Death Grip
by Elaine Viets

Every town has its secrets. Some are too deadly to stay hidden.

Chouteau County’s super-rich know how to cover up a scandal, but when it comes to murder, they’d better watch their backs . . . Death investigator Angela Richman is determined to see a killer brought to justice in this sharply written and darkly entertaining mystery set in Missouri, perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner and J.A. Jance.

Angela Richman, Chouteau County death investigator, finds herself deep in the Missouri woods on a perfect spring day. But there is nothing idyllic about her grim walk – a body has been discovered in a muddy creek, and Detective Jace Budewitz wants Angela on the scene.

Terri Gibbons, the popular Forest High track star who went missing eight months ago, has been found strangled. Could a message found in Terri’s shoe hold the key to catching her killer? Chouteau Forest is a town of privilege and secrets, where everyone has something to hide . . . Can Angela overcome the many obstacles in her way to see justice served when the Forest’s wealthy residents will go to any lengths to prevent the truth being revealed?


Readers will enjoy the rural setting and the colorful characters as well as Angela’s budding romance with police officer Chris Ferretti


Viets produces chills with a murder hunt turned on its head

Kirkus Reviews

Will satisfy both procedural and cozy fans who like a good puzzle

Booklist on A Star Is Dead

An intriguing mystery featuring a character in the little-known job of death investigator

Library Journal on A Star Is Dead

Skillfully plotted … Witty dialogue and well-defined characters, including plucky and intelligent Angela, lift this wry look at the trappings of celebrity. Fans and newcomers alike will be pleased

Publishers Weekly on A Star Is Dead

Viets brings readers a treat with a new series featuring coroner's investigator Angela Richman ... A compelling thriller that moves quickly and builds suspense steadily

Booklist on Brain Storm

An intriguing tale that will attract forensic mystery buffs

Library Journal on Brain Storm

Well-paced, darkly humorous series launch

Publishers Weekly on Brain Storm

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets returns to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series. A Star Is Dead is the latest, following Fire and Ashes and Brain Storm, and the novella Ice Blonde. Elaine has 34 bestselling mysteries in four series, including the Dead-End Job mysteries and the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series. A St Louis native, Elaine took the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals at St Louis University. She has previously won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. Elaine lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, writer and reviewer Don Crinklaw.

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Death Grip by Elaine Viets is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029755230th June 2021140 X 215mm208£13.99
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