Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, Russian Roulette, and Prescription For Murder. With Bad Blood I have read this entire series and really enjoyed every one of them. There are two cases to be solved by P.I. Alexis J. Smith in this short but action packed novel which really can be read as a stand alone. Of course you probably will want to read them in order-many of the same characters do reappear.
About the book below is about all I am going to tell you - I don't want to give anything away. Just know that The CIA, FBI, MI5 and the KGB somehow get involved. Poor Harry-a Scotland Yard detective who really likes this American from across the Pond is forever trying to get her out of trouble!
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Alexis J. Smith, a young private investigator, returns to California after a case in England where she was a witness to murder—although the British court ruled it "death by misadventure." The dead man's overbearing sister, Monica Beck, is her first office appointment. It soon becomes clear that there is bad blood between Monica and her stepmother, Francine Faraday, and Lexie finds herself in the middle of a family feud over a valuable necklace that has gone missing.
She barely has time to solve the mystery of the missing jewelry, and heal the rift between Monica and Francine, before she is called back to England to work on another case with her friend, Harry Hawkins of Scotland Yard. It seems that Lexie's old forensic science professor at Sacramento J.C. is teaching a course at Cambridge and raising alarms by sounding like a communist. More worrisome yet, he has supposedly discovered a formula for artificial blood, worth millions to any country that could get exclusive rights to it. The United States is in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and there is fear in both the US and Britain that the professor will sell his formula to the Russians. Her assignment is to prevent that from happening.
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About the Author: (from the Author's Website)
Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award-winning playwright of more than a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew, was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II. Times Like These is based on more real-life adventures through the end of WW II, six years of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War. In her next book, In Love and War, Evelyn shared her experiences as a young bride during wartime and how decisions made in haste affected her entire life. She debuted as a mystery writer with Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, Russian Roulette, and Prescription For Murder.
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