cover image Riding Gain: A Talk Radio Mystery

Riding Gain: A Talk Radio Mystery

Joyce Krieg, . . St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne, $24.95 (293pp) ISBN 978-0-312-32738-5

In the charming third mystery by Agatha-nominee Krieg starring Shauna J. Bogart (after 2004's Slip Cue ), the gutsy Sacramento, Calif., radio personality finds herself up to her eyeballs in personal problems. Shauna's boss insists that she feature a local psychic on her show ("riding gain" refers to the mixing Shauna has to do to maintain audio levels when the psychic goes all high and breathy into the mike). The handwriting is on the wall. Ramping up her job search, Shauna's soon offered a post at a station in L.A. She doesn't fancy moving, but the salary is unbeatable. Shauna's love life is heating up, too—beau Pete Kovacs indicates he might be willing to accompany her to the City of the Stars. If that's not enough, Shauna's former intern is found gunned down in a public park. The cops conclude he got mixed up in a drug deal gone wrong, but both Shauna and the victim's mother think otherwise. So off Shauna goes to investigate the killing. The plot's turns and twists make this the best yet in the series. Agent, Jimmy Vines. (Nov.)