“This is going to sound crazy. But there was a clown back there trying to lure a kid into the woods.”
When the clown sightings begin, jokes fly at the Law Enforcement Center and in The Rambler newsroom. But then a homeless boy disappears from the encampment known as Tent City.
Malachi Martin was there, but he can’t remember anything as he battles blackouts and memories of another boy he couldn’t save. Then, in the midst of the kidnapping investigation, a murder occurs. Can reporter Branigan Powers and her friend Malachi find the truth to this labyrinthine puzzle?
Early reviews for Death of a Jester:
Deb Richardson-Moore pulls off what the best mystery novelists do — and manages way more than most ever could. Her seamless, energetic writing rings with verisimilitude and sings with compassion. From the first page, she pulls you into her story; introduces you to a raft of characters you absolutely have to know more about; makes you care about crucial issues like homelessness and the state of journalism; and compels you into a mystery you want to solve alongside her lovable people: Southern storytelling at its best, without the shopworn goofiness of Southern caricature. Those feats alone are the stuff of a bestselling mystery-writer rock star. Beyond all that, she serves as pastor of a ministry that would sap even the most superhuman of writers. Together, these are the rare ingredients Richardson-Moore magically blends into her hearty Branigan Powers stews of delightful, delicious, and, yes, nutritious entertainment.
–– John Jeter, author of Rockin’ a Hard Place and The Plunder Room
— Sally Handley, President of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime, author of the Holly and Ivy Mystery Series