Bad Manners (Lilly Bennett Mysteries)

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Running back home after news of her affair with a politician leaks out, Lilly Bennett starts up her own international security consulting business and finds her first client in a murdered head of a ranching dynasty. A first novel. National ad/promo.

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Set in the modern-day West and drawing on elements of wealth, lechery and homicide, this diverting debut is a who's-sleeping-with-whom whodunit of a thriller centering around a dead Wyoming newspaperman. After an ill-fated affair with a California judge, ex-police detective Lilly Bennett, 45, moves back to her hometown of Roundup, Wyo. Her cop instincts barely have time to rest; during a lavish soiree, someone takes a shotgun to Roundup Morning News owner Walter Butterfield. Was it his wife? One of her lovers? Walter's mistress, a transsexual rodeo rider? Or one of his daughters, drug-addict Christine or aspiring publisher Ellen? Lilly hated Walter, but she can't resist a case and is appointed a U.S. marshall to aid in legal surveillance of the Butterfield ranch. Amid interrogations and investigations, Lilly always holds herself in high regard ("I dressed with particular care in my old 'Reagan Red' Chanel suit.... I had put myself together quite superbly"). Kellogg, who controls the tale's raciness by merely alluding to sex nonstop, moves her mystery along smartly, all the way to the final unmask-the-villain cocktail party. Kellogg effectively characterizes the West's rugged beauty along with the equally impressive, writ-large cast members.
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Lilly Bennett has resigned her position as chief of detectives of a large California police department after being caught in a compromising position with a powerful politician. After returning to her family's huge ranch near Roundup, Wyoming, she hangs out her shingle as a private investigator. Her first case comes from her neighbor, friend, and erstwhile rival Ellen Butterfield, who claims she is being pushed out of her family's business and wants to know why. When Ellen's widely despised father is murdered at his seventy-fifth birthday party, there are plenty of suspects and lots of family skeletons to unearth. Although the plot turns on an outlandish bit of hidden identity and some questionable technology, Kellogg tells her story with wit and verve. Her side comments on such matters as the role of women in the "New" West and why ranchers wear cowboy boots with Armani tuxedos are illuminating and right on target. This is an enjoyable mystery, baited with enough loose ends, interesting characters, and picturesque settings to sustain a long series of sequels. George Needham

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