Jane Kelly #1
Featuring: Jane Kelly
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Jane Kelly is through with following men anywhere. Last
time she did, she left Southern California for the dubious
charms of Lake Chinook, Oregon, where she’s traded in
bartending for the much more glamorous trade of process
serving. (Well, she can tell herself it’s glamorous,
anyway.) And the boyfriend, of course, is long gone.
So she’s thirty, she’s single, she’s living in a town
where fishing is more important than fashion, and one of
her closest friends is an “information specialist”—which
is a fancy way of saying private detective. Odder still,
she’s been helping him out, which makes the criminology
courses she took a few years back with her ex at least
worth the tuition. She’s not making any lifetime
commitments, but when Portland divorce attorney Marta
Cornell calls with a P.I. job, the money involved sounds
like the answer to her dwindling bank account—until she
learns Tess Bradbury wants her to investigate the
disappearance of Bobby Reynolds.
Four years ago, without warning, Bobby murdered his young
family and promptly vanished. No one disputed that he’d
slaughtered his own flesh and blood except Tim Murphy, his
best friend—and Jane’s ex, the one guy she’s never quite
gotten over. The murders had driven a wedge between him
and Jane, and finally drove him right out of town. Now
he’s on his way back, to attend a Lake Chinook Historical
Society benefit that Cotton Reynolds, Bobby’s father, is
Every alarm bell in Jane’s head is clanging, but before
she can say “Not on your life,” Marta has convinced her to
accept Tess’s assignment—an interview with Tess’s ex-
husband, Cotton, who she believes has been in contact with
Bobby. It looks like Jane’s going to be following men
around again—this time with a tape recorder and a camera.
To top it off, an only vaguely remembered aunt has left
her a homely pug named Binky and her mother is once again
threatening to head north and settle in Oregon. With a
brand-new job she’s learning as she goes along and the man
who broke her heart into a million pathetic little pieces
back in town, Jane’s life just went from stress-free to
completely stressed-out. And that’s before she finds the
dead body in the lake…
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