Murderer or independent woman?
Murder at a construction site draws Ohio private investigator Maggie Sullivan into a case that makes cops mistrust her and friends doubt her. The suspect, Rachel Minsky, is Maggie’s closest friend – and all signs point to Rachel’s guilt.
Rachel ignores the rules society imposes on women. That independence, in 1942, as well as her success in business, has made her enemies. Yet the dead man also had an unsavory secret or two, starting with his missing mistress. Who was the murderer’s real target? And what is Rachel hiding from the only person who can save her?
The city Maggie scours for clues to the real killer has been altered by America’s recent entry into World War II. Shortages of men and material have created new motives for murder. Unsupervised children roam the streets at night while their mothers work in defense plants. Strangers outnumber familiar faces at Maggie’s favorite pub.
As the case and Maggie’s relationship with policeman Mick Connelly heat up, Maggie finds herself caught in currents that threaten to drown her.
At age three author M. Ruth Myers blamed the misdeeds she was accused of on her invisible friend PapPap, who lived in a mayonnaise jar. Clearly Ruth herself was guilty only of running with a bad crowd.
Today she pleads guilty to being the Shamus Award winning author of the Maggie Sullivan mystery series as well as numerous other novels. You could say she’s a lifelong fibber who discovered her niche at an early age. Her books have been translated into seven languages, taught in a college course in Japan and optioned for film. Her romantic suspense novel A Touch of Magic was condensed in Good Housekeeping.
A native of Missouri, Ruth grew up in Wyoming. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, she wrote for daily papers in Michigan and Ohio. She has also worked in public relations, association management and as a ventriloquist. She’s happiest, however, when she’s killing people in the privacy of her study. Her husband and cat give her sideways glances and twitch from time to time.
When not involved in criminal acts, Ruth reads, plays concertina (some consider that a criminal act) and bakes.
PapPap is serving hard time as her editorial assistant.