It’s my pleasure to welcome back author, Nancy Boyarsky.
Nancy has been a writer and editor for her entire working career. She coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as written articles for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall’s. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns, and The Challenge of California by the late Eugene Lee. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO. Nancy is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a major in English literature. She lives in Los Angeles.
The Bequest is Nancy Boyarsky’s second mystery. Her first, The Swap, was published earlier this year.
Nicole Graves, still reeling from her kidnapping in London (which takes place in The Swap, Nancy’s first mystery), is struggling to balance work at L.A.’s most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. Things go sideways when she tracks down a missing colleague. The murder of the firm’s in-house investigator, his mysterious wealth, and his inexplicable bequest make Nicole a target for the police, the paparazzi, and the killer.
When Nicole’s life takes an unexpected turn, she uncovers evil and corruption among the city’s most powerful people. The fast-paced mystery unravels against the backdrop of L.A. with its peculiar mix of balmy weather, the celebrity-crazed media, and a corrupt power structure hidden by the veneer of glamour and wealth.
Here is an excerpt:
She gave another shout. “Robert? Are you there?” No answer.
She opened the door wider, pulled off her sunglasses, and took a step inside, about to call out again. But as her eyes adjusted to the light, she saw him. He was less than a dozen feet away, across the octagonal entry hall. He was half sitting, half sagging against the wall, and there was a bullet hole in the center of his forehead. On the wall above, at eye level, was a Rorschach splotch of crimson so dark it was almost black, surrounded by a fine splatter of the same color. Below that was a dark smear where his head had rubbed against the wall on its way down. Flies were buzzing around Robert’s head as well as near the splotches on the wall. Only now did she notice the smell, a metallic stink mixed with the sweet undertone of decay. She held her breath and studied Robert’s face.
He was staring right at her with a deadpan expression, as if he’d just made one of his wry jokes and was waiting for her to laugh.”
My ✰✰✰✰✰ Review
In this second book of the promising new series, The Nicole Graves Mysteries, Nicole is struggling to put her life back together after her kidnapping in London, when the murder of an investigator who works for her law firm gives her life an expected turn. He’s left her his home and all his dubious wealth, which makes her a target for the killer, and the corrupt L.A. power structure.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fast-paced mystery. The author’s writing pulls you right into the story And I like the nice little romance and the romantic complication. The plot is solid, and the characters are likable. I highly recommend this novel to any mystery reader.
Website and author page: nancyboyarsky.com
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