Tragedy stalks a pair of brothers, one of them dead, the other one Death.
Death Bogart returned from Afghanistan wounded in mind and body. While he was away with the Marines, his parents died in a car accident, and his younger brother, Randy, a firefighter nicknamed Bogie, was told that Death was dead just before he perished himself in a fire at the long-abandoned Einstadt Brewery. Feisty auctioneer Wren Morgan is helping Death with his detective agency and fending off the cheating former wife who deserted him when he needed her most. When Death and Wren finally go to St. Louis to settle Randy’s estate, they discover that neither the badge nor the hat Randy was wearing bore the correct identification number. Death and Wren hold out little hope that there’s been a mistake, since although Randy’s body was damaged, all his friends identified it as his. But they won’t give up until they discover why Randy’s badge number was wrong. Meantime, Death finds that a stairway leading to a vast cave formation was hidden in the room where Randy died of an aortic aneurysm. Wren is shocked when a chance glimpse of a painting in the home of Andrew Grey, recently deceased heir to the Einstadt fortune, reveals that Andrew and Randy are dead ringers. A complicated investigation brings the pair to a shocking and implausible theory they must fight to prove.
The second case for Death and Wren (Death of the Redheaded Woman, 2015) uses an intriguing premise to flesh out the charming detective duo.