Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spence at the Blue Bazaar by Michael Allen

Thana goes back to her home town years later.  She's going to ramp up her blackmail efforts.  When she finds a journal hidden in the dresser in her room at the Blue Bazaar, she decides she's going to get more than that.  Now she has a whole new source of blackmail material.

Endeavor Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can grab a copy now.

Thana catches everyone's attention because she's wearing a see-through blouse with no bra and a skirt that's slit so far up the side you can tell she's not wearing panties.  They're all scandalized and no one wants to be seen with her.  She doesn't let that bother her.

When the locals go to see her strip tease act at the Blue Bazaar they have to admit that she has a lot of talent and grace.  She's a beautiful woman and knows it.  But she's not a very nice person.

The next day, they find her dead in the bedroom she used at the Blue Bazaar.  Unfortunately, there were two windows open downstairs, so anyone could have gotten in.  Now they have to figure out who killed her.  The worst part is that appears to be the same unknown killer from before who killed a man and his ten year old son while they were sleeping.  They try to look back seventeen years and make a connection but it's not obvious.

There first real clue is when they find out that the beautiful strip teaser was really a man, not a woman.  That changes the focus of the crime and makes it even a bit more difficult to solve.

This was a good mystery with a murderer that wasn't obvious.  Everybody has their own dirty little secrets...

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