Double Dead, the debut Southern murder mystery by Terry Hoover, has been called a “standout by any standard” by Mystery Scene Magazine. I agree and so do the American Library jubilant magazine Booklist and several mystery authors.
“Terry Hoover is a newcomer to the mystery scene, but Double Dead, her first novel, does not read like the work of a novice,” writes Lynne Maxwell for Mystery Scene Magazine. “A finalist in the Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Press Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery, Double Dead is a standout by any standard, featuring intricate plotting, electrifying courtroom scenes and a genuinely likeable protagonist. Count me in as a charter member of the Terry Hoover fan club!”
As the book begins, it’s summer 1961 in Charlotte, NC. People are thinking about yo-yos, madras and the A-bomb. The heat picks up when wealthy banker John Lattimore is accused of murdering his mistress Delores Green.
After exposing a scandal among management that destroyed his career and his wife’s, former newspaper reporter Steve Harlan is eking out a living as a private detective. The defense provide him a big break: a chance to work on the big case he has been praying for. His jubilation is tempered when he learns how heartlessly Lattimore has involved Delores’s 13-year-old son.
Did Lattimore do it or was the bottle to blame for the death? Harlan must find out to save his client from a date with the gas chamber and his own family from someone who will do anything to keep the truth hidden.
Double Dead has received a thumbs up from The American Library Association’s Booklist, as well as praise from award-winning mystery authors Charles Todd, Judy Clemens and Cathy Pickens.