A lifetime game of solitaire turns into a vicious family feud.
New York City 1923
Back in the city after a nightmare vacation, PI Jax Diamond and his courageous canine partner, Ace, just can’t catch a break when three quick and easy cases explode into a massive mess of unrelated major crimes with victims, dead and alive, piling up.
Laura Graystone’s career soars as she rehearses for her new Broadway musical. Yet, she senses something’s amiss when Jax spends more time with a new buddy aboard a steamboat than solving crimes. With the help of their friends and a mysterious stranger, Laura and Ace set out to get to the bottom of it.
It’s a whirlwind of twists and turns as Jax discovers there is far more to a family than just blood relatives. And who knows? They may just solve the biggest case of his life.
Sister Rosemary wrapped her arm around Laura. “Jax is traveling down a different path this time, one that may very well lead him to the end of his long journey into the unknown. It is a dangerous path, but I have every faith in him. Jax is strong, smart, and persevering. He proved that time and again as a child and in adulthood. He is also lucky to have you and such a fine group of loyal friends behind him. Please promise me that you will all tread carefully.”
Laura puzzled over her warning and glanced up at her, but in doing so, she spotted the gold cross around the sister’s neck. “Jax thinks the world of you, Sister Rosemary, and now I see why. I can’t imagine how you know so much about the situation, and I won’t press you for answers. I do have one question, though. Jax was very worried about Sister Adelaide.”
“You can assure Jax that Sister Adelaide is quite safe.”
Laura hesitated. “Safe from what, Sister Rosemary?”
“We should get back to your friends now.”
Laura went along with her through the field, thinking about all that she’d said and didn’t say. In the distance, she saw Ace still playing with the children, but she suddenly stopped walking. “Sister Rosemary, may I ask you one more question?”
“What is it, dear?”
Laura worried she was going to sound crazy. “On one of his cases, Jax came upon a handwritten list of popular songs in a woman’s apartment. I think the songs have some greater meaning. A tune called Barefoot Trail is one of them. Jax heard me sing it lately, and he became upset. After what you told me, he had good reason as it must have brought up painful memories for him. Cross of Gold was another song on the list. I’m wondering if it has something to do with you?”
Sister Rosemary lifted her head and gazed up at the blue sky. “Every song tells a story, Laura. Perhaps a list of songs tells someone’s life story.”
About the author
Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. Meath loves writing about little or unknown people, places and events in history, rather than relying on the typical stories and settings.