Karen E. Olson is the award-winning author of the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop cozy mystery series. She has won the Sara Anne Freed Memorial Award, was a finalist for the Gumshoe Award, and nominated for a Shamus Award. She lives in Connecticut.
When Ros unexpectedly inherits Winter Manor on the condition that she oversee the restoration of the remote and dilapidated house, it seems the perfect place for her to retreat from her recently failed relationship, the death of her mother, and the loss of her job. But Winter Manor is not entirely at rest. The echoes of its past reach forward into the present, and Ros's life is perceptibly shaped by the lives-and loves-of the people who inhabited those rooms and corridors in the centuries before her.
Then Anna arrives. The architect-with her designer clothes, hot car, and air of supreme professionalism-is at first an unwelcome, if necessary, intrusion. But as Ros learns Anna's truths, she finds solace from her past losses in their developing intimacy. And when their love is threatened, Ros must decide whether her own ghosts will forever define her, or if she can embrace her life for what it is-past, present, and future.
Had she gotten too close to one of the married men?
Was she the victim of blackmail? Of a stalker?
Or was there some far more nefarious motive at stake?
The list of suspects takes Jessie into wealthy, manicured neighborhoods, behind the veil of seemingly perfect lives, lives which are actually rotten to the core. The killer, she realizes, must lie behind one of these fake, plastic smiles.
Jessie must plumb the depths of his psychosis as she tries to both catch a killer and hold her own fragile psyche together—with her own murderous father on the loose, willing to stop at nothing until he kills her.
A fast-paced psychological suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding suspense, THE PERFECT SMILE is book #4 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #5 in the Jessie Hunt series will be available soon.