Just a week after her arrival in the sleepy southern town, she is called to investigate a double homicide. Tom and Carol Lowe have been shot to death in their spacious home on Mulberry Street. This isn’t a typical crime for Aiken, which generally deals with much lesser-profile problems. Working with lead investigator Bill Hankinson, Jessie must leave her tough Chicago tactics behind as she adjusts to his southern ways.
The job gets interesting when additional murders occur in nearby Burnettown. She is assisted through the investigations and her indoctrination into the southern lifestyle by William Bradford, a local entrepreneur who develops a romantic interest in her.
As Jessie and the sheriff’s department struggle to discover the truth behind these unlikely crimes, their investigation reveals shocking details that are highly unusual in these typically peaceful towns.
When she married John Caldwell in 1908, she looked forward to taking care of her own family instead of her brothers and her father’s wives.
Mary gave birth to four children. She was happy until John entered the world of moonshine and bootlegging. When he drank, which was most of the time, he became abusive to her and the children. As a result of the abusive upbringing the children followed in their father’s footsteps and continued on the bootlegging legacy of their father.
As “Wedded Bliss and Other Myths” is written, the farmer’s daughter is experiencing more scenarios never encountered before. The abusive first marriage and divorce lead to a fantasy love affair that is riveting down to the last detail.
“Out of the Depths” details the life as a single mother. The tears and triumphs were born from being both mother and father. Alongside these true memories will be the necessary union that held great secrets on the other side.
Books four and five are in the works.