From Publishers Weekly
Edgar nominee Walker is up to his usual good-humored form in his third Wild Onion mystery (after A Beer at a Bawdy House). John Michael Hurley, an unscrupulous commercial real estate developer, wants to turn pristine Emerald Woods, in Miracle City south of Chicago, into a megamall. Eudora Ragsdale, a former public housing resident in Chicago, joins with others in Miracle City to form CREW (Committee to Rescue Emerald Woods). As CREW's treasurer, Eudora finds herself in big trouble when someone steals cash raised to benefit CREW from her home. Alerted to the theft, husband-and-wife team Dugan and Kirsten of the Wild Onion private investigative firm head for Miracle City on what they think will be a routine case. The local cops, Chief Frawley and Officer Galboa, don't welcome them with open arms, but at least they don't escort Kirsten and Dugan out of town. Instead, they direct the duo to the house of Mama Dee, Eudora's best friend and probably the wisest woman in Kankakee County. There, Kirsten and Dugan are almost burned to death after discovering a dead body. Then the action really begins. Throw in the humorous banter between Kirsten and Dugan, and you have a wonderful mix of fun, local Midwest charm and a compelling plot. Walker is also the author of the Malachy Foley series. Agent, Jane Jordan Browne. (Dec. 12)
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Eudora Ragsdale is the treasurer of a small environmental group dedicated to saving Emerald Woods, a small wooded area outside Kankakee, Illinois, from Chicago shopping-mall developer John Michael Hurley. When $2,000 is stolen from her home after a fund-raiser, Eudora hires Wild Onion Investigations. Sole proprietor Kirsten, a former Chicago cop, and her legal advisor and reluctant backup, husband Dugan, get more than they bargained for when Eudora's mother's home is torched and a body is found inside. There is no evidence, but both Kirsten and Dugan suspect developer Hurley. The third Wild Onion case continues to boast clever plots, great Chicago settings, and plenty of suspense, but, as before, the best parts of the series are the sparkling dialogue and the sexual tension between Kirsten and Dugan. They are a couple who are on equal footing but never let sexual politics impede their progress to the bedroom. There have been numerous attempts to create modern versions of Nick and Nora Charles, but Kirsten and Dugan are the most fun. Wes LukowskyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved