Hot as a Firecracker - Paperback

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By Margarite St. John

About the Story:

Lexie Royce, Fort Wayne’s richest and most famous woman, has a secret stalker who leaves sappy poems about her in public places. Lexie is more worried about losing her baby weight and keeping the sexy new nanny from seducing her husband than identifying a cowardly admirer.

Then the murders begin. Very strange murders, seemingly unconnected to the poems. The victims have no connection to each other -- except that each wanted to destroy Lexie. And at each murder scene, a clue about motive is left behind -- a menacing Tarot card.

With the help of Mama Bee, a Tarot card reader intimate with dark spirits, Detective Dave Powers gradually connects the deaths -- to his old friend, Lexie. Has she hired someone from her entourage to carry out a diabolical scheme to rid her universe of enemies? And is she writing the poems herself to mislead the police?

On the Fourth of July, Dave finally connects the poems and Tarot cards to the killer -- but not in time to prevent the explosive ending Mama Bee warned him about.

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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