Cause of Death
"Laura Dembowski has written a stunning thriller that artfully captures the times we live in. When Margaret's twenty-something daughter moves home at her invitation, it sets in motion a series of events that will upend their relationship, family, community, and life as they knew it. Bold, dramatic, and loaded with suspense, the author knows how to tell a story that will keep you turning pages long into the night - with all the lights on, of course!"
- Adriana Trigiani, Bestselling Author of Big Stone Gap and Tony's Wife
Margaret Moore's daughter killed herself. Margaret is still grieving when two detectives knock on her door, investigating a mysterious tip. Detectives Ryan Kirkpatrick and Kate Hutchinson use words like "homicide" and "suspect," and Margaret doesn't understand why. When an autopsy reveals the death was indeed a homicide, Margaret defends her innocence as all the clues point to her. Sure, she and her daughter didn't always see eye to eye, but that doesn't mean she killed her own flesh and blood. Margaret quarrels with her husband, as Ryan becomes embroiled with the family. When Ryan's fiancÉ ends up dead, Ryan is suspected, but he accuses Margaret. Kate sets out to prove Margaret's guilt and Ryan's innocence. As her investigation connects clues and whispers, each new discovery is more shocking than the last.