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Mystery-Thriller Spam & Eggs Selected as a Top-10 Book for the Holidays

Boston, MA, December 08, 2009 --( The mystery-thriller Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery has been selected by and as one of the Top 10 Books for the Holiday Season.

Reviewers have called Spam & Eggs “a masterpiece of deductive challenge, engrossing reading, and engaging entertainment” (ReaderViews) and “a clever, intellectual mystery that will leave you wanting more of Johnny Denovo in the future” (RebeccasReads). For readers, it’s “[a] fresh and entertaining take on the detective novel.”

It’s been enjoyed by readers of all ages, from teens to seniors, since its publication in February 2009.

The story begins when a mysterious spam email lands in Johnny’s in-box. Denovo, already, a world-famous detective known for his aura of invincibility and A-list clients, finds clues hidden in the email. These riddles set in motion his newest case – of technological wizardry, Fabergé eggs, defense secrets, and rhyming couplets. Attempting to thwart a crime not-yet-committed and elude its mysterious perpetrator, Johnny and his cohorts ricochet from the familiar haunts of their Boston home turf to a Virginia horse farm to the narrow streets of Montpellier, France, culminating in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Johnny’s circle includes Tucker Thiesen, technologist extraordinaire and childhood friend, a freelance surveillance operative with tentacles into worldwide security. Floors below Johnny’s luxury condo is restaurateur Wei Chou, his personal chef and plant-waterer, whose talents don’t stop with a sublime crispy orange beef. And then there is Mona Landau, Johnny’s hot and haughty business agent -- the rare human who can melt his studied cool.

Trained as a neuroscientist, Johnny has mastered a theory of the mind that underlies his crime-solving techniques. The human mind leaves patterns, Johnny knows. Through discipline of his own thinking and sensory awareness, he perceives patterns others do not. From cracking codes to discerning motives, Denovo moves through the world highly attuned to what is fundamental, but not always obvious.

But the metaphor-loving Johnny has mysteries of his own. Beneath the Denovo mystique and attitude, Johnny is constantly honing his image to match the world’s expectations. If smart is the new cool, Johnny is an iceberg – studied calm and nerves of steel, with the self-consciousness and laser-like mind of a scientist beneath.

This time, though, even Johnny cannot discern who is seeking his services as he gets ensnared in a cryptic cybernetwork, evades the loveliest of would-be assassins, and bends a few rules to peer inside the fabled bejeweled eggs for secrets they might hold. Denovo’s quest is a suspenseful and literate romp through the patterns of mind and matter. By the time Spam & Eggs “resolves with delightful surprises and a satisfying soufflé of an ending,” as one reviewer put it, you will be looking at the world a bit more as Johnny does.

Spam & Eggs introduces the smart new voice of Andrew Kent, a writer in central Massachusetts. A second book in the series, The Green Monster, was published in September, to similar acclaim. To keep up with the adventures of Johnny Denovo and for more information, visit

Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery is available through, Barnes &, and other online retailers. It is also available for the Kindle, the Sony Reader, and the iPhone, as well as through your local bookseller.

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