Jacqueline Belew has a secret.
Jackie is foster mom to five special needs children. That isn’t her secret.
Jackie loves these children very, very much. That isn’t her secret.
Jackie’s nickname is Jackie Blue, given to her by the children. That isn’t her secret, either.
Jackie Blue knows the outcome of any game of chance. Any game. She uses this ability to win small amounts of money to assist in raising and caring for these special needs kids. She tries to never win more than she needs, since she doesn’t want to abuse her ability.
Someone has noticed her gift, however.
The Giambini crime family has noticed what Jackie can do. And when this desperate crime family decides to kidnap Jackie to be their golden goose, the children hire Joey Justice and Justice Security to rescue her.
Things turn deadly very quickly.
Even Jackie didn’t see that coming…
Suggested by lyrics from the classic song performed by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, T. M. Bilderback’s Jackie Blue will feed your suspense cravings!
Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal Church locking up after an event and checking on the toucan her friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. When she investigates the sound of hammering in the columbarium (the underground crypt where cremated remains are buried), Meg finds the murdered body of an elderly parishioner. Several niches have been chiseled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone.
The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind?
While Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. While doing so, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly's history—and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief—who might also be the killer.
Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series.