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The Key to Murder

(The fifth book in the Old Maids of Mercer Island Mystery series)
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When an old family friend dies on Julia Applegate’s doorstep, Julia realizes her brother Ben’s hunt for Jack the Ripper has come too close to home.

Carter Davis is one of Julia’s oldest and dearest friends. When he shows up unexpectedly at her door, collapses, and dies, she notifies her brother Ben, who is supposed to be in London researching Jack the Ripper. Little does she know that Ben is not only in the States but at Carter’s home searching for something he left with Carter for safekeeping.
What ensues is a complex deep dive into a century-old secret society called The Electi, whose members are looking for the same thing Ben is and will kill anyone who gets in their way. But who are these people?

Julia and Ben will walk a fine line with the law this time, even putting Ben in jail and driving a wedge between Julia and her detective beau, David. As Julia and the girls risk their lives to infiltrate The Electi and catch Carter’s killer, a handsome new ally comes to Julia’s aide. Remember Jake from the deli store in Minnesota (
All Roads Lead to Murder)?
Julia’s fate may be in Jake’s hand, but will Julia’s hand end up in David’s? Read
The Key to Murder to find out.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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