The Starr Sting Scale

Overview

A hard-drinking former hitwoman agrees to help catch a killer, even though the murderer might just be her.



Candace Starr likes to think of herself as retired since she got out of prison; that is, until society maven Kristina Corrigan tries to hire Candace to permanently remove her daughter’s barnacle of a boyfriend, Tyler Brent, from their lives. The only catch? Tyler is seventeen years old. Even Candace usually draws the line at taking out a target who doesn’t even shave yet.



But when Tyler turns up dead at a river gorge with a broken neck, people start asking questions. Detective Chien-Shiung Malone, the ambitious homicide detective assigned to the case, has more than a few of her own. Candace isn't about to provide any answers though — until Malone makes her a proposition she just can’t refuse. Candace finds herself signing on as Malone’s unofficial partner to find Tyler’s killer … despite the possibility she may have murdered the boy herself.

Reviews

Darkly hilarious and brilliantly plotted.

Elka Ray, author of Saigon Dark and Hanoi Jane

Scalding, irreverent, endlessly surprising — Candace Starr will make you laugh out loud while knocking your morality just slightly askew. A dazzling newcomer to the crime fiction scene.

R.M. Greenaway, author of the B.C. Blues Crime series

About the Author

C.S. O’Cinneide

Posted by Kendra on October 9, 2018
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C.S. O’Cinneide

C.S. O'Cinneide is a writer and a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as untethered and Minola Review, as well as in Mantid Magazine and on the podcast No Extra Words. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.