I had the pleasure of being part of the proofing process for "High Price to Pay," the second book in the Madeline Dawkins mystery series written by Cynthia Hamilton. "High Price to Pay" is a fun, fast read. If you haven't already met Madeline, allow me to introduce her. (Actually, this is copy from the author, Cynthia Hamilton.)
Madeline’s dual professions as event coordinator and private investigator cross paths during the most lavish affair of her career—a weekend-long fortieth birthday extravaganza for the wife of a famous film director. A simple background check after the disappearance of precious family jewels quickly turns into a murder investigation, and before Madeline and Mike can put the pieces together, another body turns up. As the Santa Barbara police and sheriff’s departments search for clues, the Mad Dog P.I.’s use their own methods to untangle the crimes, discovering some unsavory truths behind the glittering façade of their clients.
Adding to Madeline’s already overflowing plate, the D.A. informs her that Rick Yeoman, one of the men who abducted her three years earlier, has been prematurely released from prison after cutting a deal with the Feds. Besides fear of reprisals from the man she helped to convict, Yeoman’s parole also triggers the reappearance of soulless Lionel Usherwood, lured out of his hideaway by the call of revenge. When Yeoman’s body surfaces in Lake Cachuma, Usherwood moves on to the next target: Madeline.
"A High Price to Pay" is the second novel in the Madeline Dawkins Series. Available in print and eBook formats on Amazon.com.
Get the book; read it. It's good! Then, get ready for the next in the series to come.