K.D. Hays is the contemporary alter ego of historical fiction author Kate Dolan. Where Kate enjoys dressing like Martha Washington and cooking over an open fire, K.D. Hays would rather ride roller coasters with her daughter. She started writing and edting professionally in the legal field in 1992, began writing a newspaper column on religion in 1997, and finally decided she was ready to tackle fiction a few years later. When she's not writing, she enjoys taking long walks with her dogs, coaching jump rope and figuring out excuses to go out to dinner. She lives in Maryland with her husband and kids and shares her office with Downy, a mini-rex rabbit who likes to chew on reference books.
Her last clients fired her. Now investigator Karen Maxwell needs to prove she can be trusted to solve hard cases or she'll be out of a job. But will she ever be taken seriously as an investigator when her only cases involve a broken jump rope and a dead parrot? Is there enough caffeine in the world to get her through this?
New case, new boyfriend - that's great. But new insecurities are popping up too for Karen Maxwell, a divorced mom who's trying to make it as an investigator in her brother's firm. Hired to find out who's been damaging art at a local gallery, she needs to get the guilty party to confess. But she can't even get her nine-year-old son to confess to playing soccer in the house. It won't be easy.
After working as a bookkeeper in her brother's private investigation firm for years, divorced soccer mom Karen Maxwell finally gets the chance to handle a case on her own. Her first assignment is to find out who has stolen the historical society's greatest treasure. Along the way she makes some new friends, one of whom is very attractive, unmarried, and unfortunately, a prime suspect in the case.