MaryJo Dawson enjoyed a satisfying career as a practicing nurse, most of it working in obstetrics. In her heroine, Sally Nimitz, she's combined that background with a lifelong enjoyment of old-fashioned mystery novels and writing. She lives with her husband in a small town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern Colorado.
Sally goes on an all expenses paid trip to Florida to be an advocate for her son and his wife when they are offered the opportunity to adopt a baby from a wealthy family. But when the biological father meets his death shortly after a meeting with Sally, life gets more complicated. A woman with a curious nature, some time on her hands, and believing killers should be caught has to do what she can.
This time Sally helps out a friend by looking into the mischief going on at her mother’s family estate. Soon after Sally’s arrival a neighbor is found shot to death, and Sally believes the two events are related. Delving into Bradshaw family history reveals long kept secrets. Was the person or persons behind the harassment of the Bradshaw ladies also responsible for the death of the neighbor?
Detective David White needs Sally's help to find his missing brother. Has Douglas White disappeared deliberately? Or is skullduggery afoot? Her friends—and fellow amateur sleuths—George Thomas and Anne Carey, are only too happy to join in the investigation, and soon they find themselves far from home in a very precarious situation.
When Sally Nimitz discovers the body of her charming eighty-year-old neighbor she is devastated by how close violence has come to the quiet life she leads as mother, grandmother, and nurse. Sally can’t put the trauma of the murder behind her until she knows who could have done it and why. Early in her investigation, she finds there was much more to the sweet old lady than anyone ever guessed.