Running on Empty
Main Street Mysteries #1The debut title in a new series by the author of the Maggy Thorsen Mysteries…
Though a magnet to tourists looking for some Southern comfort, the small lake town of Sutherton - tucked so picturesquely into the mountains of North Carolina – has had its fair share inexplicable hazards. But when Daisy Griggs siphoned three pints of blood from poor Mrs. Bradenham at the resort’s annual blood drive – well, that seemed to take the cake.
And so, police reporter AnnaLise Griggs comes home to Sutherton to look after her volunteer phlebotomist mother, Daisy (of the accidental bloodletting). But the "accidents" only seem to escalate upon the reporter's arrival in the High Country, leading AnnaLise to question whether Daisy is truly the cause of the trouble, as everyone else seems to believe, or its target…
Balzo (A Cup of Joe) introduces a beguiling heroine in this wryly amusing first in a new series. AnnaLise Griggs temporarily leaves her reporter's job in Wisconsin to check up on her ailing mother in the resort town of Sutherton, N.C. While AnnaLise gently tries to find out why her mother accidentally withdrew way too much blood from a prominent donor at the blood bank, an ominous series of events the shooting death of a former police chief, the fatal bludgeoning of an outside investor wanting to open a sushi restaurant, an attempt on the life of an aggressive land developer further disturb her and indeed shake up the entire town. When AnnaLise herself is attacked, she teams with her mother and an intriguing group of former classmates with long memories to do some creative prying. Despite an uneven narrative and a disjointed finale, readers will cheer the resolute and feisty AnnaLise every step of the way.