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Deadly Associations

no. 3, The Claudia Hershey Mysteries

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When a hostage situation in a gated community turns deadly, Detective Claudia Hershey is spun into an investigation where the only certainties are deceit and betrayal. Whether she can restore tranquility to the quiet Florida town and salvage her career depends on the community’s newest residents—and who stays alive.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 21, 2003 – Set in the central Florida backwater of Indian Run, Belgrave's third, often intense, sometimes funny Claudia Hershey mystery (after 2001's Quietly Deadly) opens with a bang, when the spunky detective blunders into a hostage crisis. Frustrated because the homeowners' association of his gated community, Willow Whisper, won't repaint his house and pour a new patio, Steven Hemmer lures four members of the association to his house, ties them up and holds them at gunpoint then calls the cops to facilitate. Just as Claudia is about to disarm the hothead, the president of Willow Whisper, Bill Bonolo, gets loose and stabs Hemmer to death. Swaggering in front of the TV cameras, Bonolo takes all the credit for dispatching their captor. Angered by the slight, Claudia presses hard for information about the gated community's dealings, incurring Bonolo's wrath and that of his buddy, the mayor. The plot meanders in the middle, not helped by the intermittent squabbling between Claudia and her twin sister, but Claudia's battle of wits against a crew of no-goodniks ultimately reaches an exciting climax.

Customer Reviews

Deadly Associations

Fun read. Looking forward to more.

Love this series!

This is the third book in this series, and I love the characters. There is a cozy feel to the background. Hope there is another book soon.

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Deadly Associations
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jun 17, 2010
  • Publisher: The Fiction Works
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 325 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: no. 3, The Claudia Hershey Mysteries
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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