On Sale: April 18, 2014
Featuring: Alexis J. Smith
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Mystery Private Eye
Back in Sacramento again, where the sign on the door of her
detective agency reads ALEXIS J. SMITH – Discreet Inquiries,
Lexie finds that her old room at Mrs. Snidely’s
Establishment for Young Ladies (a fancy name for a
boardinghouse_ has been let to someone else while she was
away on a case in England. The new tenant is supposedly a
ballerina, and a defector from the Russian Bolshoi, seeking
political asylum in this country. But is she? Lexie doubts
the story and begins to investigate, determined to get at
the truth while ignoring the danger to herself.
With the case successfully concluded, she is free
to accept another assignment from her friend Inspector Harry
Hawkins at Scotland Yard. The case sounds bizarre from the
beginning, but gets more so with each turn of events. It
seems that a Russian count, a nephew of the late Tzar
Nicholas II, is living in exile in Oxfordshire, with his
young American bride. In Harry’s opinion, the countess is
more than a little mad, demanding that Scotland Yard recover
her dog, a Russian wolfhound, which she claims has been
stolen by – of all people – Humphrey Bogart! It will take
all of Lexie’s skill and unflinching determination to
connect the dots, right up to the deadly conclusion.
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