Politics. Love. Murder. Radio talk show host Bill McCormick is in his prime. He’s dating a supermodel, his book is a bestseller, and his ratings have skyrocketed during the heated election season. But when Bill’s ex-wife, Emma Jean, turns up dead, the media and his detractors assume the opinionated loudmouth is guilty of her murder. Bill’s on-air rants about his demon-possessed ex don’t help his case. Did someone realize that Bill was the perfect scapegoat? Or could Bill have silenced his Ice Queen ex once and for all?
Gabby Thomas takes on the case, but she soon realizes that Emma Jean had too many enemies to count. From election conspiracy theories to scorned affections and hidden secrets, Emma Jean left a trail of trouble as her legacy. Gabby is determined to follow the twisted path until she finds answers. As Gabby comes closer to casting her vote for the guilty party, the stakes rise, tensions heat, and her own life is endangered. Will she be able to do a recount as votes are cast about who the murderer is? Or was this whole crime rigged from the start?
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, CUNNING ATTRACTIONS is the twelveth book in Ms. Barritt's wildly successful Squeaky Clean Mystery series but it easily stands alone. In this book, Gabby's neighbor's ex-wife was brutally murdered and Gabby's neighbor is the popular top choice for the murderer. He wants/needs for Gabby to help prove his innocence even while protesters stand outside his apartment building chanting "Kill Bill!" and rioting whenever he leaves his apartment!
So, who-dun-it? There are a lot of red herrings but the killer isn't clear at first -- a plus! The police is actually working with Gabby as they try to solve this crime together. A riveting page-turner mystery that will keep you guessing. Don't miss CUNNING ATTRACTIONS or any of the other books in this series (all stand-alone)