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Sandra Balzo. Dead Ends. Sutton, Surrey, England: Severn House, 2012.

AnnaLise Griggs has built a life as a journalist in Wisconsin, far away from her childhood home in the fictional town of Sutherton, North Carolina. But when her mother begins having health issues and an affair with a married man has a messy end, AnnaLise takes an extended leave of absence and returns to her home to the North Carolina mountains. She’s worried about her mother, but expects her month-long vacation to be relatively uneventful. Then Ben Rosewood, her erstwhile beau, shows up with his wife Tanja and college-aged daughter Suzanne.

Suzanne is starting as a freshman at a prominent local university, so Ben’s appearance isn’t all that suspicious, but AnnaLise still feels stalked. She ended things with Ben, and he was less than agreeable to the idea. When his wife Tanja is killed in a car accident that turns out not to be an accident, AnnaLise immediately suspects he’s gone off the deep end in order to be with her. But could the steady, very sane Ben Rosewood she knew in Wisconsin really murder his wife in cold blood? Between her mother’s memory lapses and a potential murderer, AnnaLise’s vacation is shaping up to be less vacation and more work than expected. Balzo’s second novel in her new Main Street Murders series gets off to a fast-paced start as her heroine applies all of her investigative skills to the case.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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Sandra Balzo. Running on Empty. Sutton, England: Severn House, 2011.

AnnaLise Griggs returns to her hometown of Sutherton, North Carolina after her mother almost kills someone at the town’s annual blood drive. AnnaLise, a newspaper reporter working in Wisconsin, thinks she’ll just be in Sutherton over the Labor Day weekend while she assesses the situation. Surely her mother, who is only fifty, can’t be in a mental decline. AnnaLise plans to get her mother to the doctor and then go back to her life in Wisconsin.

But fate intervenes. Sutherton has a reputation as a town where strange accidents happen–college boy pranks gone wrong, hunting mishaps–but murders are rare. Until this Labor Day weekend.  In the space of three days a former police chief is murdered, as is a visitor from Japan, and the town’s middle-aged rich-boy developer is shot with the same rifle that killed the police chief.  Are these crimes related to the new high-end condo complex being built on the lake, or financial crimes, or small town jealousies, or the something further in the past?  Even as AnnaLise works with two of her childhood friends to get to the bottom of it, she worries what the future will hold for her and her mother.

This is the first novel in Balzo’s series Main Street Mysteries.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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