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Kernel of Doubt: A Neela Durante Mystery

Kernel of Doubt: A Neela Durante Mystery

by Hillary Avis
by Hillary Avis
There’s a body in the cornfield at the Broad Earth research center.

Corn geneticist Neela Durante should feel relieved. The project that plagued her for over a year is finally off her desk, and now she has time to salvage her floundering marriage and reconnect with her family.

But maybe it’s too late—divorce papers arrive on the same day that she learns that her father’s health is failing. Even her dog is miserable. And that’s not the only trouble germinating. When a fellow scientist is found dead in the research center’s test fields, Neela is sure the murder has something to do with their work.

As her friends and colleagues fall under suspicion—and her handsome soon-to-be-ex husband investigates the case—she is drawn back into the project that destroyed her life. But with her job, her marriage, and her family farm at risk, Neela’s sleuthing might come at a cost she can’t afford.

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Kernel of Doubt is a modern cozy mystery whodunit with a strong Hispanic female protagonist and a diverse cast of characters. Fans of Wendy Tyson’s Greenhouse Murders will love it because it’s set in a small town where farming is the lifeblood of the community.

No swearing. No gore. No explicit content. No cliffhangers.


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Mystery, Cozy Animal, Women Sleuths
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Listed Publisher
Independently Published
Publication Date
May 16 2018
Hillary Avis