Tragically widowed, Thea Kozak is tall, brave, and trying to rebuild her life.
Then her little sister is murdered in a picturesque Maine town. The police have no leads. Her grieving parents are eager to put everything behind them, and Thea--"little mother" to her adopted sister--refuses to back down. Not when she can do one more thing for Carrie: find the killer and get justice for her little sister.
But the truth behind Carrie and her adoption proves ugly, and her killer steadfastly believes family secrets must be kept silent.
"A red-hot start to this new series." ~Kirkus Reviews
"Complex heroine, simple plot and natural prose..." ~Library Journal
"A page-turner!" ~Mystery Scene
THE THEA KOZAK MYSTERY SERIES, in order
Chosen for Death
Death in a Funhouse Mirror
Death at the Wheel
An Educated Death
Death in Paradise
Liberty or Death
Death Warmed Over
Because her main characters-Boston-based educational consultant Thea Kozak and Detective Andre Lemieux of the Maine State Police-are engaging, the flaws in Flora's debut are more irritating than fatal. Easy jokes affect even the naming of the victim, who is Thea's adopted ``sister Carrie.'' Worse, Thea's melodramatic motivation is hammered into readers with repeated variations of the theme, ``I can't let someone kill my sister and get away with it.'' Although the sisters have recently drifted apart, especially since Carrie moved to Maine, Thea believes the murder relates to Carrie's search for her birth mother. From the condition of Carrie's bludgeoned corpse, Andre believes that it is a straightforward sex crime. When Thea finds evidence in Carrie's apartment linked to her sister's search, she decides to duplicate the potentially fatal hunt herself, rather than turn the clues over to Andre-even though their relationship has progressed from scrapping to ``a tingle'' when they touch. Flora's characterization is assured and her plotting is tight and credible.