Margaret Maron

“Susan Cox writes with deft assurance. An appealing cast of characters and an absorbing plot kept me turning the pages.”

Margaret Maron, MWA Grand Master,
Creator of the Deborah Knott and Sigrid Harald mysteries

Publishers Weekly

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“English transplant Theophania “Theo” Bogart, the narrator of Cox’s delightful debut, runs a small business called Aromas in San Francisco with her new friend, Nicole. Theo has created a family of sorts with nearby residents and business owners, who share a community garden. Among them are a women-chasing doctor, Theo’s stiff-upper-lip grandfather, an abused teen, a garden designer, a blundering bookkeeper, an elderly man on a snail-killing rampage, and a mysterious, good-looking man who runs a women’s shelter—all well-developed characters, many with secrets and intriguing backstories. It’s clear from the get-go that Nicole is up to no good. When painter and petty thief Tim Callahan falls off a roof to his death, it appears to be a case of foul play. Another death follows and is likely related to Tim’s. A hearty dash of humor enlivens this complex, multilayered tale, which won Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.”

Romantic Times 4-Star Review

“Mystery fans have another author to add to their favorite queues with the arrival of this beguiling debut novel. The book’s heart lies with the eclectic mix of characters and their tight-knit San Francisco neighborhood, which provide an engaging blend of cultures and tensions. The plot will keep more than just the characters guessing until the very end.”
–Romantic Times Book Reviews

Carolyn Hart

“An exciting new author. A fast-paced page turner. Susan Cox’s debut novel will delight mystery aficionados.”

Carolyn Hart, MWA Grand Master, creator of Death on Demand, Bailey Ruth Raeburn and Henrie O. mysteries

Peter Lovesey

“What a terrific debut! No wonder this is a winner. It has just what I enjoy most in a mystery – pace, punch and nonstop fun.”

Peter Lovesey, Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Diamond Dagger Recipient, creator of Peter Diamond and Sgt. Cribb mysteries.

Juliet Blackwell

“The Man on the Washing Machine is a quirky, aromatic concoction of mystery, suspense, and humor. Theophania Bogart is a welcome addition to the cozy genre: A Brit with a mysterious past, intent on reinventing herself in San Francisco. Add a dash of romance, a dollop of humor, a gift for English understatement, and The Man on the Washing Machine makes for a heavenly-scented, fabulous read!”

Juliet Blackwell, author of the Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renevation series

Louise Ure

“I adored this book. Get your hands on it as fast as you can, and open the door to Susan Cox’s inimitable heroine, Theo Bogart. With an Englishwoman’s wit, and a San Franciscan’s grit, Theo plunges through more murderous turns and twists than San Francisco’s famed Lombard Street.”

Louise Ure, Shamus Award winning author of Forcing Amaryllis, The Fault Tree and Liars Anonymous

Gillian Roberts

“The Man on the Washing Machine is perfect for anyone who loves a mystery with a twist of wry, an engaging, witty sleuth with a dark secret, an unusual setting and yes indeed, a man on the washing machine! I hope this exceptional debut is the first of many clever, murderous outings for the terrific Theo Bogart.”

— Gillian Roberts, Anthony and Agatha Award winning creator of the Amanda Pepper mysteries

Susan Dunlap

“Intriguing characters. Snappy writing. A San Francisco setting to die for. Reading The Man on the Washing Machine is like having a spa day with the wittiest woman in town.”

Susan Dunlap, Anthony and Macavity Award winning creator of the Darcy Lott, and Jill Smith mysteries


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