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Gilt Trip, #3 – A Boston UnCommons Mystery

Eja Kane is a woman on a mission. The best-selling mystery author seeks the perfect wedding gift for her mega-rich fiancé. When she wanders into Shaolin City, a renown Back Bay dojo, it is kismet. Joined by ally and partner-in-crime, Anika Swann, she embarks on an ambitious self-improvement campaign. Progress is brisk until Eja and Anika stumble over a corpse.

Gilt Trip by Arlene KayPhaedra Jones had a chequered past that included commodities fraud and hanky-panky with every man in sight including Deming Swann’s clients. The dojo seethes with intrigue and buried secrets. Sexy sifu Justin Ming, Master Avery Moore, and one of Boston’s premier families join a long list of suspects with a grudge against the victim.

Deming aids Eja and his Mother in a frantic race to save his client while a clever killer watches from the sidelines. They soon find that all that glitters is definitely not gold.

“Arlene Kay sets the gold standard for Romantic Mysteries with Gilt Trip” Mary Jo Kim — Author of The Detective Mickie Li Mysteries.

GILT TRIP is available from Amazon.


Arlene Kay spent twenty years as a Senior Executive with the Federal Government where she was known as a most unconventional public servant. Experience in offices around the nation allowed her to observe both human and corporate foibles and rejoice in unintentional humor.

Those locations and the characters she encountered are celebrated in a series of mysteries including INTRUSION (2011) and DIE LAUGHING (2012) both from Mainly Murder Press; THE ABACUS PRIZE (available now on Amazon); and the SWANN SERIES (SWANN DIVE; MANTRAP; and GILT TRIP); which will be available from Belle Bridge Books (SWANN DIVE in April, MANTRAP in July, GILT TRIP in October). She is currently writing the fourth installment of the Swann Series—LOOKBACK.

Ms. Kay holds graduate degrees in Political Science and Constitutional Law.

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