Bait and Switch
War-time blackouts and U-boats skulking along the Atlantic seaboard brood over a New York City evening in 1943. Play rehearsals gone sour, actress Jessica Minton seeks her favorite diner for refuge. It proves anything but when an attractive stranger leaves her with a mysterious package. That's when Jessica is whirled up in treachery, treason, and murder, made even more dangerous by a suspicious boyfriend and her growing feelings for the stranger behind her predicament. Aided by her tart-tongued sister, a wise-alec cat, and her own wit and humor, Jessica tries to stay on top of a slippery espionage gambit that risks not only her life but the Allied cause.
Letter from a Dead Man
Jessica and Elizabeth Minton, along with Dusty, are back! Now they’re entangled by a business partner with a shadowed past, a predatory socialite with underworld connections, a cut-throat search for stolen jade, two suspicious detectives, an F.B.I. agent from Jessica’s past with an agenda of his own, and a deadly murder frame-up. It’s enough to make Dusty’s fur stand on end!
Always Play the Dark Horse
One foggy spring evening in 1946, a young college professor slips into a deserted campus building for a surreptitious meeting with her lover, only to be shot dead in the darkness. Who is the victim? Who is her murderer? The answers will only gradually be uncovered after newlyweds Jessica Minton and James Crawford come to that same campus on Long Island Sound. With James returning to teaching, the future should be sparkling for the two. Yet darkness looms. James is haunted by memories of the war and a mission that he isn’t allowed to tell Jessica about, until their discovery of the missing professor’s decomposing corpse washed up on the beach forces his hand and plunges them both into treachery and more murder. Dusty’s on the alert for adventure and danger!