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Lethal Legacies (A Washington Whodunit) by Colleen Shogan


About Lethal Legacies


Cozy Mystery 8th in Series Camel Press (August 9, 2022)  
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1684920302 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684920303 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VMPZCC4 



It's springtime in Washington, D.C. and congressional staffer Kit Marshall has more on her plate than she can handle. With her boss campaigning for an open U.S. Senate seat, Kit is left to run the office in her absence and manage a new week long American history extravaganza filled with high-profile events, lectures, and receptions.

When the Director of the Capitol Visitor's Center ends up dead, Kit springs into action to clear a longtime friend, who becomes the prime suspect in the murder. With her best pal Meg pressuring her to solve the mystery quickly, Kit must figure out how to navigate her closest relationships while keeping an eye out for the diabolical killer.

The investigation takes Kit across the city to famous locations, including Georgetown University, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the White House.

When the killer strikes a second time, the pressure to solve the crimes intensifies. Has our favorite Capitol Hill sleuth finally met her match? In the end, Kit learns the hard way that history tends to repeat itself, often with deadly consequences.



A moment later, the large, empty room was illuminated by the glass chandelier overhead. Trevor appeared right next to me. “Why are you sneaking around inside this building?”

A fair question, but I didn’t feel like explaining that in addition to the fact that I was a natural-born snoop, I also wanted to snap photos for Doug.

Instead, I kept it simple. “Just curious, I guess. The reception was wrapping up and you weren’t around. Neither was your boss.”

At that moment, Trevor’s face drained itself of color. For someone with a pale complexion in the middle of summer, it was alarming.

“What’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost,” I said.

Trevor pushed past me and made a beeline for the piano inthe corner of the room. With Trevor showing up, I’d temporarily forgotten I’d spotted something underneath it.Now with the lights on, I looked down at my shoes. They were black flats, but some sort of colored substance covered the sides of them. I reached down and touched my finger lightly to my right shoe.

My heart skipped a beat. Unfortunately, from previous experience, I knew exactly what it was, and it wasn’t water. It was blood.

About Colleen J. Shogan


Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association.

Colleen is a member of Sisters in Crime. "Stabbing in the Senate" was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. "Homicide in the House" was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. “Calamity at the Continental Club” was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. “Larceny at the Library” won the 2021 IPPY bronze medal for mystery. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.

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Murderous Libations: A Visit to Off the Record
Setting is an integral part to the Washington Whodunit mystery series, which features congressional chief of staff Kit Marshall as the protagonist and amateur sleuth. In each one of my novels, Kit visits fascinating places and manages to pick up important clues that lead her to the killer.
Lethal Legacies is no exception. Kit and her friends travel to the Smithsonian African American History Museum, Georgetown University, Lafayette Square, and even the White House. Kit also likes good food and drinks, so I often feature fun restaurant and bars in the books. In this installment, Kit finds herself enjoying a much-needed libation and delicious sliders at Off the Record, a bar found in the basement of the Hay-Adams Hotel.
Off the Record is a throwback, reminiscent of another era. The high back chairs are a velvety red, and the cocktails are traditional rather than nouveau. Think classic martinis instead of margaritas. It’s considered the “place to be seen and not heard” in the nation’s capital. Forbes calls it one of the best hotel bars in the United States. 
Political caricatures of historic, famous Washingtonians decorate the walls. However, the best prize are the coasters, which feature current politicians. It’s a valuable souvenir for natives and tourists alike. As the political winds change, so do the drink coasters – they’re a popular collectible.Drawn by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists, coasters are traded by frequent patrons of the bar to gain a full set of the current offerings.
My protagonist Kit Marshall usually roams the halls of Congress, so many of the restaurants and drinking establishments I feature in the books are close to Capitol Hill. In Lethal Legacies, Kit oversees a citywide celebration of American history, which takes her to different neighborhoods, including the area near the White House, where Off the Record is located. Even though Off the Record can be found in a well-visited part of town, its basement locale within the Hay Adams Hotelmeans it is truly a Washington, D.C. insider secret. Kit meets her husband Doug and her brother Sebastian there for an exhaustive debrief about the murders she’s trying to solve. 
I love providing my readers with tidbits of history and other valuable information about our nation’s capital. If you find yourself near the White House and Lafayette Park, plan a stop for Off the Record and tell them that Kit Marshall sent you!

Praise for the Series:

 “A solid choice for political junkies and readers of ­Maggie ­Sefton, Fred Hunter, and Mike Lawson.” —Library Journal 

“The fourth volume in author Colleen J. Shogan’s simply outstanding ‘Washington Whodunit’ series, K Street Killing is a consistently entertaining read with many an unexpected twist and turn by a true master of the genre.” —Midwest Book Review 

“Shogan does a good job depicting the creaky, squeaky wheels of government, and Marshall plays politics and sleuth with equal dexterity in this capital Capitol Hill mystery.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Loads of inside scoop about the workings of Senate offices—complete with all the gossiping, back-stabbing, and procedural maneuvering—plus an appealing young sleuth, sprightly pacing, and an edge-of-your-seat showdown on the Hart-Dirksen underground train.” —Literary Hill 

“Readers who enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries written in the style of Agatha Christie will enjoy this promising debut mystery.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books  

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