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A Crack in Everything

A Crack in Everything, September 2011
by Angela Gerst

Poisoned Pen Press
Featuring: Charles Renfrow; Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict; Susan Callisto
270 pages
ISBN: 1590589440
EAN: 9781590589441
Kindle: B006CCXYDK
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"Politics, murder, and men can ruin a gal's day."

Fresh Fiction Review

A Crack in Everything
Angela Gerst

Reviewed by Sabrina Marino
Posted September 27, 2011

Mystery Private Eye | Thriller P.I.

Susan Callisto has left her job as a Boston real estate attorney to start her own political consulting career. She has a few clients, but she struggles to pay her bills. When rich and charming Chaz Renfrow approaches her and asks her to help him win the mayoral campaign, the $20,000 retainer is just too good to be true.

Nino Biondi is Susan's client and grandfather figure. He is having problems with his landlord and his Italian temper is giving Susan a headache. Another client, Roddie Baird, is running for alderman, and has a bit of a problem playing by Susan's rules. Her new client, Chaz, brings Susan right in the middle of a murder investigation and suddenly, Susan starts receiving threats.

She is also on the outs with her boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict. The murder investigation brings him back into the fold and adds to Susan's realization that her ability to size up her male clients is lacking of late. She is the recipient of their lies and her very reputation is at stake.

A CRACK IN EVERYTHING is Angela Gerst's debut Susan Callisto mystery. It is an amusing, action-filled story with headstrong characters who ensure that Susan Callisto never has a dull moment. This story is quite entertaining and a snappy setup for a series.

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SUMMARY

Politics, money, love . . . what could go wrong?

Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. Before she traded financial security at a Boston law firm for sandals and jeans in Waltham, she specialized in real estate law. Now she has reinvented herself as a political consultant for ordinary people seeking low-level office. Her income may be dicey, but Susan loves her new life—until her sometime boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict, dumps her without a goodbye. Not one to mope, Susan uses humor and perpetual motion to push away the pain.

Susan's new world is one where politics can turn deadly and even love may not survive. So when local high roller Charles Renfrow offers her a huge retainer to advise his political campaign, Susan is wary. Why would a scientist stalking the human genome want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town? Finding the answer takes Susan through a maze of toxic secrets including those floating around Renfrow's biotech company. On her way to confront him, Susan instead finds the body of his beautiful assistant. Assigned to the case, Michael reenters Susan's life.

When Michael's suspicions settle on Roddie Baird, yet another, and favorite, of Susan's clients, Susan elbows her way into the investigation. She hopes to prove Michael wrong. As she probes—and lays her own life on the line—Susan uncovers a crack in everything….


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