By: Victoria Abbott
Copyright March 2013
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.
Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.
Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?
Jordan needs a job and that’s something that is not easily available in her home town. She answers an ad in the local newspaper for a position that seems perfectly matched to her degree and skills. When she shows up for the interview she is interviewed by a wheelchair bound women with a scowling face and a nasty temperament.
Vera Van Alst is the most hated woman in the town. Her family had previously supplied work for almost all the folks in the town until they shut down the shoe factory that they’d owned for multiple generations. Looking at Jordan Vera tells her that she is wasting her time applying since she is looking for a man to do the job which is the only reason she was asked to appear for the interview, she has a man’s name. Jordan was getting upset with this woman and wished she could just walk, but she needed this job desperately. She needs to get out from under her uncles’ eyes, and to pay off her monstrous student loans.
Jordon is finally given a 3 month opportunity to prove herself. She is asked to research and find a missing work of Agatha Christie’s.
With a lot of effort Jordon starts tracing the object and finds that she is not only not the first to work for Vera on this project, but that her predecessor died while on a trip into NYC regarding a possible purchase. As the story proceeds Jordan makes new contacts in the book business, puts out calls for information through her uncle’s contacts, and finds herself getting deeper and deeper into a very dark business.
This story, the first in a new series by Victoria Abbott is intriguing and full of twists, turns, bad guys, good guys, and players who will show their true colors further into the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants more than a cute entertaining read.
FTC FULL DISCOLOSURE: I received this book from the author, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.