All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?


My Thoughts: A busy schedule has Ellison juggling activities and appointments, so when we first meet her in Back Stabbers, she is trying to jump ahead in line (and away from a coughing woman) to get to her appointment with her stock broker. But in his office, she finds a disconcerting sight.

For anyone acquainted with Ellison, she is known for her penchant of finding dead bodies, and everyone alternates between teasing her about this tendency or scolding her (her mother).

Anarchy Jones has finally accepted the fact that she can be helpful in his investigations, so he no longer tries to shut her out.

Mixed in with the usual murders and the mysteries surrounding them is a sister reunion. An unexpected connection between her new half sister and someone near and dear to Ellison draws some new feelings of jealousy. Or mistrust.

What I enjoy most about Ellison and her activities: her fondness for her Mr. Coffee machine and all that it brings to her; her internal monologues that are as funny as any banter one might find among friends; and her willingness to jump into the line of fire to rescue friends and find the killer. Another 5 star read.***