Did you read the Nancy Drew stories when you were growing up?
Did you ever imagine yourself as the hero or heroine who solves the mystery, gets the bad guys, and saves the day? B. Kim Barnes, author of Exercising Influence: Making Things Happen at Work, at Home, and In Your Community (Pfeiffer/Wiley, 2006) and co-author, with Beverly Scott, of Consulting on the Inside: A Practical Guide for Internal Consultants (ASTD Press, 2011) has written a detective story for and about you.

In this "corporate cozy" mystery, an internal organizational consultant is confronted by the murder of a senior executive. Working with an inspector from the San Francisco police department, she unravels the political issues and discovers the dark secrets that create fear and loathing in a traditional corporation.

  • Terrasse

    La Terrasse — Where it all becomes clear.

  • Bettes

    Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley — where Sarah met with Jen.

  • Curbside

    The Curbside Café — Where Sarah and Dev had dinner on a night when she really needed some comfort food.

  • Bay Bridge

    The Bay Bridge — On a rainy day in San Francisco.

  • Cupidspan

    Cupid’s Span — Sculpture by Claes Oldenburg along the Embarcadero, where Sarah walked with Bengt.

What readers are saying:

Even though I've published
58 nonfiction books

I've been hooked on mysteries my entire life. Kim Barnes writes a well-paced whodunit that will keep you guessing and turning the pages. Kim's experience adds validity and her enthusiasm adds fun. This is a recipe for success. Get in line for Kim's next book; this is sure to be a successful series.

ELAINE BIECH Author, The Business of Consulting

What an amazingly “novel” way to learn!

Kim has always been uber-creative…and is at her best in this wonderful creation. Her deep knowledge of the field of organizational development comes through loud and clear, as well as her decades of work in the field and her wonderfully warm and real writing style. This is a must-read for anyone in the field, or anyone who just plain wants a good read! The story goes quickly, you will truly ‘get’ the characters! It held my attention from beginning to end! Bravo to the author.”

BEVERLY KAYE Founder/CEO, Career Systems and Author, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, 4th edition

I've never read a book about an OD consultant before ...

and it was quite amusing to find myself being 'biographied' in the book - absent the murders, of course! Sarah's musings... reminded me of my daily thoughts and the questions that surface as I do my work. It was like the words were coming out of my mouth! Some of her comments... were things I've actually said or thought, especially how to explain the job to others! I found myself paying as much attention to her OD comments as I did the murders. It was fun and think it would make a fun movie and educate people about OD!

LYNNE ANDIA Senior internal consultant, global manufacturing firm

Murder on the 33rd floor is a fun read!

It's not easy to describe what an OD consultant does but Kim Barnes has captured the profession perfectly in Sarah. She manages to delicately probe the corporate intrigue while maintaining her professional ethics. While most of us have never had to deal with a murder investigation inside a company, thank goodness, we regularly wrestle with the corporate personalities and politics. Bravo!

CHARLENE ROTHKOPF  Executive coach, OD consultant, and former corporate HR executive.

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