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At the request of long-lost cousin Ronnie, who as a teenager had been accused of the murder of a Hollywood producer in Acapulco some thirty years ago, Claire Malloy and her daughter Caron head to Mexico to find a blackmailer and unravel the truth about the decades-old killing.
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"Tightly woven suspense."―Publishers Weekly
At first it seems like a prank. How could Veronica Landonwood be the voice on the other end of the phone when she died three decades ago? But as Arkansas bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy is about to find out, her cousin "Ronnie" is very much alive―and in trouble. And could use Claire's help...
"Clever and snappy...Claire Malloy adds another lively case to her resume."―Minneapolis Star Tribune
Today, Ronnie is a renowned scientist living in Chicago. But when she was a teenager, she had a run-in with a famous Hollywood producer in Acapulco, Mexico. He attempted to sexually assault her―and she killed him. Having served time in prison, Ronnie finally put her this episode behind her...until now. Just when she has a real shot at the Nobel Prize, a ruthless blackmailer is threatening to expose the secrets of her past. Can Claire help to preserve Ronnie's reputation and keep her out of harm's way? That will depend on Claire's investigation―and what really happened on the night of the murder so many years ago...
"If you've never spent time with Claire and her crew...you'll see wit and humanity all wrapped up in a nifty murder mystery."
JOAN HESS is the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Maggody mystery series. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, a member of Sisters in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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