China Bohannon and her dog are enjoying a peaceful, if boring winter day, when a gentleman bursts into the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency wishing to engage her services as a detective. His fiancée’s sister has been kidnapped and a substantial ransom demanded. There’s just one problem. The client thinks it’s possible he’s being bamboozled, because events don’t quite add up.
The client? None other than Sepp Amsel, a fabulously successful gambling hall and saloon-keeper entrepreneur, who is about to become the bridegroom in the most public wedding ever to take place in wild and woolly Spokane, Washington.
With funds running a little short at the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency, China can’t resist getting involved, especially since a friend has recommended her services to Amsel. However, the clock is ticking. The ransom is due on Wednesday and it’s already Monday. China’s investigation begins with the closest thing to a witness she has, the prospective bride. With no good answers to her questions, she, too, starts to wonder if Sepp Amsel’s mail-order bride is not quite what she seems.
It isn’t long until murder becomes part of the equation. First a bellhop, then a tailor. Who will be next? China had better find out soon, before she, too, becomes targeted for murder.
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