Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Review: K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit) by Colleen Shogan (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit)
by Colleen Shogan

About the Book

K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Camel Press (July 15, 2018)
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816135
ISBN-13: 978-1603816137

It's the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff--Kit included--leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.
On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone's enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren't so easily convinced foul play isn't at work. While balancing Doug's mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon's candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg's handsome new beau, the victim's conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit's car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she's closing in on the true story of what happened.

My Review

The race for Congress is heating up for Kit Marshall’s boss Maeve Dixon. Things are really turning nasty in this campaign. Before they all head back to campaign headquarters in North Carolina, they are hosting one more fundraiser in Washington D.C.

As Kit and her best friend Meg mingle and try to get donations, the fundraiser takes a horrible turn. A wealthy lobbyist, Van Parker, topples over the rooftop to his death. The investigation begins to find out if this was suicide or murder. In either case, it doesn’t paint Maeve Dixon in a good light. Kit fears this will destroy the campaign and possibly even her own career. She will do anything to prevent both from happening.

Kit and Meg work together to uncover the truth about Van Parker’s death. They are quite surprised to discover he had quite a number of enemies. More and more they believe this was not suicide.

This is the fourth book of the Washington Whodunit series.  I read the first one and enjoyed it.   I missed the next two, but I will definitely take the time to catch up. I don’t think it ruined anything for me jumping to the fourth book, but it’s always more enjoyable when you can watch the character grow with each book.

The characters are well-developed and jump right off the pages. The author’s descriptions of Washington are very vivid and transported me right into the center of DC without ever leaving my seat.

It’s a captivating story filled with much intrigue. There’s a touch of romance, but not much. The story centers around the mystery which is exactly how I like it. The ending surprised me.  It kept me guessing to the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018
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FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first mystery one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist, she previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress who works on great initiatives such as the National Book Festival. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. She is the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Prize for Best Mystery.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review on "K Street Killing " by Colleen Shogan and for being part of the book tour.

    I'm loving everything I'm hearing about this book and can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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