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Lethal Legacies: A Washington Whodunit

Lethal Legacies, the latest Washington Whodunit by Colleen Shogan

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Lethal Legacies (A Washington Whodunit)

lethal legaciesIt’s springtime in Washington, D.C. and congressional staffer Kit Marshall has more on her plate than she can handle. With her boss campaigning for an open U.S. Senate seat, Kit is left to run the office in her absence and manage a new week long American history extravaganza filled with high-profile events, lectures, and receptions.

When the Director of the Capitol Visitor’s Center ends up dead, Kit springs into action to clear a longtime friend, who becomes the prime suspect in the murder. With her best pal Meg pressuring her to solve the mystery quickly, Kit must figure out how to navigate her closest relationships while keeping an eye out for the diabolical killer.

The investigation takes Kit across the city to famous locations, including Georgetown University, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the White House.

When the killer strikes a second time, the pressure to solve the crimes intensifies. Has our favorite Capitol Hill sleuth finally met her match? In the end, Kit learns the hard way that history tends to repeat itself, often with deadly consequences.

Lethal Legacies (A Washington Whodunit)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Camel Press (August 9, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1684920302
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684920303
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VMPZCC4

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Interview with Colleen Shogan 

Colleen and Conan

Lethal Legacies is the eighth book in the Washington Whodunit series. What would you like readers to know about the earlier books?

The previous books follow Kit Marshall, a congressional staffer who also solves mysteries. She is joined by her best friend Meg, husband Doug, and dog Clarence. Later in the series, Kit’s brother Sebastian makes an appearance and ends up as a permanent character.

Washington DC makes a fabulous setting for a murder. What have been the pros and cons of using such an iconic location?

I know the city quite well and have a lot of personal experience with the places I portray in my books. Washington, D.C. is a political town, and that can present challenges. Politics is part of every book, yet I never wanted it to dominate the stories.

With a background in political science, you bring a lot of expertise to your series. How do you balance accuracy with dramatic license to create such intriguing mysteries?

The government processes and everyday happenings are accurate, or at least as I have experienced them. At times, I need to stretch some of the facts. For example, I don’t think the United States Capitol Police would give Kit quite so much latitude in real life.

Tell us about Kit Marshall:

She’s resourceful, even tempered, and has a passion for justice. She’s always trying to right a wrong, which is why she’s passionate about solving mysteries.

What does a typical work/writing day look like for you?

I work a full day, oftentimes at my office on Lafayette Square near the White House. I write in the evenings and on the weekends. Days can be quite long!

What are you working on now?

I’m taking a break right now and enjoying it.

Final words of wisdom for aspiring writers:

I think sharing your manuscript with other writers is important, especially in the beginning. Your peers will catch things that you miss; everyone has blind spots.

Author Pet Corner!


Conan is a 12-year-old beagle mutt rescue.

Clarence in the books is based upon him!

Colleen Shogan — Author of Lethal Legacies

Lethal LegaciesColleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association.

Colleen is a member of Sisters in Crime. “Stabbing in the Senate” was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. “Homicide in the House” was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. “Calamity at the Continental Club” was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. “Larceny at the Library” won the 2021 IPPY bronze medal for mystery. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.

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