THE MIRACLE STRIP, by Nancy Bartholomew
Suddenly, the four-legged sidekick vanishes leaving behind a ransom note for one hundred large ($100,000 to us mainstream folks). Going to Denise's apartment, they make a grisly discovery. When the cops arrive, it's sparks: Detective Nailor is everything Sierra shouldn't touch. But she wants to. As she slowly goes in over her head trying to clear her friend Denise of suspicion of murder, Nailer's tearing his hair out trying to keep track of her. Enough said. A great start to a well-plotted amateur sleuth series; it's a 4.
Amazingly, this savvy author appears to have no web site, but she is on Facebook and other sites.
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