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Deadly Interest (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – 15 Sep 2006

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Originally published hardcover books now available on KINDLE:
Artistic License (standalone romantic suspense)
Deadly Blessings (first in Alex St. James series)
Deadly Interest (second in Alex St. James series)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Deadly Research 30 Oct. 2006
By Lesa Holstine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Poor Alex St. James. She feels guilty about the murder of her neighbor, Mrs. Vicks, because she brushed her off the same evening she was killed. When she brings her disabled sister home for two weeks, she misses a work trip with a newsman she admires. And then she's attacked when she enters her neighbor's home.

Alex, a researcher for a news magazine show in Chicago, reluctantly agrees to look into the neighbor's financial dealings, and then the murder itself. She's threatened and pushed around, but once she's involved she's determined to find Mrs. Vicks' killer. She's an admirable character, determined to do right for other people. She's one amateur detective that admits "This isn't the job I signed on for, you know. News research isn't supposed to be a life-threatening occupation." Anyone looking for an amateur sleuth who knows her limitations will appreciate Alex St. James in Deadly Interest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Who killed Evelyn Vicks and why 14 Jun. 2007
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Alex St. James, a TV reporter in Chicago, comes home from a night of public humiliation by her former lover to find her elderly neighbor, Evelyn Vicks, has been murdered. Earlier that evening Mrs. Vicks had asked Alex for help with a financial situation. Feeling guilty from pushing her off, Alex does some investigating into Mrs. Vicks' life.

She discovers Mrs. Vicks had been secretly looking into the lending practice's of the banks she worked at. Mrs. Vicks' son is soon hounding Alex because he was promised money from his mother and the bank won't let him see her safe deposit box. Add to that the fact that Alex has been attacked and appears to be stalked, Alex knows she must help the police find her killer and fast.

I couldn't put this book down. I kept picking it up to read another chapter to find out what happened. I loved Alex. She is such a great character. Her being a TV reporter really added to the story.

I can't wait to read more in this series. I highly recommend this book! Just make sure you have lots of time to read as you'll not want to put it down!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Carefully plotted satisfying mystery 29 July 2013
By carl brookins - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Alexandrine St. James, or Alex, as everyone calls her, is a Chicago television news magazine researcher. She develops stories, gets all the facts together, and lays the file on the desk of the writer who prepares the piece for the on-air talent. It can be an interesting job, but it can also be pretty boring at times. This is her second adventure from author Hyzy.

Alex, sort of in love with the writer she usually works with, has a habit of attracting people with hidden and often nefarious motives. Sometimes she gets in the way of these low-lifes with occasionally violent results. In this particular instance, the situation develops out of her willingness to help her elderly neighbor get back into her own house. It's only a case of mislaid keys, of course, but when the neighbor turns up murdered shortly thereafter, Alex is sucked quickly into a clever plot, that turns deadly in short order.

The book begins with a fine strong scene in which Alex and her station are publicly humiliated at a local recognition dinner for broadcast journalists. These affairs, which happen in real life with great frequency all over the country, culminate of course, in opportunities for rival station staffs to indulge in some outrageous gossip and back biting. Radio and television stations set great store by these awards and Hyzy has written a great opening scene in which her defeat for a top award is described with considerable effect. We learn a good deal about Alex, some of her co-workers, and about her competition, all of which enriches the story, even though the scene has almost nothing to do with the plot.

The novel is an emotional one. The subplot dealing with Alex's romantic upheavals and there are several, slows things down and lengthens the story. At times it almost seems to be taking over. On the other side, the subplot about her relationship with her older sister shows a depth and subtle touch that is excellent. Throughout the novel the writing is exceptionally good and there are a number of interesting characters. I believe this book will be read with great pleasure by a growing list of fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Totally hooked! 21 July 2013
By IndElaine - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Alex St. James is a everyday girl turned super-sleuth. Her drive and desire to uncover the truth while at the same time maintaining her vulnerability is really endearing and makes me want to read all of her books as soon as I can download them! My new favorite heroine(along with Ollie from the "White House Mysteries!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
terrific investigative thriller 24 Oct. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Chicago TV reporter Alex St. James of the Midwest Focus Newsletter is running late for an award ceremony in which she is a nominee so somewhat brushes off her neighbor Evelyn Vicks when the older woman wants to show her something. She does help Evelyn get back into her locked house before racing off to the gala where she watches her former lover, Dan Starck of a rival show win the award. He humiliates her in his rambling speech dubbing her as the engine that could implying no matter how hard she tries she can't with no hint that he stole her story.

When she returns home she learns someone killed Mrs. Vicks whose son Bart insists she help him with probate because the president of the bank where Mrs. Vick work David Dewars insists Bart killed his mother because he needed his inheritance. Alex, who wants to help, is being stalked by a dangerous con just released from prison. As Chicago Police Detective Lulinski investigates, Alex finds she is caught in the dangerous middle even as her older sister Lucy, who suffers from Williams Syndrome, temporarily moves in with her during renovations at the assisted living facility where she lives.

The second "deadly" tale is a terrific investigative thriller starring a likable protagonist whose life becomes quite complicated when her sibling moves in with her, her neighbor is murdered just after speaking with her, and several men enter her life interested in her. The story line is fast-paced and the ending surprising but plausible as readers will count their blessings that Alex is on the case. On top of that is a fascinating coda at a gas station between Alex and Chicago private detective Ron Shade (Michael A. Black's literary sleuth).

Harriet Klausner
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