Title: Death At Will
Series: Adele Gossling Mysteries: Book 3
Author: Tam May
Genres: Historical Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 29, 2022
Teddy Roosevelt is running for president and even Arrojo can’t deny progressive reforms are here to stay. Rebecca Gold, one of the era’s New Women, chooses just this time to set up her own law practice in Arrojo and lands the affluent Thea Marsh as her first client.
When Thea dies unexpectedly, the trail of suspects leads to her own family. The beloved and favored eldest son, Theo, is accused of the crime. Could such a placid man really be guilty of matricide?
The police think so. So Rebecca turns to her new friend in town: businesswoman and fellow suffragist Adele Gossling. Adele has already proven herself to be adept at helping the local police solve crimes, much to the shock and chagrin of the town’s conservative citizens. Despite promises never to involve herself in crime detection again, how can she refuse a friend in need?
Will Adele make a case against Theo’s guilt for the police out of a stained teacup, a fountain pen nib, ashes that should have been in the fireplace, and daisies that should have been fresh? Or will Theo go to the gallows and the real murderer escape justice?
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Within fifteen minutes, her brother sauntered into the shop, the silver deputy sheriff’s badge shining in the sunlight. “All right, Del, why the hush-hush?”
“Does the sheriff know you’re here?”
“I told him I was going to the Bush farm to check on that stolen horse,” he said, amused. “Those girls of yours insist you have a murderer locked in your storeroom.”
Adele laughed. “I’m afraid they let their imaginations run away with them. No, no murderer, Jack.”
“Not yet,” Nin said.
“Are we playing guessing games now, Miss Branch?” he asked in a stiff tone.
“I never guess, Mr. Gossling,” she answered. “I take evil and death in any way it comes.”
He crossed his arms, looking at his sister. “Well?”
She told him all Rebecca had said about her employer’s death as the woman sat silently with her hands in her lap. It was as if Jackson’s badge made her nervous again.
He looked at Rebecca. “It would be better, Miss Gold, if you would tell the sheriff of your suspicions, just as my sister suggested.”
“I promised Theo I wouldn’t,” she insisted. “I promised him there wouldn’t be any scandal.”
“But if Thea Marsh didn’t die of natural causes —”
“I didn’t say that wasn’t true!” she insisted. “I merely said I had a feeling about it.”
He sighed. “I understand your trepidation. But there’s a procedure to these things, you know.”
“Fiddlesticks!” Nin burst out. “Don’t you believe in helping a friend?” Rebecca gave her a grateful look.
“When there’s no crime involved, I’m the first to help anybody,” Jackson’s tone was crusty. “But if there is a crime—”
Adele took his arm. “We need your professional and astute eye, Jack. If there is nothing in it, no harm done. If there is something, Rebecca will convince the family to go through the proper channels.”
“They won’t have much of a choice,” he remarked.
“Then you have no reason to object a look around Mrs. Marsh’s room, do you?” She gave him a sharp look.
“I have no objection as long as there is a method to it,” he insisted. “One simply can’t go bursting into a room with a magnifying glass hollering ‘murder afoot!’”
“Don’t tell me the Anspatches never entered a room permission.” She eyed him.
He looked away and she was sorry she had spoken. But then, he said, “I suppose it can’t do any harm to look around as long as the family consents, and we’re very careful. But only if we have their full consent, Del.”
“That you have, deputy,” Rebecca said in a relieved tone.
“And I have your full promise if there is anything in the least suspicious, you go to the sheriff.”
“You have my promise.” She bowed.
About the Author
As soon as Tam May started her first novel at the age of fourteen, writing became her voice. She writes engaging, fun-to-solve cozy mysteries set in the past. Her mysteries empower readers with a sense of “justice is done” for women, both dead and alive. Tam is the author of the Adele Gossling Mysteries which take place in the early 20th century and feature sassy suffragist and epistolary expert Adele Gossling. Tam has also written historical fiction about women defying the emotional and psychological confinements of their era. Although Tam left her heart in San Francisco, she lives in Texas because it’s cheaper. When she’s not writing, she’s devouring everything classic (books, films, art, music) and concocting yummy vegetarian dishes in her kitchen.
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