"A funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Sheer delight." --Carolyn Hart
"A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn't put it down."--Tamar Myers
The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!
Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.
Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?
The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!
Originally published in mass market paperback by NAL/Penguin, Putnam, Inc. in 1999. Large-Print Edition published by Thorndike, 2002.
From the Author
Edie Claire talks about Never Buried
What of mystery do you like to read? My favorites have always been the classics: Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, and Barbara Michaels. I admire these writers' ability to engage me right off the bat, then keep the suspense going--all without resorting to the use of vulgar language or graphic violence! I like a book with characters that seem real to me, with women who are more likely to pack a box of Dexatrim and a lottery ticket than a gun. And I like a sense of real mystery--lingering questions about the past, hidden compartments in rambling old houses, and a puzzle I can sink my teeth into without needing to take notes. Plus, as an animal lover and a veterinarian, it's always nice to have something furry slinking about!
In writing Never Buried, I've tried to write the kind of mystery I most love to read. So if any of the above intrigues you, please give it a try. Here's what Carolyn Hart, Tamar Myers, and Eve Sandtsrom had to say:
Carolyn Hart: "Never Buried, Edie Claire's debut mystery, features down-sized ad exec Leigh Koslow in a funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Edie Claire writes with style and dash, creating characters with real pains, aches, fears, and foibles. Sheer delight."
Tamar Myers: "A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn't put it down."
Eve Sandstrom: "Never Buried kept me up until 2 a.m. Leigh Koslow is a great addition to the ranks of amateur detectives. The setting was a welcome change."
I hope you agree!