Elaine Viets has written 32 mysteries in four series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course. Elaine was a director at large for the Mystery Writers of America. She's a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Elaine won the Anthony, Agatha and Lefty Awards.
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An Italian friend and colleague of Criminology Professor Marin Ryan dies in an accidental fall from a ladder. The community in Genoa is devastated by the tragic end of a beloved father, grandfather, and loving husband. Marin and John Hunter are equally in sorrow as they walk down the street in the classic Italian burial procession. The wife asks Marin to finish a project her husband had been working on for their grandson—a historical book on sixteenth-century pirates. Honored, she agrees.
Marin and John review the documents and her friend’s notes to discover his disturbing connection between those historical pirates and three present-day wealthy families. It’s a secret the patriarchs kill to keep. Was their friend’s death an accident? No!
They journey across the Atlantic and the Pacific in an attempt to know the truth. The more they find, the more they are at risk. At each stop, from Italy to New York to Hawaii and back, they are the in the sights of the modern pirates.
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But summer is almost over, which could mean huge changes for Fortune Redding. Her undercover time in Sinful has always been limited to three months, and that time is almost up. With Ahmad still on the loose, Fortune is forced to remain in hiding, but soon she’ll have to move to another town and start all over with a new identity. And that’s the last thing she wants to do. Determined to get her life back, Fortune decides to draw Ahmad out and end this once and for all.
Can Fortune take down one of the most dangerous men in the world? And if she can, does she have a future in Sinful?