know who or why. She enlists the help of her childhood friend,
Lady Elsmere, but Lady Elsmere has troubles of her own in
the form of a ne’er-do-well English nephew who’s trying to steal
her estate. Both women turn to Josiah Reynolds, who has just
returned from New York.
Josiah calls Detective Goetz who recommends a shamus named
Walter Neff. Walter and Josiah scour the Bluegrass for answers
that turn out to be deadly. To make matters worse for Josiah,
Fred O’nan is a free man and gunning for her.
Josiah, full of sass and vinegar, meets these challenges head on
with the support of her friends, Franklin and Matt. Will Josiah be
thwarted this time?
Kentucky can be a cruel mistress to those wanting
justice and exacts a high price for it. Sometimes the “dark and
bloody ground” demands double indemnity.
This is something Josiah knows very well. Very well indeed.
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Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011. Josiah Reynolds, a
former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social
position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor
finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a
full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey
at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when
a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim
is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is
murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find
out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is
twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a
African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically
prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter
pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her
mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass,
Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in
Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of
Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses,
Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets
Mona Moon is not your typical young lady. She is a cartographer by trade, explorer by nature, and adventurer by heart. But there’s a problem.
Miss Mona is broke. It’s during the Depression, and National Geographic has just turned down her application to join an expedition to the Amazon.
What’s she to do? Perhaps get a job as a department store salesgirl. Anything to tide her over until a next assignment.
There’s a knock on the door. Who could this be in the middle of the night? Holding a revolver, Mona reluctantly opens her door to a man wearing a Homburg hat and holding a briefcase.
“I bring glad tidings. Your Uncle Manfred Moon has died and left you as his heir to the Moon fortune. You are now one of the richest women in the country!” he says.
Mona’s response is to point her revolver in his face. If the stranger is telling the truth, she will apologize. If he is a fraud, she will shoot him.
That’s how Mona does things in 1933.