Our Sunday Afternoon Showcase of Amateur Sleuths features detecting radio reporters, gossip columnists, and 1920’s socialites in the sleuthing roles.
Nancy Cole Silverman enjoyed a long and very successful career in radio in AZ and CA before turning to print journalism and later, to fiction. In Room for Doubt, the fourth Carol Childs mystery, the Los Angeles talk radio station reporter is covers a crime scene at the famous Hollywood sign.
Jill Amadio is an award-winning international journalist, author, collaborator, ghostwriter, and screenwriter. Sparked by strange happenings at her California island home, including murders, a mysterious gemstone, and lost manuscripts, banished Brit journalist Tosca Trevant hopes for a chance to earn her way back to her beloved Cornwall and her job in London in Digging Up the Dead.
Editor Kathy Briscow and author Freddie Little are hoping to settle down into married life after their adventures in the first two historical cozies by Anne Louise Bannon. However, when Freddie’s sister, Honoraria discovers a victim of foul play in The Last Witnesses, they are don their detecting gear again.
When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she's convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn't add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.
Death is discovered on an idyllic southern California island when feisty British gossip columnist Tosca Trevant is banished to the U.S. at the request of Buckingham Palace. Idly snooping out of sheer boredom, she stumbles across what she believes to be human remains in a recently widowed music professor's rock garden. Tosca asks a retired U.S. Secret Service agent for help, and by solving the riddle of a coded music score, the two sleuths bring a serial killer to an unexpected end.
Freddie and Kathy are in newly-married bliss when Freddie's sister, Honoria, finds a dead body in her apartment. Honoria goes into hiding and Freddie and Kathy take up a chase that will lead all three of them across the country and into a conspiracy that, no matter how unbelievable, could get them all killed.