Alex St. James helps her elderly neighbor get back into
her home after she was locked out. Her neighbor also asks
for Alex’s help with a financial situation that has
her worried. In a hurry because she is running late for
an awards ceremony she is attending, Alex doesn’t
have time to help her with the financial matter but promises
to come over tomorrow and take a look. When Alex arrives
home later that night she finds her street crawling with
police and her neighbor murdered.
Despite her objections Alex finds herself pulled into the
investigation by her employers at Midwest Focus News Magazine.
She soon finds that this little old lady had a number of
people who might have wanted her dead including a vicious
ex-con plus her son who was desperate for her inheritance
to pay off his gambling debts.
Even after a brutal attack Alex refuses to back off uncovering
several shocking secrets that someone wants to keep hidden.
Not only is Alex deep into the investigation but she is
also juggling several personal issues too; one involving
her handicapped sister, and another involving her relationship
with two attractive men.
She finds herself delving deep into a web of deceit, risking
life and limb to uncover the truth about the brutal crime.
With enough evidence to expose the truth Alex finds herself
face to face with a killer who just may be the death of
Julie Hyzy’s, Deadly Interest, is a terrific addition
to the Alex St. James mystery series. Smart, caring, tough,
determined are some of the characteristics that Hyzy brings
to her heroine. Full of life, Alex is a character you will
find yourself rooting for while waiting with baited breath
to see what happens next. Her relationships with her sister
and the two men in her life add depth to Alex’s character
giving her a certain vulnerability.
The plot pulls you in from page one leaving you breathless
as you follow all the twists leading to the final denouement.
Hyzy’s Alex St. James series is one I hope will be
around for a while because she combines the best of all
worlds: a heroine with depth, fascinating mysteries and
villains of the most devious sort.
Note: At the end of Deadly Interest Alex St. James meets
up with Ron Shade, a character from a mystery series written
by Michael A. Black. Hyzy and Black are now working on a
collaborative book featuring both of their characters.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Andrea Maloney is a stay at home mom and jewelry designer who loves
to read. Her favorite books are mysteries, suspense and thrillers.
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and one
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