When the police rule her best friend’s death a suicide and refuse to investigate any further, Maggie Sparkes decides to play detective.
The daughter of energy-business moguls, Maggie always tried to distance herself from her parents' wealth; her closest confidante is Celine, the daughter of her family's housekeeper. Having started her own philanthropic foundation, Maggie has spent the last six years working sustainability projects in the poorest of countries. Meanwhile, too proud to accept money from Maggie, Celine has been studying and scraping by, hoping to save enough to attend the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art and fulfill her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser. Celine has everything to live for, so news of her suicide stuns Maggie, who speeds to New York, determined to discover the truth. As she sifts through Celine’s collection of antiques, however, Maggie discovers several clues: a florist’s card, signed by a mysterious “J”; a picture of a nearly naked Jace Everett, governor’s son and wealthy hedge fund manager, in her secret lockbox; and a set of diaries that reveal Celine’s dark secret, but the last diary is missing. Convinced Celine was murdered, Maggie enlists the help of an elderly mystery novelist, the irresistible building superintendent, and a talented private investigator. Not surprisingly, Maggie’s investigation quickly begins to endanger her own life. Tucker (Surviving Ice, 2015, etc.) spins a compelling web, rife with quirky characters and steamy romps with charismatic men. Yet things are tied up too quickly at the end, leaving several of the reader’s own questions unanswered.
An entertaining and often captivating tale but an unsatisfying mystery.