“Richards effortlessly blends Madeline's reminiscing about her life with Braydon and her current investigation into his death. It's frequently very touching and, as the author mentions in a foreword, very personal.” -- Blog Critics Books

 


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Calculated Loss

by Linda L. Richards

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Calculated Loss is the third book to feature recovering stockbroker Madeline Carter, first seen in Mad Money, shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

High finance and haute cuisine equal a recipe for murder. Day trader Madeline Carter hightails it to Vancouver when she learns her ex-husband, chef Braydon Gauthier, has killed himself.

Praise for Calculated Loss:

 
"The author's plot ticks nicely along, the B.C. settings are fun, and Madeline Carter is a smart, classy, and genial companion." -- Adam Woog, Seattle Times

"[Madeline Carter] is an intelligent, introspective character, and the details of her financial investigation are fascinating." -- Brian Skupin, Mystery Scene

"...Calculated Loss is an intriguing mystery that effectively combines high finance with haute cuisine and is highly recommended." -- blogcrits.org

"Linda L. Richards is fast becoming an auto-buy author, and Calculated Loss is certain to enhance that reputation. Madeline's first-person narrative is by turns funny, thoughtful, sarcastic, and self-deprecating .... Villains aplenty abound in this meticulously crafted page-turner. Although readers may think they've solved the mystery long before Madeline does, Ms. Richards' deft plotting will keep them guessing until nearly the last page." -- Mellanie Crowther, The Romance Readers Connection

"Well plotted and well written." -- Jack Quick, Bookbitch

"... the plot is well-drawn, and the writing up to the standard of the previous novels in the series. The descriptive material is excellent and the characters realistic." -- Theodore Feit, Mystery Morgue

"Richards' latest is very entertaining -- well-plotted, often witty and always a challenge to the reader's deductive powers. The scenery is a welcome addition; Vancouver and all its quirks take a starring role." -- Catherine Witmer, Romantic Times

"This is a fun, fast mystery and book three of the series. Hopefully, there will be more to come." Staci Alesi, Bookbitch

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