Upon learning that her recently married daughter’s husband may be a murderer, a mother embarks on a search for the truth in Glidewell’s debut.
Lexie Starr, a dithery Kansas-based widow who volunteers at the local library, chances upon a microfilm story about the unsolved murder of Eliza Pitt, who was probably the first wife of her daughter Wendy’s husband Clay. Determined to find out the truth, she tells Wendy that she’s going to Myrtle Beach to meet Stone Van Patten, a jewelry dealer she met online while searching for charms for Wendy’s lost bracelet. Instead, she goes to Clay’s former home in Schenectady, N.Y., near the site where Eliza’s body was discovered. The owner of the B&B where she books a room is a tough old lady who’s delighted to share everything she knows about the case. Not so the local law. Since Clay was attending the police academy in Boston at the time of his pregnant wife’s murder, Lexie heads there to discover that his roommate was a drug-using gay stripper. Returning to Schenectady, she interviews Clay’s mentally ill mother, who provides a great deal of information. But how much of it is true? Eventually Van Patten makes the trip to New York to meet Lexie and proves to be a big help, especially when Wendy is kidnapped.
A little mystery, a little romance, with the journey more satisfying than the destination.