Honor Kills (Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries)
by Nanci Rathbun
About the Book
Honor Kills (Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries)
Hard Boiled Mystery
3rd in Series
Dark Chocolate Press LLC (March 14, 2018)
Paperback: 284 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BH61872
Did honor force him to abandon his wife and kids? Or is he just a weasel?
Six years ago, Marcy Wagner hired PI Angelina Bonaparte to find her missing husband Hank, who cleaned out their bank accounts and disappeared. Then Angie finds his obituary in an upstate newspaper. Marcy wants to know what why he abandoned her and the kids. Angie does, too!
She embarks on a mission that will blow the lid off Hank’s hidden life and reveal the reasons he ran. Was he a lowdown skunk? Or did he do the honorable thing when he left? Angie follows a twisted path to the truth and discovers that it lies perilously close to her own family life.
Angelina is a female PI working in Milwaukee. She stumbles across a clue that leads her back to a cold case from six years ago and Marcy Wagner’s husband. He left his family and cleaned out the bank accounts and the more she digs the more questions than answers happen.
I like Angie as she is tough as nails. She really cares about her clients sometimes too much but that is what makes-her great. Well written and the characters are great as well.
I have not read the other books but it seems that each book can stand alone.
Where’d That Come From?
I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t know the genesis of my PI protagonist, Angelina Bonaparte–pronounced Boe-nah-par-tay, not Bo-nah-part. Napoleon was a Corsican-cum-French wannabe, so he left the last syllable off. I’ m half Norwegian and a quarter Irish, with some German thrown in for good measure. But somehow this feisty Sicilian-American popped into my head and insisted that she was the focus for my series. What could I do? I gave her the lead and she hasn’t failed me.
Her homicide detective boyfriend, Ted Wukowski, with his Polish-American heritage, feels pretty familiar to me. After my dad retired from the Army, we settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is the setting for the series. Milwaukee has a large Polish population and I went to high school with lots of kids whose last names ended in –ski. In fact, my bestie back then, Janet Lemke, came from a typical Polish family. Since I hung out at her house a lot, I picked up on the speech patterns, including the ubiquitous “aina,” a catchall phrase for “right?” or “okay,” as in, “Make out the lights, aina?” Mrs. Lembke, who makes an appearance in Truth Kills, is largely modeled on Janet’s mom.
In the second novel, Cash Kills, I reused material that came from a failed short story that I didn’t intend to use in a mystery. A young woman is upset to learn of a large inheritance after her parents die, because they lived on the edge of poverty and always told her there wasn’t enough for the things she wanted–a prom dress, a cell phone, college tuition. By making the parents refugees from the Bosnian War and twisting their deaths into murders, I put Angie into an investigation of where the funds originated. The novel opened up into a Bosnian War intrigue. Yes, my mind works that way!
Way back in Truth Kills, Angie had a client whose husband ran out on her and her kids. Angie searched for the weasel ever since, with no results. Hank Wagner was the only “locate” she failed to find, and it irked her mightily. I thought that both his wife Marcy and Angie needed some closure, so Honor Killsgave me the change to resurrect Hank as an obituary in mid-state Wisconsin. What’s he been doing for the almost-six years since he left Milwaukee and his family responsibilities? Is he really dead, or is this another ruse he’s running? Who’s he hiding from? Marcy wants to know, and so does Angie! It was fun to make up fake identities and figure out how to unravel them in this novel. Plus, I got to move Angie out of Milwaukee and into Stevens Point, Wisconsin for part of the story.
I believe that ideas pop into my head and percolate in my subconscious for a while before they surface. I really have no other explanation. And I don’t think I need a psych eval–I’m just a writer!
About the Author
Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France, and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Packers fan.
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