Intrigue and murder in Washington
FICTIONAL White House staffer Kit Marshall solves yet another murder mystery, but this time, it isn’t on Washington DC’s Capitol Hill.
While her boss, a congresswoman from North Carolina, is home during a Congressional recess, Marshall, her chief of staff, spends an extended weekend with her fiance’s parents at a downtown Washington DC club.
Calamity At The Continental Club takes place inside an elite club in a mansion and revolves around a historical society’s annual meeting. Over visits to various Smithsonian museums and fancy dinners, the society’s president and his wife are found dead in the club.
Author Colleen J. Shogan, a senior executive at the Library of Congress, first introduced us to Marshall in Stabbing In The Senate (2015), the first book in her Washington Whodunit series. It was followed by last year’s Homicide In The House.
The third in the series was released recently, and Marshall, now a more senior staffer, has developed into a mature, sophisticated Washingtonian and is balancing her career with planning a DC wedding.
In the first two murder mysteries, readers got an inside look at Marshall in action on the Hill.
This novel’s plot develops when she finds a body at the Continental Club and her natural instinct to play detective comes out.
Marshall recruits a couple of friends to help her and her fiance solve the murder. The two recruits don’t get along, though, which leads to some fun lines.
For instance, as Marshall walks into a room with them seated inside, she says, “They were in a corner booth, sitting on opposite sides and glaring at each other with the vitriol usually reserved for health care reform debates in the House of Representatives”.
The two friends, with Marshall listening in, debate whether staffers are “wasting” their lives working for the US Congress.
In a detour from her previous books, Shogan includes many different sites around DC to create a mini-tourism guide of the American capital.
“I write these books to help folks experience places they don’t have access to – the real Washington, but with some fun twists. That’s why I started with the inner workings of the US Senate and House,” Shogan said in a news release.
Marshall uses visits to the National Museum of Natural History, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon to solve the murder. The Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art is also the location for a special celebration.
Prior to her job at the Library of Congress, author Shogan was deputy director of the Congressional Research Service and before that, a Senate staffer.
She is working on a fourth addition to the series, K Street Killing, that will be released next year.
Stabbing In The Senate won first place in the mystery category at two book festivals: the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
It will also be reprinted as part of Harlequin’s Worldwide Mystery series.