Linda’s Review of Black & White & Dead All Over by Anna Castle
May 20, 2021
How in the world did he learn about her secret photos? He hacked into her computer, and now the blackmailer owns her.
What happens when the Internet service provider in a small town spies on his clients’ cyber-lives and blackmails them for gifts and services?
Murder; that’s what happens.
Penelope Trigg moves to Lost Hat, Texas to open a photography studio and find herself as an artist. Things are going great. She’s got a few clients, some friends, even a hot new high-tech boyfriend.
But when Penny submits some nude figure studies of him to a contest, she gets hit with a blackmail letter in her inbox. “Do what I want or your lover’s nudie pix get splattered across the Internet.”
The timing couldn’t be worse, so Penny is forced to submit to the blackmailer’s demands.
Then people start dying and all the clues point to her.
She has to rattle every skeleton in every closet in Lost Hat to keep herself out of jail and find the real killer.
Review by Linda Pirtle:
Penny Trigg, an artist with a camera and the protagonist of Anna Castle’s BLACK & WHITE & DEAD ALL OVER, finds herself in big trouble. She submits a photo of her boyfriend in a competition.
Problem is she didn’t ask his permission and ignored her inner voice telling her that if his employer found out about his posing in the nude he would lose his job. Instead, she listened to her artistic impulse and clicked the “submit” button.
Shortly thereafter, she receives a threatening email. Someone in her small town is trying to blackmail her.
It’s odd, but the blackmailer doesn’t try to hide his identity.
Penny wonders how he found out about her photos. She soon learns how he hacked into her computer. The blackmailer owns her.
It’s when he is found murdered and all the evidence points to Penny that she learns that she is not alone.
Other people also have secrets, but even though they’ve paid money and other services to the blackmailer, they aren’t accused of murder. She must prove her innocence.
Throughout the book, Anna Castle injects small tidbits of humor and several red herrings which entertain the reader and keeps him/her wondering about the identity of the murderer.
This was a fast, fun read for all mystery lovers.
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