An Evening with Kemper Donovan

Kemper Donovan visits on 1/24/24.


Kemper Donovan, The Busy Body

Rakestraw Books is thrilled to welcome novelist and podcaster Kemper Donovan on Wednesday, 24 January 2024 at 7 PM. During this special visit, Donovan will be discussing his new book, The Busy Body. There will be lots of time for your questions about his books and his fabulous podcast, "All About Agatha.". A book signing will follow.

This is a free event, but advance reservations are really helpful to us! Please make your reservation HERE.

About The Busy Body:

Knives Out meets Richard Osman in this brilliantly inventive, witty and satisfying mystery in the timeless tradition of Agatha Christie, as a nameless ghostwriter heroine collaborates with her subject to solve a murder—for fans of Janice Halett’s The Appeal and Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan series.

“I tell other people’s stories for a living. . . . I nip and tuck their excesses, soften their hard edges, polish whatever an armada of editors and publicists deem unsightly till it sparkles.”

It’s a dream assignment. Former Senator Dorothy Gibson, aka that woman, is the most talked-about person in the country right now, though largely for the wrong reasons. As an independent candidate for President of the United States, Dorothy split the vote and is being blamed for the shocking result. After her very public defeat, she’s retreated to her home in rural Maine, inviting her ghostwriter to join her.

Her collaborator is impressed by Dorothy’s work ethic and steel-trap mind, not to mention the stunning surroundings (and one particularly gorgeous bodyguard). But when a neighbor dies under suspicious circumstances, Dorothy is determined to find the killer in their midst. And when Dorothy Gibson asks if you want to team up for a top secret, possibly dangerous murder investigation, the only answer is: “Of course!”

The best ghostwriters are adept at asking questions and spinning stories . . . two talents, it turns out, that also come in handy for sleuths. Dorothy’s political career, meanwhile, has made her an expert at recognizing lies and double-dealing. Working together, the two women are soon untangling motives and whittling down suspects, to the exasperation of local police. But this investigation—much like the election—may not unfold the way anyone expects . . .

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
The Busy Body: A Witty Literary Mystery with a Stunning Twist By Kemper Donovan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496744531
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - January 23rd, 2024

The Decent Proposal: A Novel By Kemper Donovan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062391599
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 4th, 2017