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Death of an Idiot Boss: A Kadence MacBride Mystery (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 1) by [Croom, Janice]
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Book 1 of 2 in The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

Unlike some, I didn't start out to write a novel. I viewed learning fiction techniques as a means to improve my non-fiction writing. To that end, I took an eight-week class on how to write a novel. Our assignment was to write the first chapter of our book. I volunteered to read mine aloud. After I finished, the class applauded. “That’s really good,” my teacher said. “What happens next?” I reminded her that she’d asked us to write the first chapter, not what happened next, so I had no idea. She pushed me to continue the story, and by the end of the class, I wanted to know what happened next. That quest, to tell my character’s stories, to give them a voice, to learn what happens next, drives me as a writer. Since then, I've sold 15 short stories and written three novels. The first two books in the Kadence MacBride Mysteries: Death of an Idiot Boss and Death of an Island Tart, and Build a Mate, the first Holiday with Love Novella are available on Amazon. The One, the second Holiday with Love will be published later this year. As a work in progress, Death of an Idiot Boss placed second in the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence for Unpublished Romantic Mystery/Suspense. Death of an Island Tart was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, second place for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Unpublished Romantic Mystery/Suspense and won the Go On Girl Unpublished Writer Award. I’ve also been awarded residencies with the Great River Writers Retreat and Writers in the Heartland in addition to winning an Illinois Individual Artists Professional Development Grant for Literature. It is my sincere hope that you enjoy reading my books as much as I've enjoyed writing them.

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  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511866926
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  • Language: English
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I loved the original title, Death of an Idiot Boss. The uniqueness of the cover also grabbed my eye. I thought it excellent. A way better than average first book in a series was a fabulous introduction to the works of Janice Croom.

The ending was great. The questions set to the reader and the revelation of an alternate ending plus a recipe from the story made for a great close. I’d be happy to read more works by this author.
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I really enjoyed this murder mystery. Love the plot twists and turns. And the African-American lead character with her family and their history raised a lot of interesting issues and gave the book depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST MAKES ME WISH I HAD AN IDIOT BOSS TO KNOCK OFF! 19 Jan. 2016
By Author, M.J. Schiller - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was absolutely delightful! Being part of the same writing group as Ms. Croom, I knew she had talent. But it wasn't until I read a full work from her that I realized how truly talented she is. Her characters were colorful and do interesting and unpredictable things. Her clever turns of phrase kept me entertained. I started highlighting passages I particularly liked, and then found I was highlighting every third page or so. For instance, there is this jewel: "Collagen lips, silicone breasts, and no way the Lord gave her that sista-girl butt. With all those after market parts, she probably needed a tune-up every five thousand miles." Love it! But it's not only the wording, the plot is solid, too. She keeps you guessing who the killer is until the end. And the tension--worrying about Kadence and how she was going to get out of this scrape--really kept you emotionally involved in your reading. I can't say enough about this book and I read the first chapter of the next in the series provided at the end and can't wait for more! Plus--I can't wait to try the pound cake recipe in the back! Sounds delish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful New Murder Mystery Series 2 July 2015
By Susan P. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Death of an Idiot Boss is the first of a wonderful new murder mystery series. This novel features an African-American professional woman with attitude. Kadence MacBride goes to work one day thinking she’s fixing to get promoted when instead, the idiot she’s been supervising gets the job. When someone murders him, Kadence is the #1 suspect. Kadence soon finds that if she doesn’t work to clear herself, she’s going to wind up in the hot seat. This novel is about as perfect as one can be. As a writer myself, I can’t turn off the editorial part of my brain, but couldn’t find anything to complain about! The voice is fresh and funny. The quips are original and kept me chuckling. The characters are colorful.

I’ve known the author since 2004 when we met at Writers Retreat Workshop in Marydale, KY. I’m so happy Janice has finally gotten her books up and out there. I look forward to reading the whole series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Imagine Killing Your Idiot Boss 25 Nov. 2016
By Doward Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Being an African-American and a woman in the corporate world is hard work but Kadence MacBride has proven that she has what it takes to make it.

Kadence is ready to accept her hard won position as VP at Trans Global Communications only to find that her boss has passed over her and given the position to her idiot employee, who is also his nephew. She is expected to answer to and train the nephew at the same time. She manages to hammer out a compromise that will leave her financially richer and free of both the nephew and job in 90 days. While touring a supplier's plant, the nephew is killed in a freak accident and Kadence becomes the top suspect.

She works hard to dig thru all the history of her boss, the nephew, the owner and employees at the suppliers plant. African-American Police Captain, Larry Cooper sees that railroading Kadence as the killer is the fastest way to get his final promotion before he retires.

Kadence is a strong woman who hides her weak spots well but now she has to rely on family and friends to get thru this murder investigation and claim her promised retirement package. With history that goes all the way back to the Civil Rights Movement, Kadence uncovers many secrets.

I loved Kadence and her family and friends. All the characters were well done, as was the corporate setting background. The murder plot was extremely well plotted with twists, turns and surprises at every step. I am looking for to reading the next book in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars The ending was great. 16 April 2017
By Reggie - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the original title, Death of an Idiot Boss. The uniqueness of the cover also grabbed my eye. I thought it excellent. A way better than average first book in a series was a fabulous introduction to the works of Janice Croom.

The ending was great. The questions set to the reader and the revelation of an alternate ending plus a recipe from the story made for a great close. I’d be happy to read more works by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good new mystery series 24 Mar. 2016
By c-lu - Published on Amazon.com
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Kadence is a bright black woman about to be promoted to VP in corporate America, or so she thinks. But instead the son - a blundering idiot - is given the promotion and Kadence is to be rewarded greatly for getting the son in line. Only he gets himself murdered and she's the obvious suspect, and a black female in a white male corporate world. She sets out with Dominic's help to try to figure out who really killed the idiot boss and finds out a lot more, not only about the other possible suspects, the head of the corporation, and the police officer, Cooper, who is determined to arrest her. Kadence shuts out Terrance - doesn't even take his calls - and doesn't share her problems with her parents, even when she moves in with them. This all unfolds with a steady pace and the resolution is unexpected, but believable. Well written and engaging, it's not clear why she shuts out Terrence. Maybe we find that out in Book 2
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