Baker & Taylor Reluctantly agreeing to search for missing person Irene March, amateur sleuth Jane da Silva discovers the woman's thwarted blackmailing practices and dead body and begins to suspect that Irene's death may be linked to other murders
Blackwell North Amer Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something Lauren Becall - and you'll have a pretty good portrait of K. K. Beck's Jane da Silva. Jane, the former lounge singer who has become the chief (and only) investigator for Seattle's Foundation for Righting Wrongs, is a lady who values her independence, yearns for a healthy bank balance, and appreciates good wine, a great clothing sale...and a terrific-looking man. Now Beck is back with her third mystery in the acclaimed Jane da Silva series. The rather odd couple who appear on Jane's doorstep are either magazine salespeople - or the answer to her prayer for another hopeless case. It turns out that the bookish man and nervous young woman are worried that Irene March, their co-worker at a news clipping service, has met with foul play. They explain that Irene began acting "stressed" after she became a contestant on Jeopardy! - and won. The mousy spinster had turned into a cutthroat competitor the moment she stepped before the TV cameras. Now, twenty thousand dollars richer, she appears to have vanished. The police don't seem to care, their boss is already looking for a replacement, and the two co-corkers feel helpless - and hopeless. That's just perfect for Jane da Silva, who can only collect on her eccentric uncle's vast legacy whenever she solves a mystery everyone else has given up on! After placing a large "Have you seen this woman?" ad in the Seattle paper, Jane gets some intriguing responses from a rodeo queen, a church deacon, and a young child. Now she's tracking down those leads east of the Cascades where the Grand Coulee Dam overshadows apple orchards and rural towns consist of honky-tonks, gas stations, and a whole lot of secrets. Soon eastern Washington's lonesome highways are taking Jane into the arms of a handsome country singer - and within the reach of a killer. She will find out the nasty truth about quiet Irene and some quick money she didn't win on Jeopardy! And she will discover that snooping around the seedy hamlet of Electric City can generate some shocking encounters...and possibly her own sudden death.
Baker & Taylor Reluctantly agreeing to search for missing person Irene March, amateur sleuth Jane da Silva discovers the woman's thwarted blackmailing practices and dead body and begins to suspect that Irene's death may be linked to other murders.