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BEWARE FALSE PROFITS
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Richards' latest cozy is terrifically entertaining. Intrigue runs high as the idylls of small-town life are quickly dispelled with rumors of clandestine affairs, embezzling and secret business trips.
Free-spirited minister's wife Aggie Sloan-Wilcox and her husband, Ed, are enjoying a romantic getaway in New York when they become embroiled in a dual murder investigation. When Joe Wagner, a parishioner from Ed's church, doesn't return to Ohio after a business trip to New York, clues lead Ed and Aggie to a club in Manhattan's East Village, where they learn that Joe's business trips were a cover for his aberrant behavior.
After they return to Ohio, a suspicious death occurs at a local fair, and an intruder settles in a home Aggie is renovating. Believing that Joe's disappearance may be linked, Aggie works to uncover the truth. (Berkley prime crime, Nov., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Published: November 2007