tenacity and getting more than her share of OJT as things heat up. There are plenty of turns and tension as the murders mount, along with the danger, but the great pleasure here is in the characters and the solid sense of reality in Nikki’s world. Everything rings true. The story is taut and the surprises keep coming, but without the kind of gratuitous pyrotechnics that get in the way of so many tales today. Readers will look forward to what Skopin has in store next.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2015
  • 9781508953937 1508953937
  • 310 pages
  • $8.99

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