Authors Showcase: The Lady Who Sang High by Renee Pawlish

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The Book: The Lady Who Sang High

The Author: Renee Pawlish

The Story: Denver private investigator Reed Ferguson is at it again!

Marijuana-store owner Jodie Lundgren suspects that someone is trying to steal her newly developed process for growing marijuana faster and cheaper. She hires Reed to see if this is true or part of her stoner imagination. Reed goes undercover as an employee in Jodie’s store, and he soon discovers that selling weed can be a dangerous business. It doesn’t take long before Reed uncovers secrets and lies that lead to murder. But can he find the killer before his secret identity is discovered?

Along with the usual cast of characters – Reed’s girlfriend Willie, his tech-savvy best friend Cal, and the none-too-bright Goofballs Brothers – that readers have grown to love, The Lady Who Sang High is full of suspense and humor and cleverly pays homage to film noir.

About Renee Pawlish:

Renee Pawlish
Renee Pawlish

Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Reed Ferguson mystery series, horror bestseller Nephilim Genesis of Evil, The Noah Winters YA Adventure series, middle-grade historical novel This War We’re In, Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.

Renée has been called “a promising new voice to the comic murder mystery genre” and “a powerful storyteller.” Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.

Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she’s not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries, thrillers and horror. She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries. She has also spent many summer days at her parents’ cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.

Review by Elizabeth:

Terrific Noir.

This is a terrific book. Amazingly this series is getting better and better. I say amazingly because a couple of the earlier books were perhaps less than optimal, and usually a series doesn’t recover from that. But this one sure has.

The plot around the newly legal weed trade was particularly interesting. I can’t rate individual elements like characterizations, plot, pacing, locale, but taken together, the book held my interest and was entertaining throughout.

Reed still does a couple of stupid things (in the spirit of “what is that noise in the dark cellar? I think I’ll go see….”, or “Oh, an important clue that I have no intention of telling the police detective about”) that make me want to scream, but they are minor, come early, and don’t detract too much.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in this series and more by Renee Pawlish.

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