January 8, 2016

Stabbing in the Senate by Colleen J. Shogan - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: November 15, 2015
Number of pages: 236
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Washington Whodunit #1

Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicked, she pulls the weapon out of his chest and instantly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Circumstances back Kit’s claim of innocence, but her photograph has gone viral, and the heat won’t be off until the killer is found. Well-loved though the senator was, suspects abound. Langsford had begun to vote with his conscience, which meant he was often at odds with his party. Not only had the senator decided to quash the ambitions of a major military contractor, but his likely successor is a congressman he trounced in the last election. Then there’s the suspiciously dry-eyed Widow Langsford. Kit’s tabloid infamy horrifies her boyfriend’s upper-crust family, and it could destroy her career. However, she and her free-spirited friend Meg have a more pressing reason to play sleuth. The police are clueless in more ways than one, and Kit worries that the next task on the killer’s agenda will be to end her life.

What did I think of this book:
This book was a very good start to a new series. I really enjoyed this author's writing style. In fact I could not put this book down and read it in two days. You can tell that the author has used her experience as a Senate staffer to write this book. Her attention to detail was very good. I really liked Kit but I have to say that sometimes her friend Meg annoyed me. I can't wait to read more about their adventures in the upcoming books in this series. As well as I would like to see how Kit and Doug's relationship plays out. I am not sure I could work in the senate as it sure sounds like a dog eat dog kind of world. I did not figure out who killed Senator Langsford until the end of the story, which I like as it keeps you reading. Looking forward to more books in this series. 

About the author:
Colleen J. Shogan is the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress. She is a former Senate staffer who started reading mysteries at the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American government at George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. Stabbing in the Senate is her first novel.

Author Links:
Webpage – colleenshogan.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/washingtonwhodunit
Twitter – twitter.com/cshogan276
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25775813-stabbing-in-the-senate


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  1. This book sounds intriguing and unique. Thanks for your interesting review and feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I have this book on the top of my wish list. It sounds really intriguing.

  3. Politics fascinates me. I would like to read this new series.

  4. I love a good mystery with some politics thrown in for good measure.

  5. This looks like a good start for a series

  6. Thanks so much for the terrific review. I hope everyone enjoys "Stabbing in the Senate." The next book in the series will be out in June!