Stolen Hearts

Stolen Hearts

A Grace Street Mystery

Book - 2011
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David Randall's perfect family life came derailed when his little daughter Lindsey died in a car crash. Thrown out by his second wife and wanting to leave a dead-end detective agency to start his own, he reluctantly accepts his psychic friend Camden's invitation to stay in Camden's boarding house in Parkland, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, working the case of the murder of Albert Bennett, Randall's only clue is a notebook filled with odd musical notation. When another client, Melanie Gentry, hires him to prove her great-grandmother was murdered by her lover, composer John Burrows Ashford, over authorship of "Patchwork Melodies," Randall sets out to find a connection to Bennett's murder, as well as to the murder of a Smithsonian director, who was preparing a new PBS documentary on early American music.

Randall's investigations lead him to another notebook, where he finds not only "Two Hearts Singing," Ashford's most famous song, but a valuable early copy of Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna," hidden in the cover. But things become more complicated when Ashford's spirit parks itself in Cam...and refuses to leave until Randall proves Ashford's innocence.



Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590589373
1590589378
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 23 cm

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Nov 11, 2011

An otherwise nice story ruined for me by sloppy writing/editing.

The story opens with the protaganist remembering losing his daughter in an accident 12 years prior. Within a few pages, it is established that he is 30 years old. By his remembrances of his little girl & the number of Halloween costumes he recounts that she had, she must have been 7 or 8 when she died. So he was, what, 10 or 11 when she was born?? I kept waiting for some explanation of this - like she was his step-daughter from a marriage to an older woman, but no such resolution came.

Disappointing that a timeline so obviously wrong should escape both the author's and the editor's notice.

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