When grad student Austin Sulenka is found strangled, nude on his bed, the first question for Seagate and Miner is whether it was an auto-asphyxiation episode gone bad. Evidence strewn around his small apartment suggests that he spent his last night with three or four women, each of whom had a motive to kill him. Later, when one of the women is pulled from the reservoir with a bullet in her brain, Seagate and Miner wonder which victim was the prime target–and whether there will be more. As Seagate and her partner try to unravel the complicated couplings, she finds herself in a three-way relationship that threatens to destroy her own fragile sobriety.
From the review by BigAl’s Books & Pals (September 10, 2014): “Seagate is a foul-mouthed recovering alcoholic with an in-your-face attitude. Miner is a Mormon who would probably describe himself as a bit of a Boy Scout. They’re always giving each other a hard time, but there is never any doubt that despite their differences, they view themselves as a team and have mutual respect. The dynamics of these two opposites working together added a lot for me, not only in the humor inherent in such a pairing, but the different knowledge and viewpoint each brought to the investigation.”
Reviewers on Amazon praise the book:
“I’ve been reading detective novels for over fifty years. Mike Markel is among the very best. The mystery here is why isn’t he an international best seller. I could put his books down until I had read all of the Seagate and Miner books. Truly unique and interesting characters with great plots.”
“The characters are captivating. Some tugged at my heartstrings and others got under my skin. It’s fast paced and kept me guessing until the end. If you’re a mystery fan then you’ll love this book and if you’re not a fan of this genre this could be the book that converts you.”
“A great mystery. Seagate is broken, messed up, honest, and sympathetic.”
“Blitzed my way through the series. I can’t wait for their next case!”
“Great from page one . . . you’ll love this book.”