Kim, an academic librarian, is intent on finding her biological father. Unfortunately after locating him, James Shaw dies unexpectedly. It is up to Kim to connect with the family she has never known. In so doing, she discovers a half-sister who is in need of her help. Kim is concerned that Claire Shaw is being exploited and wants to help her. Kim also learns that Claire’s stepmother also died under mysterious circumstances and her stepbrother disappeared. When Kim becomes involved, her life is placed in danger.
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“Ma, we talked about this before,” Kim said. She tapped her fingers against the kitchen table in frustration.
Her mother did not meet Kim’s gaze. Instead she looked down at the parquet pattern of the floor, appearing to study it as if she found it fascinating.
“You said when I visited you here in
we could discuss
“I guess I might have agreed, but I didn’t promise anything. I don’t understand why it’s so important for you to know.”
Kim allowed an exasperated sigh to escape her. “I need to know my paternity for obvious reasons.”
Ma looked up, a puzzled expression forming on her face. “What difference does it make?”
Was her mother being deliberately obtuse? Why the need to obfuscate? “For health reasons alone I should know. I can’t understand why you’ve refused to tell me.”
“It’s Kim, remember?” she interrupted.
“I remember all right. But I named you Karen. You will always be Karen Reyner to me, not some name you made up because you were ashamed of your given one.”
So they were back to that again. She sighed in frustration. Nora Reyner wasn’t going to forgive or forget. Yet she’d done so for Carl countless times. Kim shook her head in denial.
“Ma, I know there are things you don’t want to talk about, and honestly, I don’t mean to embarrass you or bring up unpleasant memories, but I think maybe we should talk and discuss the matter. It’s time, and then some. Carl told me when I was fifteen that he wasn’t my real father.”
“He said he never would tell you. He promised me.” Ma curled her lower lip.
Kim observed the fine lines around her mother’s mouth. Her mother’s hair, salt and pepper gray, now had more salt than pepper. She honestly didn’t like upsetting her mother, dwelling on a past that brought nothing but pain to each of them. Yet it was necessary to know.
“It was better Carl came out and told me. I knew anyway from the way he’d treated me. Just tell me about my paternity.”
For a few minutes, there was a palpable silence in the small kitchen of the condo. “Your real father was decent and caring, but he couldn’t be a father to you.”
Reviews for previous novels in the series:
The Inferno Collection, Kim Reynolds Mystery #1
“… Interesting characters abound.” Booklist
The Drowning Pool, Kim Reynolds Mystery #2
“…Crime solver. Psychic. Librarian. Kim Reynolds is all of the above. She and police detective Mike Gardner (The Inferno Collection) are together again… Who says academic reference librarians lead boring lives?” Booklist
The Truth Sleuth, Kim Reynolds Mystery #3
“Readers will enjoy the continuing adventures of Seewald’s conflicted psychic.” Booklist
The Bad Wife, Kim Reynolds Mystery #4:
“It is nearly impossible to put this book down until the very end and even then, the reader is likely to wish the story had never ended because the experience was so intense and satisfying. If we still told tales around a campfire at , I would want to be seated at Ms. Seewald's campfire, that's for sure.”
Cherie Jung, Over My Dead Body!
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