Anna Drake writes mysteries with a touch of romance and a bit of suspense. She says her fascination with crime and its consequences began when she discovered a stash of Nancy Drew books in her parents' attic. Her devotion to the genre remained, even as her tastes expanded. And to this day, when Anna isn't writing, she's most at home with her nose buried in a book.
A lost love and a murdered aunt push a shy teacher out of her shell and straight into trouble. The detectives on her aunt's case see Jessica as the possible killer. Her aunt's friend thinks Jessica and she should track the murderer down themselves. Meanwhile the killer sees Jessica as a serious risk to his freedom. He waits and watches, ready to strike if he must.
The Imp waits and watches. But Geraldine Love is too busy rebuilding her tattered life to notice. All either of them wants is to find a someone to care about in this lonely world. But that's easier said than done in this dark novella.
This is apparently the first book in Thomson’s Quinn series and appears to be a permafree, but I discovered it during the Read an Ebook Week promotion, so I’m reviewing it here.
Thomson’s main character is an ex-artist, ex-boxer, and ex-con, which is no easy feat, but all of which combine to make Quinn an interesting character. He’s currently working as an insurance investigator, specializing in art. But he handles other odd jobs as well.
The novel is set mostly in the working class neighborhoods of Philly and features fellow characters ranging from cops to mobsters to well-heeled swells. Under Thomson’s guidance they all combine into a highly interesting whodunit.