Friday, March 07, 2014

Murder on the Rocks

Murder on the Rocks
by Allyson K. Abbott

Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton owns and runs Mack's Bar in Milwaukee.  She has been running the bar on her own since eight months ago when her father was murdered in the alley behind the bar.  The crime was never solved.  Now Mack has found the body of his girlfriend in the same alley.  Both Mack and the lead detective think the deaths are linked.  But the detective also thinks one of Mack's friends or regulars is responsible.  When the detective finds out Mack has a secret weapon he puts her to use.
Mack was born with Synesthesia (click HERE for link to the Wikipedia description).  It is an actual and rare neurological condition where the person might hear colors, or feel, taste, or see sounds.

There is a rather large cast of characters but they are easy to keep straight as they are all very well drawn.  The pacing is smooth and the mystery plays fair with the clues.  There are recipes at the back of the book for some twists on standard cocktail drinks.

The second book in the series is Murder With a Twist due to be released August 5, 2014.

Allyson K. Abbott is the pseudonym for Beth Amos.  She also writes under the name of Annelise Ryan.

Under the name of Annelise Ryan she writes the popular Mattie Winston series.

The first three in order are:
Working Stiff
Scared Stiff
Frozen Stiff

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