The fourth Helen Binney Mystery, A DAWN OF DEATH, is available now!
Excerpt from first chapter:
A crosswalk next to the entrance of Wharton Meadows [retirement community] had a sign that read Dear Crossing. Beneath the words were little icons of bent-over people leaning on canes. None of the real-life “dears” congregating in little groups along the sidewalk in front of the garden actually carried canes, and they looked nothing like the pathetic creatures depicted on the sign. In fact, several of them looked fit and strong enough to pull the sign out with their bare hands if it annoyed them as much as it did Helen. A few were running in place to stave off the chill in the spring air, warming up for the garden work. They were probably too busy with their gardening, jogging, and—Helen glanced across the street to consider the options for outdoor recreational activities at the retirement community—even playing tennis to bother with a minor irritant like the sign.
Helen Binney’s never felt better! Her lupus is in remission, and she’s taking up gardening for its health benefits. Only her first day at the community garden is anything but relaxing when she finds a woman’s body, lying beside a bulldozer that belonged to the dead woman. Was the early-morning death an accident, as the police believe, or did it have something to do with a dispute over title to the garden’s land?
Helen finds out that the victim was a real estate developer, but she wasn’t the only one with an eye on the property. Could she have been killed by one of the gardeners to prevent the land from being sold? Perhaps the outspoken, Harley-riding, ex-military town clerk . . . or a rival developer? Helen’s handsome friend/lawyer Tate warns her to stay out of the investigation, but she’s feeling invincible and can’t resist asking a few questions. If she’s not careful, though, there might be another death at dawn.