First of a series featuring twentysomething Terry Girard, partner with her deeply loved Aunt Cecile in The Family Album, a genealogical research business in St. Louis. Returning from a few days in Washington, Terry is notified by police that her aunt's body has been found at the base of a cliff--at first judged a suicide, soon proved to be murder. Had Cecile uncovered a secret powerful enough to be a motive for murder? Terry is convinced of it and so is Police Sergeant Dan Kevlehan, especially after the suspicious death of Sister Mary Michael, in whom Cecile often confided. A history of the rich, prestigious, snobbish Barron family being completed by The Family Album may hold some answers. When the crucial clue finally surfaces, Terry, in time-worn tradition, finds herself the killer's next target. Rambling plot, full of contrivances to push it along; lots of dull chatter; a balky romance; and a standard-issue feisty, brash, but not very interesting girl sleuth.