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The Root of All Evil
A Clara and Iris Mystery Book 3
by Kim Carter
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Private Investigators, Clara Samples and Iris Hadley, are at it again. The two widows are celebrating a successful first year of business when Pritchard Pitts of the Atlanta Police Department swings by with an unusual case. One that’s already been solved.
But family members of both the victims and the offenders have doubts the jury got it right. It’ll be up to the PIs and their trusted team to prove that the two men incarcerated for the double murder are indeed innocent.
As they delve deeper into the grisly crime, nothing is as it seems. From Iris working undercover as a waitress, to Clara scouring out-of-state pawn shops, the duo soon discovers more questions than answers. Are the men locked away in one of Georgia’s most secure prisons guilty or innocent? And will the fearless private investigators and their team survive long enough to get the answer?
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Author, Kim Carter is a writer of contemporary mystery, suspense, and thriller novels.
She was a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and a recipient of the 2017 TCK Publishers’ Readers’ Choice Award for her book Murder Among The Tombstones. This is the first book in her Clara and Iris Mystery series. The characters in this series are a couple of overly curious widows who become private investigators. These funny women were inspired by Kim’s mother and her mom’s best friend.
Kim’s writing career started after she suffered an illness that made her housebound for a couple of years. An avid reader of mystery novels herself, she embarked on writing as a means of filling her time. She began to share those early writings with friends and family who encouraged her to pursue writing professionally. Her health struggles and successes have been chronicled on The Lifetime Television in early 2000, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Women’s Day Magazine, and Guidepost.
Prior to her illness, Kim worked in many different capacities in county government as her “Day Job,” but ultimately, it was her job as a correctional officer that provided her the opportunities to talk and interact with a diverse group of people. Her experiences ran the gamete of inspiring success stories to tragic endings, much like her mysteries.
She self-published her first book No Second Chances. One of the guest speakers at the launch party she had at the Performing Arts Center in Newnan, Georgia included her close friend retired Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell. This connection would become helpful as she started doing more research for other books, this time working with a small publishing house.
Kim began networking and made connections with numerous homicide detectives, medical examiners, and prison officials. Her research has taken her many places including morgues, death row, and the occasional midnight visit to cemeteries.
Kim is a college graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She and her husband have three successful grown children and reside just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
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