Preston Endicott, Jr. was hated by most of the staff at his book publishing house. At least until he turned up dead in his locked office in this debut of the Taylor Browning Cozy Mystery series.
Taylor, the new mystery editor at the Santa Fe book publisher, sees plenty of possible perps right in the office suite. But the employees are hardly the only people to count as suspects. Dominique Boucher, their bestselling author, just submitted her latest manuscript. It’s a locked-room mystery with a similar story line to the real life puzzle. His ex-wife wasn’t a fan either.
And there is the matter of a large inheritance: a successful company and many financial assets. Who stands to gain the most?
Detective Victor Sanchez is assigned to uncover the killer. His crime-solving style manages to irritate just about everyone on his lengthy person of interest list. But he secretly hopes the editor, Taylor Browning, is not the murdering type. Those green eyes of hers can sparkle or spark.
About the only non-suspect is Taylor’s Abyssinian cat, Oscar, who manages to get in enough trouble on the domestic front. Feline royalty expects to dine on schedule, and penalties can be quite severe when expectations are not met.
Taylor’s new hobby appears to be amateur sleuthing until she discovers her own life is in danger. One thing is certain. She can’t edit her way out of this one!