Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mystery of the Month: Murder at the Driskill

Murder at the Driskill

Another hotel; another murder; another Sydney Lockhart mystery.

Changes are happening fast and furious for reporter Sydney Lockhart and her detective boyfriend, Ralph Dixon. No sooner than they open their new detective agency, a high-profile case walks through the door. Stringer Maynard, an influential Austin businessman, wants business partner/brother-in-law, Leland Tatum, investigated before Tatum’s campaign for governor begins. Seems Tatum has been keeping company with an avant-garde crowd whose activities might jeopardize his chances of winning the election.

Maynard invites Sydney and Dixon to the famous Driskill Hotel for Tatum’s formal campaign announcement. Before they even meet the candidate, a gunshot sends them hurrying into the next suite where they discover Tatum has been shot and killed. Suddenly their professional services turn to a murder investigation. As the suspect list grows, Sydney acquires an unwanted partner Lydia LaBeau, a twelve-year-old daughter of one of the potential murderers. To assist Sydney in clearing her father’s name, Lydia dresses up like Sherlock Holmes and begins to collect her own bag of evidence. Although much to Sydney’s annoyance, Lydia proves to be the smarter detective.
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Kathleen Kaska

Kathleen Kaska writes the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series set in historic hotels in the 1950s. Her first mystery, Murder at the Arlington, won the 2008 Salvo Press Manuscript Contest. This book, along with her second mystery, Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queens Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Book number four, Murder at the Driskill, is her latest Lockhart mystery.
Before bringing Sydney into the world of murder and mayhem, Kathleen published three mystery-trivia books in her Classic Triviography Mystery Series: The Agatha Christie Triviography and Quiz Book, The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book. The Alfred Hitchcock and the Sherlock Holmes trivia books were finalists for the 2013 EPIC award in nonfiction. Her nonfiction book, The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story, was published by the University Press of Florida and released in 2012. It is an adventurous tale about Audubon ornithologist Robert Porter Allen who ventured into the Canadian wilderness to save the last flock of whooping cranes from extinction.
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