Deadly Politics (A Molly Malone Mystery)
by Maggie Sefton
Review by Sherry Lilley
MIDNIGHT INK Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780738731285
Date: 08 August 2012 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Molly Malone left Washington, D.C., swearing never to return to the town that was nothing to Molly but political back-stabbing, scandals, and personal heartbreak. But now she's starting a new life, again, and the one place she swore she'd never come back to is the one place that she seems destined to head to. Sure, her mom is there, and it's always good to be close to your mom. And her best friends/cousins are there. That's good. But all the bad stuff is still there, too. Still, she needs a job, and a launch pad to start her new life. So, Washington, D.C. it is. Of course, when she gets there, things start to go wrong immediately.
The job Molly accepted in Washington goes away on the day Molly arrives in Washington. The company has lost its funding, and many jobs will be lost -- not just Molly's. When Molly's her niece, Karen, a political analyst, sets Molly up with a position in the office of a freshman senator from Colorado (where Molly has been living and working), Molly is not interested and does not want to go to the meet and greet. So of course she does. And despite her best intentions of turning down the job, or making sure she is not offered the job, Molly is offered, and does accept, the job.
But wait, folks. There's more! Molly's niece, the political analyst, is having an affair with her boss, congressional chief of staff Jed Molinoff. When Karen is shot to death a few days after Molly gets to town, and Molly discovers that Molinoff has ransacked Karen's apartment, Molly starts investigating. That is not a safe thing to do, and Molly ends up a target of a shadowy political group that's killing everyone who gets in its way.
I did not have any idea what to expect when I started this book. Once I started it, I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know what was going on! There were mysteries wrapped inside mysteries, and they were well done. The setting is marvelous, as it always is. The book definitely earns its place near the top of the TBR pile. Enjoy.