When it comes right down to it, every real estate agent hopes for one thing: a nice, smooth, sale. I’m talking about satisfied sellers, blissful buyers, a big SOLD sign in the yard, and a nice commission check — hopefully with several zeroes at the end – tucked safely in the bank.
But sellers who bite the dust before they can sign their listing agreements? Corpses caught in the current marring views from an estate’s picture windows? These are definitely not the kinds of scenarios we learn about in real estate 101.
Darby Farr here. I’m back on the rocky island of Hurricane Harbor, Maine, for my fourth mystery, and it’s probably my most twisted case yet.
In Final Settlement, available this week from your favorite bookstore and Midnight Ink publishers, I’ve flown clear across the country, from sunny California to snowy Maine, for the wedding of my friend and fellow agent Tina Ames. I think I’m in town for a joyful celebration, and to help a longtime islander sell his home – that is, until an old schoolmate turns up dead, tangled in an ornery local’s lobster trap by the abandoned lighthouse.
With the help of hunky Miles Porter, my investigative journalist boyfriend, I dig deep to discover why many folks on the island wanted the victim to vanish. Secrets are buried as deep as the drifted snow, but not even the dead of winter can keep me from finding the truth. Miles heads home, Tina takes off on her honeymoon, and soon I’m stalking a coldblooded killer – alone.
Why is it that no matter where I go, murder seems to follow? Final Settlement finds me working double duty as a realtor and detective, making the sale, solving the crime, and keeping myself alive in the process. Get ready for what Kirkus calls “a twisty fourth case that strikes close to the bone,” — a rousing ride that does not let up until the very last page.
And that nice, smooth, sale? Guess that will have to happen in book five!
Tell Vicki your strangest real estate story and you just may win a copy of FINAL SETTLEMENT! Contest ends April 10 and US entries only.
Meet the author
Vicki Doudera is the author of Deadly Offer, Killer Listing, A House to Die For, and her latest mystery, Final Settlement, all starring crime-solving, deal-making realtor Darby Farr. An agent with a busy coastal Maine firm and 2009 Realtor of the Year, Vicki is also the author of several best-selling nonfiction guides to her home state. She proudly belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Realtors. Visit Vicki at www.vickidoudera.com
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