A breathtaking noir tale where literature meets the mean streets of Boston

Murder by the Book

Book 1 of the Boston Publishing House Mystery Series

by Lisa Shanahan

When two authors turn up dead at the Boston publishing house where she works, audacious, street-smart Frances Paige exploits her family’s ties to the Irish Mob to follow the leads . . . from the hidden coves and waterfront bars of Gloucester to swanky Back Bay watering holes and New York’s Diamond District. Abducted by a Beacon Hill antiques dealer for poking around where she doesn’t belong, Frances soon discovers Boston’s shady worlds of antiques selling and drug smuggling collide. Could he be the murderer? Or perhaps it’s the Gloucester fisherman and alleged drug dealer who’s tailing her all over town. Or maybe it’s the rival publisher who’s trying to seduce her. Unforgettable characters will charm, enthrall and alarm you in this hold-your-breath page-turner.

ISBN 978-1-938985-79-9 6 x 9 paperback • 240 pgs • $16.95


“When she finds her best friend murdered, Frances takes it upon herself to track down the killer who has also killed again..what’s the connection between the 2 murders? Just when you think you know who the killer is, another twist in the story has you wondering if you guessed right..I know I was guessing until the reveal! This story takes you on an insider’s tour of Boston and Gloucester… who knew they had such a hidden layer that most don’t see!”—Cindy Espinosa


About the author

Lisa Shanahan HEAD OF STATELisa Shanahan has a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and worked in book publishing in Boston for many years. Her essays on art, travel, health, family, and her Tennessee childhood have been published on Medium and on The Huffington Post where she is a blogger. Recently of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she now lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband, the Dean of the Media School at Indiana University. Her daughter works in the film industry in Los Angeles.

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Books by Lisa Shanahan