Dead on Arrival (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

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Widowed suddenly at 24 by her husband Horace's motorcycle accident, Maggie Murphy has no money, no insurance, and household bills are due. She gets a part-time job which turns into full-time when she finds the mutilated body of the man she was hired to replace. Trying to fit her bills into her paycheck, Horace's spirit is hovering trying to tell her his death was dead wrong and there is an instant and mutual attraction between Maggie and Joe Driver, the handsome policeman investigating the body she found. Clues are pursued by Maggie and Joe; a former slave who claims to be over a hundred; co-worker Fatima (AKA Queen Esther Johnson); and Aunt Myrtle who keeps a sharp eye on Maggie's social life. It's a merry souther romp with the Memphis Police Dept., friends, and the FBI all trying to find out 'who all done what?'

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Maggie Murphy is not having a great life. Her husband, Horace, has died in a motorcycle accident, and while she deals with her grief, Maggie must find a job and a new place to live. Fortunately, her Aunt Myrtle arranges for Maggie to work at a Memphis newspaper owned by a cousin. Continuing with the good news–bad news theme, Maggie finds the murdered body of a longtime columnist at the paper but gets a full-time job as a result. She might be a suspect in the murder, but before long, we can see a definite attraction between her and patrolman Joe Driver. As things develop with both the friendship and the murder case, it also becomes apparent that Horace’s accident may not have been so accidental. Oh, and let’s not forget that Horace’s spirit seems to keep popping up as the tension escalates. By the end of the story, it is apparent that Maggie’s life is more good than bad. Look forward to her further adventures in what looks like an entertaining and heartwarming cozy series. --Judy Coon

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Set in Memphis, Tenn., in a vague recent past (PCs are starting to replace typewriters), Griffey's saccharine sweet debut, the first in a series, teams young widow Maggie Murphy with cute cop Joe Driver. After her husband, Horace, dies in a motorcycle accident, Maggie gets a temp job at a local newspaper, filling in for missing columnist Fritz Wartz, that becomes permanent after Maggie discovers Wartz's corpse next to the paper's dumpster, with the Star of David carved into his forehead. Joe and his police colleague, Det. Alan Hill, welcome Maggie's amateur sleuthing into the hate crime; she in turn appreciates their assistance in proving Horace's death was no accident. Even diehard cozy fans may find Maggie's goody-goody persona too much, while Horace's ghostly spirit adds little to the predictable plot line. (Jan.)
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