In 1935 three men meet late at night. One, Richard Burkett, betrays the other two and kills one and takes the money after setting up the third man, Lewis, to take the fall if he talks. This event is what affects the the lives of everyone through out the book.
In 1957 you have Stephen Adams and Cathy Redwell, two lovers reunited after 5 years. Cathy’s mother makes a confession to her that forces her to break up with Stephen. Fate has brought her back into his life when she applies for the position of secretary and he talks her into accepting with the hope of rekindling their romance. Cathy still feels the fire of desire for Stephen, but morality makes her hesitate.
Present day brings us to Zoe Peterson whose grandparents are being interviewed by the police over a murder that took place in 1935. When she asks her grandfather what is going on he tells her that she was almost never born because of the murder. Zoe, trying to rid her self of Dean a self absorbed alcoholic ex-boyfriend that refuses to let go, meets and is quickly drawn to James Clark, the junior DC who comes to question her grandparents. It seems the interest is mutual when he asks her to meet with him. When Zoe invites him to join her and her co-worker, Charles and his fiance Anne, for drinks and buy cheap leather sofas he quickly agrees. Surprisingly he is Anne’s brother.
Zoe questions him for information on the investigation and he tells her what little he is able and asks her for tips in how to look for facts from something that happened where there are few if any witnesses still alive. As a historian he feels Zoe may be able to tell him what to look for in journals, news clippings and diaries. Zoe wonders if she should ask him with Dean’s threats about his never letting her go.
An unusual cozy mystery in that it flashes between 1957 and the present. Although usually confusing it works very well here. You will need to keep your attention on what is going on, but mostly because you do not want to miss anything Jayne Marie Barker has written. A delightful story to be enjoyed by those looking for mystery mixed with a bonus of romance.