Karen E. Olson, winner of the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award


Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble



 Shot Girl

2009 Shamus Award nominee

The fourth Annie Seymour mystery is now available in paperback from NAL/Obsidian.

New Haven police reporter Annie Seymour has a talent for running into trouble. So it should come as no shock when her co-worker's bachelorette party at a local club turns into a crime scene. What is surprising is that the dead bar manager on the sidewalk outside happens to be Annie's ex-husband - and the bullet shells around his body match the gun she has in her car.

Coming face-to-face with her past, Annie delves into a conspiracy involving everyone from a male stripper to a shot girl. If she wants to get the story, she'll have to escape a killer . . . before she becomes the next headline.

Read the first chapter of "Shot Girl."

"The plot is tight and cohesive while managing to not be overly complicated. Olson does an excellent job of grounding the story in reality and skillfully navigating the emotions that Annie must face in dealing with her ex's death. The usual superb supporting cast adds depth to an already fine story. The conclusion is more than satisfying, both for the individual novel and the series itself."

- Myshelf.com

"Olson excels at plotting - with liberal doses of humor - and Annie grows more fascinating, and more human, with each novel. This one's a winner from Page One."

- Jay Strafford, Richmond Times Dispatch

"Shot Girl, installment No. 4 and easily the best one. . . . Even though the case looks to be fairly straightforward, it turns out Annie isn't quite as forthcoming as some readers might like her to be. So we get multiple investigations of what really happened and how much Annie can be trusted. It makes for greater depth to add that frisson of doubt and allows Olson to step up to a new storytelling level."

- Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun

"Another nicely-plotted, solid installment in the series."

- Debra Hamel, book-blog.com

"A compelling read and impossible to put down."

- Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty

"Karen E. Olson writes with a great sense of humour, and the plot is as exciting as it can be."

- Alice at Hello, My Name is Alice

"A fast paced and engaging story. There are so many twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end."

- Chris at Book-A-Rama

"Olson continues a winning streak with her latest Annie Seymour outing. . . . This first-rate mystery will not only keep you guessing, it will provide fun and laughter along the way."

- Four stars, Romantic Times

"(Shot Girl) features the same clever plotting, great local color and terrific personal touches that have been a hallmark of the series since it began."

- Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post