Time and TroubleBook - 1998 | 1st ed.
Seasoned private investigator Emma Howe and young single mother Billie August form a sleuthing team that must race against time to solve a decade-old murder based on a single earring before a killer strikes again
Seasoned investigator Emma Howe has been in the business so long nothing can surprise her. But her new assistant, an overeducated single mother named Billie August, nearly manages to amaze her. Billie is quick, ambitious, smart. And a lot tougher than she appears. That's a good thing, because Emma has just taken a case that will rock both of their worlds.
Sophie Redmond has come to Emma in a desperate search for her teenage daughter, whom she fears has joined a bizarre cult. In an odd twist of fate, Emma and Billie recognize wheelchair-bound Mrs. Redmond as an insurance scammer they've been tailing for another client. The woman's fake injuries are only one symptom of a family plunge into darkness-a legacy one troubled girl wants desperately to escape.
Blackwell North Amer
P. I. Emma Howe has been working at the trade for a long time, but she has a bad track record for keeping employees, and she desperately needs a replacement for the most recent one who's taken off for greener pavements. The new hire has to be willing to accept Emma's far from handsome salary offer.
That's okay with Billie August; she's glad to find someone who will train and pay her any salary at all. Billie is a single mother with no practical job skills, which she demonstrates by botching her first assignment. When the case of a missing teenager comes along, Emma reluctantly and with reservations gives Billie one more chance.
Although the missing girl's mother claims her daughter Penny has been seduced into joining a cult, the young man who drove Penny away is actually a member of a benign, established international group that enjoys recreating the Middle Ages. What turns out to be perilous, however, is a locket Penny finds in the meadow where a tournament is being held. This "lucky talisman" of hers leads to the discovery of two long-dead bodies and puts her - and others, including Billie - in real danger.
Seasoned private investigator Emma Howe and young single mother Billie August form a sleuthing team that must race against time to solve a decade-old murder based on a single earring before a killer strikes again.