PI Jack Reilly is short on cash so when Bucky, a friend of Jack’s incarcerated brother, wants to meet with the investigator Jack goes against his better judgment and agrees. Unfortunately, Jack made the wrong decision because Bucky is a blackmailer and wants Jack to be the backup for the information so the victim of the blackmail couldn’t just kill Bucky and have the information die with Bucky. Jack doesn’t want anything to do with it, but it’s too late – Bucky gets murdered and the information is on its way to Jack.
Conway Sax has been a lot of things from an expert auto mechanic to a race car driver and finally an ex-con. One thing that hasn’t changed about Conway is his loyalty, especially to the Barnburners, an Alcoholics Anonymous group that saved Conway’s life. So when Barnburner member Tander Phigg needs help getting his car back from a mechanic, Conway is there. Unfortunately, before Conway can get the car back Tander is murdered.
This is big sky country with its beautiful mountains, clear rivers, and murder. Newcomer Sean Stranahan has gone there to paint watercolors and fly fish, but his past experience as a private investigator puts him in the path of the mysterious singer Velvet Lafayette. She has an odd request for him that he can’t refuse, and inevitably she links him to a recent homicide.
Mattie was not a happy woman after she caught her doctor husband with one of the nurses. So Mattie quit her job as a nurse at the hospital and moved out of the house. Her best friend, Izzy, has come to the rescue with lodging and a job in the medical field. Unfortunately the new house is right next door to Mattie’s old house, and the job is in the medical field that deals with dead bodies as a deputy coroner.
Secrets can fester and grow, and Moe Prager’s secret hovers over him like death waiting to drop. He and his brother own wine shops, but in Moe’s heart he is still a cop. Though he had to leave the force, he occasionally works as a private investigator. It’s through his work as a PI that he met his wife; it’s also how he got his secret.
A serial killer is on the loose whose signature of burned and beaten women has left an indelible impression on the public. Everyone wants this brutal murderer found, and as women fear for their lives they react to any threat as if their life is endangered. After the killer strikes a fifth time…