Poisoned Pairings is the second installment of Lesley Diehl’s Hera Knightsbridge Mystery series and picks up where A Deadly Draught leaves off. Again, Diehl displays her talents as a mystery writer with a flair for the psychological, and combines this with her knowledge of micro brewing, and a cast of quirky characters to come up with another winner.
In the quaint rural town of Butternut Valley, New York, a college intern has been found dead the night before the pairings event that was to take place on Hera’s property. With barely enough time to recuperate from the murder investigation, which began in her brew barn the previous summer, another dead body is found! As a result, Hera is being treated like an outcast by the local townspeople and the college has disassociated itself from her and the unpleasantness that surrounds her. While the lead investigator, who just happens to be Hera’s boyfriend, works the case, Hera once again places herself in harm’s way as she attempts to solve the murder. But when Hera’s truck is tampered with and Jake is called away, Hera leaves herself exposed and vulnerable to a cold blooded killer!
Diehl serves up multiple sub-plots ranging from a dangerous cult and its controlling leader, to the hydraulic fracking controversy that has the farmers and micro brewers feuding, to the questionable claims over the rightful heirs to the Ramsford fortune; but would any of these situations trigger someone to commit murder? Diehl does a superb job keeping the reader guessing from beginning to end.
Poisoned Pairings is published by Mainly Murder Press and was released in early April 2012 in Kindle Edition and in mid-April 2012 in print edition. It can be purchased on Mainly Murder Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, and at local bookstores everywhere. Also, check out Diehl’s first Hera Knightsbridge Mystery, A Deadly Draught, which was released in mid-April 2010.
Lesley Diehl lives in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York and spends her afternoons writing by her trout stream while sipping tea or sampling the local microbrews. Diehl retired from a longtime career as a professor of psychology and now concentrates her efforts on her writing career. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and is the first place winner of the SleuthFest 2009 Short Story Contest.