Death of a Jester

“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?

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 

Deb Richardson-Moore knows well the worlds she writes about — Upstate South Carolina, the newsroom and the world inhabited by our homeless population. In this third novel in her series, she once again weaves a suspenseful tale where these worlds intersect.  As we get to know the main characters in greater depth, our understanding of the human condition also deepens. Death of a Jester is not just a good mystery — it’s a wonderful story that leaves you sad to say good-bye to these “flesh and blood” characters, but hopeful that book four in the series is just around the corner.

— Sally Handley, President of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime, author of the Holly and Ivy Mystery Series

I loved this book. You could tell it was part of a series by mentions of past cases, but I think that this novel could stand alone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I loved the characters, and the author kept me guessing until the very last chapter. Malachi was my favorite character. I would put this in the category of cozy mysteries (My favorite kind) and plan on reading the two past books as well as following the series. If you like M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie, you will like this series.  — Felicia Allen, Goodreads
I hope there are more books to come in this series. It helps me understand the homeless population more. Thank you. — Tammy Brown, Goodreads