The Last Blue Plate Special by Abigail Padgett


When two healthy female politicians die within days of each other, the police turn to social psychologist Blue McCarron for answers.


When two prominent female politicians die in San Diego of cerebral hemorrhages within days of each other, social psychologist Blue McCarron knows that their deaths are a statistical impossibility—they simply cannot be from natural causes. Within hours, a female evangelist almost dies, and threats from a religious fanatic, illustrated with blue willow plates, tie the three victims together. Blue and her lover, Roxanne, a criminal psychiatrist, are hired by the police as consultants and trace the three women to a posh plastic surgery clinic. As Blue and Rox investigate the clinic, the killer turns his attention on Blue, a strong, nontraditional woman who offends his ultraconservative religious beliefs. When Blue finds a blue willow plate on the doorstep of her isolated desert home, she knows the hunt has become a deadly game and that the unknown killer has every advantage.

This is the second Blue McCarron mystery by Agatha Award-winning author, Abigail Padgett.

Critical Acclaim for Abigail Padgett

“Blue McCarron is a mouthy lesbian psychologist whose rat-a-tat-tat narration is the best part of this delightful detective story.” —The Advocate

“Ms. Padgett knows how to tell a story with passion and purpose.” —New York Times Book Review

“Superior . . . highly recommended . . . Padgett is a stylist of an extremely high order.” —Houston Chronicle

“A daring and obviously gifted writer.” —Chicago Tribune

“A completely webbed, very literate mystery, rich with idiosyncratic characters, insightful.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Padgett has become an excellent storyteller, and she builds suspense skillfully to an exciting climax . . . a promising new mystery series.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[This] witty, suspenseful lesbian-detective thriller is hard to resist.” —Booklist

“Padgett has imbued her new series with a feminist will that will leave fans feeling blue if more works are not soon released.” —Midwest Book Review

“Blue is sassy, tough, scared, vulnerable, and funny—a great new character from Padgett.” —Library Journal

“Padgett is an excellent writer.” —Bay Area Reporter (CA)

“Padgett is a sensitive, convincing writer with strong descriptive powers  . . .” —Ottawa Citizen

ABIGAIL PADGETT grew up in Vincennes, IN, and holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Missouri and Washington University, St.Louis. She has taught high school English and college courses in Sociology and Creative Writing in San Diego and Boston, directed an ACLU chapter in Houston and worked as an advocate for the mentally ill, plus enduring some truly weird temp jobs. San Diego is now home, although Abbie spends much time on the East Coast and in France. She is a dog person happiest in the company of dachshunds, a lapsed vegetarian with heartland food preferences, and a lifelong fan of Poe, Algernon Blackwood and the Graveyard Poets.

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