Mercy Watts is barely back in St. Louis before her hometown suffers the worst crime in a century, a mass murder at an Italian restaurant. This has nothing to do with Mercy and she’s determined to keep it that way. No news. No gossip. No evidence. No bodies. Mercy doesn’t want to know. But there are some things she can’t avoid, her family and her friends.
Officer Joey Ameche has a marker and he’s calling it in, much to Mercy’s dismay. His sister needs help and Mercy’s expected to pay Joey back by clearing her from any involvement in the Tulio murders. That mass murder leads Mercy to her smallest criminal yet, a tiny bacteria with huge potential for murder. She traces that nasty bugger to New Orleans, her mother’s hometown, where the crimes keep adding up and the lies are thicker than Nana’s gumbo.
Since killing a man in New Orleans Mercy's kept her head down. With diet, exercise, and work, she thinks she can keep wolves and memories at bay. She's wrong. The Costilla gang wants revenge and Mercy will pay with her life if they can get to her.
Her father, Tommy Watts, decides to send her to an isolated castle with an ominous past owned by a pair of innkeepers with no past at all. Tommy's solution is simple. He'll take care of the Costillas while Mercy's tucked away out of sight in the countryside. If only he hadn't sent her cousins with her, three girls with issues and a lot of duct tape. Dad said Mercy would be safe there, but she's the only one. The castle is hosting a baseball camp and the competition is about to get fierce and deadly.
It’s Christmas in Albuquerque; Charlie and her family are ready for a quiet holiday at home. But right away, her hopes for that scenario fade when Charlie’s brother and PI business partner, Ron, brings in two new cases, one of which made national headlines.
Five years earlier, in a tide of media attention and despite public sentiment against her, Tali Donovan was acquitted of killing her two children and then she disappeared from the radar. Now, at the anniversary of the children’s disappearance, their father wants answers. Charlie realizes that the distraught man will not find peace until he knows what really happened. RJP Investigations digs up more than past history as Charlie and Ron work to find the answers.
Praise for USA Today bestselling author Connie Shelton and the Charlie Parker mysteries:
“Charlie is just what readers want in an amateur sleuth.” –Booklist
“Shelton again has done a superb job of bringing New Mexico to life.” —Albuquerque Journal
"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -- The Midwest Book Review
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The Fibonacci family saved Mercy Watts’ life and now she owes them a favor. Calpurnia Fibonacci calls on Mercy to make good. When you’re dealing with a powerful mafia family, refusing isn’t an option. So Mercy travels to Paris, home of the Louvre, catacombs, and secrets, to search for the identity of a woman glimpsed for just a moment on the fashionable Rue Cler and some answers to a few family mysteries of her own. To make matters worse, Chuck and Aaron tag along and they have agendas of their own. With the mafia and the shadowy Klinefeld Group involved, finding the wife of Riley will be much more dangerous than she ever expected.
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