CLOSE TO A KILLER, Marsha Qualey

11 March, 2014

From YA author of Thin Ice, Marsha Qualey, a suspenseful and original mystery.

“[A] taut whodunClosetoKillerThumbnail.ashxit. . . . Readers will be engrossed by the drama, the skillfully developed subplots, and a perceptive exploration of characters learning to live with the consequences of their acts.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Difficult to put down because of the author’s deft hand with dialogue and
wry way with characterization.”–School Library Journal

“[An] intriguing mystery. . . .”–Kliatt, Starred

“Imaginative and compelling.”–The Bulletin

Two prominent city residents have been murdered, and Barrie knew both of them. But does she know their killer? The police have connected both victims to her mother’s hair salon, and the obvious focus has become Barrie’s mom and the other stylists, all of whom happen to be convicted killers who met in prison vocational school.    Amidst intriguing people whom she can’t quite trust, and forced into living with the mother she can’t forgive, Barrie tries to ignore the uproar by immersing herself in her writing. But when she shares a troubling suspicion with the homicide detective, she suddenly finds herself pulled deeper into a situation that’s growing more frightening every day.

Marsha Qualey, author of the riveting Thin Ice, has written another absorbing mystery for young adults. Her plot is fresh and original, with none of the tired teen-mystery stereotypes. Barrie and her mother are certainly no Nancy Drew and beloved dad! By adding Barrie’s fractured relationship with her mother to the mystery stew, Qualey has ensured that this story will be gobbled up by more than just genre readers. (Ages 12 and older) –Jennifer Hubert, Amazon

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