Her head is already spinning over a marriage proposal from Homicide Detective Rick Janus, father of her 14-year-old son. A last-minute assignment to investigate questionable medical claims on preteen sisters adds to the tension.
Before she can relax, someone sends her tumbling into a storm-swollen river, a crude attempt to conceal a dead body. With a young girl's life at stake, she must uncover an unlikely connection between an abandoned rifle and a litany of environmental complaints. Unearthing a killer may depend on Pepper’s unbridled curiosity, and her ability to stay alive.
Instead, her boss sends her to New England to investigate a hefty life insurance claim on a Boston Red Sox player. While on the injured list and recuperating with the club’s farm team, the popular left fielder died under suspicious circumstances. Pepper’s main contacts are a big insurance company representative whose job may be in jeopardy and the homicide team assigned to the case. She may not understand all the rules of major league baseball, but she knows how to score answers when a questionable claim is on the table.
With local mobsters gunning for her, Pepper’s survival instincts escalate to high-pitch alert. She aims for a grand slam of clearing a questionable claim, helping to solve the homicide case, facing illusions of family security . . . and staying alive. Pepper’s main contacts are a big insurance company representative whose job may be in jeopardy and the homicide team assigned to the case. She may not understand all the rules of major league baseball, but she knows how to score answers when a questionable claim is on the table.
Enjoy a tour of the Hawaiian Islands set in 1978, before cell phones and lockdowns. Prepare to sail the ocean between islands; hike and bike rugged mountain trails; swim, snorkel, and surf the crystal clear waters of paradise. Dine Hawaiian-style with family and crew. Meet some local folks on the islands of Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.
Expect a few surprises along the way including the disappearance of an elderly but charismatic surfer that leads Pepper on a treasure hunt of clues to the man's fate. Discover what a dead body, an end of a career, the mystique behind a surfer's life, and the theft of a surfboard have in common - if anything.
ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING
is a collection of seventy
based on Renshi,
a Japanese form of poetry.
This novel, SHARDS OF MEMORY - Oral History in a Heartbeat, presents a heartwarming experience of emotional healing through storytelling, with a touch of romance and mystery woven throughout. Young Gahlen spends an inordinate amount of time with both sets of grandparents after a tragic accident permanently disfigures the child's leg. Eager to assure their grandchild of the lasting bonds of heritage, each grandparent shares tales of ancestors from Europe, Ireland, or Quebec, Canada. Their stories reveal hardships and joys along several branches of two families, from life in their homelands before 1838 and emigration, to a 1938 wedding uniting the two families.
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