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David Sanders is a penniless poet struggling to hold onto his lowly teaching position in his university's English department. When his girlfriend, botany professor Claire Dumont, receives an invitation from an old friend to investigate a mystery at his vineyard in Niagara wine country, David convinces her to let him tag along. But what starts out as a lark – a chance to escape their stuffy offices and play Nick and Nora Charles – soon puts these amateur sleuths on the trail of a conspiracy far more complicated and deadly than those old mystery novels ever led them to expect.
Michael Boughn's Business As Usual is a charming, captivating caper that proves a little learning really can be a dangerous thing.
"Packed with mafia hitmen, environmental despoilers, political crooks, and cross-border financial bandits, Business As Usual is a delight: a page-turner with a very human pulse."
"David and Claire are a modern, original crime-solving team. Their turbulent relationship keeps tension high and the dark mystery keeps pages turning through this compelling debut novel. I'm stoked to welcome Michael Boughn to the Canadian crime scene."
"Business As Usual has a light, fresh appeal, with an entertaining and interesting playful rapport between the likeable Claire and David..."
"Business As Usual is bolstered by thorough and engaging character descriptions, and the protagonists are endearing and complex."