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Casey McKie mysteries
murder and mayhem in the world of jazz
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And All That Murder: A Casey McKie Mystery
When singer and club owner Dee Jefferson asks Casey to check into the supposed suicide of a long-time friend, Casey hesitates. She doesn’t believe he was murdered, since all signs point to suicide.
But, friendship wins out, and Casey reluctantly agrees, believing it will be easy to disprove Dee’s theory.
After a second body is found, Casey decides Dee is right – someone may be targeting people from the jazz community. And she fears Dee herself may be the killer's next victim.
Casey travels from San Francisco to Palm Springs to Seattle, with her quest culminating in a harrowing confrontation with the deadly murderer.
"Joan Merrill had me before I began reading And All That Murder with its sly, witty, perversely cunning title. What jazz musician does not relish being smoothly nudged into a different key? Jazz lovers will feel that same joy as Ms. Merrill craftily deflects suspicion from suspect to suspect before sounding the final chord in this swinging whodunit." - Harvey Siders, Jazz Times
"Joan Merrill is not alone is bringing jazz into crime writing. Many other writers have done it, myself included. But Merrill has gone further than most and her first novel is set entirely in the jazz world. Almost all of her characters, major and minor, are jazz people: singers, instrumentalists, agents, promoters and fans.
Her lead character, San Francisco-based PI Casey McKie, is a smart, tough, straight-talking (and when necessary straight-shooting) PI and one of the most original characters to come along in years. The dark side of San Francisco is where Casey works. in her free time, she indulges her passion for jazz, frequenting her best friend’s jazz club in North Beach.
Both these worlds, the dark and the jazzy, are brought vividly and accurately to life as Casey solves the mysteries that surround her" - Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International
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