Synopses & Reviews
With the diamond-encrusted object as her only clue, Diana goes on a heart-pounding journey determined to find answers. But asking a lot of questions can upset people. Especially the unpredictable killer who is stalking her.
Early in Edgar finalist Howe’s atmospheric but addled sequel to 2013’s City of Mirrors Hollywood actress Diana Poole spots a strange woman waving at her outside her Malibu bungalow then walking into the speeding Pacific Coast Highway traffic with fatal results. The following day a witness to the tragedy tries to pump Diana for information at gunpoint demanding to know the whereabouts of a scorpion. Since the only scorpion Diana knows is a diamond encrusted vintage bracelet given by a mysterious admirer to her late mother screen siren Nora Poole and missing since Nora’s death the previous year she can’t resist investigating further. Threats start coming from multiple quarters including the pricey drug rehab facility from which it turns out the dead woman ran away. Diana and hunky PI Leo Heath her now off again love interest must contend with motley players chasing the scorpion—a sly tip of the fedora to The Maltese Falcon?—as the fast moving plot careens wildly toward a truly preposterous conclusion. Agent: Helen Zimmerman Helen Zimmerman Literary Agency. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Howe writes beautifully." Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author
"Deftly written and smart. On top of that, it is entertaining as hell." Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Jet-propelled narrative drive, non-stop action, a dark and twisting plot, and a mega-tough yet sympathetic heroine make this one impossible to put down." John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
The new Diana Poole crime thriller takes our amateur sleuth deep into Southern California's underworld to uncover the mystery of a diamond-encrusted scorpion--and the reason for the murders that follow in its wake.
About the Author
Melodie Johnson-Howe is the author of three novels, The Mother Shadow, nominated for an Edgar award; Beauty Dies; and City of Mirrors. After a career in movies and television, she quit acting to write novels. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.