Six Murders Too Many (book 1)
A Carlos McCrary, Private Investigator, Mystery Thriller

The Plan Was Perfect; All It Took Was Two Simple Murders
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Now on his first big case as a newly-minted private investigator, Carlos “Chuck” McCrary must untangle a web of fraud, arson, adultery, and murder before he becomes its latest victim. Millionaire oil man Ike Simonetti and his model-slim wife, Lorraine, arrive at Chuck McCrary’s office to claim that Ike’s stepmother is trying to steal $400,000,000 from him. Chuck learns that while Sam Simonetti, Ike’s billionaire father, was hospitalized for his second heart attack, Sam’s two daughters from an earlier marriage died in a house fire, leaving Ike as Sam’s only child. When Sam died in the hospital, Ike was the sole heir to Sam’s estate. Or was he?

There is another contender for the fortune—a baby girl born to the dead billionaire’s hot young trophy wife (now widowed) six months after Sam’s death. The widow has staked a claim to half of Sam’s billion-dollar estate for her infant daughter Gloria. Now Ike wants Chuck to determine the identity of Gloria’s real father and cut her out of the will.

The investigation takes Chuck from the sun-splashed beaches of South Florida to the burned-out Cleveland home of the two dead daughters. He stirs up a hornet’s nest and uncovers a triple murder. When mob hitmen ambush Chuck, the case becomes a matter of life and death. To save his own life and that of the supposed infant heiress, Chuck must discover if one of the billionaire’s surviving family members is the real puppet master behind the murders. Then Chuck learns that there may be two Black Widows dueling over the billionaire’s estate – willing to kill anyone who gets in their way…including an infant heiress and a nosy private investigator. Bodies keep piling up as Chuck conspires to hide Gloria to keep her safe from the shadowy killer while he solves the mystery of Gloria’s paternity.

Quotes from Six Murders Too Many:

“I never met a wine I didn’t like.” I opened the Merlot while Vicky focused on cooking. She studied the recipe lying on the counter; I studied her.
My motto is Nothing succeeds like excess.
The client’s ex-husband repeatedly ignored a restraining order. To get him to stay away from her, I had to negotiate with a head butt and a kick to his balls. The negotiation was successful.
“She seduced me, and though I resisted, I took one for the team. Actually, I took three for the team.”
I strolled to the wall of windows overlooking the glass canyons of downtown Houston. A flock of vultures wheeled in slow circles a hundred feet below me as they rode the thermals and updrafts. Somehow, it seemed appropriate that vultures circled near the offices of one of the largest law firms in Texas.

Six Murders Too Many, published in April 2014, has received 29 reader reviews with 4.6 average stars on Amazon as of Jan 27, 2018.

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