Secret Lives


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$16.99  $15.80
Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.49 X 0.79 inches | 0.68 pounds

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About the Author

Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where many of his novels are set. He's a veteran of the television and film production industry, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching The American Mystery, and he's a frequent speaker and workshop leader. He and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, North Carolina.


De Castrique's uber-twisty narrative consistently entertains...A taut and crisply told thriller whose charmingly shady protagonist triumphs over a labyrinthine plot. -- Kirkus Reviews

A high energy foray into cryptocurrency and government corruption. Yes, wise-cracking Ethel is highly entertaining, but to de Castrique's credit, she's no cutesy stereotype of a gun-wielding grandma. She's got her own story, and it's a complex one. -- First Clue

Add another wise, experienced senior sleuth to a group that includes Richard Osman's "Thursday Murder Club" series and even Miss Marple. De Castrique's quirky characters and offbeat twists will appeal to Osman's readers. -- Library Journal

Of-the-moment thriller, featuring an elderly detective and her younger sidekick grappling not only with interagency shenanigans but also the very modern complications brought about by the rise of cryptocurrency. -- Criminal Element

Mark de Castrique's Secret Lives is a fictitious tale worthy of your time...the complex plot involves a 75-year-old landlady-turned-retired FBI agent with an outstanding network of political connections, a baffling murder, a suitcase containing wallets storing thousands of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency, and the distinct odor of corruption in government. --