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Strange Bedfellows

(The third book in the Jacob Burns Mystery series)
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Greetings, potential readers! Strange Bedfellows was previously published by Signet; it's book #3 in the Jacob Burns mystery series. Book #1, Breakfast at Madeline's, received the Malice Domestic Award.


Jacob Burns is a loving husband, devoted father, and work-at-home writer. And he's about to be saddled with a whole new profession - campaign manager. Jacob's old college roomie, Will Shmuckler, is in a tough race for Congress against a perennial local favorite, and he wants Jacob to help him win.

But the race is cut short when their opponent is shot dead, and Shmuckler is arrested for the crime. Jacob knows his friend is innocent - and he sets out to prove it. Between the dead man's secret paramours and his even more secret campaign contributors, there is no shortage of suspects - and they take Jacob from the quiet streets of Saratoga Springs to Albany's halls of power, where he finds that some people will do anything to get a vote. Fortunately, Jacob's wife Andrea is able to help him solve the murder.

Praise for Strange Bedfellows and the Jacob Burns Mysteries

"Witten delights with his charming characters, especially Burns himself." - Publishers Weekly

"Told with warmth and wit, Strange Bedfellows is a wry story that packs a wallop of an ending." - Romantic Times

"Strange Bedfellows is a mystery that takes some strange twists and turns and ends up in a place few readers will expect. The plot is fast moving... Jacob is a very real, very likable character. He has a wry sense of humor and the dialogue is crisp and funny. Andrea, Jacob's wife, is a strong supporting character... and the Burns' boys add a unique child's perspective. The third book in the series, Strange Bedfellows doesn't lose the edge of the earlier two mysteries. Jacob and his family remain fresh characters, the storylines unique, providing good, fun entertainment for all." - The Mystery Reader

"The pace is swift; the elements fit together neatly; the writing is assured, on-target, and often amusing, and the characters well-drawn and likable... As well-crafted as they come." - The Drood Review of Mystery

"A success. Fast...lighthearted... Witten presents his characters and plot twists in a straightforward and believable manner." - Albany Times-Union

"Interesting characters, a substantial plot, and a subtle sense of humor." - The Mystery News

"Strange Bedfellows is a treat for amateur-sleuth gourmets." - BookBrowser

"An enjoyable cozy with well-drawn characters." - The Charlotte Austin Review

"Charming, witty and irresistible read. Jacob Burns is a welcome addition to crime fiction." - Don Winslow, author of Savages

"A winner. Mystery fans are going to love this guy." - Laura Lippman, author of The Most Dangerous Thing

"Jacob Burns is a wise-cracking, write-at-home dad with a nose for trouble. While solving mysterious deaths in Saratoga Springs, he manages to see into the heart of his community with a great deal of humor and tenderness." -- Sujata Massey, Agatha Award-winning author of the Rei Shimura mysteries

Genre: Mystery

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