Death and Donuts (Frankie and Josh Mystery – 3) by Stan Schatt
Hollywood stars! Politicians! Betrayal! Murder! And a by-the-book cop just trying to do her job in the middle of it all.
To solve the murder of a movie star just weeks before the Academy Awards, Detective Frankie Ryan has to navigate through a web of Hollywood secrets and political landmines, not to mention the “old boys club” in her own police department. The presence of a new designer drug and the deaths it is tallying up threaten to hinder her investigation and leave her without a suspect—and maybe out of a job. Even with the aid of psychic reporter Josh Harrell, there is more confusion around every corner. Trusted friends will turn on her, leaving her unsure who to believe and who might be in on the murder and conspiracy.
Can Frankie discover the killer before it is too late?
Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager. He spent the last two decades as a technology analyst or ‘futurist” trying to figure out what future technologies will be successful.
Detective Frankie Ryan has been assigned to the death of Rex Gordon, actor. The question is if he died of natural causes. With the help of psychic reporter, Josh, Frankie is on the hunt for a new drug called Ruby Red. But this is not going to be an easy search since both Frankie and Josh has to drudge through the mire of Hollywood. There is a killer on the prowl and Frankie and Josh have just put themselves in his sights. Will they find the killer before they end up his net victim?
Hollywood is never easy to navigate but when you have a killer targeting famous people it becomes even worse. All the dirty deals and agendas make finding the truth that much harder. Thankfully Frankie has Josh to help her out since it’s not just the killer that she has to watch out for. There are those in the police that are trying to stop her too.
This is a great thriller with a touch of psychic interaction. I felt for Frankie has she is fighting for a place in a Man’s World and fighting with her own issues. I eagerly read trying to figure out the why of the story and was pleased with the ending. I will be checking out other books in this series.
I received Death and Donuts from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.