Title: The Fog Ladies: Family Matters
Author: Susan McCormick
Genre: Cozy Mystery
When a family man kills his wife with kitchen shears, the Fog Ladies—spunky elderly amateur sleuths and one overtired, undersuspicious young doctor— set out to discover the truth. Their probing finds the threat is perilously close to home, endangering another troubled family struggling to survive.
“Any news on your killer?” Mrs. Carmichael asked.
“Innocent until proven guilty.” Frances Noonan winked at Sarah.
“Lambs are innocent. This man is not,” said Harriet Flynn. “It’s the breakup of the family, no family values, no respect. What’s society coming to?”
Sarah couldn’t stand it any longer, this flippant chitchat about another man’s life. She blurted out, “Mrs. Noonan knows his family! They’re good people! With values!”
The women turned to Mrs. Noonan, and Sarah was relieved to see her thoughtful expression as she stroked Camouflage’s fur. Finally, she addressed them. “Ladies, Sarah’s right. I know this man’s mother and his grandparents. They are as honorable as they come. There may be more to this than money and passion—”
“And a dead-end job and a wife with a rising career,” said Mrs. Carmichael.
“Jealousy. A sin,” said Mrs. Flynn.
“And the loss of manhood manifest by his wife’s lack of respect and his unusual choice of exercise,” said Mrs. Honeycut.
“Vanity. A sin,” said Mrs. Flynn.
“Ladies, ladies, please,” said Mrs. Noonan. “This is not just some man we’re reading about in the newspaper. Sarah met him. She got a feeling about him. I know his family. I think we should offer our support. If nothing else, we can be a comfort to his mother. But there may be more to this killing than a desperate husband.”
“Oh, I hope so,” said Mrs. Carmichael gleefully. “When do we get to meet the killer?”
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Who knew that marriage can be deadly? The Fog Ladies find out. With senior amateur detectives and one tired young doctor, the Fog Ladies series deals with topics different from most cozy murder mysteries—grieving and loss, diminished abilities, cricked toes and hearing loss—with deference and humor.
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Susan McCormick is an author and doctor in Seattle. In addition to the Fog Ladies cozy mystery series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a children’s picture book about Alzheimer’s disease. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, DC and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. She is married and has two boys, plus a giant Newfoundland dog, Albert.
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