Finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark AwardAfter the death of Elizabeth Parker’s great-uncle Martin Reynolds, the family’s house in the picturesque Maryland town of St. Michaels is sold. When the new owners dig up the pool, they find the body of the man thought to have run off eight years earlier after embezzling over a million dollars from the family business. This grisly discovery not only unearths old questions about what really happened to the stolen money, but it brings Detective Joe Muldoon back into the family’s lives. Eight years ago Elizabeth’s cousin Ann reluctantly broke off her relationship with Joe due to family pressure. Ann always regretted that decision and now fears that it is too late for her and Joe–especially after she becomes the main suspect.In this clever and entertaining mystery, rich with echoes of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Elizabeth tries to match wits against a killer who’s had an eight-year head start as she also tries her hand at matchmaking. Mystery lovers are in for a treat.
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"Kiely's well-paced...third contemporary mystery featuring Jane Austen fan Elizabeth Parker takes its inspiration from Persuasion...Janeites will enjoy tracking the parallels."--Publishers Weekly
"Austen lovers everywhere will delight in Tracy Kiely's humorous twist on Persuasion, cheering on clever sleuth Elizabeth Parker as she puzzles through a mystery that would intrigue even Jane herself."--Marilyn Brant, author of According to Jane and A Summer in Europe
Tracy Kiely, a Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist, is a self-proclaimed Anglophile who grew up reading Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She lives with her husband and three children in Severna Park, Maryland.
Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee