Friday, November 16, 2018

Guppy Book of the Month - Deadly Solution - Keenan Powell

Guppy Book of the Month

Welcome to the next 'Guppy Book of the Month' post!  I'm very excited about highlighting the books that I'll be receiving as part of my special Live Auction win at Malice Domestic 30.  Each time I receive a book, I'll tell a bit about it and also a bit about the author.  No promises as to when I'll get it read and my thoughts shared, but if it looks great to you, check it out at your local library or bookstore.  Some of these books will be debuts and some will be from authors already established.

Less than a year after drinking sidelined her career as a public defender in Anchorage, Alaska, Maeve Malloy is asked to defend an Aleut Indian accused of beating another homeless man to death. With no witnesses to the crime and a client who claims to have no knowledge of the night of the murder due to a blackout, the case is stacked against them.

As Maeve works to maintain her sobriety, she and her investigator Tom Sinclair search for answers in homeless camps, roadside bars, and biker gang hangouts. When they uncover more than a few people with motives all their own for wanting the victim dead, they are determined to prove their client's innocence before he is sentenced to a life behind bars for a crime he swears he didn't commit.

When Maeve and Tom discover there may be a link to an unusually high number of deaths among the homeless community, the search is on for a killer hunting among the most vulnerable members of society.

From the author's website

From the author bio at the end of Deadly Solution:

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, several years after certain out-of-towners visited, Keenan Powell, the daughter of an Air Force pilot, grew up moving from base to base.

The family ultimately settled in northern California where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law.  One summer during law school, she visited a friend in Anchorage, Alaska.  Upon stepping off the plane, she picked the next place to go.  The day after graduation, she moved to Anchorage.

A past winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant, her publications include 'Criminal Law 101' in the June 2015 issue of The Writer magazine and several short stories.  She is currently writing the legal column, 'Ipso Facto' for the Guppies' newsletter, First Draft, and blogging with the Mysteristas

She still lives, and practices law, in Anchorage.  When not writing or lawyering, she can be found riding her bike, hanging out with her Irish Wolfhound, studying the concert harp, or dinking around with oil paints.


What an interesting and varied biography Keenan has!  All the way from the hot of Roswell, NM (trust me - I've been there) to the cold of Alaska (I've not been there as yet).  I am almost certain that Keenan and  I shared monitoring duties at a Malice Domestic panel a couple of years ago, and I'm delighted that her first book was one of the ones that I received as part of my 'Guppy' prize.  I love books set in 'cold' locations (sorry, Roswell) and I am very much looking forward to learning more about Maeve Malloy.

Keenan, my deepest thanks for my copy of Deadly Solution!  And my best wishes on continuing your writing career.  I'll have to take a look at the Mysteritas blog as well.  I see several familiar names.  Now, off to do more reading...


  1. Oh, this does sound good. And the author sounds fascinating, too!

  2. I'm intrigued, and I'll be watching for your thoughts about this book.

    1. Thanks, Catherine. I'll share when I get to it.

  3. You are the luckiest woman--all these great books. :-) I look forward to reading your thoughts on Deadly Solution.

    1. I know. I am lucky to get to contribute to a great cause and also get the reward of all these books. Win-win for sure!

  4. How fun that you've connected before!


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