angles. And the San Francisco setting.
woman so wounded by her past that she is afraid to afraid to love.
seem, but as her world comes crashing down in death, violence and mayhem she
realizes that she is indeed loved and capable of reciprocating.
That is not to say that I did not love the wide array of unique and wacky
characters, I simply loved the grandfather’s presence in her thoughts as well
as in person; there were many witty remarks and I will always remember that
impulsive does not necessarily mean imprudent.
of Theophonia’s adventures.
When former party girl and society photographer Theophania Bogart flees to San Francisco to escape a high-profile family tragedy, a series of murders drags her unwillingly out of hiding. In no time at all she discovers she’s been providing cover for a sophisticated smuggling operation, she starts to fall for an untrustworthy stranger, and she’s knocked out, tied up and imprisoned. The police are sure she’s lying. The smugglers are sure she knows too much. Her friends? They aren’t sure what to believe.
The body count is rising and Theo struggles to find the killer before she’s the next victim or her new life is exposed as an elaborate fraud. But the more deeply entangled she becomes, the more her investigation is complicated by her best friend, who is one of her prime suspects; her young protégé, who may or may not have a juvie record; her stern and unyielding grandfather, who exposes an unexpected soft center; and the man on her washing machine, who isn’t quite what he appears, either.
Susan Cox’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning novel is a charming debut with wacky, colorful characters and a delightfully twisted mystery.