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Stabbing in the Senate

(Washington Whodunit #1)

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicked, she pulls the weapon out of his chest and instantly ...more
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Published October 28th 2015 by Camel Press
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LORI CASWELL
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent whodunit!

Kit Marshall’s life is good. She lives with her wealthy boyfriend and they share a lovable beagle named Clarence. She works for Senator Lyndon Langsford and her boyfriend works mostly from home. They have what I would call a very comfortable relationship.

Kit was unable to present a memo to Senator Langsford yesterday so she goes in early to work to insure that he has it before a very important committee meeting. She is surprised that her boss has
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Washington intrigue written in cozy mystery style, STABBING IN THE SENATE is a wonderful beginning to a promising new series.

When I first saw this book I wasn’t sure if it would be like the cozies I read and review. While it surely isn’t a small town story, my worries were unfounded. STABBING IN THE SENATE is an amazing mystery that fans of all mysteries, no matter the sub-genre, can and will enjoy.

I really enjoyed getting to know Protagonist Kit Marshall very much. She felt very real to me. I’
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Tracy Weber
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting snapshot into the world of Senate staffers from a Capitol Hill insider. Political intrigue, mystery, and a rescue beagle named Clarence. What more could you ask for?

Penny Marks
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was excellent. I couldn't believe it was the author's first book. Everything about this book from the first chapter has you wanting more and not wanting it to end.
The main character in the book, Kit is an up and coming staffer on Capital Hill. She is working her dream job with Senator Langsford, living with a wonderful man in a great condo with the cutest dog a beagle mix named Clarence. She believes in everything that the Senator stands for and has been with him since the be
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Yvonne
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Senate Staffer, Kit Marshall arrives at work early to make sure her boss receives a memo she wrote. She’s shocked when she finds her boss, Senator Langsford, murdered with his own model helicopter. Trying to help him, she touches the murder weapon and naturally becomes the prime murder suspect. In fact, according to the police, the only murder suspect. All other possibilities have ironclad alibis.

To make matters worse, Kit’s photo is all over the internet which doesn’t sit well with her boyfrien
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I would give this 3 1/2 to 4 stars. I liked that it was set in Washington DC and in the Congressional offices, that is a new location for me. Kit does what all newbies to a crime scene do, touch the murder weapon and therefore make themselves a suspect. Of course she then has to go about clearing her name.

I thought the book was well written and I did not suspect who the killer ended up being. I was on the right track but thought it was someone else. The characters were realistic with a good mix
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Vicki May
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an advanced copy of Stabbing in the Senate in exchange for a review. Colleen J. Shogan's debut novel was excellent. I did not know the killer before the end, which is rare for me. The insight into the daily life of Senate staffers was detailed but fast paced enough to keep the pages turning.The main characters were ones I found myself thinking I could be friends with and have a great time. Kit was very relatable, at least to me. I hope this is not the last time I solve a mystery with ...more
Sandy
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Here it is.

I found it to be very interesting.I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down. I had no idea who the murderer was which is was a good thing.
Amber [thespacejamber]
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

In Washington, DC, the political game can often get exceedingly cutthroat. When it comes to pushing your own political agenda, one really doesn't want to be on the receiving end of some of those staffers and lobbyists, because the claws definitely come out. While in the real world, it's been quite some time since someone occupying a seat in the House of Representatives or the US Senate has been deliberately targe
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OpenBookSociety.com
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stabbing in the Senate
Washington Whodunit, Book #1
By Colleen J. Shogan
ISBN: 9781603813310
Author website: http://www.colleenshogan.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Synopsis:

Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replic
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Pamela
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kit Marshall, is a D.C. staffer for the popular Senator Langsford. One morning she comes to work early so that she can place a report on his desk that is very important.
Unfortunately Kit finds that her boss will not be attending meetings, reading reports or anything else. Senator Langsford is dead.
The murder weapon is an army attack helicopter. Before she thinks about what she is doing Kit pulls the helicopter out of the senator's chest. Soon she is off the suspect list but that isn't good enoug
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Deborah Dingledy
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book and as a lover of cozy mysteries, I enjoyed it very much! This is the first in a series of books about Kit, a staffer who works in the Senate, and her friend and fellow sleuth, Meg. When Kit is the first on the scene of a murder, she and her friend use their inside knowledge and contacts to try to solve the murder and clear her reputation. The author's inside knowledge of Washington DC and the political system, makes this book much more interesting and ve ...more
Linda
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Kit Marshall had worked for Senator Langsford four years as his staff as legal assistant. One day, she reported early to work hoping to sneak a memo on his desk that he would need later for his meeting. She knew the protocol was never to enter unless he was there, but she felt this tiny breach could slide only to discover that some one had stabbed him and thinking he was she could save him she pulled out the murder weapon with the force sett ...more
Raymond
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colleen Shogan's first book in her Washington Whodunit series is definitely a page turner. She had me guessing the identity of the killer right to the end, along with Kit and Meg. Highly recommend this book for mystery readers as well as political junkies. I look forward to reading the next books in the series.
Autumn
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Stabbing in the Senate” by Colleen J. Shogan is the first in the “Washington Whodunit” series. Kit Marshall is a staff member in the offices of Senator Lyndon Langsford. When she arrives early to the office one morning with the intention of delivering a memo to her boss, she gets a nasty surprise when she discovers him dead in his chair, stabbed through the heart with the blade of a model helicopter. Since she found the body, Kit becomes the main suspect, and becomes an amateur sleuth to clear ...more
Susan
When staffer Kit Marshall discovers the murdered body of the senator she works for, she immediately becomes suspect number one. You think it would be bad enough that she's going to lose her job when a new senator is appointed! But how is she going to get a new job if she's a murder suspect? Kit and her best friend Meg decide to investigate, since they know the people involved far better than the police do.
Pat Dupuy
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally enjoyed this murder mystery set in Washington D.C. The author knows her territory and drops in bits of knowledge about how the political scene works. I loved the mention of the Senate v House snobbery of the Senate aides. The more I read, the more I think the Capital and its environs are a foreign entity compared to the rest of the country. I thought the story was well paced and I look forward to reading more in this series.
Vicki Gooding
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an easy read. Easy to see how Washington D.C.'s info spreads quickly, knowing who your true friends are, and scratch my back & I'll scratch yours to stay working in the senate or house. Nothing catty or overly intense, but fast paced and very well written. Big thumbs up to this first book of a series.
Val Sanford
A light-hearted romp through the hallowed halls of Congress. Senate staffer turned sleuth, Kit and her sidekick Meg, must find the murderer who stabbed their boss with a miniature helicopter. If you like cozy mysteries with a small dash of politics, this could be a good series for you. P
Michelle
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast and fun suspense novel!!

Shogan's books are some of my favorite and I love the back drop of Capitol Hill. If you like mystery, this is a quick easy read with a well developed story line. Looking forward to her next book!
Bobbie N
When Kit Marshall, a staffer for a popular senator, arrives at work early one morning discover the senator murdered and herself the prime suspect.
Mary  Zebrowski
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one mystery I couldn't figure out who was the killer. It held my attention to the very end. It was a great mystery book to read. I highly recommend this book.
Linda
Three and a half stars....to be compared/contrasted with Washington Whispers Murder by Leslie Ford. An interesting beginning to a series set in Washington, D.C. and one I plan to follow.
Tammie Gunter
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this is 2 hours, Going to share with a friend. Terrific story, It had me sucked in the story from the first page. Loved it. Cant wait to find more from Colleen.
Barbara
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointed - the style of writing was repetitive and occasionally contradictory. Nevertheless, the ending was satisfying and I did not guess the outcome.
Joyce Burk
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Washington Who Done It

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the combo of mystery and politics. I thought the book was very skillfully put together,
Victor Gentile
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colleen J. Shogan in her new book, “Stabbing in the Senate” Book One in the Washington Whodunit series published by Camel Press introduces us to Kit Marshall.

From the back cover: Life is good for Kit Marshall. She’s a staffer in D.C. for a popular senator, and she lives with an adoring beagle and a brainy boyfriend with a trust fund. Then, one morning, Kit arrives at the office early and finds her boss, Senator Langsford, impaled by a stainless steel replica of an Army attack helicopter. Panicke
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Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Review first appeared on Brooke Blogs. I received a copy of the book for review purposes, but my honest opinion was not influenced in any way.

Stabbing in the Senate by Colleen J. Shogan is the first book in the Washington Whodunit series. Kit is a Congressional staffer working for Senator Langsford. When she arrives to work early and finds his body, she becomes a suspect. With lots of motives and people you can’t trust, Kit is trying to find out who the murderer is – to get justice for Senator L
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Teresa Kander
This is a well-written debut novel. The author has been a part of the group of people she writes about, and her personal knowledge shows in her vivid descriptions of people and scenarios.

The main character has a seemingly nearly perfect life: a job with a senator, a wonderful man with whom she shares a fabulous condo, and an adorable beagle named Clarence. When she discovers her boss murdered in his office and becomes the prime suspect, life starts to fall apart little by little.

The story is fi
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Jean
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mystery novels or politics
Recommended to Jean by: Friends
I loved this whodunit, by a first-time mystery author, and not just because I’m a political junkie. It’s fast-paced, well-written, fun to read, and has a “well-disguised” murderer. Anyone who has ever worked on Capitol Hill, or wants to, will especially appreciate the details of everyday life in Congress: the food in the Senate cafeteria; staffers’ favorite after-hours bars (clue: they are different for the Senate and the House); the roles and hierarchy in a Senate office; descriptions of specif ...more
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Colleen Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of “Stabbing in the Senate” one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Her Washington Whodunit series is published by Camel Press, with "Stabbing in the Senate" making its debut in 2015. In April 2016, "Stabbing in the Senate" won first place in the Next Generation Indie Bo ...more

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