Novels

Mystery Novels from Level Best Books

Deadly Solution

A Maeve Malloy Mystery

by Keenan Powell

“A riveting legal procedural set in Anchorage’s mean streets, Deadly Solution introduces my new favorite fictional female defense attorney, Maeve Malloy.” – Hallie Ephron, NY Times bestselling author of You’ll Never Know, Dear.

Less than a year after drinking sidelined her career as a public defender in Anchorage, Alaska, Maeve Malloy is asked to defend an Aleut Indian accused of beating another homeless man to death. With no witnesses to the crime and a client who claims to have no knowledge of the night of the murder due to a blackout, the case is stacked against them.

As Maeve works to maintain her sobriety, she and her investigator Tom Sinclair search for answers in homeless camps, roadside bars, and biker gang hangouts. When they uncover more than a few people with motives all their own for wanting the victim dead, they are determined to prove their client’s innocence before he is sentenced to a life behind bars for a crime he swears he didn’t commit.

When Maeve and Tom discover there may be a link to an unusually high number of deaths among the homeless community, the search is on for a killer hunting among the most vulnerable members of society.

Pub Date: 1.23.18

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, several years after certain out-of-towners visited, Keenan Powell, the daughter of an Air Force pilot, grew up moving from base to base.

The family ultimately settled in northern California where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. One summer during law school, she visited a friend in Anchorage, Alaska. Upon stepping off the plane, she picked the next place to go. The day after graduation, she moved to Anchorage.

Her first artistic endeavor was drawing, which led to illustrating the original Dungeons and Dragons (known as Original Dungeons and Dragons) when still in high school.

A past winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic grant, her publications include Criminal Law 101 in the June 2015 issue of The Writer magazine and several short stories. She is currently writing the legal column, Ipso Facto, for the Guppies’ newsletter, First Draft, and blogging with the Mysteristas.

Keenan still lives, and practices law, in Anchorage. When not writing or lawyering, she can be found riding her bike, hanging out with her Irish Wolfhound, studying the concert harp, or dinking around with oil paints.


 

Dead in Bed

A Senior Sleuths Mystery Series

by M. Glenda Rosen

When an alarm goes off at the Skyline Vista Condos, a posh high-rise building for the active and engaging senior set, a body is found…Dead in Bed. When police are left with little evidence to find the killer, the adventure begins for our Senior Sleuths. Dick and Dora Zimmerman follow the clues through New York neighborhoods from Lower Manhattan to the Meatpacking District to Brooklyn before the trail turns cold and a killer gets away with the goods.

Dick and Dora Zimmerman aren’t your average senior couple. They solve crimes together, including murder. They are reminiscent of the beloved Thin Man characters, Nick and Nora Charles. Along with their friends, like Zero the Bookie and Frankie Socks, fresh from the Witness Protection Program, the Zimms  are sleuths with the time, the money, the smarts, and the chutzpah to uncover and piece together the clues to chase down their foe.

M. Glenda Rosen has previously published four books in her mystery series Dying to Be Beautiful. Rosen is also author of The Woman’s Business Therapist and My Memoir Workbook.  She was founder and owner of a successful marketing and public relations agency for many years and received numerous awards for her work with business and professional women.  She currently resides in Carmel, California.

Pub Date: 2.6.18

Murder Gone Missing

A Southern California Mystery 

by Lida Sideris

Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.

They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder?

Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.

Pub Date: 4.10.18