fictional Kit Marshall is back with another Capitol Hill
murder mystery to solve.
were first introduced to Marshall in 2015, when Colleen
J. Shogan, a senior executive at the Library of
Congress, published the first book in her Washington
Whodunit series, "Stabbing in the Senate."
Marshall is back as the legislative director for a
freshman congresswoman from North Carolina in Shogan’s
second book, "Homicide in the House," which
was released in June.
a shutdown over government funding, Marshall navigates
the creepy, cold empty halls of the Capitol to find the
killer in a crime that her boss has been accused of.
understands Congress a little bit better as an
institution," Shogan, 40, said of Marshall.
"She’s starting to figure out the different
career paths that she may want to take within Congress
… I think you see this a lot with Congressional staff
— it’s very natural."
novel may be particularly interesting to those familiar
with Capitol Hill jaunts and hot spots — and
unfortunately familiar with government shutdowns — but
also gives enough background into the world of a staffer
that an outsider can enjoy it too.
to her job at the Library of Congress, Shogan was deputy
director of the Congressional Research Service and was a
were all my experiences," she said. "All the
House side restaurants and bars are really also the
restaurants and bars people that work in the Library of
Congress go to.
scenery in Shogan’s second book was very easy to
write, she said, "because whenever I go out to
lunch with friends or colleagues that I work with, I go
to all those spots."
based her second book on the House side of Congress to
mix things up for both the reader and Marshall.
just seemed like the natural progression to have my main
character, Kit, move from the Senate over to the
House," she said.
legislative director is a bit higher position than that
of a low-level Senate staffer, the job Marshall had in
the first book.
now she’s managing people and in a position of
authority … so that can create all kinds of other
difficulties for her," Shogan said.
is currently outlining the plot of her fourth book. With
her busy work schedule, she finds time to write in the
evenings, when she tries to put aside an hour a night,
or on weekends.
don’t stress out about it. It’s not my full time
job. It’s supposed to be fun," she said.
gave HOH some insight into the third book, which will
most likely be released in summer 2017. It’s set off
the Hill at Washington’s elite Cosmos Club and is
tentatively titled, "Calamity at the Cosmos
going to find herself using a lot of the historical
sites in Washington, D.C., like the Smithsonian museums,
the Archives and Mount Vernon," she said.