A Plague Among Us: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery by Deb Pines (2021)


When Al Martin, the editor of a satiric newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y., reportedly dies of COVID-19, the local consensus is: good riddance. A sister suspects foul play. She wonders why Al was cremated in a hurry. The police stay out of it. So it takes reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman to try to find which of Al's haters — including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and the many targets of Al's poison-pen sarcasm — might be a ruthless killer.The novel, No. 8 in a series called “an Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” once again offers page-turning suspense. Wit. History. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, a quirky, churchy, lakeside, Victorian cottage-filled summer arts community that in 1874 launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called “the most American thing in America.”

DEB PINES, an award-winning New York Post headline writer and former reporter, is the author of seven other Mimi Goldman works, including In the Shadow of Death, a top seller in the Chautauqua Institution where the mysteries are set.  Her last four novels were named IndieReader-Approved Titles.

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