Ultimate Blue by Abigail Padgett


When a Mexican rock star is kidnapped and a gay Spanish professor is threatened with death, social psychologist Blue McCarron finds herself in the middle of an unsettling new investigation.


The California desert hasn’t changed, but everything else in Blue McCarron’s life is about to. After the inevitable break-up with partner Roxie in Philadelphia, Blue drags herself home—to the tumbleweeds, sidewinders, and emptiness.

A part-time job teaching Social Psychology at a private university in nearby San Diego provides at least the appearance of a life. But when Lupe, an unfriendly colleague invites her to a Mexican rock concert, everything in Blue’s life begins to shift. And when the gorgeous rock star is kidnapped and the campus is blanketed with flyers calling for the death of a young, gay Spanish professor, Blue finds herself in the middle of a brand new mystery—who is behind the paper threats?

Fighting a growing and inappropriate attraction to the just-divorced Lupe, Blue searches for the culprit amid oddball board members, rancorous academics, and obscure Latin American politics. And when the threat lands at Lupe’s doorstep, Blue is left with only her instinct to stop it.

This is the third Blue McCarron mystery by Agatha & McCavity 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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