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Crooked Lane Books (2016-03-01)
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Crime & mystery fiction


A Katherine Sullivan Mystery

by Barnes, Emily

Former Police Chief Katherine Sullivan has been called brilliant, brave, compassionate, and quirky, but after decades of crime fighting, this resilient grandmother with an artist’s soul is discovering that retirement can be just as deadly as being on the job.

When Katherine returned to her hometown, her only thought was to comfort her recently divorced daughter. That was before a young woman was found murdered on the estate of the town’s richest family. Now, in order to track down the killer, Katherine must uncover the generations of secrets that at least one person as already killed to protect in this charming and smart series debut, The Fine Art of Murder.

Emily Barnes lives in Clarksville, MO. An artist herself, she has published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

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Language Territory Type Vendor Status
German World All

Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Sebastian Ritscher

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Engaging and well written...tension and development within the story...make this book hard to put down.

Review: San Francisco Book Review, starred review

The Fine Art of Murder is a true delight! ...Katherine is a smart, intriguing new heroine, full of compassion and good humor, but also hard-nosed enough to follow the twists and turns of a complex murder investigation. Writing with a light touch, Barnes gives us an engaging new mystery series. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in for a great read.

Quote: Ellen Hart, Author

A retired police chief with an artistic bent uses all her skills when murder interrupts her return to her hometown. Appealing, genuine, engaging.

Quote: Carolyn Hart, Author

This entertaining debut...will please cozy readers hungry for more mysteries in the style of Steve Forman’s 'Boca Knight' series.

Review: Library Journal

A very nuanced mystery that pulls the reader into the daily life of former Chief of Police Katherine Sullivan. Detail by detail, Emily Barnes builds the tension and ultimately leads the reader to the satisfying conclusion.

Quote: Carolyn Haines, Author

Fans of cozy mysteries and well-seasoned sleuths will hope that this debut is the first of a long series.

Review: Booklist

Not many grandmas can cook, dispense good advice--and solve crimes. But retired cop Kate Sullivan can and she joins Jessica Fletcher as a sleuth of a certain age who proves some skills never get old. When Kate returns to her hometown in Minnesota she's thrust into a murder investigation involving one of the town's most prominent citizens--and her own daughter. In The Fine Art of Murder, Emily Barnes has created a likeable, no-nonsense character who can juggle friends, family and felons.

Quote: Rosemary Harris, Author

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