- Title: Quietly Dead: (The Claudia Hershey
Mystery Series Book 2)
- Author: Laura Belgrave
- Genre: Mystery, Police Procedurals
- Length: 390 pages
- Publisher: The Fiction Works
- Publication Date: October 13, 2011
No one is surprised when the friendless cat lady of Indian Run is found dead in the bathtub of her grubby trailer. Accidents happen. One happened to her. The police chief wants to move on.
But Detective Claudia Hershey thinks the case merits another look. Inconsistencies scream for further investigation, not to mention a mean-spirited neighbor whose undisguised pleasure in the woman’s death is too great to ignore. Reluctantly, the chief gives her the green light and she turns her full attention to the case—for a day. Because then another body surfaces, this one in a pond, this one that of a wealthy old man who shares nothing in common with the cat lady but the unfortunate manner of their deaths.
Two quiet drownings, two tragic accidents. That’s what everyone thinks. But Hershey looks harder. What she doesn’t know is that someone is looking back—someone who will stop at nothing to silence her from seeing what has been there all along…
About the Author
Laura Belgrave is the author of the Claudia Hershey mystery series, and a long-time writer and editor whose career background has taken her from the “murder and mayhem” side of the newspaper business to the editorial side of the book publishing business, and on to the business of web design, video and social media. Her staff positions have included everything from police reporter and then city editor of a major Florida daily to managing editor of a children’s book publishing house, and later, an award-winning skilled nursing facility in Florida.
Eventually, she struck out on her own as a freelance writer and editor, and prior to moving into social media and related online work provided services to numerous media clients. She abridged novels for an audio producer, wrote a pilot script and treatments for Mary Lou Retton’s PBS show, “The Flip-Flop Shop,” and has–in her words–“done just about everything in between.”
When she isn’t working, she’s drawn to anything that has to do with nature: birds, alligators, ducks . . . whatever she can observe and use to perfect her photography.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Laura now calls South Florida home, and has for more than twenty years. She is a journalism graduate of the University of South Florida and is married to a man she met when both served in the U.S. Air Force “moons ago.”