No Gun Intended: An Annabelle Starkey Mystery (Annabelle Starkey Mysteries, Book 2)

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9781504682046: No Gun Intended: An Annabelle Starkey Mystery (Annabelle Starkey Mysteries, Book 2)

Annabelle Starkey takes a plane to visit her parents in Portland, Oregon, from New York, where she is part of a fledgling detective agency, home turf to her boyfriend, Mickey, just retired from the NYPD. But she discovers her backpack has been switched for one holding a gun -- a gun linked to a murder. Has she been set up, or was she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? The Portland police aren't sure. Then a frantic young woman comes to claim the gun, and Annabelle wonders if the man who sat next to her on the plane might now be stalking her. Alarmed and without a gun of her own, Annabelle is armed only with wits, wisecracks, and her ability to run.

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Zoe Burke is the author of two children's books and an adult mystery novel series featuring Annabelle Starkey. She is the vice president and publisher of Pomegranate Communications, an art book publishing company. In the 1990s she enjoyed a brief career as singer and songwriter Katie Burke.

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In her second outing (following Jump the Gun, 2013), Annabelle Starkey is looking forward to a relaxingvisit with her parents in Portland, Oregon. That plan is foiled when she shows up with the wrongbackpackone that has a gun in it. In spite of the fact that she and her ex-cop boyfriend just opened theirown NYC detective agency, Annabelle is not a fan of firearms. Fellow PI Luis and boyfriend Mickey flyin to join Annabelle, her professor father, and her foulmouthed physician mother as they look for the planepassenger who seems to be stalking Annabelle, as well as the person who assaulted the backpack's originalowner. The unlikely entourage traipses through hospitals, hotels, and pool halls on their quest. Annabelle'sconstant movie references can come across as contrived rather than quirky, and the mystery's resolutionrequires a backstory that is never explained. That being said, Annabelle's family and friends are a funlovingbunch, and at just over 200 pages, this caper is an enjoyable diversion.--Karen Keefe "Booklist ""

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