Karen E. Olson is the award-winning author of the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop cozy mystery series. She has won the Sara Anne Freed Memorial Award, was a finalist for the Gumshoe Award, and nominated for a Shamus Award. She lives in Connecticut.
Life's a banquet for Angelina Amalfi—a gourmet chef and food writer with enough sass and spunk for two. But things start to go really bad really fast when the man who's been contributing unusual recipes to her column is discovered dead and Angie suddenly finds herself being stalked by a killer whose appetite was merely whetted by the first deadly course. On the plus side, Paavo Smith, the homicide cop assigned to the case, is one delectable dish. But when more people start to fall all around her like ruined soufflés, ever-resourceful Angie realizes she'll have to cook up a survival scheme quick before her personal goose gets cooked. This case may be too hot to handle and the stakes are high, for she's about to take on deadly arms smugglers and lethal food fanatics. But if anyone can keep her cool, Angie can.
A wealthy socialite has shot her husband, and her lawyers have hired Becky to do some computerized snooping. A straightforward assignment, until the digging reveals a link between the victim and Becky's own half-forgotten past. The connection provides Becky with the chance to unearth the real story behind her mother's conviction.
The plot is further thickened by (1) Michael, cute-but-klutzy lawyer for the defense, and (2) Bill, Becky's long-lost stepbrother. When Becky finds herself in the odd position of being attracted to Bill, it brings a whole new meaning to the term "family affair."
Trying to sort everything out leads Becky to believe that there are some unhappy families that are unhappy in their own truly remarkable ways.
Had she gotten too close to one of the married men?
Was she the victim of blackmail? Of a stalker?
Or was there some far more nefarious motive at stake?
The list of suspects takes Jessie into wealthy, manicured neighborhoods, behind the veil of seemingly perfect lives, lives which are actually rotten to the core. The killer, she realizes, must lie behind one of these fake, plastic smiles.
Jessie must plumb the depths of his psychosis as she tries to both catch a killer and hold her own fragile psyche together—with her own murderous father on the loose, willing to stop at nothing until he kills her.
A fast-paced psychological suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding suspense, THE PERFECT SMILE is book #4 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #5 in the Jessie Hunt series will be available soon.