Ellys Phox (aka SD Saxon), author
The Performance: a mystery by Ellys Phox Detective Maxine Ferrari had difficulty keeping her mouth shut. She knew it. With a reputation for carrying her opinions on the tip of her tongue, and speaking them unfiltered, Max often rubbed her colleagues the wrong way. The consequence of one such occasion landed her in the tiny, high desert town of Prineville, Oregon, where there hadn’t been a murder since Lucy O’Conner found her husband in bed with a hooker and shot him dead, some seven years ago. Max was sure the sheer boredom of this job would be the death of her. In the first four months of this new job, the only crime requiring any detection was a break-in at the State Liquor Store. All that changed with the arrival of Sarah Castleman. Before the summer was over, two men had gone missing, one had been murdered and Max was, inexplicably, infatuated with the prime suspect. The detective didn’t have a clue until it was too late, that the bombshell about to land in her lap, was going to destroy everything she believed to be true about her investigation. More than that, it would call into question Max's own beliefs about herself.