Suspense Novel Offers Possible Family Murder Triangle

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When Sheriff Cord Arbutten’s wife dies from an apparent suicide, his son suspects foul play—at his father’s hands. Lynda Fitzgerald’s new mystery “LIVE Ammo” pits father and son against one another and leaves the entire town asking questions.

The “LIVE” series offers a real whodunit without the shock of grisly details or exaggerated plot twists. Just old-fashioned solid mystery fiction at its finest.

Allie Grainger, investigative reporter, is back in the newest novel in the “LIVE” series. This time her best friend, Sheryl, a Sheriff’s Deputy, asks her to help investigate a crime where her boss is accused of murdering his own wife by his son in Lynda Fitzgerald’s “LIVE Ammo” (ISBN 9781591462637, Crystal Dreams, 2012).

Rand Arbutten, an attorney, has many reasons to hate his father. His hatred is so strong that when his mother commits suicide, Rand cannot believe his father, Sheriff Cord Arbutten, did not really kill his mother. And Rand vows to prove it. When it’s discovered that Rand’s mother was killed with the Sheriff’s old service revolver, and that Rand’s parents were in the middle of a nasty divorce, the pieces seem to fall into place to support Rand’s case. Meanwhile, his father is asked to step down from being sheriff and risks losing everything, including his freedom.

But Sheriff Cord is not completely without friends. Investigative reporter Allie Grainger gets involved when her best friend, Sheryl, a Sheriff’s Deputy, begs her to help. Allie barely knows the sheriff, but she knows Sheryl respects and believes in him. After a clash with Rand Arbutten, Allie becomes determined to discover the truth. Rand decides to stop her, either through anger or personal charm. So when Rand suddenly agrees to work with her, Allie begins to question his motives—and her own ability not to get emotionally involved and swayed from finding out the truth.

But seeking the truth is not enough when others have their own agendas. While Rand wants his father proven guilty to satisfy his own desires for revenge, Deputy Sidney Finch wants to stop Allie’s investigation because he idolizes the Sheriff. Finch is not above making naked threats, and since he carries a gun and has an easily triggered temper, plus was Allie and Sheryl’s childhood nemesis, Allie needs to take him seriously.

Lovers of “LIVE Ringer,” the first book in Fitzgerald’s “LIVE” series, will not be disappointed by this second installment filled with quirky characters, suspense, a Florida atmosphere, and a peeling away of layers to reveal the secrets of human nature. Strong, realistic, and unforgettable characters mark Fitzgerald’s fiction. The “LIVE” series offers a real whodunit without the shock of grisly details or exaggerated plot twists. Just old-fashioned solid mystery fiction at its finest.

About the Author
Lynda Fitzgerald is a mystery author, teacher, and speaker. Her debut novel, “If Truth Be Told,” was released in June 2007. “Of Words & Music,” her second, came out in March 2009, and her mystery series, LIVE, was launched in spring 2010 with the release of “LIVE Ringer.” “LIVE Ammo” followed in 2012, with “LIVE in Person” due out in early spring 2013. A native of central Florida, Lynda now lives in Snellville, Georgia, a small town just east of Atlanta, with her three rescue dogs.
“LIVE Ammo” (ISBN 9781591462637, Crystal Dreams, 2012) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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