From the author of The Sea Glass Murders, 2021 finalist, Connecticut Book Awards
A feud between two wealthy mystery writers turns deadly—and retired spy Dasha Petrov must find the real killer to clear her name.
Former Nazi hunter, CIA operative, and lethal secret agent, Dasha Petrov has turned away from the high wire of international espionage, retiring to her Gold Coast estate where she basks in the quiet life of doting on grandchildren, taking care of her ailing sister and feeding the birds. She bides her time with some innocent flirtations between two neighbors—the rival mystery writers Barnaby Jayne and Michael Aubrey. The novelists are wildly successful and many times married. They also despise each other, and their silly one-upmanship to impress Mrs. Petrov boils over into a bizarre series of attacks—starting with a poison dart from a blow gun and escalating to booby traps and a car bomb. When Jayne and Aubrey both turn up dead, the preponderance of evidence points to only one suspect—Dasha herself. Now, Dasha must call on her cunning mind and capacity for violence to find the real killers and clear her name.
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