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A Picture of Guilt
Poisoned Pen, Jul 2003, 24.95, 304 pp., ISBN: 1590580737 Berkley, Jul 2003, 6.50, ISBN: 0425191079 Chicago resident Ellie Foreman, accompanied by her teen daughter, has been on vacation in West Virginia for several days when she obtains a copy of the Chicago Tribune. The item that catches her eye is the murder trial of Johnnie Santoro for killing his girlfriend Mary Jo Bosanick. The paper says the circumstantial evidence is so overwhelming that...
An Eye for Murder
Poisoned Pen, Nov 2002, 24.95, 316 pp. ISBN 1590580354 Film and TV producer Ellie Foreman lives in a suburb of Chicago. She has gained local fame for her “Celebrate Chicago” televised show. When senior citizen Ben Sinclair dies of an apparent heart attack, his landlady Ruth goes through his things and comes across Ellie's name. The landlady gets in touch with Ellie whose curiosity takes her to Ruth's house to see if she ever met the deceased. ...
An Image of Death
Poisoned Pen Press, Jan 2004, 22.95, 304 pp. ISBN 1590581016 When the Soviet Union collapsed, honorable soldiers turned to stealing just to feed their families. When one of these veterans dies, his wife finds out his best friend betrayed him and she doesn't want anything to do with him even though his wife is her best friend. Over time, she learns about the diamond trade and earns enough money to support her family. She takes a vacation to the...