No Good Deed Left Undone (Sam Lagarde Mystery – 2) by Ginny Fite
“He had an itchy feeling, something he had seen that his memory had recorded but that he wasn’t paying attention to…”
When a man has everything, he can afford to be generous. Lawyer, philanderer, and horseman Grant Wodehouse is generous to a fault—until he’s stabbed to death with a pitchfork in his barn. The killer could be anyone—his lover’s husband, his troubled son, the homeless guy he lets sleep in his barn, his unscrupulous partner or even his wife.
Methodical Detective Sam Lagarde doesn’t miss a clue as he questions an ever-growing list of suspects, only to discover the killer has been hiding in plain sight the entire time. Always one step behind the killer, finally Lagarde’s only recourse is one he never wanted to take.
Ginny Fite is an award-winning journalist who has covered crime, politics, government, healthcare, art and all things human. She’s been a spokesperson for a governor and a member of Congress, a few colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company. She earned degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University and studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute. No Good Deed, published by Black Opal Books in 2015, is her second Sam Lagarde mystery/thriller set in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Grant Wodehouse has been discovered with a pitchfork through his chest. But with his lifestyle some think it was a long time coming. It is up to Sam Lagarde and Lawrence Black to sort through the sorted affairs and practices to find out who the killer is. Grant has basically screwed every woman in the area. But could this be the reason he was killed or was it something else that he was part of.
This story is pretty clear, you will figure out who the killer is by the middle of the story but there are enough twists and turns to keep you reading to see if they get caught. I admit that I have not read the first book in this series (Cromwell’s Folly) yet I had no problem getting into the story. I really liked Sam and Lawrence. They worked well together and kept the story flowing well.
If you like a good police thriller I would say to check out No Good Dead Left Undone. As for me, I will be adding Cromwell’s Folly to my reading list.
I received No Good Dead Left Undone from Laura at iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Where Do You Get Those Ideas?
Guest Post by Ginny Fite
Author of No Good Deed Left Undone
My sister asks me after diving into one of my novels, “Where do you get these ideas?”
“My mind is a dangerous place to be,” I respond.
“No kidding,” she says. She should know. She grew up with me and observed first-hand the things I was capable of imagining. We didn’t have electronic games then, and there’s only so much monopoly anyone can stand, so we had to make up our own.
Game devising requires story-building skills and a fair amount of persuasive ability, since there were four of us and everyone had to be convinced before we donned costumes, picked up sabers, and went outside to hunt tigers. In case you’re wondering, I was never the helpless princess stuck in a tower waiting to be saved.
Perhaps a part of me got stuck in childhood, where anything can be true, any story can be spun out of sheer air and spoken into the world as if it were real.
Fiction writing is different from lying in only one respect: in the real world we lie to protect ourselves or get something (an advantage, revenge, out of a jam). Story-making is simply for the love of it.
If you close your eyes, breathe deeply, and simply let your mind talk to you, a story will begin to develop. Perhaps that’s all the mystery there is to fiction writing. Those of us who write novels listen to those ancient stories that bubble up from our deep memories of childhood where any game might be as real as it gets.
Certainly, I was influenced. There were all those fairytales we read, over and over out loud to each other. Pretty scary ones, too. I mean, now that we’re all adults here, imagine being abandoned by your parents in a forest when you’re six. You come upon a house made of cakes and candy, are rescued from starvation, and then watch the woman you trusted stuff your brother into a cage to fatten him up.
There’s no telephone to call for the police. You alone must save your brother. There’s an open oven that woman means to push you both into. What other recourse do you have?
Motive, means, opportunity. Nowadays, I would send Detective Sam Lagarde to investigate the murder of that old witch.
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