M-o-t-h-e-r Spells Murder
Veteran journalist and photographer Boatner brings murder, mystery, and family dysfunction to the fore in this fast-paced, entertaining debut novel. In 1980s Boston, Elinor MacGowan is the victim of a brutal murder at the retirement home where she lived. Her daughter, Gwendolyn, is shocked to learn of the murder of her mother, with whom she's had a difficult relationship. An Atlanta socialite, Elinor despaired when Gwendolyn moved to Boston, and even followed her daughter there after the death of her husband. When searching through her mother's papers, Gwendolyn learns that Elinor may have had an affair years ago and that her father had a child with another woman. When her father's former mistress arrives in Boston, Gwendolyn comes face to face with the half-brother she never knew. As the murderer strikes again, detectives must work quickly to find the killer before Gwendolyn becomes the next victim. Mystery continues unabated as police search for the murderer, while the puzzle behind Elinor's secrets is cleverly revealed.