Synopses & Reviews
Sultry blonde Barbara Lacey saunters into the Night and Day, a St. Louis bar, where she waits hours to deliver a mysterious envelope to a man that never arrives. She reluctantly entrusts it to bar owner Alfie Greenblatt, and steps into the alley. Moments later, Alfie hears the crisp pop of a bullet. He calls sergeant Reggie Combs to investigate. Is Barbara's death an accident or murder? Helen Tattaglia approaches her neighbors Elvin Suggs and his partners Cobra Glynes and Dimond "Di" Redding of the Grapevine Detective Agency. She hires them to trail her "abusive husband," and alleges that her in-laws have arranged for her murder. Skeptical, the detectives accept the case, but soon discover Helen's sordid past, including another woman named Barbara Lacey. Frustrated, Reggie Combs turns to his friends at Grapevine Investigations. The shady dealings of the Tattaglia family begin to unravel, while they reveal the secret in the envelope.
"Taut writing, memorable characterization and a superbly evocative setting." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Claire Applewhite, award winning mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC and Sunflower Press, is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, Crazy For You, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac and Tennessee Plates. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has served as a Past President of the Missouri Writers Guild and Board member of the Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Organizational memberships include the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active member, Mystery Writers of America. Websites: www.claireapplewhite.com, www.clairedunoir.com, www.smokinggunpublishing.com and www.thesunflowerpress.com