The country town of Majic is about to celebrate a milestone. It's been 150 years since the founding father, Petar Majic, rode into the bush after a liquid lunch, vowing to build a house at whatever spot he reached by sunset. However, what happened next isn't quite what town legend would have you believe. A minor act of cemetery vandalism lands local columnist and amateur detective Nell Forrest right in the path of historical inevitability. An apparent murder-suicide leads to the unveiling of a century-old scandal and a trail left by a trio of long-dead women.
Nell's investigations are hampered both by the arrival of the handsome district detective and by her family. With directionless daughters, unplanned pregnancies, a spot or two of adultery and an ex-husband who wants her house, Nell barely has time for the case, let alone the energy to keep her wits about her. And Nell will need her wits as the mystery of Majic begins casting its shadow, putting Nell and her family in grave danger. In the end, Nell must decide whether it is a tale of epic fortitude, or treachery and ill-gotten gains, before the past catches up with her.
Ill-Gotten Gains is the second book in Ilsa Evans' Nell Forrest Mystery series. Nefarious Doings is the first.
Jennie Brice was a mediocre young actress, but on a dank and dangerous night with floodwaters rising, she managed a remarkable disappearing act. Her husband said she'd left him, but her landlady suspected something darker.
The police had all the evidence of foul play-blood stains, a knife, Jennie's own fur coat-but Jennie herself was missing. The question was: Had the lady performed a theatrical miracle? Or had someone else performed a very ingenious murder?
With illustrations by Earl Mayan, this edition from Blackbird Books brings new life to bestselling novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart's icy tale of romance and suspense.