Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Doppelgänger, Iris Reid Mystery Book 3 by Susan Cory #Amateur #Women #Sleuths

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Iris Reid Mystery Book 3
By Susan Cory


During a robbery, a bank guard is shot. The license of the getaway car is traced to architect Iris Reid. When Iris is arrested and shown security footage of the robbery, she sees her own face looking back.

Scrambling to defend herself against an airtight case, Iris discovers that her mail’s been diverted to an abandoned apartment in the next town. She’s able to find her next clue and pick up her doppelganger’s trail.

But someone is watching her every move.

Iris Reid Mystery Book 3
By Susan Cory


How I come up with the plots for my amateur sleuth mystery series?


Have you ever wondered what could happen if you didn’t totally wipe your hard drive before getting rid of your old computer? Or what could happen if any of the blank checks sent by credit cards fell into the wrong hands?

I live in a close-knit community in Cambridge, Ma. Most of us know Joe, our long-time mail deliverer, and he knows us. So when Joe was instructed to forward a certain household’s mail to an address in a neighboring town, he knew that the family hadn’t moved. He alerted the police who discovered a ring of con artists who were diverting people’s mail in order to steal their identities and checks.

While this scam was coming to light, I was busy trying to figure out how to get rid of my old computer. Some computer stores and charities advertise that they’ll remove your personal information before recycling your old equipment, but what if one of their employees is less than honest?

These two ideas came together to suggest a plot for my third book in the Iris Reid mystery series, DOPPELGANGER. A family of grifters uses Iris Reid’s stolen identity to commit a crime. While stripping Iris’ data off of her old computer, Rosica Bakalov, notices her own striking resemblance to this new “mark”. She becomes fascinated with Iris and starts to stalk her. Meanwhile, Iris, out on bail, is desperate to pick up her doppellgänger’s trail before her case goes to trial.

Kirkus reviews says: “The plot becomes more unnerving as it progresses, and an impressive twist leads to a lengthy final act featuring Rosica (the Doppelgänger) at her most ferocious…Cory’s concise prose establishes a consistent pace that never wavers, and even her descriptions of architecture are exhilarating. An engagingly nerve-wracking tale with gradually escalating suspense.”

I’d love to know how YOU get rid of your old computers, and also, what you think of DOPPELGANGER.

By the way, my husband smashed my hard drive with a hammer before I took my last computer to be recycled. I wasn’t taking any chances…

Let me know on my author’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsusancory or check out my author’s website: http://www.susancory.com/

About Susan Cory…

Like her sleuth, Susan Cory is an award-winning architect practicing out of her turreted office. Like Iris, she has a brown belt in karate. She lives in Cambridge, Ma. with her architect husband and her bossy mutt, not a Basset hound.


Links to Susan’s Website, blog, books, etc.

CONUNDRUM, FACADE and DOPPELGANGER are all available here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsusancory

Website: http://www.susancory.com/


Thanks, Susan, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!




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7 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Doppelgänger, Iris Reid Mystery Book 3 by Susan Cory #Amateur #Women #Sleuths

  1. This is an interesting twist and should make an engaging read.

  2. Susan Cory says:

    Thanks, Diana. I love starting with something that worries me IRL!

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Susan, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love this idea! I’ve often wondered how to protect myself from computer theft, which is why I currently have 3 computer towers I need to get to a geek squad to remove the data before I recycle the silly things. There are photos on all of them I really don’t want to lose. Thankfully, Best Buy near my house takes recycled electronics. It’s just such a pain to get it all there. One of these days! Thanks for sharing your story with us today. Sounds intriguing!

    • Susan Cory says:

      We had old computer carcasses stacked up in our basement b/c until my husband finally smashed all the hard drives. It’s an interesting 21st century problem—whether “removed” data is really gone. I wanted to explore a worst-case scenario.

      Thanks for hosting me on your interesting blog. I’ve already printed out the chocolate eyeball recipe for use with our halloween pumpkin.

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Excellent interview….hard drives MUST be destroyed before shedding old computer/phone/etc.
    Sounds like a very good read.
    Nice to meet you, Susan, and thank you Karen.

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