On Sale: August 13, 2019
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In a small Virginia town still reeling from World
War II, a photograph of a beautiful murdered woman propels
three young people into the middle of a far-reaching
A lurid crime scene photo of a
beautiful woman arrives on mystery writer Bunny Prescott's
doorstep with no return addressâ€”and it's not the first time
she's seen it. The reemergence of the photo, taken
fifty-five years earlier, sets her on a journey to
reconstruct the vicious summer that changed her
In the summer of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely
twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the loss of her brother,
Robbie, who was declared missing in the Pacific. She tries
to piece together his life by rereading his favorite pulp
detective story "A Date with Death" and spending time with
his best friend, Jay Greenwood, in Royal Oak, VA. One
unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a
stretch of woods where he found a dead woman, but when they
arrive, the body is gone. They soon discover a local woman
named Lily Vellum is missing and begin to piece together the
threads of her murder, starting with the photograph Jay took
of her abandoned body.
As Ceola gets swept up playing
girl detective, Bunny becomes increasingly skeptical of Jay,
and begins her own investigation into the connection between
Jay and Lily. She discovers a series of clues that place
doubt on Jay's story about the photograph. She journeys to
Washington, D.C., where she is forced to confront the brutal
truth about her dear friendâ€”a discovery that triggers a
series of events that will bring tragedy to Jay and decades
of estrangement between her and Ceola.
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