Agenda for Murder - Paperback

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By Margarite St. John

About the Story:

Thelma Cox is obsessed with finding the man who raped, strangled, and murdered her daughter in Chicago fourteen years earlier. With the help of an ex-CIA investigator and the Fort Wayne Police, she comes to suspect Clay Teeter, a prominent real estate lawyer and secret swinger who used to work for the United Nations.

Teeter is part of a global cabal to enforce the United Nations’ radical Agenda 21 in the heartland of America. Dick Fetters, the goodwill ambassador for the Midwest Community Alliance for Social Development, joins forces with Teeter. Having quietly adopted Agenda 21’s environmental goals, Fort Wayne welcomes the Alliance and makes a test case of Steve Wright’s residential development.

Josh Rosen, an idealistic intellectual writing a Master’s thesis on public policy, gradually uncovers the diabolical truth about Agenda 21. The private vices of U.N. supporters mirror Agenda 21’s contempt for human freedom. Extortion, theft, fraud, sexual deviance, and murder -- all follow in their wake.

Thelma’s quest for justice finally leads her to The Caviar Club, a nightclub for swingers, where she unmasks her daughter’s killer in a violent and shocking climax. The fast-paced and twisted plot offers up vivid characters, surprising romance, and sly humor as well as page-turning suspense.

About The Author: Margarite St. John

Author Margarite St. John is two authors and sisters Johnine Brown and Margaret Yoder. The pen name is a combination of the two first names with the added panache of the strong mass market sounding moniker.

For over three years, they have collaborated to write a steady stream of murder mystery novels, a how-to book for aspiring authors of popular genre novels and, in the last quarter of 2012, a holiday-themed book, Postcards from a Tuscan Christmas. Although the latest release doesn’t include a murder plot, it has its own charm and intrigue and includes a cast of characters from previous titles as they work on a mystery abroad in Italy. Born in Iowa, the sisters eventually landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana which is good fortune for local reading public. Even if you are not from Fort Wayne, you will notice the hometown feeling you get from the varied references to Fort Wayne and businesses that give you a feel for a medium-sized Midwestern city.

There is slightly more than a 15-year age difference between the two, but they write as one in their fast-paced, edgy thrillers. The older sibling, Brown, is a retired attorney with advanced law degrees. She also has another career path which is handy if you plan on writing novels, as she was an assistant professor in Chicago State University’s English Department with a masters in English lit and a doctorate in English language and lit. Combine that with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and you have your bases covered for all aspects of human nature plus the added benefit of being proficient in grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. Yoder is also well-educated and has degrees in education and a medical background. Between her work experience and her surgeon husband, she rounds out the team with medical expertise.  

Although the recurring characters interspersed in the novels create a series feel, all of the books stand alone as individual titles, so you won’t feel let down if you happen to read any of their seven books out of sequence.

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