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The Man in the Microwave Oven

The Man in the Microwave Oven

A Mystery

Theo Bogart Mysteries (Volume 2)

Susan Cox

Minotaur Books


Following Susan Cox’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel award-winning debut, The Man in the Microwave Oven is her next delightfully quirky mystery featuring San Francisco transplant Theo Bogart.

Fleeing from a murder and family tragedy in her native England, where she was the scandal du jour for the tabloid press, Theo Bogart changed her name and built an undercover life in a close-knit San Francisco neighborhood. She didn’t expect to find love and friendship there, and now she doesn’t know how—or if—to reveal the truth.

After a confrontation with a difficult neighbor, Theo fears her secrets are about to be uncovered after all. When the woman who threatened to expose her is murdered, Theo is embroiled in the kind of jeopardy she crossed an ocean to escape. Worse yet, dangerous family secrets have followed her. Theo’s grandfather unveils a glimpse of the shadowy world he once inhabited as an agent for the British Secret Service, bringing an even bigger breed of trouble—and another death—to Theo’s doorstep. She finds herself fighting to protect herself, her family, and her new friends, aware that one of them might be a murderer.

Susan Cox has once again painted a delightfully quirky portrait of a colorful San Francisco neighborhood and a woman finding her way through exactly the kind of scandalous mystery she was trying to leave behind.


I saw Katrina Dermody alive for the last time before dawn on a dismal San Francisco morning, when she was heading north and I was heading south on Polk Street, near where we both lived. Her new Tesla was supposed...

Praise for The Man in the Microwave Oven

Praise for The Man on the Washing Machine

“[A] madcap romp. First-novelist Cox controls the seeming chaos of her plot with finesse, keeping readers in the dark until the very end as to who is involved in what. An impressive debut.” —Booklist

“Delightful…A hearty dash of humor enlivens the complex, multi-layered tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“Debut novelist Susan Cox writes with deft assurance. She has created an appealing cast of characters and an absorbing plot that kept me turning the pages." —Margaret Maron

“An impressive debut...Cox ladles on the humor while also delivering a multi-layered tale about a close-knit San Francisco neighborhood and a young woman trying to reinvent herself. Cox's light approach to The Man on the Washing Machine is balanced by perceptive back stories for each character...The brisk plot's twists and turns lend plenty of surprises while maintaining believability.” —South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Beguiling…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.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)


Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a former journalist. She has also been the marketing and public relations director for a safari park, a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, and president of the Palm Beach County (Florida) Attractions Association. She considers herself transcontinental and transatlantic, equally at home in San Francisco and Florida, and with a large and boisterous extended family in England. She frequently wears a Starfleet communicator pin, because you never know. Her first novel, The Man on the Washing Machine, won the 2014 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition.

Meet the Author

October 7, 2020

Meet Susan Cox for a discussion of  her next mystery featuring Theo Boggart, The Man in the Microwave Oven, the sequel to her award-winning debut, The Man on the Washing Machine.


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