Death at the Doorstep – A Karin Niemi Novel

Death at the Doorstep
306 Pages
ISBN 978-1-4834-4044-6

It's fall in Ann Arbor and the locals are focused on their favorite blood sport: politics. Everyone is buzzing about the highly suspect mid-term elections. Everyone, that is, except freelance writer and recent widow Karin Niemi. All she wants is to be left alone with her cat, her work and her seemingly endless grief.

But her best friend, Bixie, has other plans for her, plans that include a session with renowned psychic Dana Lewis. Problem is, when Karin arrives for her appointment, she stumbles onto a murder scene. Soon, suspicion falls on Dana's daughter--also a close friend of Bixie's. And before she knows it, Karin is drawn into a do-it-yourself murder investigation that leads her into the heart of a Big 10 university... the remarkably messy lives of Ann Arbor's social and political elite... the esoteric realm of black-hat geeks and black-box voting... and the treacherous currents of a very unwise romantic attraction.

Within a short time, Karin, Bixie and their friend Paul are getting closer than they ever expected to the truth. In the process, they disrupt the lives of senior faculty, local politicos, social divas, no-nonsense cops, a prominent surgeon and, somewhere among them, a murderer. One who's prepared to strike again... this time on Karin's own doorstep.

Linda W. Fitzgerald

About Linda W. Fitzgerald (Ann Arbor, Michigan Author)

Linda W. Fitzgerald

Linda Wirtanen Fitzgerald was born in the U.P. and raised in the northern reaches of Wisconsin and Michigan, otherwise known as Garrison Keillor country. After graduating from Northern Michigan University, she headed to Ann Arbor and a graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan. Several years later, with master’s degree in hand and no job prospects in sight, she took herself on a self-guided tour of Europe—ultimately producing a travel article that earned her half a page in The New York Times’ travel section and fueled brief hopes of a meteoric literary career.

Within a few years, she had tried her hand at magazine editing, newspaper reporting, even script writing for sales seminars—and consoled herself in off hours by devouring mystery novels. It was only when she was hired as a copywriter at Ann Arbor’s lead ad agency that she began to feel truly at home as a professional. (And after all, wasn’t this how Dorothy Sayers started?) Five years later, she launched Fitzgerald Communications—an Ann Arbor-based copywriting and consulting firm serving clients in business, industry, health care, academia, and the nonprofit sector.

Over the years, Linda has produced thousands of projects in digital and print media. But one professional goal eluded her: to write a good mystery novel. In the summer of 2016, she crossed that item off her life list with the publication of Death at the Doorstep —the first book in a trilogy that chronicles the adventures of freelance writer Karin Niemi.