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Refereeing homeowner association spats over acceptable mulch color was never part of Kylee Kane’s post-Coast Guard retirement plans. The irate combatants are trying the security consultant’s patience when gunfire erupts, and a SWAT team swarms in. How did they arrive before any possible report of an active shooter?

Two days later, Kylee discovers a ghost boat. Not a soul onboard. Among the missing—presidents of HOAs managed by her employer. Are the incidents linked?

As Kylee chips away at shift-the-blame deceptions, the ruthless killer expands his hit list to include not only Kylee but everyone she loves. Will it be Kylee’s last Thanksgiving?

Author Linda Lovely stopped by The Big Thrill for a chat about her second HOA mystery, NEIGHBORS TO DIE FOR:

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

Since I was penning the second book in a series, I’d already introduced the main character, her supporting cadre of family, friends and antagonists, and the coastal Carolina setting. So I focused on creating a new villain to match wits with my heroine as he strives to get away with murder. In a series, each new plot must provide unique challenges to force the heroine to sharpen skills and grow. Innovative plotting keeps a series fresh.

Linda Lovely

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I’ve always loved reading mysteries. I enjoy trying to figure out whodunnit. I also find it satisfying to see justice served—as it is in my favorite novels. I love rooting for smart, resourceful heroines who can solve cases and best bad guys using their brains rather than brawn.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Author Susan Isaacs’ career inspires me. I applaud her enthusiasm in tackling multiple genres and eras. She’s bucked the conventional wisdom that an author should confine herself to one genre or risk confusing fans. Instead, Isaacs appears to have let her interests and curiosity decide what project to tackle next. Because the author’s never bored, her readers can always count on a lively read with imperfect, intriguing characters.


Linda Lovely’s second HOA Mystery, NEIGHBORS TO DIE FOR, is the author’s tenth published novel. Whether she’s writing cozy mysteries, historical suspense, or contemporary thrillers, her novels share one common element—smart, independent heroines. Humor and romance also sneak into every manuscript. A long-time member of Sisters in Crime and former chapter president, Lovely also belongs to International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the South Carolina Writers Association. For many years, she helped organize the Writers’ Police Academy. She lives on a lake in Upstate South Carolina with her husband and enjoys swimming, tennis, gardening, long walks, and, of course, reading.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.