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Dead Man of the Year - Stephen Hawley Martin

Brian Durston left a bright future at a big Madison Avenue agency to join his uncle's medium-sized firm because his uncle promised him a stake in the business. The future looked bright until Brian discovered his uncle slumped over his desk with a bullet through his brain. The cops think it's suicide, which means his uncle's life insurance won't pay, and Brian won't inherit the money to buy his uncle's share. Who benefits? The surviving partners. So Brian decides some investigating is in order. Meanwhile, the agency's largest account goes into review, and Brian must pull out the stops to save it, or there won’t be much agency left. In steps the beautiful and enigmatic copywriter, Nickie D'Agostino. She wants to help Brian save the account and find the killer. But wait, could she be the one who did it? A romance tortured by suspicion follows, and a frantic race to find the murderer before Brian’s share of the business reverts to the surviving partners, or worse ­ he joins his uncle in the afterlife.


My Opinion:
The first thing for me is always the cover, and this one is hot! I thought for sure, this would be a murder-mystery and I love them! This was exactly what I was looking for.
I am a little disappointed that the story lingered more in the ad business world, than the actual whodunit, but with the amazing and surprising ending it has, makes it well worth it!
A fast, easy, and entertaining story!

~I received a copy from Oaklea Press. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


  1. Knowing how vicious the business world can be this could be really good.


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