"A witty whodunnit that fans of Janet Evanovich will love." -Best Thrillers
"Masterfully written." -S. Lee Manning, author of Trojan Horse
"A fun and fast-paced mystery." -Cathi Stoler, author of Bar None
"A roller coaster ride of fun and frantic sleuthing." -Suzanne Trauth, author, Dodie O'Dell Mysteries
"The latest treat for mystery lovers." -June Trop, author, Miriam Bat Isaac Mysteries
Praise for D.M. Barr's other works:
BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, MYSTERY-GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARDS
HONORABLE MENTION, HUMOR/COMEDY-READER'S FAVORITE
FINALIST-FOREWARD INDIE AWARDS
FINALIST-SPR BOOK AWARDS
FINALIST-WISHING SHELF AWARDS
"A buoyant, commendable mystery that piles on red herrings with ferocity and glee...the spiraling final act, culminating with the killer's staggering reveal, is an exhilarating ride." -Kirkus Reviews
"Exceptionally well written." -Midwest Book Review
"Expired Listings is a sumptuous and starkly original mystery." -Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of The Rising
In Barr’s thriller, a woman unravels a family history of deceit.
Grace Rendell is the daughter of a sadistic billionaire and is married to a man who’s successful and handsome but wants nothing to do with her physically or emotionally. Grace has been in therapy with Dr. Emma Leighmann since she was young, when her father had her committed to a mental institution. She regularly prescribes Grace a cocktail of psychotropic medications, thus keeping her heavily sedated. In the novel’s opening scene, Grace stands over the dead body of the successful mystery writer who goes by the name Lynn Andrews, which leads the reader to wonder if she’s had a psychotic break. Or is she actually more stable than her supposed caregivers acknowledge? The novel then jumps back to four months earlier, when Grace is in the process of weaning herself off her prescription medication and starting to realize that her marriage may not be what it seems. Determined to seize control of her life and her narrative, Grace joins a writing group where she meets Lynn. The women become friends, and Lynn agrees to help Grace write her mystery novel—not realizing that the troubled woman’s book is a thinly veiled account of her husband and her father, who may well be plotting her demise. Barr’s psychological thriller is expertly paced as it oscillates between Grace’s seemingly valid suspicions and her paranoia, and the author slowly builds the character’s credibility as the story goes on. She also develops other intriguing characters, such as Lynn’s brother, Joe “Hack” Hackford, who struggles with his own financial troubles. His desperation, and Grace’s, will cause them to bond in unexpected ways. Barr’s narrative can, at times, feel slightly over-the-top due its its elaborate web of conniving players. However, it’s still a wild ride whose propulsive energy will keep readers turning pages.
An intriguing murder mystery that readers will rush to finish.