The Hatch and Brood of Time
Natalie Joday, a newspaper reporter with a knack for getting at the facts, is pulled into a murder investigation by an anguished young woman's cry for help. But her compassion turns to fear when she discovers that her brother--a natural magnet for trouble--may be involved. A lifetime of painful run-ins with the legal system has left Natalie wary of the police, so she sets out to solve the case herself by uncovering the secrets of the past--even when the secrets are her own.
Set in modern northeastern New Jersey, The Hatch and Brood of Time is a tale of family relationships, personal redemption...and murder.
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"Larson creates a wonderful cast of characters surrounding the murder victim herself, Lydia Dow, the beautiful, dramatic, danger-addicted nymph who flits in and out of Daniel's life, even in death, driving him to distraction; the Dow family itself, deliciously evil and manipulative.... Highly recommended." Midwest Book Review
Unfold the Evil
Reporter Natalie Joday's career is at a crossroads. She thought she'd seen the last of cops and courtrooms-but if she agrees to join the Bergen Evening Star's crime bureau, foul play and forensics will be her daily fare. Natalie puts off the decision by getting involved in a newsroom mystery: who is sending anonymous letters filled with riddles and hidden clues to the Star's elderly (and easily rattled) advice columnist? It's just a game to Natalie and her psychologist friend, Rebecca Elias, until the solutions point to the murder of an alcoholic bankrupt, a man whose political career was ruined by the Star some twenty years earlier.
When she finds the body of a second victim, Natalie's mind is made up: whoever it was that burned off the dead man's face must pay. But when the trail of clues doubles back to the Star's corporate headquarters, the question suddenly becomes: will there be a paper left to work for when it's all over?
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"...Sturdy prose and diverting subplots fill the second (following The Hatch and Brood of Time) in a projected four title series." Library Journal
"Whimsical mystery. Larson knows her way around newspapers and around Bergen County. The sense of place is flawless." Newark Star-Ledger
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