9781935722786, $12.00, 338 pages, www.amazon.com
Series: Stan Turner Mystery / GENRE Mystery / Language: English
William Manchee's Deadly Dining A Stan Turner Mystery set in the late 1990s opens with Stan ruminating about his wife Rebekah's mysterious illness. 7 May, 1997 Stan has just brought Rebekah home from the hospital following a parathyroidectomy; he hoped life would soon be back to normal after more than a year of illness culminating with stroke like symptoms and the surgery.
Settling in for the evening the pair are shocked as the evening news on TV recounts how 4 patrons enjoying their dinner at local eatery, Emilio's Italian Restaurant, have suddenly become deathly ill, have collapsed during dinner and have been rushed to Medical City Hospital where 2 of the 4 are DOA and the other 2 are fighting for their lives. Stan and Rebekah have eaten in the restaurant in the past. Emilio Belucci and his retired model wife, Eva, have been luckier than many beginning a new business; the restaurant has flourished from its opening. And, now this.
It is not long before Stan and his law firm, Turner & Waters are retained by Emilio to represent waiter Ricardo Ricci who is the prime suspect in the poisoned Parmesan Cheese topping deaths of Bill and Donna Rice, and John Richardson. Only Richardson's wife Sandy recovers from the incident.
It is not long before Turner & Waters find themselves facing three situations at once. Paula Waters, partner with the law firm, will handle the defense of Ricardo Ricci, while Stan undertakes a Chapter 11 bankruptcy designed to protect Pakistani immigrant, Ram, Ramadan Bakira, who invested $250,000 in a local grocery, Pakimart, specializing in ethnics foods.
Firm associate Jodie Marshall is given the task to prepare a defense for one Bob Larson who in the exercise of a Good Samaritan situation seems to have been over zealous and was the cause of jewelry store owner Herb Stein to be shot by thief Michael Mahoney. Stein is now suing Larson for pain and suffering.
Jodie soon has her ducks in a row prior to her court battle defending Larson, and offers to give Paula a hand in helping with the investigation needed to prepare the defense for Ricardo as Stan is busy with the unexpected problems surrounding what should have been a shut and dried bankruptcy.
Adding to ongoing dilemma is the fact that Stan keeps disappearing for several hours at a time.
Suddenly straight arrow...