The First HOA Mystery
Residents are taking sides over the fate of island deer and Kylee Kane's mother is in the midst of the conflict. When one of the more vocal residents is found murdered and left in front of his house with a stuffed deer head, the thought is a save the deer resident must be guilty. Convinced by her old friend Ted to join his Home Owners Association management team as a security consultant, retired Coast Guard Investigator Kylee isn't so sure. The HOA comes under even more fire when more issues occur with residents in other communities managed by the HOA. Will Kylee get to the bottom of these attacks?
I have never wanted to live in a community governed by a Home Owner's Association and the first HOA Mystery has not changed my mind. Rules, power trips, and people with nothing better to do are not my idea of quality living, but they do make for quality mystery reading! It's a great premise and Kylee makes a credible competent protagonist. Her background as a Coast Guard Investigator provides both knowledge and the ability to grasp situations and read people. Yet she has her own foibles and insecurities as well. I really like Ted, the onetime annoying little kid who morphed into the savvy hunk. I really enjoy Kylee's mom as well, a feisty woman who knows her own mind and won't let cancer get her down.
WITH NEIGHBORS LIKE THESE is told from two points of view, that of Kylee and the killer. There is no confusion as to who's telling the story as not only is the character tone vastly different, a new POV brings a new chapter. It's fascinating to watch the two characters view and move the plot along. I generally don't care for multiple POVs, but this one was handled impeccably and doing so added much more depth to the story. The intertwining stories, one of which slowly revealed both the motive and identity of the killer, kept me intrigued and turning the pages. What I didn't like was the author's choice to write in the present tense. I found it disconcerting and it just sounded wrong as I read. It wasn't until I was more than halfway through the book that I no longer really noticed it and was able to fully immerse myself in the story. There was also one error that was quite glaring for me, the use of the term multiple personality disorder. That condition has been known as Dissociative Identity Disorder for decades.
Action, suspense, a touch of humor and a spark of romance highlight the first HOA Mystery. WITH NEIGHBORS LIKE THESE is a gripping start to a new series.
With Neighbors Like These
by Linda Lovely
July 12 - August 6, 2021 Tour
MANAGING AN HOA IS MURDER…
He championed shooting deer inside the HOA’s nature sanctuary. Now his corpse is posed curbside, cradling a trophy deer head. The theatrical murder panics residents, and Ted Welch asks Kylee Kane, retired Coast Guard investigator, to help his HOA management firm calm fears. Kylee agrees. Her own mother is getting death threats over her crusade to protect the deer.
HOA=DOA TERROR REIGNS…
When a belligerent owner in another HOA is murdered, terror reigns. The Sheriff’s Department blames Ted for letting HOA feuds spiral into homicide. Kylee discovers links between the victims and suspects a recently-pardoned general is next. Authorities and the arrogant general dismiss her warning. Can she foil the third act in the crafty killer’s death-as-theater game or will she be the next corpse on display?
Praise for With Neighbors Like These:
"Linda Lovely delivers another twisty mystery with the perfect mix of wry humor and quirky characters. Anyone looking for a fun, fast page-turner, here it is!"
--Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“HOA communities seem deceptively safe, but the mix of gossip and politics in rule-bound groups can be a fertile breeding ground for murder. For the gutsy Kylee Kane, a fact-finding gig in South Carolina’s Lowcountry turns increasingly complex and dangerous. With Neighbors Like These offers a distinctive setting, a tenacious female sleuth and captivating suspense.”
--Katherine Ramsland, bestselling author of How to Catch a Killer
"Low Country murder, intrigue, and even a little romance abound in With Neighbors Like These. Kylee Kane is a welcome addition to the genre, and author Linda Lovely knows how to stir the pot with crackling dialogue and a tidy little mystery. Highly recommended!"
--Richard Helms, Derringer and Thriller Awards winning author of Brittle Karma
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: July 13th 2021
Number of Pages: 326
Series: HOA Mystery Series, Book 1
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has spent most of her career working in PR and advertising—an early introduction to penning fiction. With Neighbors Like These is Lovely’s ninth mystery/suspense novel. Whether she’s writing cozy mysteries, historical suspense or contemporary thrillers, her novels share one common element—smart, independent heroines. Humor and romance also sneak into every manuscript. Her work has earned nominations for a number of prestigious awards, ranging from RWA’s Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense to Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery. A long-time member of Sisters in Crime and former chapter president, Lovely also belongs to International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For many years, she helped organize the Writers’ Police Academy. She lives on a lake in Upstate South Carolina with her husband, and enjoys swimming, tennis, gardening, long walks, and, of course, reading.
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