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Death at the Doorstep: A Karin Niemi Mystery

Linda W. Fitzgerald

A celebrity psychic is murdered.

A computer science student dies mysteriously.

And Michigan's favorite college town will never be the same.

It's fall in Ann Arbor and the locals are focused on their favorite blood sport: politics. Everyone is buzzing about the highly suspect mid-term elections. Everyone, that is, except freelance writer and recent widow Karin Niemi. All she wants is to be left alone with her cat, her work and her seemingly endless grief.

But her best friend Bixie has other plans for her, plans that include a session with Dana Lewis, Ann Arbor's celebrity psychic and energy healer. Problem is, when Karin arrives for her appointment, she stumbles onto a murder scene. Soon, suspicion falls on Dana's daughter, Isabel-also a close friend of Bixie's. Before she knows it, Karin is drawn into a do-it-yourself murder investigation that leads her into the heart of a Big 10 University... the remarkably messy lives of Ann Arbor's social and political elite... the esoteric realm of black-hat geeks and black-box voting... and the treacherous currents of a very unwise sexual attraction.

Within a short time, Karin, Bixie and their friend Paul are getting closer than they ever expected to the truth. In the process, they disrupt the lives of senior faculty, local politicos, police officials, social divas, celebrity surgeons, no-nonsense cops and, somewhere among them, a murderer. One who's prepared to strike again...this time on Karin's own doorstep.


Book Details

  • Publisher: Level Best Books
  • Publish Date: Apr 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 310
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.70in - 1.01lb
  • EAN: 9781685126254
  • Categories: Mystery & Detective - Traditional

About the Author

Fitzgerald, Linda W.: - Linda Fitzgerald grew up in Garrison Keillor country, in locales that ranged from the Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior to the mining and mill towns of Michigan's upper peninsula. After graduating from Northern Michigan University, she was lured downstate by a fellowship at the University of Michigan. With master's degree in hand and a national recession raging, she spent several years job hopping-doing brief stints as a junior magazine editor, a newspaper reporter, even a script writer for sales seminars-and consoled herself in off hours by devouring mysteries. Ultimately, she found her professional home as senior copywriter in an Ann Arbor ad agency and, from there, went on to launch her own one-woman firm. Thirty years and thousands of client projects later, she decided the time had come to take on a new challenge and revive a longtime, long-postponed personal goal: writing a mystery novel. She crossed that item off her life list with the publication of Death at the Doorstep, the debut adventure of Ann Arbor freelance writer and amateur sleuth Karin Niemi. Her second novel in the series, A Superior Way to Die, is set in the UP.

Praise for this book

"You won't put this down. Skillfully written. I hope there will be many more in this great new series from a clever and articulate new novelist." - Katie McCarthy

"I very much enjoyed Death at the Doorstep. The overall cast of characters I suspect could be found in most college towns, the descriptions really make them come to life. I did suffer from not being able to put it down and so read late into the night to finish it!" - Doug Gross

"Death at the Doorstep works because it includes an ensemble of amateur sleuths, and great dialogue in a setting where murders are rare and the menace courteous. Yet, underneath it all, it is a mystery of civil outrage. Outrage not only over the consequences of murder, but more ominously over the manipulations of the moneyed and powerful in a political system where even the voting machines can be manipulated." - Jeanine DeLay

"A great novel from a new mystery writer, but longtime professional writer. Page turner! And filled with authentic Ann Arbor small college town background giving entertaining richness to the story. Beginning of a series, I hope." - G.D.

"So well written, it kept me guessing until the end. Wonderful local color and well-developed characters. I look forward to seeing mystery novel #2. Highly recommend!" - Christine Carlsen

"Kept me up late, didn't want to put it down. The writing and plotting are so good, it's hard to believe this is a first novel. It shows the skilled touch of an experienced mystery writer. I know what this year's presents for my reading pals are going to be." - D.B. Horowitz